May 24, 2006

straight up

I always forget that my compact digital camera also has an add-on wide-angle lens. So, I attached it and vĂ³ila!

This is Maybank Tower, the headquarters of the largest bank in the country and has over 22,000 employees spread around the world. Impressive for a country that was once only known, in the 80s, as the 'jungle' between Thailand and Singapore.

I'm just glad that the sky was blue and the clouds were floating in the most perfect place. Again, another tall, phallic building in a land struck dumb with limpness. Oh well...


Blogger Brian said...

struck dumb with limpness -- great phrase. is it the humidity?
the contrast in aesthetics between phallic uprightness and implied langour is probably due to wishful thinking...architecture as idealism?

8:16 AM  
Anonymous Anne said...

Yeah we have Maybank too here in the Philippines, although not very big. I didn't know that Malaysia was once known as the "jungle" between Thailand and Singapore :)

10:35 AM  
Blogger Edwin Sumun said...

B&L: You know how it is. A country striving for world recognition and a people who are happy to do nothing and watch it all pass by. Fodder for my work. let's not get started on the people running the country. You should check out the news from this side of the world.

Anne: I kid you not. I remember when I was a child and I visited my aunt who lived in Florida. I was about 10 and browsing the supermarket aisles when a man who came up to me, thinking I was lost, asked me where I was from. I said Malaysia. He said, "Where is that?"

I told him between Thailand and Singapore. He answered, "Oh, you mean in the jungles of Malaya?" he was lucky I was 10 and had not yet developed my shrap tongue.

Another incident. London, about 3 years ago. I was shopping and the shop owner was at the cash register. He said I looked interesting and he asked where I was from. I told him. He said he was surprised Malaysians spoke English so well. He wondered where we had learnt the language.

I admit that most of the country doesn't have a firm command of the language, nor are we a tribe of natives swinging tree to tree but I told him we were once a British colony and the learning came then.

And the funniest thing was this: He's a naturalised citizen of the UK, originally from India. Can you just beat that? ;)

When I'm here in KL, I constantly wonder why there are so many wrongs and will bitch about the administration. However, when I travel, I defend my country and anyone having a bad word to say better watch out. Funny.

11:09 AM  
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