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This is my way of sharing my discoveries, re-discoveries, memories & experiences

as well as other bits & pieces of information I have of

growing up in Kuala Lumpur.

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

More Kampong Baru - Kuala Lumpur

Contrast the high rise in the background to the wooden dwelling in the fore.

Like I mentioned earlier, food stalls and restaurants are plentiful here.

Like many places in KL, signs are only for decoration purposes.

A worker crushing ice which will be supplied to the many eateries in the area.

Many of the older houses have trees surrounding them, keeping them cool during the day.

They also have ornate gates.

The 'town house' concept, with separate entrances for the different floors are nothing new here.
Another 'town house' style dwelling.

I wonder what will come up here.

Some dwellings have stalls operating in the the front, thereby spoiling their beauty.

While others are well maintained.

I took this because of the twin towers and KL tower in the background.

Another popular 'tom yam' (Thai food) stall.

One of the specialist hospitals found in Kg Baru.

The famous Kg Baru masjid.

The masjid also plays 'host' to a banking kiosk.

This and the following are some different views of the masjid.

This wooden section of the masjid is still used. It, however, is not visible from the main entrance.

This alternative medicine practitioner has moved to Jalan Raja Laut.

A spiral stairway leads to the different floors.

Another traditional house.

An old multi unit dwelling.

A wooden house, holding out with all the newer buildings around it.

Talk of being green...

A decrepit old house with a new high rise in the background.

This tailor advertises that he makes haj clothes. I wonder how much expetise it requires to make 2 pieces of un-sewn fabric, which is what men are required to wear on the haj.

Selamat Jalan (Safe journey or goodbye) says the sign on the arch as we leave Kampung Baru.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Kampong Baru - Kuala Lumpur

It's Ramadan, and what better place to introduce than Kampong Baru. The Malay enclave in the city. Kampong Baru (literally translates as New Village) is more than 100 years old. These photos were taken before Ramadan, but I hope to be visiting this place soon to share how it looks during the fasting month.

The famous arch that greets visitors to this place. This was the entrance to the 'Pasar Minggu' (the weekly Sunday market) that used to be held here. The arch has been rebuilt a number of times.

Food is plentiful here - mostly Malay, Thai and Indonesian.

I couldn't resist this road sign.

There still stand many traditional Malay houses in this part of Kuala Lumpur.

The famous Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa stall. Somehow the nasi lemak sold here these days, doesn't taste the same as I remember it.

Another old house that has been well maintained.

The Member of Parliament for Titiwangsa has her service centre in this old wooden building. I was attracted to it's door, which I think is cool.

The kampong baru flats, one of the earlier high rise residential buildings in the area, at the site of the Pasar Minggu.

Motifs on the road. I do not know the significance of these motifs, but they do remind me of the Indian 'kolam'. Maybe this is what is known as a blend of cultures.

Another one of those motifs.

It's in the afternoon, and this row of food stalls seem to be deserted, but wait till the early evening onwards, and there'll be a big crowd here.

Sea food sold here, they even advertise that they serve 'live' fish.

Stalls like these, catering to children, are still found here. Only they don't serve Ais Bola (shaved ice formed into a ball, with syrupy goodness poured over it), how I miss those days. One of these days, when I find me a co-operative vendor, I'll get him to make an ais bola for me, just to show my readers.