I know you’re here for the photos. I’ll keep the copy to a minimum - deal?
In May 2018, I went to Malaysia. I’m aware it’s now February 2019. Sue me.
This was my first time in Asia and GOOD LORD it was so cool. I’ve done a decent amount of traveling in my 24 years of life, but this was my first time in an Eastern culture. New foods, new architecture, new languages, new religions - it was sensory overload in the best way.
The Petronas Towers (above) are one of the most, if not the most, iconic sights in all of the city. Seriously, it’s hard to miss these. The bottom of the towers are lined with every luxury designer you could imagine. I just went in there for the free air conditioning.
I found the city to be fairly walkable. The only obstacle was surviving the infamous Southeast Asian humidity, which to be fair, I was well equipped to tackle having grown up in Florida.
These images below are from the Sri Mahamariamman Temple which is the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur! Having stumbled across this landmark on a walk, I threw my shoes off and tip-toed on the hot tiled holy grounds to get a glimpse of the rituals taking place inside. Needless to say, I stood out like a sore thumb.
The next day, I headed to the Batu Caves which is another extremely popular site to visit in the area. Tucked up north in Gombak, Selangor are the limestone caves (aged at 400 million years old)!!! After a confusing attempt to use the metro line, I soon realized as I was switching stations that the connecting train was shut for a two week period. A taxi it is, then. I at least tried to live like a local.
Stairs + camera bag + heat = Alex as a sweaty mess.
There are hundreds of steps leading up into the Hindu shrines. It is of strict instruction to not feed the monkeys, of which there are many, because they’re already too comfortable with the thousands of daily tourists. We needn’t encourage them to interact with us. I literally watched that monkey (below right image) snatch the scarf off of the woman, just 30 seconds after I took the photo.
I mean, COME ON. They’re so cute.
After I had been inside the caves for a while, I noticed there was a mass of people moving from the very top section of shrines, down to a roped off part of the temple. Naturally, I joined in the queue.
Some rituals took place. I literally could not tell you any of the significance. But it looked cool.
As I was leaving, this girl stopped and posed when she saw my camera. Her mom told me to snap a pic.
After the morning spent in the caves, I had basically sweat out every ounce of liquid in my body. And then… I spotted the blessed coconut man. Ya girl was thirsty.
This leads me into the perfect segue: food. Glorious Malaysian food. Although definitely a bit touristy, the street market was LOADED with incredible flavors. Mmmmmmmm.
Don’t worry, I didn't eat here.
Honestly, I miss this place. Even after a 13 day stay in the city, I wasn’t ready to leave. The people are so kind and the intersection of faith and culture is fascinating in this country. I’ll be back for you someday, KL.