Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia’s National Museum

October 15, 2010

Shortly after I descended from the smoggy heights of Kuala Lumpur’s iconic Petronas Towers, I made my way to the dross-sounding, Malaysia National Museum (Muzium Negara). I say dross, because I often discover that museums dedicated to national identity, have that rare ability to hypnotise me with officialised blandness. Malaysia’s is no different, but I […]

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Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

September 27, 2010

I knew it was going to be good before I even saw the first exhibition. The security guard was smiling right from the deeps of his eyes, and he was courteous and friendly from all of 10-feet away. This is a good sign anywhere in the world. The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, in Kuala Lumpur […]

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Shop till you Drop

September 24, 2010

It struck me that Kuala Lumpur is not somewhere that East meets West; rather a place, where the West is accepted. When you’re helplessly lost within one of the dozen or more super-sized shopping centres in the Malaysian capital (which you will be), you could be excused for assuming that Kuala Lumpur is more Western […]

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Scratch ‘n’ Sniff

September 21, 2010

I leaned my head against the aeroplane window, and watched as my house sauntered by. My downward gaze instinctively retraced my former running route, and in my mind’s eye I took a walk through the neighbourhood; to the supermarket I never fully understood, and into the pub where they never quite learned my name. The […]

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