Arghhhhhh!! I am still not done with the 1 week holidays! Yeah, I know it is a bit selfish thing to say, given the fact that office bugs hardly even get a 4 days off, aite? Oh, well… since I was so occupied with my Masters Degree presentation, classes and test until Wednesday, my ‘real’ holidays only commenced on Thursday! Still, make an effort to do a bit of exploratory bit albeit the hectic schedule; and where’s better to go rather than the KL itself? (,”)
Little Arab in Malaysia. It is the Ain Arabia at Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur!
The initial plan was to go to the south; either Port Dickson or Malacca but scrapped the idea due to congested traffic! In the end, I thought why not to Bukit Bintang? Well, of course some typical Malaysians always associate Bukit Bintang as the place where “things go haywire” (somewhat somehow like a Malaysian version of Las Vegas); but for me, it was just an alright place. I don’t know, perhaps because it was near my former working place Affin Bank when I was working as banker 6 years ago; I don’t know – but I was always intrigued with the Arabian Street called “Ain Arabia” of which I remembered I first encountered in the map when I was Googling for the location of Affin Bank when I first about to come to KL for interview and all. But, I never make any effort to visit it, until last weekend.
The Arabic teapot replica. Gigantic and beautiful but unfortunately the compound was not taken care that well! Such a waste! Authority needs to rectify this for tourism attraction, I say!
Apparently, the Arab Square “Ain Arabia” is located at Jalan Berangan, Bukit Bintang (just opposite Lot 10) is a place that can be said as the haven for Arab expatriate in Malaysia. You could see tonnes of Arab shops such as “Al-Baik” and “Sahara Tent”, internet cafes, Arabian puffing hookah/shisha and Middle Eastern people gracing the pavement walk! The atmosphere was somehow somewhat reminded me of Sydney’s Lakemba (REFER to : https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/filial-piety-aurora-australis-part-iv-sydneys-the-rocks-imam-ali-bin-abi-taleb-king-feisal-mosques-lakemba-township-paddys-market-haymarket-sydney-central-business-district/).
Arabian expatriate would feel like home at Bukit Bintang. Just look at the restaurant! Malaysians also don’t have to travel to Middle Eastern to experience the ambiance. Visit Bukit Bintang! (,”)
There is a gate entrance erected with “Ain Arabia” etched at the upper part of the gateway. A gigantic teapot replica is built on symbolical square garden. The Arabic architecture is eminent. Nevertheless, the compound was indeed dirty and on whole, the so-called “Ain Arabia” was a bit deserted and neglected. Yes, perhaps tourist know the place from mouth-to-mouth news but I guess they would be quite appalled by the surrounding. Perhaps, authority needs to look into this matter if they really want to manipulate “Ain Arabia” as a tourist attraction especially amongst the Middle Eastern people!
Jamek Mosque, one of the oldest mosque in Kuala Lumpur. Amazing artifact. I love historical buildings!
The praying space outside is very airy and cooling while the inner space is very Moorish.
Rested for a while; had lunch at McDonald’s and then headed to Monorail station. Oh, my Gosh! It has been AGES since I last boarded the monorail and have to say that we got confused! First, there is no more cards; they use COIN now; and the waiting terminals have somewhat changed. The moment we boarded the monorail, I have to say was a bit excited as if it was the first time ever boarding a monorail (LOL!) and not to say to be able to see blue yonder (I mean when you are driving, you rarely get to see the surrounding as you are busy not to be rammed by other ‘kiasu’ vehicles!) of Kuala Lumpur Golden Triangle! LOL!).
I feel so thin with this picture! Hahahhaa!
Arrived at KL Sentral (used to be my transit place during my banking days! Reminiscence!) and was agog to see that the opposite of the monorail terminal where there used to be little Indian shops are now replaced with a new shopping mall called “Nu Sentral”!!! Wow! During my banking days, it was still under construction! Well, time flies, isn’t it? The shopping mall was quite big and I guess it would be one of the “IT” place especially for office bugs who rely on public transportation! Amazing!
