One of the neat things about living in a high-rise building is the balcony and window views we get of the neighborhood. We live in one of the two "downtown" areas that bracket the Taman Tun Dr. Ismail residential area of Kuala Lumpur. Almost 30 years ago, when Pat was lecturing at the University of Malaya and our son Justin was born in a hospital here, Taman Tun was a brand-new suburb, much of it still under construction. Now it's one of the most established and desirable living areas in town!
Petronas Twin Towers, once the tallest buildings in the world. At the center is the KL Tower. It's a trick of topography and perspective that the tower looks taller, but the Twin Towers are much higher.
The same view at night. I wish I had my tripod handy with my DSLR. These photos were taken by (shaky) hand on my trusty, almost-as-good-as-a-DSLR, Canon S90 point-and-shoot camera.
Just below us spreads out the suburb of Taman Tun Dr. Ismail (hereinafter referred to as "Taman Tun" or just "TTDI"). In the foreground are shophouses, with shops and/or restaurants on the ground floor and residential or office space upstairs.
The same view at night. Considerably fewer parked cars, but the restaurants and pubs do a booming business. It's as if Malaysia has never heard of the global recession that's held the US and Europe in thrall for the past few years!
Down at ground level, our downtown and the shophouses above look like this during the day. The parking spaces along the road fill up early in the morning as commuters and shoppers arrive early to beat the rush.
The first stop for any motorist parking here is the automatic parking
coupon dispenser. You enter the license plate number of your car, enter
your payment, and it spits out a coupon that you place on the dash. An
army of "meter maids" maintain a constant vigilance throughout the
day. Parking space is at a premium in KL!
Like at home, fast food outlets have colonized the gas stations!
Amidst the neighborhood shophouses is yet another KFC outlet in this country of fine Malay, Chinese, and Indian cuisine! (This is a different one from the post office KFC.)
We'll show you some unique (and yummy) SE Asian adaptations of KFC's core menu in a subsequent post.
These newcomers challenge the SE Asian tradition of the "coffee shop" (kopitiam). <-- Read the Wiki link about Malaysian kopitiams, please!
What also doesn't change, though, is the sticker shock after every visit!
Our favorite is the Olden Days Ipoh White Coffee shop, where we've spent hours using their wi-fi before we got our internet.
nasi lemak breakfast.
Note my trusty laptop and paraphernalia on the table.
Places like this don't need to worry about a Starbucks setting up shop a few doors away!
Next: Our local Sunday pasar malam (night market).