Kualu Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur quick highlights:

  • The capital of Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur.
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The Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur. (McRae, 2018)
  • Kuala Lumpur’s (KL) tallest buildings of 452 metre tall Petronas twin towers officially opened in 1994 and are still currently the tallest buildings in the world.
  • KL home to the Central Market, mansions, skyscrapers, domes, temples, Hindu shine, the historic Jamek Mosque and historic European architecture.
  • The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra is an amazing experience and a great night out. Which is located directly under the Petrona twin towers, Kuala Lumpur.
  • Sadly, Malaysia have endangered species including, elephants, tigers, rhinoceroses, turtles and orangutans.
According to a local tour guide, it is said that there are only around 60 Elephants left in the wild of Malaysia.  (McRae, 2018)
  • KL have a new six month old MRT service and free bus services.
Batu Caves entrance, Kuala Lumpur. (McRae, 2018)
  • Breathtaking Batu Caves which is said to be a over 400 million years old huge limestone structured caves.  In 1972 the British founded the caves and opened it up to the public with the entrance on the top of 272 stairs.  At the Batu Caves, it is surrounded by culture of music, food, offerings, markets and cultural outfits.
  • There are many great places to shop in KL.  Some include The Curve which has lots of delicious food outlets to try.  Publika which is an upmarket shopping mall, Suria KLCC which has many labels and is a huge multi level lovely shopping centre.  There is The Gardens Mall, Ultama, The Pavilion, Sunway Putra and many more.
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  • Kuala Lumpur Aquarium is a sight to see, with various different marine life.
  • Kuala Lumpur has a Chinatown which is located on Petaling street, a popular spot for tourism, known to be surrounded by culture, history, heritage.  Of a night time it is bustling with market stalls consisting of all kinds of items including food, memorabilia, clothing and accessories.
  • Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park – the oldest park in KL which is home to birds, butterflies, beautiful flora and even monkeys.
  • Malaysia have strong economic exports including rubber, gas and palm oil.  As you fly into Kuala Lumpur, you can see numerous palm tree plantations.














History of the original “The Mikado’

The comic opera musical ‘The Mikado’ created by composer Arthur Gilbert and W.S Sullivan, debut in 1885 in London.  The first performance that day was a sell out and continued to be popular with 672 performances initially in the first production alone (Cantoni & Schwarm 2018, n.p) .  To date, ‘The Mikado’ has continued to be regularly produced all around the world and translated into numerous languages.

A witty comical entertaining musical with it’s “displays of lingerie, obscene jokes” and clever articulated lyrics, provides drama, romance and well crafted operetta music moments (Gutmann, 2018).

The original Mikado production is set with the scenes, culture and influence of Japan.  Which was relevant to people in the late 1800’s when Japanese fashion, food and cultural influences were trending through England and then in the US when the musical debuted Gutmann, (2018).  According to Cantoni & Schwarm (2018), with Gilbert never physically traveling to Japan before, he hired a Japanese woman to ensure accuracy, correct articulation of dialect and creative inspiration for ‘The Mikado’.

Credit:  The Protected Art Archive/Alamy

According to the History Channel, 2018, a main goal of the written scripture was to subtlety indirectly articulate the ridicule of the politics, policies, diplomacy and institutional culture of Victorian England in a comical way by setting the scene in Japan.

Poster produced in 1885 is The Mikado’s character Nanki-Poo.  Source: Library of Congress, Digital file (2018)  



Cantoni, L & Schwarm, B 2018, The Mikado opera by Gilbert and Sullivan, viewed 20 February 2018, https://www.britannica.com/topic/The-Mikado

History Channel, 2018, Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado” opens, viewed 20 February 2018, https://www.historychannel.com.au/articles/gilbert-and-sullivans-the-mikado-opens/

Gutmann, P 2006, The Mikado, viewed 20 February 2018  http://www.classicalnotes.net/classics/mikado.html

Library of Congress, 2018, [Digital File] The Mikado, Theatrical Poster Collection, no. var 1766, viewed 20 February 2018, https://www.loc.gov/resource/var.1766/



Malaysia’s Cuisine

Just in the short time spent in Kuala Lumpur, I have come to learn that in Kuala Lumpur there is not shortage of selection of food outlets to get a good feed.  With a different place to try in the 16 days while we are in Malaysia.  In fact, just in the short radius of where we are staying, I personally have not seen as many food places to chose from before.

Satay Chicken, YUM.  (McRae, 2018)


Day one, our first lunch and dinner on our first day.  My travel buddy and I decided to go the Sushi place close by to our accommodation.   It did differ to sushi places in Australia, with different selections of sushi and food to chose from.  My travel buddy ordered sushumi (raw fish) and tempura vegetables.  Reporting back that the fish just melted in her mouth, it was very tender, fresh and delicious and rated it highly.

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It is just incredible and the Malaysians are very passionate about cooking and delivering delicious food.

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This chef did not disappoint cooking fresh food for the buffet menu which we had for dinner.  He made traditional Malaysian noodles, with hokkin noodles, egg, tomato, shallots, chilli sauce and some other special ingredients and the outcome was just yum.

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I could live on these noodles everyday.

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For just over two week to go, I reckon I will be living in a food coma enjoying all the delicious Malaysian cuisine that KL, Malaysia has to offer.

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The Curve Chalan Hotel room service for one. (McRae, 2018)

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