KUALA LUMPUR — If there is one beautiful thing that happened out from this country being a former colony of Britain, it is the gift of modernized world. Malaysia, if not for its name that carries the tune of the continent it belongs, can be mistaken for a western mega-city by those who are seemingly clueless in geography. The reasons are obvious. In the bustling capital Kuala Lumpur, rising towers dot the skyline. Public infrastructure, impressive. Public Transportation, efficient. Kuala Lumpur is closely becoming like that of its neighbor Singapore, the tiny city-state which also shares its British colonial history.

This history took me to Malacca, the country’s historic federal state located in the southern region of the Malay Peninsula. Prior to being a British colony, Malacca was under the control of the Portuguese, which later on ceded its authority over this important colonial property to Great Britain.

As in any other great civilization before, Malacca blooms through its water. There is the storied river of Malacca, tucked in a strait two hours away from Kuala Lumpur. Malacca is a hotchpotch of Malay, Chinese, Indian, European and sundry influences. In 2008, it was inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Today, Malacca is still brimming with a mixture of culture, made more beautiful with its co-existence, preserved for the upcoming generations. In 2008, it was inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

This is what I saw in Malacca, and in Kuala Lumpur. Enjoy!


The storied river of Malacca
Malacca hosts a number of impressive street art.

An aerial view of Malacca