Posted by: danguard | June 23, 2009

Day 15 – Banana tree leaves and ‘Aha’

Well, great first full day in KL. I’m very quickly warming to this city (and that wasn’t some lame heat-related pun!). It feels so much more colourful and vibrant compared to Singapore. It definitely feels like I’m more in Asia now.

The Royal Selangor Club

The Royal Selangor Club

At 12 I was meeting Hamid Ibrahim, president of the World Veterans Federation. He drove me to the Royal Selangor Club, an exclusive members-only club, Mock-Tudor in style, originally built and used by the British. There we met Lt.Cdr (Ret.) Karu Selvaratnam, a retired Royal Malaysian Navy engineer who served from the 1960 to the 1980s. He had some very interesting stories to tell about his experiences, and has agreed to participate in a more-formal interview later on. Furthermore, he is contacting Tan Sri Thanabalasingam, a former Admiral and the first Malaysian (non-British) Chief of the RMN to sound him out about an interview. Hopefully he agrees. We topped off the meeting with some Tiger beers and a very tasty Indian meal served to us on Banana tree leaves. Very cool.

Then in the evening I went out with three of the people I met the night before, Ruta, who’s Lithuanian, and Monika and Maceij, who are Polish. Although we arrived too late to go to the top of the KL tower, which though it’s not physically as tall as the Petronas,offers higher views as it’s built on higher ground, we ended up going to a couple of bars, having some drinks and at one point danced to ‘Take On Me’ by Aha, which is always good fun! It’s a little creepy in some of the bars here though. There are large groups of dressed-up young ladies hanging around and dancing with much older men who look a little out-of-place to be honest. Something’s not quite right, we suspect they’re escorts, and it’s all a little sleazy.

Will speak to you after my meeting later at the Petronas.

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