Greetings from Burma, Kuala Lumpur

I had been busy this trip to Kuala Lumpur, not having gone walking with camera in hand at all. Having been stuck behind a monitor for 2 & 1/2 weeks day in and day out meant I was longing to go make some pictures. 30 minutes was the time I had to spare between my last minute appointments today, and so I headed off to Little Burma, in and around ‘old’ KL town centre. The streets covered were Leboh Pudu, Lorong Pudu, Jalan Yap Ah Loy and Medan Pasar, all adjacent to Central Market.

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If you don’t like crowds, don’t come here on a Sunday, as then, these roads will be teeming men from Myanmar, Bangladesh and other neighbouring nations, plus Africans and a smattering of Western tourists. Not many locals. They will be wandering aimlessly in modern shopping malls. Being a weekday today, it is considerably quiet, and some pockets of men loitering with intent outside mobile phone shops, or money transfer agencies. A verbal fight between two men just started as I walked by a storefront. One had just verbally abused the other, and started to kick him, several men gathered to calm things down.  I walked by.

There are supermarkets selling all manner of groceries imported from the subcontinent, magazines, DVDs, CDs and newspapers in Burmese language, and wall paintings and signage daubed on the walls advertising mobile phones to nasi goreng. Interesting. Just wished I learnt some Burmese, or Myanmarese? One thing I noticed was that the Burmese, like many people love Bollywood action movies. But don’t we all.

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