Central Market or affectionately known as “Pasar Seni” by the local. This is a MUST-GO for tourists who are visiting Kuala Lumpur! Get your souvenirs here at bargained price! Haha!
From KL Sentral, we went to Masjid Jamek (Jamek Mosque). It was a historical mosque, reportedly one of the oldest in Kuala Lumpur. According to Wikipedia, it is located at the confluence of Klang & Gombak rivers and was designed by a British named Arthur Bennison Hubback. It was said that before National Mosque was opened in 1956, Jamek Mosque served as the National Mosque of Malaya (impressive!). The Mughal & Moors architecture were very eminent. And the boulevard and praying spaces were airy and cooling. I love the historical features.
Tourists dipping their feet for “fish-doctors” therapy. Haha!
So many to choose from! (,”)
The Natives’ handicrafts.
Fabrics from Kashmir, anyone?
Then, walked to Pasar Seni or The Central Market which is a walking distance from Jamek Mosque. It was found in 1888 and nearly to be demolished for development but Thank God, intervention from historical lovers successfully ruled out the action! I was told that Central Market used to be a wet market but now it has been turned into a place where tourist can buy a lot of souvenirs and handicrafts at bargained price! I have to say I was so captivated by the creativity of people at Central Market! There are painters, artistes, tailors, watch-menders, etc; and not to mention a lot of beautiful traditional fabrics, “batik”s, various masks, paintings, etc! Amazing! It is more or less like Sydney’s Paddy’s Market and I recommend this place to all tourists who are about to visit Kuala Lumpur! Definitely a MUST-VISIT!!!!
Holy words written on cow’s/goat’s hide. Very nice! I wish to have one for my new Tamu Hill crib.
Choose your masks to masquerade.
Beautiful decorative lamps.
At Central Annexe, you can find talented artistes! And there were portraits of Angie! Yeay!
Angie and Maddox. Awww…. (,”)
The artiste drawing and colouring picture of Bruce Lee. He was a handsome man, wasn’t he?
Of course, the nearby Indian Mosque Street or “Jalan Masjid India” is a must for us to go; savouring street food especially my favourite, laksa! I don’t know. I don’t know; I have strong affinity with street food; perhaps because I am a Middle Class person. Aristocracy and fork-and-spoon dining are just not my type. No offense, though. Haha! No matter, I am enjoying my life. It’s all simplicity, folks! Prayed at the famous Indian Mosque and then headed back to Bukit Bintang.
Laksa! My favourite food! I think most of Northern Malaysian people love Laksa! Haha! It is like our staple food for festivals and all.
Prayed at Times Square and watched “Captain America 2” which by the way was mediocre and I have to say it has been ages since I last visited Time Square. The pupils in SK Serendah however, simply love Times Square! I don’t know, perhaps it is because of the easy-transportation-from Serendah commuter to KL Sentral and to Time Square’s Jalan Imbi? LMAO!
I am not a wallflower but I’d like to consider myself as one. Well, a wallflower can be a night moth. A rather kinky and explicit. But let it remain mystery, unfathomable secret between those who are involved in the game, shall we? (,”)
The nightlife in Bukit Bintang; what can I say, especially in Saturday Night? Hahaha! With the after-rain effect, the weather was cool. No, no. I don’t go clubbing (Hahaha, I am a boring person) although I do a lot of ‘naughty things’, unbearable for the innocent ears to hear, especially with my innocent face and image and career. So, we hanged out at nearby Malay stall and just gobbled the food and “teh tarik”. Of course, every now and then you could see teenagers with their adrenalin-rushing hormones sitting together, chit-chatting; and some are undeniably just came out from any bars or clubs. Well, I don’t mind their businesses. Haha! On whole, it was a festive atmosphere with people thronging!
Nightlife at Bukit Bintang, KL.
On whole, it was a great relief for me, from the tense I was having due to Masters Degree. Well, you know; Sometimes, a wallflower needs to become a night moth. There’s always another side of a coin, you know. Hahaha! I just love to play with encrypted words. (,”).