Malaysia (1 of 3) – Kuala Lumpur

It has been quite a while since I last posted – I sure hope you enjoy this, and other posts, from my recent trip to Malaysia. As it was not a photography or vacation trip, I took one camera with one lens – no tripod, flash, etc. Consequently, the great majority of these images are handheld, and all are taken essentially as ‘snapshots’ throughout the day/night and with whatever light was available. All images were captured with Canon 7D and Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens.

I found Kuala Lumpur to be fascinating with much dichotomy. I hope you enjoy this far from exhaustive representation of what took my photographic interest during the approximately 60 hours I spent in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

All images are Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

The following images show the Petronas Towers, arguably the most internationally recognizable feature of this diverse country. Apparently they were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 when they were surpassed by Taipei 101. However, they remain the tallest twin buildings in the world.

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Petronas Towers 2AM-116788-116791_stitch
The ‘traditional’ capture of the Petronas Towers. This is a four image stitch.

 

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Petronas Towers 2AM-116861
My preferred representation of the Petronas Towers.

 

The following two images are of the skylights of the Suria KLCC mall which is “underneath” the towers.  This is one of the newest shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur and has a nice variety of stores, from high fashion to coffee shops, plus a food court with numerous delicious options.

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Suria KLCC at Petronas Towers 2AM-116698
Skylights of the Suria KLCC mall.

 

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Suria KLCC at Petronas Towers 2AM-116703
Skylights of the Suria KLCC mall.

 

Another abstract architectural interpretation – a pair of buildings.

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Reflections – Kuala Lumpur 2AM-116825
Random rippling reflections.

 

A colleague and I spent an afternoon wandering around, with no particular destination or path in mind, just the hope to make it to “Chinatown” before days end – we were successful. Here is a series of images from “Chinatown”, Kuala Lumpur.

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Chinatown 2AM-116885
Lanterns and color.

 

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Chinatown Rice Cooking 2AM-116893
Street-side rice cooking in over coals.

 

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Chinatown 2AM-116887
Fruit stall among the market in “Chinatown.”

 

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Chinatown 2AM-116883
Abundant color.

 

My time in Kuala Lumpur was spent at the lovely PARKROYAL Serviced Suites – here are three images of the rooftop pool. The spire is the Kuala Lumpur Tower.

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PARKROYAL Serviced Suites 2AM-116923
Rooftop pool and Kuala Lumpur Tower.

 

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PARKROYAL Serviced Suites 2AM-116675
Rooftop pool and Kuala Lumpur Tower.

 

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PARKROYAL Serviced Suites 2AM-116926
Rooftop pool.

 

Like every city I have been to, not all have a home, nor a belly full of food.

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Homeless 2AM-116866
Surrounded by apparent opulence, a vagrant sleeps.

 

Having now seen the fancy digs where I stayed, here are several images taken on my first afternoon in Kuala Lumpur – all were taken within walking distance of where I stayed. Dichotomy was my initial primary feel for this city.

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Church – Kuala Lumpur 2AM-116872
A different set of towers, plus a ‘needle’.

 

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Kuala Lumpur 2AM-116601
Common residence scene.

 

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Kuala Lumpur 2AM-116609
Contrasts.

 

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Kuala Lumpur 2AM-116604
Bicycle with sidecar – a wedding/honeymoon ride in flowery style anyone?

 

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Kuala Lumpur 2AM-116610
Motor scooter – ubiquitous and practical, especially in Kuala Lumpur.

 

Street/street side businesses immediately proximal to the fancy suite I stayed in.

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Kuala Lumpur 2AM-116612
“Three Six Star Wash” ??? I guess this road is no longer an option for vehicular passage.

 

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Kuala Lumpur 2AM-116608
Home-style cooking, and just in time for lunch.

 

Speaking of small street-side businesses…
A scene from the “Massage” District in Kuala Lumpur – I thought the sign was fun, and there is a working girl (‘massager’) holding a “menu” of massage options, several of which are purported to include “happy endings.”

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Red-light District Crime Sign 2AM-116688
“Massage” lady and menu.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed a delicious meal at “Hakka Restaurant” – duck and plum sauce is a bloody delicious dish if you ever get the opportunity! The outdoor ambiance was fabulous, as was the chatter among the local business folk.

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Hakka Restaurant – Kuala Lumpur 2AM-116660
Delicious dining experience.

 

A little color on a balmy Kuala Lumpur night – the city really gets revving at night – lot’s of shoppers, strollers, diners, and gawkers (not to mention the aforementioned “massage” girls).

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Kuala Lumpur 2AM-116668
These “hibiscus” on the fountain bowls change color frequently, adding a spectacularly different look each time.

 

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Kuala Lumpur 2AM-116661
Night shoppers – one of the numerous malls.

 

The last photo of this post is the very first photo I took in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Kuala Lumpur 2AM-116656
Underground car park exit.

 

Hopefully you experienced some of the sights, sounds, and scents , if vicariously, through these images.

I sure appreciate you visiting.

Cheers,

Andrew

 

 

 

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