Kuching might have been my favorite city in Malaysia, and served as my home base for the Sarawak region of Malaysian Borneo (west of Brunei, population 600,000). It’s perhaps the most multi-cultural city in Borneo. While cities aren’t generally a big highlight for me, after such limited selection in little towns and rest stops in my transportation, I was excited to get to Borneo’s culinary capital. Kuching also served as an excellent jumping off point for my days in Sarawak, which feature Semenggoh Wildlife Rehab Centre and Bako National Park.
Photos of the impressive golden dome mosques of the Islamic sultanate of Brunei, in the capital city of Bandar Seri Begawan, including the Omar Ali Saifudien Mosque and Jame Asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque. Also photos of Kampung Ayer, a stilt village. Read more...(215 words, 1 image, estimated 52 secs reading time)
The Petronas Towers , also referred to as Malaysia’s Twin Towers, in Kuala Lumpur. The Petronas Towers were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 until surpassed by Taipei 101, but remain the tallest twin buildings in the world to this day (the Sears Tower / Willis Tower in Chicago is taller if you include their antenna).
Hong Kong – Here’s the video clip I took from my New Year’s Eve celebration in Hong Kong -51 seconds. Watch fireworks come from the sides of a building – I’m not typically wowed by fireworks displays, but this was impressive. I shot this video from the Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uD694gg4pwg
People rave about the International Financial Centre (IFC), but the skyscraper that stands out the most for me is the Bank of China Tower (78 stories), an architectural wonder.
The Bank of China Tower was designed by American-born Chinese architect Ieoh Ming Pei (aka IM Pei, or Bei Yuming), who’s best known for the modernization of the Louvre museum in Paris, France. He also did the John F. Kennedy Library and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. In NYC, he did the Jacob Javits Center.
The Bank of China Tower skyscraper might be the most recognisable skyscraper in Central, Hong Kong. When it was completed, the Bank of China Tower was the tallest building in Hong Kong, the tallest in Asia, and the tallest outside the United States. It was the first building outside the United States to break the 1,000 foot mark. The BOC also has two masts reaching 1,200 feet high.
My tour of Bahrain was really efficient – I landed in the early afternoon and had a flight out the next morning. It’s a really small country so I had a driver just drive me around to see the sites that I had picked out beforehand. He was very proud of his country and tried to tell me about the history – I wish I could understand his English because he seemed to have a wealth of knowledge.