Air-Conditioners

Air-Conditioners
The KL Tower is watching you.

scene in the Imbi area of Kuala Lumpur: air-conditioners and kitchen exhaust pipes

Open Air Kitchen

Open Air Kitchen
open air kitchen of a Chinese restaurant in Imbi, Kuala Lumpur

Traditional Chinese Hardware Store

Traditional Chinese Hardware Store
typical traditional kedai (=store) crammed with everything you need

Chinese Shophouses in Ampang
The shop is located in the old town of Ampang in Kuala Lumpur, one of the last few remaining areas of traditional shophouses in Kuala Lumpur

Malay food stall

Malay food stall
This small food stall sells Nasi Kerabu, Laksa and Laksam

Delivery of gas bottles

Delivery of gas bottles
Gas is essential to keep the woks and pots fired up in food paradise Malaysia

on the photo: delivery man of the national oil and gas company Petronas

MRT vs. traffic jam

MRT vs. traffic jam
view of a gridlocked highway from the MRT line

Every year the traffice in KL and the Klang Valley seems to get worse. New highways, ramps, flyovers and bridges are built everywhere but it cannot keep up with multiplication of cars. In 2017 the new MRT line finally opened but it is only a begining and more MRT lines are needed to make KL's public transport system a worthy altnernative to using the car.

Bazaar Ramadhan

Bazaar Ramadhan
The month of Ramadhan is not only a time of fasting for Muslim but also time where the best food is available at the Ramadhan markets

The markets open in the afternoon where Muslims come to pack the food they will breaks the fast with later (around 7.30pm in Malaysia). Non-Muslims are welcome at the markets and travellers should check it out when they in Malaysia at that time of the year.

Ramadhan Markets in Kuala Lumpur

Old Apartment Block

Old Apartment Block

This old and worn-down apartment block has some strange aesthetic value to it.

The so-called City Tower is located on Jalan Alor, the popular food street in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.

Mosque and Minaret

Mosque and Minaret
There are mosques all around in a country with more 50% being Muslim (up to almost 100% in the rural areas of the peninsula).

The next mosque is never far a away and you are likely to hear the call to prayers at some point of the day. The mosque on the photo here is the Federal Mosque (Masjid Wilaya) in Kuala Lumpur.

Trump-Kim Nasi Lemak

Trump-Kim Nasi Lemak
Nasi Lemak with american-korean flavour: dry-aged US beef and Kimchi

This is a snippet from The Star newspaper about small businesses cashing in on the hype before the first American - North Korean summit which took place on June 12th 2018 between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un.

The real Nasi Lemak is a signature dish in the region. More about Nasi Lemak

Orang Asli

Orang Asli
Orang Asli boatman in Taman Negara National Park in Pahang

Orang Asli (=indigenous people) are the term for various negrito tribes that live in the interior rainforests of Peninsular Malaysia. Usually they live a normadic lifestyle far away from and with little to no contact to modern civilisation. In Taman Negara you find some Orang Asli working in the tourism sector such as the one on the photo bringing tourists to one of the activies in the park

Greater Kuala Lumpur

Greater Kuala Lumpur
view from an apartment in Mutiara Damansara, part of Petaling Jaya (PJ), west of Kuala Lumpur but part of the Greater Kuala Lumpur urban area

Below is the MRT line which connects this part of town with downtown Kuala Lumpur and beyond. Opposite you see a typical highrise condominium block (probably built sometime around 2010), like hundreds of others mushrooming throughout the Klang Valley. The green patches here are not public parks but a golf course. To left of the condo you can see 1Utama shopping mall in the distance.

Hari Raya and World Cup 2018

Hari Raya and World Cup 2018
When Hari Raya and the start of the world cup fall on the same day...

The football world cup 2018 in Russia started right after fasting month Ramadhan ended. Two big events in Malaysia. The photo is from a full page advertisment in The Star newspaper by the local telecomunication compnay Maxis.

Chinese Household Shrines

Chinese Household Shrines
Virtually every Chinese house has small shrine / alter outside of the house

Virtually every Chinese house has small shrine / alter outside of the house

 

Workshop Shrine

Here is a shrine inside a car work shop

Sleeping on the trishaw

Sleeping on the trishaw
A rickshaw driver indulges in a nap while waiting for customers in the historic city of Melaka, 2 hours south of Kuala Lumpur.

A rickshaw driver indulges in a nap while waiting for customers in the historic city of Melaka, 2 hours south of Kuala Lumpur. The colorfully decorated, somtimes lit with lights and equipped with stereo systems, Rickshaws are a tourist attraction in Melaka and Penang and a great way to explore the old towns. They used to be an important means of transport for the population, but today rickshaws are mostly just a tourist transportation. Though, in some cities you can see still traditional rickshaws (undecorated), mainly in the vicinity of morning markets, such as in Kota Bharu and Kuala Terengganu on the east coast.

On the way to Thaipusam

On the way to Thaipusam
At the foot of the Batu Caves and also in a large cave in the mountain there are several Hindu temples. The Indians in the picture are on the way to the celebrations of Thaipusam

In the background you can see the rocks of Batu Caves in north of Kuala Lumpur. At the foot of the Batu Caves and also in a large cave in the mountain there are several Hindu temples. The Indians in the picture are on the way to the celebrations of Thaipusam. The Thaipusam festival is the biggest Hindu festival in Malaysia. Up to a million visitors and devotees attend the Thaipusam festivities at Batu Caves every year, which always takes place in late January. This photo was taken on the weekend after the main procession. The celebrations stretch out for an entire week, but the day of the procession draws the most attendees.

Indian Street Restaurant

Indian Street Restaurant
In tropical Malaysia a simple roof as rain protection is sufficient to run an (outdoor) restaurant. This Indian Street Restaurant in Kuala Lumpur has been around for over 30 years.

In tropical Malaysia a simple roof as rain protection is sufficient to run an (outdoor) restaurant. This Indian Street Restaurant in Kuala Lumpur has been around for over 30 years. The specialty here is lamb curry, cooked at home and brought in big pots to the restaurant. At the restaurant location there is also a wok (on the right of the photo) where rice and noodle can be fried on the spot. The bananas and chips hanging from the ceiling are self service and paid by item.
 

Indian Street Restaurant / Stall

Kids playing Yo-yo

Kids playing Yo-yo

2 boys playing in a backyard in the historic quarters (Chinatown) of Melaka with large yo-yos, while family operates the business (shop or restaurant)in  the ground floor of the shop house. The plastic stools are also a classic in Malaysia and can be found everywhere.

Chinese New Year Biscuits

Chinese New Year Biscuits

Malaysians love it sweet. Before and during major holidays like Hari Raya (the end of the fasting month Rhamadan for Muslims) or the Chinese New Year Festival, you can find these plastic containers with red lids everywhere in supermarkets and street stalls in Malaysia. These jars contain sweet (sometimes also savory) pastries and snacks such as butter cookies with nuts or pineapple biscuits. In the family homes on the coffee table there will then be always a nice variety of treats in the festive season.
In this picture you can see a Chinese street stall in January 2013 just before the Lunar New Year.

Fogging Against Dengue

Fogging Against Dengue

In Kuala Lumpur (and elsewhere in Malaysia), you can often see (and smell) that a building suddenly disappears in fog. This socalled fogging is a measure to fight the Aedis mosquito that transmits the virus. The mosquitos larvae develop in standing water (drains, old cans, pots etc.). Dengue fever is still common in Malaysia, especially in the cities, and many Malaysians catch Dengue Fever sometime in their lives. Hence, the fogging is conducted regularly.

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