Category Archives: Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur–A brief visit to Malaysia’s capital in 2007

First time visitors to Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur can’t help but notice how the Petronas Twin Towers dominates the skyline not just in terms of its size but its unique architecture.

As we approached the city on our bus from Penang in the north, the towers were impressive.

If by day, the towers don’t seem imposing or spectacular, see them at night.

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Kek Lok Si temple

Kek Lok Si Temple sits on the foothills above the town of Air Itam (black water in Malay).

I shouldn’t have expected dramatic changes to this Penang landmark.

Typical of religious places of worship in Malaysia, they derive their funding based solely on donations.

Unlike mosques which seem to sprout all over, there are no funds from the government.

So this temple is pretty much how I remember it.

The climb to the top of the temple is not terribly strenous but does require some exertion.
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Rapid Penang bus service

This post was originally published late last year but I’m republishing it because my earlier blog crashed.

It’s been slightly over a year since Rapid Penang bus service made it’s debut–July 31st 2007.

During its first 3 days of service, passengers rode for free.

That was serendipitous for me. I was home in Penang for a visit.
Since I wanted to visit the Kek Lok Si Temple at the end of Paya Terubong town, and I didn’t know the street so well anymore, we gave the bus a try.

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Kota Kinabalu, Sabah–don’t change in a hurry please

Kota Kinabalu in local Chinese dialect means “City of the Chinese Widow.”

Located in the northwest coast of the world’s 3rd largest island, Borneo, Kota Kinabalu or “KK” as it is known to locals, is clearly different from state capitals in West Malaysia.

Beautiful sunsets–Visitors and locals alike can be seen strolling along the waterfront in KK enjoying the glorious sunsets

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