« Q and A With Darren Rowse | Main | TechShop Open House »

May 26, 2008

Forty Five Hours in Kuala Lumpur

I recently spent forty hours in Kuala Lumpur to speak at the 16th World Congress on Information Technology. Wow, what city KL is. I hope you enjoy my pictures.

KL1.jpg

KL2.jpg

Kuala Lumpur means "mouth of the muddy river." The city is located at the confluence of the Sungai Gombak and Sungai Klang (rivers). It was established in the 1850s and has a population of approximately 1.6 million people. It's sure different from Dublin.

KL3.jpg

Malaysians must like tall things. This is the world's tallest statue of the Hindu deity called Murugan in front of the Batu Caves

KL4.jpg

This is the Petronas Towers. It was the world's tallest building from 1998 to 2004. Counting the antenna, it is 1482.9 feet tall. It encompasses eighty-eight floors and 4,252,000 square feet.

KL5.jpg

This will give you an idea of just how big the statue is.

KL6.jpg

This is what it looks like when you start climbing those stairs.

KL7.jpg

272 steps later, you reach the top. Notice that the guy next to me did it without shoes.

KL8.jpg

This is what the inside of the cave looks like. During the Thaipusam festival, 1.5 million people visit the caves.

KL9.jpg

If you're in the middle of the main cave and look up, this is what you'd see.

KL10.jpg

At the top of the steps, you can handle an albino snake.

KL11.jpg

And get your picture taken.

KL12.jpg

Various sculptures around the caves.

KL13.jpg

KL14.jpg

KL15.jpg

I think this says that there is a two-minute penalty for high sticking.

KL16.jpg

This is a temple near the base of the steps.

KL17.jpg

A vendor's cart in front of the cave.

Shirley, Guy & CP[Will].jpg

Shirley and C. P. Ng, the kind people who took me to the Batu Caves.

KL18.jpg

Next stop: the Thean Hou Temple.

KL19.jpg

KL20.jpg

This is my favorite picture from the trip.

KL21.jpg

KL22.jpg

KL23.jpg

KL25.jpg

KL24.jpg

KL26.jpg

This is the restaurant under the temple.

KL28.jpg

Next stop: the Central Market.

KL27.jpg

What's up with this?

KL29.jpg

This is what $17 (US) buys you in Chinatown: three cans of soda, two beers, one barley drink, fried rice, two noodle dishes, sweet and sour pork, and roast pork.

KL30.jpg

However, you do have to stare at the ear candling sign the whole time.

KL31.jpg

Malaysian traffic signal. I swear this is an icon as from the PowerPoint library.

KL32.jpg

At some point, I took a picture with almost everyone in KL.

KL33.jpg

KL34.jpg

KL35.jpg

KL36.jpg

Getting makeup applied before a television appearance. Lots of people asked me if I was Jackie Chan.

KL37.jpg

A Toyota mini-van that's not available in the U.S. Think: Lexus meets Sienna.

KL38.jpg

Press this button and a waitress appears at the Nikko Hotel.

KL39.jpg

The best seat I've ever had on a commercial flight: Cathay Pacific 747-400. I'd like to see what Jet Airways offers to Mumbai.

KL40.jpg

This is where your feet go. That's another seat at the other end so that people can sit and chat with you. There's nothing like fresh orchids at your seat on an airplane.

KL41.jpg

And this is the nicest bathroom I've ever seen on a commercial flight. Total time in KL: forty-five hours. Total time in transit: forty-five hours. Something is wrong with this logic.

Comments

Post a comment

This weblog only allows comments from registered users. To comment, please Sign In.

My Photo

Contact Me

  • bar.gif


VisualCV


Search this blog

Alltop

  • Alltop, confirmation that I kick ass

Advertising

Feed and Leads

Categories

Alignment of Interests

  • Alltop
    Stay on top of all the news topics.
  • BagTheWeb
    Find, bag, and share websites and articles.
  • Doba
    Drop-ship products for ecommerce sales.
  • Garage Technology Ventures
    Raise venture capital for your tech company.
  • Paper.li
    Publish social-media newspapers.
  • Statusnet
    Make an Open-Source Twitter for your organization.
  • Peerspin
    Pimp your MySpace pages.
  • Sixense
    Control your game like never before.
  • SocialToo
    Engage people at social media sites like Twitter.
  • StumbleUpon
    Find interesting stuff on the web.
  • TicketLeap
    Sell and manage online ticket sales for events.
  • Triggit
    Make real-time bids for online ad space.
  • DataSift
    Analyze big data from social media.
  • Tynt
    Trace who's using your website content.
  • uStream
    Stream video live.
  • Visible Measures
    Monitor how people interact with online video.
  • Writer.ly
    Find freelancers for book projects.
  • XAT
    Chat with people.

Optimization

  • quick sprout