The bus ride from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur (KL) is about six hours. We arrived after 9 pm. The first thing I saw awakening from the bus-induced nap were the two shiny pillars of Petronas towers. They look absolutely gorgeous, especially at night. The shape resembles temples in Angor Wat (although that's not officially one of the symbolisms), only longer and shinier.
Me and this girl, who was on the bus with me, got rooms in a hostel not far away from the bus station. They were decent, especially at 30 Rm ($10), but something seemed odd. Well, when I woke up the next day in utter darkness and my phone said it was past noon, the oddity in the room - a complete lack of windows - finally dawned on me.
I promptly checked out from that dungeon and found myself a room in a very old colonial establishment. The guest registry was as big, as the colonial reception desk and, judging by the well-worn yellowing pages, was probably as old.
Everything in this room, except for perhaps, the light bulb and the outlets, looked like it has not changed since at least 1940's. There was a three panel wardrobe with a mirror, a vanity table with a mirror, dressing stand, luggage stand... the only thing missing from the picture is a large bowl with a pitcher for washing.
The next morning I was up bright and early to get in line for the admission to the "Twin Towers". No one here refers to them as Petronas, they're commonly known as just the Twin Towers. The walk bridge on the 41st floor - well, that's not simply for ease of movement b/w the buildings or the structural integrity, but also "in case there's an emergency on the top floors of one of the towers, people can be easily evacuated into the other." Hm-hm... So, you actually only get to go to this bridge, which is only about half-way up. And after waiting in line for an hour (before breakfast), the whole experience was a bit deficient. A bunch of you get on the elevator, a very polite attendant pushes the button to the 41 floor (jeezzzz, you can even do that in SF), and you walk out onto this engineering marvel of a bridge roughly 250 m up in the air.
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