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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Photos of Roslan Rahman: Bars and Malls in Kuala Lumpur

The images belong to Roslan Rahman: he made these photos for NY Times. An article there, signed by Naomi Lindt, who keeps kind of a travelogue: his visit to Kuala Lumpur follows a trip to Hanoi in April, and one to Siem Reap in Cambodia, December last year.

Sky Bar

Sky Bar is on the 33rd floor of the Traders Hotel. The space is dominated by a pool; the windows offer a great view of the Petronas Towers, the tallest twin buildings in the world.

No Black Tie Club

No Black Tie offers a casual spot for very sophisticated people. It's a jazz club and Japanese gastro bar, hosting beside jazz cabaret performances and poetry nights.

Kuala Lumpur is a Mall Town

Kuala Lumpur is, like all Asian cities that exploded in modernity, a mall town, and many places of note are located in malls, like Enak KL (a restaurant for Malayan cuisine lovers), placed in Starhill Gallery. I was many times at the Pentagon City Mall, near Washington, and I would say that Starhill Gallery looks more impressive. Is that because of the gorgeous photo of Roslan Rahman? This guy knows so well to catch the perfect angles!

Starhill Gallery

And the last image for this post: Sungei Wang Plaza, the teenagers' mecca. A universe that calls in mind some movies by Wong Kar-Wai, like Chungking Express, or Fallen Angels.

Sungei Wang Plaza

But the movie that comes to mind more is maybe Gone Shoppping, made by the Singaporean Li Lin-Wee. It's weird: actually I didn't see it, as it was screened in DC only once, on a Friday evening, within a festival of Singaporean movies at Freer Gallery; and I miss it!

Well, my history of Gone Shopping deserves another post:)

(The Photos of Roslan Rahman)



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