Sunday, February 06, 2011

Kuala Lumpur



As we leave Kuching, it is raining again. Our flight is to Kuala Lumpur for the last leg of our trip. The flight time is less than 2 hours and we arrive to the hustle and bustle of a major Asian city, full of cars and overpasses. This definitely is a city made for driving not walking. It takes us nearly an hour to get to the Cititel hotel, located in the mid valley mall on the southwest outskirts of the city. The room is tiny! We meander into the adjoining mall and I am in awe at its size. Kuala Lumpur is home to some of the biggest malls and this one is the biggest mall in southeast asia at 4.5 million square feet and 430 stores. it seems to be a mile long and several stories high. Decorations are up for Chinese New Year and it being sunday, is full of families and shoppers. Can all these stores stay in business, I wonder? I recall a comment one of the wedding guests had made, that she likes to shop because it is too hot to walk around outside; she doesn't like to sweat, and sweat you will upon stepping foot outside. Can you imagine living your life inside shopping malls? We find the dumpling restaurant Ray has been telling me about, and it turns out to be the famous Din Tai Feng, also located in LA, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia etc. We gorge ourselves on Shanghainese dumplings, filled with a pocket of juice and tasty filling. We roll out of there and decide to visit the Golden Triangle and the Bukit Bintang area, the premier shopping and nightlife district. It is a bit like Fifth Avenue, mall after mall and a shoppers heaven.
Somewhat overstimulating! We decide to buy sushi at the downstairs grocery store and end the day with gelato. California seems sweeter by the day.

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