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May 25th, 2011 | Asia

Lights on in Kuala Lumpur…

K.L.'s Telecom Tower...

Today was all good…!!

I managed to get my flight to Bali sorted with the help of Rory, who saved me a chunk of money by booking the ticket directly online for me… For some weird and wonderful reason, neither of my cards are accepted online…!! And it is not finger trouble on my part, as even Chenty eventually gave up, and used their credit card to pay for my Australian visa when we were in Thailand…

Ivor Ting of Clasquin delivered my Carnet and other documents that I will need to clear the Big Fella in Bali, and I discovered that I will be on the next flight out after my trusty steed…

I located a pharmacy close to the hotel, where I convinced the pharmacist on duty to give me medication that would knock the cold I have been nursing for a few days, into the middle of next year…!! Early results are promising…!!

I spent the bulk of the day in my cell at the Comfort Inn, replying to emails and writing a few posts to ward off the many messages asking if my laptop was malfunctioning, or if there was any other reason why my website isn’t up to date…!! Cheeky devils…!!

After dinner, I took a cab downtown to check out the city by night… I was dropped off at the Petronas Twin Towers, one of the most impressive pieces of architecture that you’ll ever lay eyes on…

The Petronas Twin Towers... Simply AWESOME...!!

Hordes of people thronged the open areas in front of the towers, and tripods were set up even a few blocks away to try and get both towers into the picture… Couples sat on the steps just staring up into the night time sky, awed by the lighting on this magnificent building…

Tower 2... Built by a Korean Consortium...

I circled the entire block, snapping away at as many angles as I could, and looking at the results from my little “point and shoot” I can honestly say that I have done the Petronas Towers no justice at all…

Soaring on high... Twin beacons of magnificence...!!

The towers were seven years in the building, and have the deepest foundations of any building on earth, over 120 metres underground… They were built using solid concrete as apposed to concrete and steel, which makes them almost twice as heavy, hence the deep foundations…

Between 1998 and 2004, they were the tallest buildings on earth, and today, at 257 metres above ground level, they still rank as the tallest twin towers on the planet…

Tower 1 was built by the Japanese, while Tower 2 was built by the Koreans, who got one over on the Japs by completing their tower first…!!

The tallest Twin Towers in the world...

But all the facts and figures in the world cannot describe the amazing symmetry and beauty of the structure that I stood gawking at along with thousands of other folk, just as entranced as I was…

Other impressive buildings surround the Twin Towers, but pale into insignificance beside them… Especially at night, when the entire structure is lit up by subdued lighting that rings every one of it’s 88 occupied floors… Much of the upper parts of the towers is taken up with the giant spires that adorn them… Clearly money was no object when the Argentine architects set to work designing a building that would define them forever…

The Public Bank building is also an impressive structure, but can't hold a candle to it's glitzy neighbour...

I stood on the same spot where Trevor, Chenty, Phil and I had taken a few snaps a fortnight ago, and even though we were awed by the sight of the towers then, nothing could compare to seeing them lit up at night…

I spent almost an hour walking around and gazing up at them, before my neck began complaining at the treatment it was being subjected to…

Rear view of the towers... It's 10.02 pm and I'm still walking around the building...

I walked down to the Hard Rock Cafe, recalling our evening with the BMW Club of Kuala Lumpur, and then went on to The Beach Pub and Restaurant, where Phil and I had spent a rather memorable few hours… The place abuzz with people, thumping loud music blaring from the giant speakers set up on the pavement outside… I crossed the road, bought a large cup of overpriced coffee from a takeaway joint, and then stood watching the mayhem outside the Beach Club…

After being hit on by passing hookers for the umpteenth time, I decided that I had seen enough of the both the good and the….er….not so good, night life of Kuala Lumpur, and hailed a taxi to take me back to the discomfort of the Comfort Inn in Bukit Bintang…

Last one, I promise...!! The Sky-Bridge that links the Towers on the 41st and 42nd floors...

The Nepalese shop assistant at the 7-Eleven next door knew me well enough to put two Crunchies and a pair of Snickers bars on the counter when I walked through the door… With a couple of bottles of water under my arm, I scooped up his offerings, acknowledging his quick wink with a smile, and then headed to my room to watch a movie and reflect on a day when most things seem to come together according to plan…

Then I began looking ahead and the fretting started…

I said a silent prayer that the Indonesian Customs officials would be in a good mood in the coming days, and release the Big Fella back into my loving care without too many delays, and without attempting to bankrupt me any further…

I was looking forward to seeing Bali, and had heard that it was an island “that you could fall in love with” to quote Zarina from Singapore, a close friend of Rory’s…

I had also made contact with a friend of Chenty’s who lived on Bali, and Patti had very kindly invited me to “house and dog-sit” for her while she was away, and this I was looking forward to as well…

It meant I could spend a quiet week plugging away at the many holes in my story, before setting off to explore the island, as well as ride back to Java to see some of the sights there, after that…

It would also give me an opportunity to plan my route east along the chain of islands that would take me to Australia…

By the way, anybody out there been to the Islands of Komodo lately…?? You know, to see those bloody big lizards…?? No…?? Tsk-tsk… You guys  just aren’t getting out enough…!! Not to worry, I’ll serve up a few photos in due course…!!

Ah…the difficult assignments I have to take on to satisfy your curiosity…!!

©GBWT 2011

2 comments to Lights on in Kuala Lumpur…

  • Mark Behr

    The towers are truly amazing. Nice job.
    I am sure you will enjoy Bali. Look forward to catching up on your travels.

  • Charmz

    You have captured the towers very nicely. Wow it must have been amazing just to be there to see how majestic they are. Lets hope Bali is going to be all that its made out to be. Enjoy.

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