(Finally found a day with blue skies to venture KL – Bangunan Abdul Samad completed in 1897)
It has been about a month since I returned back to Malaysia from UK. There were plenty of things to get re-adjusted to:
– hazy skyline vs bright blue skies
– heat & humidity, resulting in some sleepless nights at the beginning
– traffic jam & rivers of cars flowing through the city.
– green surroundings being replaced with houses, apartments and other concrete structures
– people eating more meat than vegetables. Am missing the joy of eating variety of fresh raw vegetables
Despite it all, it has been wonderful being home again. Reuniting with family and friends after being away for nearly 2 years. Especially meeting up with a close friend before she left for her own year-long adventure to OZ end of June09.
Managed to embark on some local sight-seeing missions whilst I still have the free time. Retraced the steps I took for a Heritage Walk around Kuala Lumpur (KL). Was relieved that many of the old buildings have not been torn down or refurbished with some garish modernized look. Quite amazing to know that KL is actually quite a young city, as it began to take roots about the 1850s. Some of the notable buildings still standing today date from 1890s, but majority of the shophouses are built around the 1930s era. Don’t think many Malaysians actually give a second look to the many buildings around them, or even realize its significance.
Admittedly it is a challenge to survive walking around KL in the midday heat & humidity. Plus the fact that my stomach has shrunk drastically makes consuming all the lovely Malaysian food rather a painful experience. Neverthess, there will always be room for the velvety “tau foo fah” and cooling “air mata kucing” drink at Petaling Street to satisfy the tired soul. It is amazing that we actually plan our travel itinerary around crucial food stops, in addition to the highlights we want to check out.
Definitely looking forward to many more wonderful travel experiences from back home from now onwards. Cuti-cuti Malaysia!
(Masjid Jamek – one of the oldest mosques in KL. Officially opened in 1909)