Reading Week: Malaysia

Penang

When you're given the chance to fly for $35 USD, take it and go. That's exactly what my friends and I did - arrived in Kuala Lumpur at 2 AM, go to the hotel, then go back to the airport at 6 AM, heading off to Penang.
 

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Having never flown on a low cost carrier, I was pretty intrigued by the boarding process. Needless to say, security wasn't too impressed with me taking photos in the terminal.
 

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This was also my first experience with Malaysian street food, and I was pretty proud of myself when I could order my meal in Mandarin.
 

Kek Lok Si Temple

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One of the most famous temples on the island of Penang, Kek Lok Si was atop quite a bit of stairs - those arrows were rather deceptive.
 

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Penang Hill

Sporting something similar to The Peak tram in Hong Kong, we travelled up to Penang Hill, just a couple kilometres away from capital, George Town. Atop this hill, you could see the entirety of Penang from all angles.
 

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The Streets of Penang

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Mere inches from traffic (albeit slow-moving). 
 

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Delicious, delicious street laksa.

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Lychee juice in a bag. Otherwise known as just sugar water.
 

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Deep fried goodies on the sidewalk. Top notch samosas.
 

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Kuala Lumpur

In town for a music festival, but that doesn't mean I didn't appreciate this lovely city for what it's worth.
 

Masjid Negara (National Mosque)

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A hazy, smoggy day prompted a visit to the National Mosque of Malaysia. A structure of serenity and beautiful architecture.
 

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Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

On another muggy, sweaty day in KL, I decided to meet up with a friend from Schulich to check out 'the world's largest free-flight walk-in aviary.' Many exotic birds were found, some silly looking, some majestic. Some were even monkeys.
 

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All sorts of species were present, and they definitely weren't bluffing about it being a large aviary. 
 

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There was also a huge abundance of these fancy peacocks.
 

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I even spotted a fellow Canonite rocking a hefty 300L to shoot down some birds.
 

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Some birds are messier than others. This little one wasn't too keen on staying clean.
 

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There were some more common birds that are kept as pets.
 

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Others, not so common.
 

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Others, too preoccupied with feasting.
 

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Others, not birds at all.
 

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Brickfields, Little India

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Out and About KL

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The main reason we were in Malaysia was for Future Music Festival Asia. This was really my first experience at a music festival, but unfortunately it was cut short. Fortunately, I was still able to see one of my favourite house artists and fellow Torontonian, deadmau5. I was lucky enough to make my way up to the very front that night and I was thoroughly content with the experience of hearing Zimmerman live. 
 

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I'd love to come back. Until then.