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March 11, 2004

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From Penang Island we moved south into Malaysia's heart and stopped at the capital city, Kuala Lumpur. Although it's a city without much of a history, it weaves traditional Islamic culture with a backdrop of 21st century architecture. British colonial buildings cluster around the town square, which looks like a manicured cricket pitch. The KL river lies harnessed by concrete dikes. Covered street markets sell pirated music CD's and movies or knockoff clothes and shoes. Mosques cry out the daily prayers. Workers scrub the streets and the skyscrapers gleam.
Fashion choices limited.
Kuala Lumpur, city built by oil, which means it's like Houston, except with head scarves instead of cowboy hats.