Kuala Lumpur

Posted: August 26, 2009 in Malaysia
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“According to Lao Tse, the reality of a hollow object is in the void and not in the walls that define it. He was speaking, of course, of spiritual realities. These are the realities also of the PETRONAS Towers. The power of the void is increased and made more explicit by the pedestrian bridge that … with its supporting structure creates a portal to the sky … a door to the infinite.” — César Pelli, Argentine-American main architect of KL Towers

Kuala Lumpur often abbreviated as K.L.is the capital and largest city of Malaysia. Bahasa Melayu—the national language, is one of the principal languages of KL. Other major languages spoken in the city are Mandarin, Cantonese and Tamil. English has a strong presence, especially in business and is a compulsory language taught in schools. Completed in 1998 the PETRONAS Twin Towers also known as the PETRONAS Towers or just Twin Towers, in KL were the world’s tallest twin buildings. The towers feature a sky bridge between the two towers on 41st and 42nd floors, which is the highest 2-story bridge in the world. The same floor is also known as the podium, since visitors desiring to go to higher levels have to change elevators here. The sky bridge is open to all visitors, for free passes limited to 1700 people per day must be obtained on a first-come, first-served basis. The sky bridge also acts as a safety device, so that in the event of a fire or other emergency in one tower, tenants can evacuate by crossing the sky bridge to the other tower. At the base of the towers is Suria KLCC, one of the largest shopping malls in Malaysia outside was the KLCC Park spanning 17 acres with jogging and walking paths, a fountain with incorporated light show, wading pools, and a children’s playground.

The movie Entrapment (1999) starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones best described this mega structure. When we are bored and in need for a change of pace or simply, just looking for a place to go that is outside Singapore we went to KL.  I have been there countless of times whenever a friend or family was staying for a visit there’s always an option to let them see anyway, KL was just 6 hours by bus or 45 minutes by plane and that’s another stamped on their passports. Also, everything was much cheaper there and they have TGI Fridays!

I had a chance to eat at a revolving restaurant where they served buffet providing diners a beautiful view of the city. You can experience this at the Kuala Lumpur Tower officially known as Menara Kuala Lumpur; referred later as KL Tower, it’s a tall tower and was built in 1995. It is used for communication purposes. The food was great but the revolving restaurant was an experience. You can barely feel the movement at first but after a few hours of eating and chatting you can feel the swirling and that’s the sign you need to get out of there otherwise you’ll puke everything you ate!

French Village @ the outskirt of KL

French Village @ the outskirt of KL

We also went to The ‘Eye on Malaysia’, a theme park where the main attraction was a 60 meter tall portable Ferris wheel at Titiwangsa Lake Gardens, The wheel allows visitors to experience a 360-degree panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur and over 20 kilometers of its surroundings including Kuala Lumpur Tower, Istana Budaya and PETRONAS Twin Towers, during a 12-minute ride. It was relocated to Malacca on November 8, 2008. Also, An hour drive outside of KL, deep into the jungle, you find the tourist resort Bukit Tingi. Built like a french village.

One weekend of 2006 we checked in to Mandarin which is beside the PETRONAS Towers. In the lobby was Michelle Yeoh with her family. I was star struck and daunted

Michelle Yeoh

Michelle Yeoh

 of her beauty. After all, she won the Miss Malaysia beauty pageant. She was also Malaysia’s representative at the 1983 Miss World pageant in London In 1983, at the age of 21. Born in Ipoh, Malaysia, she is based in Hong Kong and was chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World in 1997. She is best known for her roles in the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, and the multiple Academy Award-winning Chinese actions film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. She is credited as Michelle Khan in some of her earlier films. Well known for performing her own stunts in the action films that brought her to fame in the early 1990s she also starred in Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008), and The Touch (2002).


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