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Tourist in KL

Going downtown to areas where tourists go is always a bit strange for me - suddenly people start treating me like a tourist, calling me into their shop or offering me dodgy watches. In PJ, people generally may look at me a little curiously but mostly don't care; I guess it's because around Chinatown and areas like that, since they depend on tourists for a lot of trade (as opposed to in PJ), there is more competition and therefore it's more important to attract the tourists to them...

Anyway, when friends come to visit, I normally give them a little 'walking tour' that is based on a walking tour that I did once; it pretty much mirrors the one that's recommended in the Lonely Planet that our visitor had. Although it feels strange, it's also nice to be a tourist for a while - it gives you a chance to do and see things you normally wouldn't.

Here are some highlights from a walk around downtown KL :-)

Masjid Jamek in Kuala Lumpur
A view of Masjid Jamek shows old and new, Mughal, English and Arabic influences as part of the modern Malaysia

Fortune-telling parrots in front of the peacock tiles of Chettiar House on Lebuh Ampang
Fortune-telling parrots look bored in front of the peacock tiles of Chettiar House on Lebuh Ampang.

Painted shophouses in Medan Pasar
Painted shophouses in Medan Pasar reflected in the windows of a modern building

Sze Yah Temple in Kuala Lumpur Chinatown
One of my favourite places - the Sze Yah Temple (which I call the 'Yap Ah Loy Temple' - he founded it)

Chan See Shu Yuen Temple in Kuala Lumpur Chinatown
There are many more sights around Petaling Street - we had some very nice Curry Laksa, then ended up at the Chan See Shu Yuen Temple, when it started to rain heavily.

Kampong Baru pasar malam in Kuala Lumpur
Finally, a jump across town to the evocative Kampong Baru, where houses on stilts lie under the Petronas Towers. We strolled around, checked out the Pasar Malam, and had delicious ikan bakar :-P

New Year over Kuala Lumpur

This NY eve a friend invited us to his new flat, where he has a good view of KLCC and the KL skyline.

I was trying out the 'Fireworks' option on my Canon PowerShot S80; it's OK, but not excellent - even with the tripod there was some movement and these were the best photos I got

I did try to do manual shots (which is also possible on the S80), but they were completely useless - so the Fireworks function does do something useful!

What was particularly nice about the view, was that you can see fireworks from many different places along the skyline

On a somewhat unrelated note, but in the interest of pimping his effort - I wonder if will Huai Bin be offering any fireworks in his (hoped for) F&N Free Party? 8-)