Monday, 20 November 2017

Visiting The Overwhelming Galeria Perdana in Langkawi

Langkawi is a laid back tropical island in the Northern Malaysian state of Kedah that contains a massive museum created by former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad. Although, he isn't from Langkawi, Mahathir does hail from Kedah.

Malaysia's fourth prime minister wanted to display the various multitudes of gifts, souvenirs, and awards he and his wife, Dr. Siti Hasmah, received from world leaders, foreign governments, regular Malaysians and others during his tenure. Since he was Malaysia's longest-serving prime minister - 22 years from 1981-2003 - well, that's a lot of gifts.

A lot. So many gifts that not all of them are on display at one time.

The over-sized gallery, disguised in traditional Asian architecture.

The gifts roll out quickly and endlessly in room after room. The building itself is impressive, grand galleries with fancy ceilings in the style of the best mosque design.

So many gifts to see. Don't worry, plenty more things will be shown in upcoming blog posts.

How much stuff? This expansive area is identified simply as the sword room. Wow. Here's a typical gaggle of gifts, under the theme of jade. You gotta start sorting somewhere.

The gifts keep getting bigger. Out back, a ship that didn't fit inside. Squint to see Sarah for scale.

Next up, a closer look at the enormous variety of gifts.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Langkawi Signs And Graffiti

There are some fun signs and a little graffiti in Langkawi, some hidden messages worth preserving here.

Graffiti is frowned upon in Malaysia. If you want your tag to last, best to project some sort of happy, positive message.

Well, maybe get political. Here's a famous quote from - and an image of - Mahathir bin Mohamad, the fourth and longest-serving of Malaysia's six prime ministers. Mahathir was prime minister for a remarkable 22 years (1981-2003) and is considered the father of modern Malaysia.  The quote appears be from 1999, but the political situation has grown more complicated since then and Mahathir, 92, is now an opposition leader.

Optimistic burger sign - Gunung means "mountain."

More graffiti, an innocent leaf and more positivity.

What's to say? A little bit of pure goodness on an auto gas flap.