April 09, 2007

Kuala Lumpur....

The temperature was already in the upper 90's F, pre-dawn 7:00 am, when we went for a hike this morning in the Lake Gardens, the only green patch left in this city conurbation of 4.5 million.

The weather is 200% humidity and 300% sauna everyday... how do these people take it here? It gets so unbearable towards the afternoon. An old high school girlfriend has loaned me her "air-condition malfunctioning" Malaysian-made Proton Saga sedan to drive. The car drives very economically, generating more than 40 mpg, but the inside temperature (after being parked under the hot-burning Malaysian sun for 2 hours) is 120F! Every time, I get in to drive, my body H2O and sodium content automatically decrease by 500gm! I wonder if near-death-experiences by dehydration are rampant here?.... maybe, only for people stupid enough to drive "air-condition malfunctioning" vehicles!

After our hike in the not-so-pristine Lake Gardens park (see pic), we ended up in Brickfields, an old Indian commercial enclave of shops, restaurants and hawker foodstalls, for breakfast. We stumbled upon Brickfields famous' oyster congee (made by the same woman who sold the same stuff 40 years ago), had "nasi lemak" and red bean soup. Gobble, Gobble, Gobble......

On the way back, we passed by the Kuala Lumpur Central Railway Station..... an incredible British colonial creation of Moorish architecture at its finest!

Next to come... 1) Food and the gastronomical obsession of local Malaysians. 2) Architecture of the ever-changing skyline of Kuala Lumpur city... What Petronas Twin Towers?? That is sooooo passe!

1 comment:

Terri Hong said...

You r really something! It took me so long to learn to blog but u...love ur blog n the pics. How do u get the pics indented left and right??