Every weekend Iris and I take at least one day to explore a different part of our new home. Living here makes exploring the city very different. We are long term tourists, here for at least two years maybe more, meaning that there is no rush to do or see anything. It is nice. Some days I feel like we are wasting this amazing opportunity, but most days I am sane and I remember that we have a long time here. So our approach to seeing the city has been casual. At least once a weekend however we make it a goal to explore a different part of the city, even if it is only for a few hours. A few weekends ago we went full touristy. We decide to go to a museum and then the KL Tower! The tower is something a lot of cities have, a giant antenna/tv tower turned into a tourist attraction. Think the CN Tower in Toronto but not as big. Or Tokyo Tower in, well, you know, but bigger!
The museum was really just a giant miniature of the entire city. We figured we were going to go to the KL tower, but we though that going to the museum first would give us a good idea of the lay of the land in case we changed our mind. It was a giant tourist attraction, the type I usually hate but find myself enjoying at the moment. It is equal parts appealing to me because I am a tourist, but something I can ironically like or just hate because I am not a tourist: I live and work here in KL. The museum is on Merdeka Square. Merdeka means freedom. This is the square where they first raised the Malaysian flag when the Malaysian Federated States came into being, albeit under the control of the British. More importantly it was where the Union Jack was lowered for the final time and the Malaysian flag raised to the top when the country became independent. The green of the square is the former cricket grounds for the British Admiralty and all of the buildings surrounding it were at one time part of the British administration.
After the museum we took a little tour of the square itself. It was hot. Seriously. But it is always hot. It is also always a pool day, as we like to say in the Heise family, so Holley folk come prepared when you visit! Even if it is December, it is still pool weather!
As you can see by the above photo, that does not look like a British building. A cab driver once told us that a lot of the buildings the British built here were in the Muslim style because they knew that eventually they would hand the country to the Malay people. I thought it was an interesting point perhaps with some truth to it, but I think if you asked the British if they ever wanted to give up these giant money making territories I do not think they would say yes.
The Rotary Club I thought about joining during my time here in KL meets here at the Royal Selangor Club, a members only club right on the Square. I might have to be a visiting Rotarian a few times, but when it comes to paying dues I do not think I will be doing it here!
So funny story about our walk to the KL Tower: We got lost. We just walked towards the tower, figuring that all roads would lead us around the park and eventually to the tower. Boy was Iris and only Iris wrong about that! I of course always knew it was wrong, and never once said “If this uphill road turns out to be a dead end I am going home”. I stand by this statement.
So anyway, once we discovered that we had gone astray and were on a dead end road we call a taxi because as I mentioned earlier it was really hot out this day. The cab driver had to laugh at us as it turns out we were just around the corner from the entrance to the park. Still, best cab ride ever in terms of value. It was, and I can not stress this enough, really hot and humid. Like real feel of 115 degrees or so. The tower itself there is not much to say. The pictures and the views say more then I can. Please do not mind the fancy filters. I am discovering things about my phone and my point and shoot camera now that my good camera is broke.
That’s all for now. I start my new job tomorrow. Very exciting and very nerve wracking!