26 Jun - 27 Jun 2013 Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur
Jl. Tuanku Abdul Rahman 316
Fully renovated and tremendously improved, rather stylish and clean double room (no. 539), located in the hotel’s new extension, with fan, private bathroom and power shower, for MYR 68.- or US$ 22.- per night, booked on the internet long ago.
Helpful, friendly and competent staff; very good English.

Click below for an interactive road map of the Tune Hotel in downtown Kuala Lumpur which we would recommend and for directions:


Matt: Overnighting in Kuala Lumpur, thus braving the incredibly thick haze, triggered by forest fires on Sumatra, of a quite hazardous API above 500 (which means that a state of emergency has been declared: all non-essential government services [a pleonasm] were suspended, schools were closed and protective face masks were strongly recommended) and later on, undisguised, having interesting and thought-provoking encounters (i) with attractive service personnel of every age and gender in the skid row behind my hotel, and (ii) with chubby chowhounds of every age and gender at the hawker stalls in nearby Kampung Baru, the ground-zero for the plainly visible XXXL-isation of 1Malaysia, where their patrons, often with a BMI far above 30, guzzled perfectly happy their high-calorie, oily and over-sugared Malay food, praised smackingly their unhealthy grub and, at the same time, complained bitterly about their diabetic symptoms, their hypertension and their heart diseases (... and didn't have the slightest idea about the additional greenhouse gas emission caused by fat people on our 1Earth).

“According to the surgeon general, obesity today is officially an epidemic; it is arguably the most pressing public health problem we face, costing the health care system an estimated $90 billion a year. Three of every five Americans are overweight; one of every five is obese. The disease formerly known as adult-onset diabetes has had to be renamed Type II diabetes since it now occurs so frequently in children. A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association predicts that a child born in 2000 has a one-in-three chance of developing diabetes. (An African American child's chances are two in five.) Because of diabetes and all the other health problems that accompany obesity, today's children may turn out to be the first generation of Americans whose life expectancy will actually be shorter than that of their parents. The problem is not limited to America: The United Nations reported that in 2000 the number of people suffering from overnutrition - a billion - had officially surpassed the number suffering from malnutrition - 800 million.”

Matt: Taking the monorail and hereafter the yellow Aerobus shuttle (Wawasan Sutera Travel & Tours +60361892711) from KL Sentral, the main railway station, back to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA-LCCT) at Sepang (c. 70 km, 1 ½ hours, MYR 8.- or US$ 2.50 per person), flying uneventfully with Air Asia (“Now Everyone Can Fly”) in an indefatigable and sturdy red Airbus A 320-200 from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu International, the second busiest airport in Malaysia after Kuala Lumpur, for just MYR 98.- or US$ 32.- per person, one way, all inclusive, and taking eventually the free shuttle bus from Warisan Square to the tried and tested Tune Hotel at 1Borneo Hypermall, only a few clicks north of Kota Kinabalu - back to fascinating and rewarding Borneo, a place of ancient rainforests, jungle wildlife and cultural riches, which we explored intensively from July 2009 through October 2009.

2013 Map Konni & Matt

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From the 2013 Moral Travel Compass for our Grand Children's Journey of Life:
It’s bad to follow a map;
It’s good to create your own atlas.
Keep your bearings!