Back in Kuala Lumpur

It’s weird to actually return to a place.

After a fond farewell to Tanah Rata and the rest of the Cameron Highlands, Indi and I boarded a bus bound for our final stop in Malaysia. Returning to Kuala Lumpur was always in the cards, as our first visit left so much unexplored territory. We are once again staying at Alex’s Guesthouse – one of the best places we’ve experienced in our travels. As you may recall, Alex is a kind-natured Indian fellow with a booming voice and a keen interest in hospitality. This time is no different.

As we got settled and talked to Alex about our Malaysian Adventures, he asked if we’d be interested in going to Putrajaya with him. Putrajaya is a new city about 30km from Kuala Lumpur. By ‘new city’ I mean that in every sense of the phrase. In 1995, the Prime Minister decided that the government center needed to be moved from congested Kuala Lumpur (KL) and commissioned this entire city be built. Most buildings are 2000 or newer construction. As a fan of architecture in general, I was eager to take Alex up on his offer.

I’m so glad I did. After a 30 minute car ride, we arrived in the unassuming city of Putrajaya. We were dropped off near the Prime Minister’s Palace and waited to take a river boat ride, which didn’t get started for an hour. Next door to the Prime Minister’s place is the Putra Mosque, the primary mosque for the city. It is beautifully crafted and it’s obvious that a lot of attention went into it’s design. Once 10 AM rolled around, we boarded a boat (we were the only passengers) and toured a few of the fabulous bridges built for symbolic purposes down the river. Some are even in honor of bridges in other parts of the world like Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Once our too-short tour was over, we took a long walk down the main street. All of the buildings are fancifully constructed, and as we later learned the Prime Minister insisted that all buildings be different from one another with their own architechtural flair. We also quickly noticed there were no restaurants; the few cafes we saw were closed since Ramadan just started. I was able to distract my hunger by frequently gawking at the modern design, though.

A few hours later, we were back in KL and napped happily. Tonight we work up a loose schedule of sorts so we don’t miss out on what we want to do this time.

Oh, and monsoon season has officially started. Been raining a lot. Indi’s poor Teva shoes got peat moss’d back in the Cameron Highlands and haven’t had an adequate chance to dry out. Any suggestions on properly drying waterproof shoes?

About rhysfunk

Rhys Martin was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1981. In 2009, he sold everything he owned and left the country, living out of a backpack for ten months. He discovered a passion for photography while traveling throughout Southeast Asia and Europe. After returning home, he looked at his home town and Oklahoma heritage with fresh eyes. When he began to explore his home state, Rhys turned his attention to historic Route 66. As he became familiar with the iconic highway, he began to truly appreciate Oklahoma’s place along the Mother Road. He has traveled all 2,400 miles of Route 66, from Chicago to Los Angeles. He has also driven many miles on rural Oklahoma highways to explore the fading Main Streets of our small towns. Rhys has a desire to find and share the unique qualities of the Sooner State with the rest of the world. Cloudless Lens Photography has been featured in several publications including This Land, Route 66 Magazine, Nimrod Journal, Inbound Asia Magazine, The Oklahoman, and the Tulsa World. In 2018 he published his first book, Lost Restaurants of Tulsa. Rhys loves to connect with people and share his experiences; ask him about enjoyable day trips from Tulsa, locations along Route 66, and good diners or burger joints along the way.
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