Friday, September 01, 2006

A Night in Kuala Lumpur

This amazing image was shot by SicEmRex. Sadly, my camera was not cooperating (i0i)

My pre-Phnom Phen night in Kuala Lumpur, led by Sir Andy of the British Isles, consisted of trekking around town in the general direction of the Petronas Twin Towers, one of the tallest and, in my opinion, most beautiful modern structures in the world. Kuala Lumpur is a fascinating mix of colors and cultures, ultra-modern architecture and old school, southeast Asian goodenss. The streets were buzzing with women draped in brilliantly colored sari, their long, luxurious braids swaying from shoulder to shoulder with every step. Burquahs gaurding their well-kept secrets floated silently by, dark as the night. From a distance, the soft glow of the magnificently designed towers reminded me of the Emerald City, and I skipped along with excitement like Dorothy along the yellow brick road. The mix of iridescent light, shining metal and sparkling glass stretching up towards the stars seemed like two delicate lotus blossoms rising up from a mirky pool, bathed in moonlight. I thought of the enigmatic, sacred peaks of Angkor Wat, wonder of the ancient world, piercing the sky for centuries, and couldn't help but wonder how long this modern marvel will last.

Sir Andy sporting his new hat during a brief shopping stint at the night market in KL's Chinatown.

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