Sunday, July 08, 2012
Malaysia Day 2 Part 2
Buffet breakfast was included and it was pretty good. We could not help but notice the large number of fully veiled in black Moslem women. The local Malay females only wear a scarf. I assume these were all tourists from the Middle East. Sitting at breakfast was weird with all these floating black objects moving around us. We remarked to Manny and he replied, ah, wait until next month, there will be Darth Vaders everywhere. Hehe. We decided to refer to them as DVs. Apparently the local Chinese don't have much respect for those in the full black regalia.
A couple of stats. Malays and indigenous make up 57% of the population, Chinese 25% and Indians 7%. The Chinese are the money makers and the industrious. Many Malays are under a protection system to the disadvantage of the Chinese so that the Malays are not overcome by the wealth of the Chinese. Manny said he liked the system, even though it disadvantaged him. He was happy to not have the extreme poverty, which he thought there would be without the system.
Elvira Rosemarie Mesiona took this stunning night photo of the whole temple.
Manny then took us to the Chinatown area. KL has obliterated most of its old buildings, but the old Chinatown was reasonably intact. We ate inside a cafe while the food was cooked outside and brought in. We were pretty whacked by now but Manny had not finished with us yet. Have you heard of the Genting Highlands? I had but I knew nothing about them. Let's go. Oh dear. I suppose it took a little more than half an hour to get to the base of the Highlands and then up we went. If you are familiar with Victoria's Arthurs Seat, imagine a road like that, three lanes in both directions and ten times longer. As we started up the hill, atop was revealed brightly lit high rise buildings right on the very top of the mountain. It was amazing, more so because in the predominately Moslem country the main attraction was a massive casino. Up to an ear popping 6000 feet we drove, compared to KL which has an elevation of about seventy feet.
It was midnight by the time we arrived back at our hotel and we did not even go into the casino proper. Manny had appointments the next day, so he said he would call us to go for dinner. No Manny, take a night off. We'll be fine. Frankly, I doubt we could have taken on another day like that. We were discovering that while it is wonderful to have a personal guide, things weren't happening at the pace we liked. So, the next day, Tuesday, we had to ourselves.