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I’ve been in Kuala Lumpur for just over a month now. As I alluded to in my last post, lately I’ve been taking the free KL city bus around almost everyday, and seeing more of the city. I’ve been to Petronas Twin Towers, Menara Kuala Lumpur, back to Lake Gardens, and a bunch of malls like Low Yat (an “IT lifestyle mall”), KLCC, and Berjaya Times Square. Most of these are in the Golden Triangle and Bukit Bintang areas, a couple miles east of my hostel.

Petronas Twin Towers

Petronas Twin Towers

Last week I went to the US Embassy to get some extra passport pages, which is a service that is apparently ceasing after January 1st. It felt like a DMV.

I’ve been catching up on podcasts that I fell behind on, mostly while walking around the malls and riding the bus. I also saw the new James Bond movie the other day, and I’ll probably see Star Wars soon, like the obedient consumer that I am. OH! and I just found out there’s a new Charlie Kaufman movie called Anomalisa that opens next month. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to see it in Malaysia but I’ll be keeping an eye out.

Relaxing at Lake Gardens.

Relaxing at Lake Gardens.

Christmas in Malaysia—it turns out—is serious business. Everywhere I turn, including in my hostel lounge, there are brightly adorned Christmas trees and smiling Santas and plastic snowmen. Especially in the Golden Triangle (aka the Central Business District), it feels very much like the wonderfully commercial sales-month that I’m used to in the US. (There’s nothing like a good deal on TVs to make me feel all warm and fuzzy.) This despite the fact that only 9.2% of Malaysians are Christian. It is a public holiday here, but apparently it’s only celebrated on Christmas Eve, and then it’s business-as-usual on the 25th.

A giant Christmas tree outside KLCC.

A giant Christmas tree outside KLCC.

You can see the full photo album of things from the last month here.


Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions are silly. Here are mine.

Write I want to get better at writing. About techy stuff, thinky stuff, and bloggy stuff. At the moment I have 7 half-written blog posts in my drafts folder about tech/web/software, so part one of my resolution is to commit to finishing these posts and writing more in general. Also related to writing better, I need to:

Read Not that reading isn’t an end unto itself, but I want to read both for the sake of reading and of writing better. I’ve already been reading a lot more since arriving in Kuala Lumpur so part two of my resolution is to keep it up, and maybe even kick it up a gear.

Meditate I’ve tried to start meditating more times than I can count, and I never stick with it. Part three of my resolution is to stick with it. I want to think more clearly, stay more focused, and be more relaxed. I’m hoping meditation can be a step in that direction.

There’s inevitably a lot more that I’m not including, but I think focusing on these three things will help me with all the other ones. Like all good New Year’s resolutions, it inevitably contains too much anyway, and is sure to collapse unto itself. Maybe I should just get a gym membership. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Happy Festivus!