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Kuala Lumpar is crazy, crazy, crazy - sheer utter chaos!!! And we both love it! The entire city is bursting with life and people of all cultures. The bus trip from Melaka took 3 hours, one hour longer then we expected mainly due to traffic congestion in KL itself. We actually had to join a queue in the street leading to the bus station and then another queue just to enter the station. Once inside we felt like we had arrived in hell… The buses all park underground - it was a real test of driving skills just to position the bus into it’s parking spot. To leave the bus parking area you had to drag your suitcase along narrow pathways between the rows of stationary buses until you reached a narrow footpath leading you up ... read more
The Hindu Temple next to our hotel in KL
272 steps to the Batu Caves

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur April 2nd 1991

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Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur July 1st 1983

Linda and I decided to spend our summer vacation with my parents in Thailand and then Malaysia, revisiting the places where I had gone to high school from 1966-68. We flew Malaysian Airlines departing Frankfurt, with a refueling stop in Bahrain, arriving in Kuala Lumpur on 2 July. We stayed overnight in Kuala Lumpur, and although we were very tired we ate satay at a nearby restaurant before turning in for the night. We flew from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok the next morning and arrived about 1 pm. My parents were at the airport to greet us. We relaxed the next two days and saw some of the sights, such as the Grand Palace. We drove to the Rose Gardens to see the Thai cultural show, and then on to Hua Hin, where we enjoyed the ... read more
Linda and Bob having breakfast under the pines at the Lone Pine Hotel
Beach at the Lone Pine Hotel in Penang
Lone Pine Hotel in Penang

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur September 7th 1982

Geo: 3.09703, 101.648Saturday, I went to Joyce's place (a kampung about 20 miles outside of KL) to see a Malay engagement ceremony. Actually, the ceremony was on Sunday. Saturday, we spent visiting two people in KL, eating, and watching television. Sunday, I borrowed one of Joyce's baju korong and then we set out. Our first stop was UKM (Medical School of Malaysia) where her father works. I got a tour of their library there ... and oh! what a library. Joyce and I have already made plans for my return. I could spend weeks in that library. They have books on every subject, an absolutely complete reference section, Malaysian newspapers dating back to 1920, documents from British Malaya, the UN, US Congress, etc., music rooms -- sound proof rooms with modern stereo systems for private listening ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur July 13th 1982

Geo: 4.21063, 100.57After school, went into KL to tailors and to pick up pewter. To Pat's office about 4pm. Chatted until 5:30pm. Bus home. Evevning spent packing.... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur July 11th 1982

Geo: 3.25158, 101.673Daddy took the four of us to Batu Caves. The Caves are a hole-in-a-giant-lump-of-limestone-cum-Hindu-temple. Rather interesting. To enter the caves, one must climb 279 steps (no problem). The caves themselves are really nothing, but the Art Gallery around is really interesting. The roof is painted pink, green, yellow, blue -- all pastels. It looks like Hippie Pop Art. Then all around the caves are statues of Hindu gods. Elephant gods and goddesses with 12 heads -- or one head and 12 faces -- and cobras, and fish, and waht looks like a god with a head and a torso of a man and the lower half shaped like a giant crustacean. But it was fun looking at them.Notes:In afternoon, PMM&I went with Dad to Batu Caves. Had drink after 279 steps.... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur July 10th 1982

Geo: 3.15021, 101.708With Pat, Markus, and Moshe into KL for shopping. Bought materials for baju korong. Dad's gift, batik elephants. Visited Chinese and Hindu temples. Home at 4pm. Out to dinner at Old Town. Won first game of carroms (vs. Moshe).Notes:Markus, Moshe, Pat, and I went to Kuala Lumpur for shopping today. I bought material and this gorgeous batik. The artist who created it is very famous; he's had exhibitions in Paris, Washington, London, Tokyo, etc. Anyway, this work, which he'd normally sell for M$350-M$500, he said he'd give me for whatever I want to pay. And I didn't have to pay him right there. He let me take the batik away without even agreeing on a price! I don't know how much to give him. The whole shopping trip was quite fun.... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur April 3rd 1982

Geo: 3.12433, 101.684I rose early and went with Pat to her office. I did little there except be in the way. Hersh and Steven came shortly after nine, so we could tour KL together. Since nothing opened until 10am, we just walked around for a while. We walked through a few markets in Chinatown -- fish, fruit, general supplies. Then we decided to go to the national mosque. We found ourselves walking along the freeway and needing to cross it -- no pedestrian over-crossings nearby and other people were running across the freeway. We made it, but it was strange. We had to remove our shoes, and I had to wear a white veil. The national mosque is very beautiful -- simple -- open, amazingly cool and quiet. There were very few people there, in fact, ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur March 21st 1982

Geo: 3.12433, 101.684We were met in KL and go throug customs without a hitch. My family and their friends met us at the airport and took us to the University for orientation. The Australians and New Zealanders were already there. I just showered and almost promptly went to bed. Liz, my Australian roommate, had some beautiful books on Australia which she showed me. But I was out before the light.... read more




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