When I posted this photo on Instagram and Facebook, many people asked: “Going back to KL again?”
Yes, I am back in KL again for the weekend!
I’m not going to talk about the reasons for this unplanned trip home. What I am going to talk about is that, for some strange reasons, I found myself back in downtown Kuala Lumpur with 2 hours to burn. By downtown KL, I mean the area in the vicinity of Central Market and Petaling Street, the area where I used to spend most of my time growing up. So I parked my car at Central Market’s carpark and settled for retracing the path that I used to walk so much as a school kid.
This is not me writing a travel guide to KL. This is me reliving the fond memories of my childhood.
Wisma Hangsam is where the British Council used to be located. This was where I studied proper British English language for a few years, with properly certified English teachers from England.
The Dayabumi Complex was one of the earliest skyscraper in KL. It was completely built in the year 1984. It was the tallest building in Malaysia before the times of KL Tower and KLCC. My dad originally opened his shop in this building before moving to Central Market after I was born. Even after we moved to Central Market, dad still used Dayabumi’s carpark because they had the monthly rates going.
Central Market is where I spent most of my time growing up. My dad moved his shop to this shopping complex after I was born. He closed down the shop when I was spending the summer in Liverpool, so in all, we had the shop going for 23 years. I will talk more about this in my next post. For now let’s keep talking about the area.
Nothing special about Jalan Tun HS Lee, except for the fact that the buses that I took from my home has here as the final destination. There were 3 buses that I used to take to come to KL: Cityliner 176, Intrakota 66 and Metrobus 79. Intrakota and Cityliner has since been consolidated into RapidKL or whatever it is called now.
I don’t have fond memories about Mydin the wholesale market. I have fond memories about the building. Before Mydin, it was Metrojaya and British India. This was where I bought most of my clothes as a kid. I mean where my mom bought most of my clothes for me.
Whenever people rave non stop about which char kuay teow in Penang is the best char kuay teow in Malaysia, my response is always: “Sorry guys, I know Penang’s char kuay teow is generally better compared to KL, but the best char kuay teow in Malaysia, in my opinion, is not in Penang. It is in KL.”
There was this coffee shop, off Jalan Silang. Inside the coffee shop was a char kuay teow stall called Raymond Char Kuay Teow. You can talk all you want about Lorong Selamat or Ah Leng Char Kuay Teow in Penang, but they are not nearly as good as Raymond’s. At least that is what I will insist.
Sadly, I can’t say this anymore. That coffee shop is no more.
Man, this totally sucks. If there is anyone reading who knows this Raymond Char Kuay Teow and better still, knows where he moved to, do let me know. Pretty pretty pleaseeeeee…
Kedai Kopi Lai Foong was where I bought most of my chicken rice and pork noodles when in KL. I think this coffee shop is pretty famous as far as KL goes. And right behind this coffee shop, in the alleyway is the even more famous Lian Bee Hokkien Mee. Too bad Lian Bee only does business at night, or else I would’ve gotten a grub. My mom hates Lian Bee though. Actually, she hates the fact that I love Lian Bee so much. Actually it is not the cleanest Hokkien Mee you can get in KL. The stall operates out of an alley where buses passed by from the main road frequently, emitting those thick black smoke. Whatever you eat has a high risk of being contaminated by poisonous bus smoke.
But they’re still fucking delicious!
I was going to explore Petaling Street, but the weather had other ideas. It began to rain, so I had to cut short my outdoor walk and quickly head back into Central Market. I will talk more about Central Market in my next post.