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KTM Komuter & 5-Snack Challenge! (Ramly Burger, Tealive, Mangga Susu, and More!)

February 27, 2019 – 11:15 am
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The KTM Komuter was the last part of the transportation system in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia that I hadn’t explored with my camera. But the time had come, and I took the KTM Komuter train on a shopping expedition to look for the Panasonic G85 mirrorless micro four thirds camera. Along the way, I set myself a 5-snack challenge. The idea is that I had to …

Good Food & Camera Shopping in Pudu, Kuala Lumpur

February 23, 2019 – 11:06 am
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My Kuala Lumpur adventures continue with a shopping expedition to Pudu. I’m interested in buying a new camera, and I wanted to visit a “pro” camera shop I knew in the Pudu district. Things did not go so well at the camera shop, but I made up for that with a delicious lunch of chicken, duck, barbecued pork, and crispy pork plus rice and iced …

Chap Goh Mei! Firecrackers, Temple Offerings, Lion Dances – Celebrating the End of CNY in Malaysia

February 19, 2019 – 4:43 pm
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Chinese New Year is a long and elaborate holiday. In fact, it lasts for 15 days, and the final day has lots of names. It’s known as Chap Goh Mei. It’s also the Lantern Festival. AND it’s Chinese Valentine’s Day. There are super-loud firecrackers, exciting lion dances, extensive temple offerings and rituals, PLUS Mandarin Oranges to find your one true love. What is a traveler …

CNY Lion Dance #3!! Catching Lucky Oranges at Petronas – Tallest Twin Towers in the World

February 19, 2019 – 10:51 am
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The Chinese New Year holidays were winding down. It was late afternoon on Chap Goh Mei – the fifteenth and final day of the Spring Festival. A lion dance was scheduled for 5:30 at the Suria KLCC mall, and I decided to go there and combine my 3rd full lion dance with a view of the famous Petronas Twin Towers.
The tallest buildings in the world …

Hunting for LIONS in Malaysia! [The Chinese New Year Acrobatic Lion Dance]

February 18, 2019 – 5:28 pm
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Colorful, exciting, dramatic, funny, suspenseful. What could this be? The newest Pixar film? No, it’s the traditional Lion Dance for Chinese New Year. I really, really wanted to witness an acrobatic lion dance in Malaysia in which the performers leap from high pole to high pole. But, with my talent for missing things, I kept missing lion dances.
Other travelers and tourists told me about the …

Turtle-Warp Speed on the KL Monorail – EXPERIENCE KUALA LUMPUR FROM ABOVE!

February 15, 2019 – 6:07 pm
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I’ve ridden on the Kuala Lumpur LRT and the MRT at Warp Speed. Now it’s time for a ride on the KL Monorail – perhaps at Turtle Speed. Stretching 8.6 kilometers over 11 stations, the KL Monorail takes passengers through the heart of commercial, downtown Kuala Lumpur from KL Sentral through tourist-heavy Bukit Bintang and Chow Kit all the way to the terminal station of …

Revisiting my Childhood at the KL Butterfly Park (Part 2)

February 14, 2019 – 7:07 pm
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In Part 2, I dive back in to the heat of the Butterfly Park armed with a telephoto macros lens. My mission was to capture some close-up video of some of the dozens of species of butterfly fluttering around. In this, I was only partially successful. I blame it on the camera as it falls apart and refuses to either autofocus or even manual focus. …

Revisiting My Childhood at the KL Butterfly Park (Part 1)

February 13, 2019 – 9:20 pm
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I go full-on tourist once again as I visit the Butterfly Park in Kuala Lumpur. It’s kinda like the Bird Park but with 5,000-6,000 fluttery butterflies instead of a couple thousand feathery birds. I collected insects as a boy in Canada (butterflies, moths, beetles, dragonflies, ants, bees, wasps, etc), and I’ve been fascinated by them ever since. So when a Butterfly Park is located just …