Penang, Malaysia, what a shock


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Just rediscovered this photo. Sign in a shopping mall in Penang, Malaysia. No doubt, I was surprised to find this.

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Flower Carriages


The modern way to ride in style with floral decor and MASSIVE stereo crunching out old-school favs like Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey beats.

Good way to travel around Melaka city, about 30 Ringgit for a 20 minute ride. I never hopped on one. It always seemed too loud for me. But they are fun to look at – often having technicolored streamers and windmill fans spinning along.

Pewter


 

First time I’ve ever seen pewter, in a pewter museum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Very shiny and smooth surface much like silver but without the pain of having to polish it all the time because it doesn’t blacken and tarnish like silver does. Pretty heavy too which makes the plates, cups, and chalices I saw and touch feel pretty great in my hand. I’d like to try eating out of pewter.

It’s made out of tin, with some copper, antimony, bismuth and sometimes lead. In fact I believe it was invited as a great substitute for lead because of lead poisoning (and after they found out lead leads to lead poisoning, they  minimized the lead component).

Kuala Lumpur – I <3 KL Sign


The I ♥ KL sign outside of the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery and City Museum. Learned a lot about the founding of the city and the history of gangs that first took over. It wasn’t until the third Chinese Kapitan Yap Ah Loy arrived, controlled the gang violence, and overlooked the city’s development, that Kuala Lumpur finally grew into the burgeoning city it is today.

Twin Towers of Kuala Lumpur


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The Twin Towers are Kuala Lumpur’s pride and joy. Constructed from steel, reinforced steel, plus a few thousands more tons of steel, and a tad of concrete, the two towers are an architectural marvel designed by Argentinian Cesar Pelli. The Towers’ official name is the Petronas Tower, named after the petroleum company that owns most of the tower. They once stood as the highest towers in the world in 1998 when they were inaugurated. However, they were soon surpassed in height by the Taipei 101 Tower in 2004. Enough regurgitated facts you can check out the wiki entry yourself for more info.

Here are the beautiful pics. Unfortunately I couldn’t go backwards far enough to get a full picture but you get the idea…

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This is the inside. It’s a large shopping mall with 4 storeys of shops and restaurants. The rest are offices. Interestingly because of the shape of the building, it is difficult to rent the space (the floor space becomes progressively smaller and less able to fit as much as the bottom floors) while being much more expensive to build due to the unique shape and costly steel.

Still pretty building and definitely worth seeing!

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Genting Highlands: Casino and Themepark combined


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Spent the day at Malaysia’s proud replica of Las Vegas. They were even authentic enough to imitate the fake Eiffel Tower sitting somewhere in Vegas. (I wouldn’t really know since I haven’t actually been to the “real” Vegas — what an oxymoron?! — I mean The Strip while being over 21.)

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It’s kind of like a crazy house fun land theme park with many hotels and casinos inside.

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Though strangely called Genting Highlands.
Strange because that’s not at all what I expect a town of debauchery to sound like. I guess this place is more shopping- and family-friendly than Vegas. Only an hour outside of Kuala Lumpur, we took an hour and half bus with Go Genting for a ridiculously cheap price of $4.30RM each.
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They even had some fast car races from the lower skyline at the bottom of the hill to the top of the skyline.

I have never heard so many “ooooos” and “ahhhhs” from people drooling over a couple of Lamborghinis…

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Pretty good day overall. Though it’s left me wanting to go to Vegas now to check out the real deal.