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.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Oohing And Eating At The Langkawi Night Market

Malaysia is filled with hawker stall food night markets, just let your growling stomach lead you to the nearest one. And Google Maps.

The sprint is on for that special satay!

What's everywhere? Fried chicken and anything on a stick.

Malaysians love fried chicken so much, they'll fry the feet.

Full meals in a clamshell are popular, sauce in a bag. Bag, good idea, let's put the whole meal in a bag!

So what stall is it going to be?

Monday, 13 November 2017

Crocodile Adventureland, Langkawi

Sarah and James can never resist a good reptile exhibit. They'll take a bad one, if available. Langkawi, Malaysia has a lovely croc park, plenty of pens, piles of reptiles.

Not your average pen, good graphics for a crocodile to morph into performance art.

A sweet throwback, a hand-painted welcome sign. A freaky juxtaposition, buy ticket, get skin product.

Baby croc, altered state.

How big can a croc get? After seeing this behemoth, you don't want to know. How's infinity? The place has a sense of humor.
Getting under water and up close. Almost sedate.

Turns out, Crocodile Adventureland really has a sense of humor. Or hates babies. It's a tough life, just ask Stumpy.

Heavy petting.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Walking Around Langkawi

Time for those timeless details of a foreign land. What's up Langkawi?

Subtle water buffalo.

Durian, the smelly fruit. So smelly that the "cut" durian in this image is made of plastic. Groomed nature.


Bridge to nowhere and a Chinese shrine.

Restaurant napkin holders.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Have A Seat In Malaysia

Maybe it's due to year 'round warm weather. Or how little a basic plastic chair costs. In Malaysia, like in Ethiopia, unattended chairs seem to be everywhere. Pull up a seat and take a look.

Behind a fence.

Taking a break behind a restaurant. In the street, waiting for a ride?

Going upscale from humble plastic.

Guarding parking spaces. Waiting for feet.

Looking like they sank into concrete quicksand. Who decides to chop the legs?

Monday, 6 November 2017

Guan Di Temple In Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur may be hurtling toward a modern, skyscraper-filled skyline yet some significant structures remain. For Chinatown, the Guan Di Temple, built in 1886 and dedicated to the God of war, is one of the landmarks that anchors the neighborhood.


Looking at the main prayer area.

Burning things is big, prayers to prosperity and incense.

Details, sculptures and offerings of food, always impressive.

Altar area detail, a color feast for the eyes.