Sunday, September 28, 2008

Kuala Lumpur - Bintang Walk

Bintang  Walk must be the most popular shopping strip in KL. Stretching from the Starhill Gallery to Bintang Plaza, this narrow strip of city sidewalk offers an amazing variety of shopping and dining experience. It is also very well landscaped and designed, with shaded rest areas providing much needed shelter from the tropical heat, and lots of kiosks selling snacks, drinks and ice-cream offering convenient breaks along the way.

Starting from the more swanky end of Jalan Bukit Bintang, where you find the Starhill Gallery Shopping Centre, the Westin Hotel and Marriot Hotel, it goes slowly down-scale towards the bargain heaven of Sungei Wang Plaza and Bukit Bintang Plaza. The latest addition to the swanky end is the Pavilion Shopping Centre.

The Starhill Gallery which also houses the Marriot Hotel. 

The curved building behind is the Westin Hotel, whereas the one with the tall windows in front is The Marriot.

The Pavilion, the latest highend shopping centre in KL.

Looking back towards the Bintang Walk from The Pavilion.

The stretch of Bintang Walk between Starhill and Lot 10.

One of the favourite past times along Bintang Walk - people watching. 

The famous Lot 10 at the junction of Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail. It's green and blue exterior was a bold statement for it's time.

The stretch along Bukit Bintang Plaza.

This is where it ends, in front of BB Plaza.

Various dining options in the area.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Kuala Lumpur Ramadan Bazaar - More Raya Cookies

More pictures of the cookies.

Kuala Lumpur Ramadan Bazaar - Flowers

There was a huge flower section at the Bazaar. They look very real, but these are mostly artificial flowers for sprucing up the house.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Kuala Lumpur Ramadan Bazaar - New Clothes

In the old days, when time wasn't so nice and easy, children would get new clothes maybe once a year, usually during New Year. Nowadays in this materialistic and disposable era that we are in, clothes are just another disposable item. However, the tradition of getting new clothes for New Year hasn't changed. 

One of the many fabric and clothing stalls at the Bazaar.

Scarfs and headdress come in a myriad of colours.

During Raya, the ladies like to wear traditional dresses. These are "Baju Kurung', a traditional Malay dress from the state of Pahang. It has now become popular throughout Malaysia even with ladies from other communities. It is easy to see why, as the shape of the dress is very flattering to the figure.

This is a more high fashion Baju Kurung, with intricate embroideries to add more elegance to the dress.

During Raya, the men will also put on their traditional wear. This is called a "Baju Melayu". It is worn with a "Kain Songket" around the waist. The Kain Songket is traditionally hand-woven, and the expensive ones would have gold or silver threads.

The Kain Songket or Sarung come in many colours and patterns to match the colour of the outfit.

This is a Baju Kebaya, a more fashionable traditional dress for the ladies.

More intricate embroideries.

Kuala Lumpur Ramadan Bazaar - Raya Cookies

No Raya would be complete without the cookies. These are so popular that they sometimes run out if you don't order or buy them early. Served in every home that you visit, there are probably hundreds of different types of cookies being made, and every year new varieties are invented. At this market alone, the choice is endless.

One of the many stalls selling Raya cookies.

The look of the cookies is sometimes more important then the taste.

Just take one of each type and you'll end up with 20 or 30 containers of cookies !