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Published: June 21st 2017
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I started my day with a visit to the Sri Mahamariaman Temple; it was a short walk from my hostel. I met a nice older man at the door who took it upon himself to show me around. =) As we reached the back of the temple, there was a gathering of folks all around a statue that was getting a bath of water & turmeric from a priest. Near the back of the group I started a conversation with a lady who was making candles to light after the bathing. She was making them from an inverted lime rind and a cotton wick (which she spun from a big ball) and then by pouring in a kind of butter they made from milk. She told me this was an important day for this ceremony, so she left work at lunch so she could be here, and she'd help with the preparations/ceremony for the rest of the day. Cool.
Then I got blessed by the priest, did my seven laps around the statues in the right corner of the temple. I need to learn what these are because every Hindu temple I go into has the same statues that people
walk around seven times. I got a jasmine bracelet from the flower hockers outside, 2RP (that's less money than I can bother figuring out the math for).
I went out for lunch, and bumped into Mohammed, a guy who is also staying at my hostel. He is a flight attendent and home to KL for a visit. We walked through the main shopping mart together and then hopped into a cab to Times Square. There is a large roller coaster inside the mall there that I wanted to see.
After that, we walked around town, saw the KL Tower and the Petronas Towers. We took the subway home, and passed by the Jame Mosque and Merdeka Square where the Sultan Abdul Samad Building is. (He used to rule/own the city.) Also it's the place of the world's tallest flagpole. LOL. The Square was really beautiful, with all old colonial buildings from a forgotten time. Beautiful.
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