Night Markets in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Check out how the sreet hawkers clap to get your attention and then talk you right in for a sale. There’s tons of wild foods to smell and consider trying another day and heaps of rip off designer clothes, bags, watches, shoes and everything else one might not need but want. For me the most exciting part is how the river of Malaysians and bug-eyed westerners flows through it all.

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Downtown Malaysia is so very modern, spotted with high class restaurants and shopping centers. The high rises here are spaced out, even more than Los Angeles, making them rise from the ground with prestige and independence. The shopping is repetitious and endless. One mall, with it’s envious name of “Times Square” is the largest in Asia. Ten stories of shopping and eating, with an amusement park in the center. I visited the mall with a Taiwanese kid who said his name was Kevin. I asked his real name and made an effort to use it, but now unable to remember it, I understand why he says to call him Kevin. We rode the rollercoaster, ordered Japanese food in Malaysian from a waitress who only spoke Burmese and got our heads massaged and hair cut at a stylish salon for $6.

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I Never Knew Much

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I never knew much about Malaysia, but that didn’t stop it from building a very modern capital city in Kuala Lumpur, including the tallest twin towers in the world, the largest shopping center in Asia, and hundreds of upscale restaurants and hotels. The people here are friendly and due to British influence circa WWII, almost everyone speaks at least some English. The traffic I’ve seen is less insane than in Thailand, but still has a wildness too it.

I took a high speed, high tech, high class train from the airport into the city. Flat panel TV’s scrolled through tourist targeted ads, while fields of farmland passed by.

From Kuala Lumpur Station Sentral, I opted to take the monorail and walk option as opposed to taking a taxi to my hostel door. The difference in price was only about $8 and after walking around sweat soaked looking for an overhead train, which I figured would have been easier to find, I almost gave in. It’s taken some serious effort to force myself into budget travel, but I think I’m finally getting there.

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What Am I Doing Here?

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I slept about 4 hours during my full day of travel time from LA to Kuala Lumpur. Surprisingly I still had plenty of energy today. It’s midnight and I’m still wide awake.
When the plane was approaching the runway, the passenger video screen showed a map of the earth and our very far from home location. I had a sinking feeling in my stomach and dealt with irrational thoughts like “why am I here?” and “what did I just do?” I get that feeling everytime I go somewhere far from home. It usually only lasts a day or so. After forgetting to look for toilet paper until it was too late and fending off vendors at the night market, the Asian culture shock has aleady started to fade. I’m only here until Sunday, so there’s lots to see in the next four days. And now I’m tired.

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