Two hours in the clear blue skies and we were in Kuala Lumpur International airport. One hour and we would be in the city center, I was so anxious to catch a glimpse of Kuala Lumpur and now here I was. We checked in at the the Red Dragon Hotel in Pasar Seni (Chinatown) and headed out for lunch. I fell in love with Pasar Seni the moment I arrived there.The people were so presentable such that I felt out of place with my Indian shorts and the vest.
We spent the next three days around Chinatown enjoying the food, the Chinese teas, visiting the temples, the markets and jalan jalaning. Later, we visited Batu caves.
The sight is scenic. It is an impressive group of caves with hanging limestone rocks. Inside there are a number of temples where the Indian Malay come to worship. The most tiresome part is climbing the 272 steps to the temples. I might have stopped around ten times to catch a breath till I got to the caves. Inside you have Indian temples and Indian people worshiping. The cave is an important Hindu shrine and every year they hold the Thaipusam Hindu festival here.
Apparently, I always found myself perusing through the guidebook with a book in hand deciding which place among all the places in the guide we would visit. We decided to visit the most important and next off was The Menara Tower. The building is an important landmark in Malaysia together with the Petronas Towers.
Built in 1995 it was mainly meant for communication purposes but the view of the city from the top is to die for. From there we could see the whole city and you get to underestimate the Petronas towers as they are less intimidating from here.
We were not looking forward to leaving Malaysia any time soon. I wanted to stay here to school and work at the same time. We started looking for an apartment.After one week we had gotten a house in Ampang; a place thirty minutes from the center and we were ready to move. We moved to the new house and with no time had settled and made a few friends.
We did not know too much about this area till one day we decided to attend Occupy Dataran – Dataran is the Malay word for square – in Dataran Merdeka. Merdeka is the Malaysian Indepedence Square and it is very important to the goverment. It is not legal to hold mass meetings in Malaysia and this one was not different. It was held in support of the Americans who were occupying Wall Street but every ten minute after gathering the police would come and disperse us.