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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, October 31, 2009

Royal Malaysian Police Museum

I consider myself a true KLite.  Yet I did not know of the existence of the Royal Malaysian Police Museum here in KL.

I was in the Lake Gardens area behind Masjid Negara (National Masjid) getting some photos to update this blog when I came across this sign: 
I peeped through the opening and saw this: 
This was the side entrance.  I then made my way to the main entrance.
The guard house at the entrance.
I don't know what this represents as I did not see any signage nearby.
This railway signal would be more significant at the railway museum.
Replica of Station signage from an earlier era.


Monday, October 26, 2009

3 Stadiums...

When I was growing up the 3 stadiums i.e. Stadium Merdeka, Stadium Negara and Chinwoo Stadium were the venue for many major functions.

One of the ways to get there was by cutting through the Methodist Boys' School from the Jalan Sultan - Lebuh Cheng Lock junction.  Unfortunately, this route is now closed.  Today one can get there by walking along Jalan Hang Jebat from Jalan Sultan.

One of the first buildings that we meet is the Gospel Hall.

Across the road from the Gospel Hall is a lane that leads to the Chinese Methodist Church.

Another church in the area is the Wesley Methodist Church.  However I was not able to get to it through the Methodist Boys' School.

The BP House is here.  It is named after General George Baden Powell, usually regarded as the founder of the Boys' Scouts Movement.

Wisma MABA (the Malaysian Amateur Basketball Association) is here.

While I counted 3 stadiums in this area, a fourth one, the Basketball Stadium is located here.

The Chinwoo Stadium, which has a swimming pool and was one of the venues for swimming events.

The stadium area is still popular with health and sports enthusiasts.

Its also popular for more traditional activities such as Tai-Chi.

If you don't have a group, you can do your own thing.

If you are wondering where this leads to, it used to be called the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Park.  It had a man-made cement structure which looked like a painting of a Chinese mountain.  As kids, we had a lot of fun here.

The YWCA (Young Woman's Christian Association) is located here.

The office of the Olympic Council of Malaysia is here.  It also houses a hotel.

A school hall which is also a favorite place to hold functions.

The Jalan Davidson school which was among the first schools to be closed at the beginning of the H1N1 outbreak in the country.

The Victoria Institution, then THE premier school in the country.

A model clock tower in the school, named after Queen Victoria.

The Stadium Negara (National Stadium) one of the earliest indoor stadium, built in the early 1960.

This stadium has hosted many international events including the Thomas Cup.

We catch site of the Stadium Merdeka.  The large open space near the stadiums used to host many Expos in what was called the Changkat Pavilion.

The Stadium Merdeka (Independence Stadium) was completed in time for Malaya's Independence on August 31, 1957.

The stadium is currently under renovation.

The 2 stadiums were to have been demolished and the area redeveloped with the completion of the sports complex, complete with the necessary stadiums, at Bukit Jalil.  The 97 Asian Economic Crisis has given this historic site a second lease of life.  How long this will last, only time will tell.

One of the flood lights at the stadium.

This police station along Jalan Stadium, is the Dang Wangi District Police Head Office and is known as the Tun H.S. Lee Police Station.

Actually, I took this shot to show the Chinwoo Stadim swimming pool's diving board that has the Dayabumi building as its background.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Bukit Bintang meets Imbi...

 As Jalan Bukit Bintang joins Jalan Imbi, this building has been converted to a North Indian fine dining restaurant.

Across Jalan Bukit Bintang is the Culan Towers which joins the Royal Culan, a new hotel in the area.

There are many International restaurants here.

Western and Asian food is available.

Further along the road is the LTAT building.  LTAT (Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera) or the Armed Forces Fund Board manages the provident fund for members of the Malaysian Armed Forces.

A newly renovated temple is our first building along Jalan Imbi.
 The colors are bright and lively.

Next we have the Dorsett Regency, one of the International hotel chains.

Next door is the Ritz Carlton.

I'm not sure of the nature of business here, but it has managed to preserve this old building.
This traditional house has managed to survive in this fast developing neighborhood.  The Baba-Nonya influence can be noted in this building.

Jalan Imbi is also home to this Chapel.

The Chapel.

The beauty of this lovely tree is marred by the indiscriminate dumping of rubbish here. 

Shop-houses still stand along this stretch of Jalan Imbi.

A shop selling Chinese snacks.

This restaurant has not heard of the 'When the buying stops, the killing can' slogan that is making the international scene.

The famous grilled meat and meat floss supplier in Jalan Imbi.
Karma free food is also available here.

Imbi Plaza, the poor cousin of Sungai Wang and BB Plazas.  This used to be the place to shop for PCs and computer accessories, that is before Low Yat came into the picture.

The pride of Imbi, the Berjaya Times Square.

If only all buildings were well maintained....?