Archive for July, 2009

Tax free…

I had heard that Langkawi was a tax free zone.

It might be, but in my humble opinion, Penang (read: Georgetown) can be a pretty good place to shop at times.

And the award for…

The best public toilet goes to the toilet near the Petronas towers near the KLCC in the garden


Random rants from a visitor to KL :)

Leaving KL

After almost 4 years of calling Kuala Lumpur as home continuously, I’m again on the move. I’ll be boarding my plane on Thursday evening to Sydney, and I probably will not be returning for more or less a year later.

When I returned to KL from Ann Arbor, I had a kind of consternation about the city. Moving is always hard for me and I don’t really like it. While in Ann Arbor, I could safely say that I moved about 2 times a year. But that was just moving within the same city. Or rather, town with respect to Ann Arbor. Moving from a continent to another continent is another matter.

Although I call Kuala Lumpur as my home city, years being away turned my into a pessimist. It is too big, the environment is not so free, etc. In a sense, it was Malaysia, with its illberal culture. Being used to living in a society with deep respect for individual liberty, moving to a society like Malaysia’s, even in Kuala Lumpur being the most liberal of all places in the country, feels like sacrificing part of myself.

I’d like to think that I rebelled while I was in Kuala Lumpur. But I guess, I learned to love it. And I did have a great time in the city. Furthermore, its colonial architecture is something to marvel at.

I mellowed and learned to accept the reality of Kuala Lumpur. With that acceptance, I familiarize myself with the city, slowly discovering the city by going through its alleys. It took time. And it took me time to put Ann Arbor behind and focus on facing Kuala Lumpur.

Now, I have to do that all over again with Sydney.

I think, I will love Sydney. People have been saying that it is like San Francisco and I love San Francisco. It easily ranks a top city in my list due to its ambiance, its location, weather, services, people.

Still, I was in San Francisco as a visitor, not as a resident. My context in Sydney will be wildly different.

I’ll be boarding my plane on Thursday. Judging by my inactivity here, it is likely that this will be the last post written in Kuala Lumpur for a long time.

So, goodbye, for now. Goodbye KL.


I have roamed around quite a bit in KL through cabs, monorail, car and buses. I went to the butterfly park – which was a huge disappointment. The fishes there were a better tourist’s attraction than the butterflies or maybe I expected more off 18 ringlets per person fee. I went to Genting Highlands yesterday and it was absolutely amazing. I didn’t expect any place in Malaysia to be that cold. Went on the flying coaster ride which was pretty marvelous too. Went to the National Museum which was absolutely amazing. I specially was pretty much amazed by the way Islam’s entrance to Malaysia was portrayed. And became slightly proud of the fact that some of the tiles inside the museum were a gift from Pakistan’s Government to the Government of Malaysia! Berjaya Times Square is absolutely amazing and there is a launch of some new energy drink at NOON tomorrow over here!

Anyhow – this is it. More coming soon. Including my opinion of Putrajaya :)

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