Sunday, July 08, 2012

Malaysia Day 2 Part 2

Our hotel. We were quite happy with it, although I was a bit annoyed at the $10 a day charge for wireless internet, especially so when we returned to the hotel for the last night after Penang and were given a different room where the reception made the wi fi almost unusable. However, the hotel did miss charging me one day.

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.

 This is the Thean Hou Buddhist Temple atop Robsons Hill. It was quite mind blowing. The colours were so vivid.

 The KL skyline in the background.

 Elvira Rosemarie Mesiona took this stunning night photo of the whole temple.

 In order were the statues for the Chinese Zodiac symbols.

This one is very important to me. For some reason it is called Rooster Frank. 'Manny, what is your sign?' Rabbit, he replied. Bingo, got his age. Thirty seven.

 Back in the organised chaos of the streets of KL.

 Important government buildings.

This is a park where I think Malaysia's independence was granted by Britain. It has a very impressive flag pole.
I am not sure if World Under One Roof is a slogan the Malaysians have come up with or there is a shopping mall underneath.
KL Station was not nearly as impressive as I thought it would be.

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.

We went up and down escalators, up in a lift and along walkways, somewhat gobsmacked at the sheer size of the place. As was said in Crocodile Dundee, you think you have a casino? This is a casino. These are small monorail sleighs travelling around for kids. Even though it was only Monday night, they were popular enough with delighted children.

 A gondola on a Venetian canal. We crossed the canal by an arched bridge and entered a bar for a drink.

 Suspended travelling up higher for canoodling  young couples.

 Casinos seem to excel in the gaudy and glitzy and this one was no exception.

 Booking into one of the hotels? Many, many booking windows along with an electronic self check in system.

 Models of the complex. As you can see, there is a fun park.

I don't know who the lads are, but they certainly had the mostly young female crowd excited.

About half way coming back down the mountain we stopped at the Chin Swee Pagoda.

On a cliff at the pagoda were many small animal statues. Bit hard to see.

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.


  1. I didn't know you were in Malaysia, but I've been offline a lot lately. Glad I checked in this evening though because these are some fabulous photos. It looks like you guys are having a great time!

  2. I remember the Indian part of Singapore -maybe the first time I ever dined al fresco, and under lights too. It was good.

  3. Lovely photos here, the Temple is very colourful and I like the Chinese Zodiac statues very much. I'm a Dragon. That Casino certainly has a lot more glitz than ours here in Adelaide. Although I admit that I haven't been there since christmas 1986, so maybe it has livened up a bit since then.

  4. Hooley dooley, no wonder you were exhausted by the end of it.

    Rooster Frank - is that explanation due a separate blog article?

  5. Thanks Rubye. I noted there was no backlog of yours to read. It is a case of us being there rather than being there now.

    RH, we stayed in Little India when we were there. I am not sure if it was good or not as I had no comparison.

    River, dragon, checking, ah, ok. Anyway you have never hidden it. My god, you must have gone to the opening night if it was 1986.

    Kath, I have no idea about the sign said Rooster Frank. I am as innocent as the day is long.

  6. It was a vast area of outdoor cafes, bright, colourful, festive.
    (I'd say 'vibrant' but it's a latte word and I hate it.)