Jul 20, 2014

Corners Of Concrete | Breaking Necks In The Streets Of Kuala Lumpur | Part 2

The last location we were at in Part 1 was in a side street in the city center having dinner at the hawker stall. Now all is full, we decided to hit another busy neighbourhood in Kuala Lumpur. This area is full of night spots, bars and location to at least four shopping centers. This is Bukit Bintang (Starhill).

 Bukit Bintang wasn't all glitz and glamour before since Jalan Tong Shin in the area was the focal point of the 13th May 1969 racial riots that occurred in the city. Even though it was a dark period for the city, but it resulted in the creation of Malaysia's pledge of allegiance, the Rukunegara.

Fast forward to the late 1980s, corporate powerhouse Tan Sri Yeoh Tiong Lay proposed a plan to transform the neighbourhood with retail development. After much planning through his company, YTL corporations, the neighbourhood of Bukit Bintang was named Bintang Walk. Ever since then, the neighbourhood continues to reinvent itself and turned into the place it is today.

 Now Bukit Bintang has became an attraction to tourist, seasoned shoppers or a place to see and be seen so there wouldn't be a better place to stop by to people-watch. The place is a perfect example on how diverse Malaysia is. Not only we see the locals, but we also see the foreign tourists that actually flock to Malaysia, especially Kuala Lumpur. Caucasians, Middle Eastern, Asian, just to name a few.

After just a few minutes there, we couldn't help to realize that we were actually being watched too. Most of the people that past by could help seeing these MadRush built cars. One reason could be not many S-Chassis owners would take their car to Bukit Bintang. Just to see a pristine road going 180SX is hard nowadays. The best incident would be when this single Caucasian guy who was walking across the street broke his neck three times to see the rides. He even pulled out his iPhone to snap a photo of them. Thanks for the love!

   Now, after going to these two places, where else would we go? KLCC and Petronas Twin Towers were iconic, Bukit Bintang was dope. So we thought we should stretch these cars' legs. That only means one thing, time for a drive. Malaysia, especially Kuala Lumpur is full of highway systems due to the high volume of traffic we have. Even though I am still unsure if it solves the traffic problem, but the good thing about it is, once its late night, when not much people are out, these highway systems are a perfect playground to drivers and performance cars like these. 

The Ampang Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway (AKLEH) opened in May 2001 to reduce congestion on Jalan Ampang that connects the district of Ampang in Kuala Lumpur's eastside to the city center. This highway is now a usual daily commute to most but it is also one of the optional routes to some of the local highway racers. But don't get your hopes up, they rarely use this route due to limited distance and presence of authorities. 

In personal preference, I would say that this highway is to me the most scenic highway in the city. So let's say if you brought your nice ride down to KL, a drive on AKLEH at night is a must. Besides, one of the best ways to see a city skyline is to see it from its main elevated highway. Pretty similar to Tokyo's Bayshore Expressway (Wangan) or New York's Henry Hudson Parkway. After miles of driving and sight seeing, we decided to end the night with a late night supper in Jalan Duta. Hope you enjoyed our tourist guide to the city of Kuala Lumpur. 

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1 comment:

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