Singapore map:
Singapore & Kuala Lumpur
Oct 22, 2001

These older journal entries were hastily typed in at local cybercafes where I was paying by the minute.  Please excuse grammar mistakes or typos. 

Singapore & Kuala Lumpur

Not too much to say about these two cities.  They're both very modern.  Everyone speaks English as it is one of the official languages in both countries. 

In Singapore I dropped by the Raffles Hotel to have a Singapore Sling.  The drink may have been invented in that hotel, but now it's way overpriced and mass produced - they don't make it with love anymore.  In Kuala Lumpur I saw the Petronas towers, the tallest buildings in the world.  Very tall indeed. 

One thing that I was surprised to learn is that the Malaysian flag is a near clone of the US flag.  It's got the red and white stripes and a blue square in the top left corner.  The one major difference is the stars and gone, replaced by an Islamic design.  Odd... 

Singapore was nice and clean, but not as spotless as I had expected based on the stories.  It's clean, but not so clean as too make me, a native of Oakland, paranoid.  Unlike Salt Lake City where everyone is happy happy and the streets are clean clean, Singapore does have the occasional cigarette butt on the sidewalk. 

There was one amusing story.  I met Mike, a New Yorker, who was trapped in Malaysia.  His parents, unaware that he was going to Malaysia find out that he's there by looking at his bank statements.  They're convinced that he's been kidnapped by Islamic extremist and call Interpol.  Mike finds this out when he tries to leave the country and his passport number brings up all sorts of red flags on the computer.  It took him almost two weeks to clear up the mess, convince local officials that he had not been kidnapped and get permission to leave the country.  I guess I was lucky.  My parents only got as far as emailing the embassy.

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