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After a breakfast here in the hotel this morning, I went for a stroll to see
what is near the hotel. I wandered into the KLCC shopping complex, a very
modern western-style mall with an interesting mix of local flavor and name-
brand stores. I managed to resist the Starbucks - who needs a hot latte when
it is 90 deg outside?

My friend Trevor took some time out of his Sunday to get me acquainted with
the area. We talked for a while about our business plans for the week, then
proceeded to visit some of the tourist spots near my hotel.

The twin Petronas towers.

Trevor has a new office (he shares with our regional partner) in one of the
Petronas towers, so we took the elevator up to the 50th floor for some
fantastic views.

Trevor and I hopped in a taxi to go see the Menara Kuala Lumpur, a very
impressive telecommunications tower. At the top I listened to an audio tour
that describes the skyline from various vantage points.

View of Dataran Merdeka (Merdeka Square) from Menara Kuala Lumpur.

One of the interesting views was of Dataran Merdeka, named after the Malay
word for independence. You can see the very large flagpole to the left of the
field - it was here at midnight on August 31, 1957 that the Union Jack was
lowered for the last time and Malaysia (then Malaya) became an independent
state.

Another view of the Petronas towers. To the right (the big white complex) is
the KLCC shopping center. To the right of that is the Mandarin Oriental hotel,
where I am staying.

The rains come like clockwork here each day around 3-4pm. At 3:15pm today, a
tropical thunderstorm rolled through. As of 5:00pm, it is mostly clear again.

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