A Rainy Day in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, or KL, is the capital of Malaysia. While it can’t compare with Singapore, Hong Kong, or Shanghai, it is yet another modern Asia city with dozens of construction cranes. Despite the fact they have two monsoon seasons and today was not in either one, it was a rainy and gloomy day. Fortunately, we were just taking a bus tour that only required us to hop out once in a while to take pictures.The National Memorial is a tribute to those who died in the cause of peace and freedom.The red Viking umbrellas added a bright note to the otherwise gloomy day.The national mosque has a blue umbrella like structure on top instead of the traditional dome.The old railroad station was notable for its colonial architecture.Independence Square where the Malaysian flag was raised for the first time was formerly a cricket field. The square is surrounded by historic buildings.The Petronas Twin Towers are the most famous buildings in KL. They were once the tallest buildings in the world, but are now just the tallest twin towers in the world.

I have some follow up information on Singapore. We visited the Gardens by the Bay on our own. In talking with a fellow guest today who visited these gardens on a guided tour, I learned that they change the plants every two months. Thus, the blooming cherry trees will be replaced with something else once their blooms are gone. Many of the plants are evergreen, so I presume they are never changed. The next big planting change will feature daffodils.

One thing I forgot to talk about is what a growing island state has to do to grow. The only way to grow is to build taller buildings or to create more space by reclaiming land from the sea. Over 20% of present Singapore is on reclaimed land. But where does an island get the dirt they need? They used to import it from China; but the Chinese recognize that Singapore is a worthy competitor, so they now refuse to sell any more dirt to them. They now have to buy their dirt from Cambodia and Viet Nam. For sure Cambodia needs the money, so they will probably continue the dirt trade.

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