Exploring Kuala Lumpur in Style and Wonder

Eat, Play and Love is what KL is all about

 

What I love about travelling to a new country is hanging out with the locals and immersing myself into their culture. Kuala Lumpur was no exception – the sweet smell of durian (well…to some it’s smelly and prohibited in hotel rooms); the high-pitch sound of motor bikes passing by; and the incredible taste of traditional Malay street food.

We explored the Central Market street stalls and found myself devouring a variety of traditional sweet and savory food. I ate a fried whole fish covered in spicy sauces, custard vanilla and durian puffs, bowls of prawn mee, curry laksa, and nasi lemak, milk pearl tea and even drank an icy cold passionfruit drink from a bag.

Of course I couldn’t have claimed to have visited KL without visiting the grand Petronas Twin Towers. The towers were so popular that I couldn’t even get a ticket to experience the walkway between the two towers (tip: pre book your tickets at least 5 days in advance). I’d have to say my visit to the towers was surreal – they really do glitter and glow. Although for me the highlight was in the gardens below where a magical little forest of ancient looking trees with roots exposed and dangling, provided a nice resting place and of course a great photo opportunity. No I am not posing in a scene from Lord of the Rings, but this was really the garden at Petronas Twin Towers.

This blog post couldn’t go without saying that I honestly believe the hidden gem in this city is its rustic street art, which is spread all over the city’s buildings and walls. The bold colours of the colonial buildings creating a rainbow of endless photo opportunities and backdrop. As a shopaholic I’d expected to leave Central Market with bags of cute and probably useless trinkets, instead I spent hours in the heat scouting and photographing all the locations that I fancied.

I ate, played and loved KL. Definitely a place to be if you are thinking about escaping Melbourne’s wintry weather.

Finally as I bid my farewells to this stunning city, I want to thank the following special list of people:

  • Ruby Wang of TheRubyCanvas for this unexpected and awesome opportunity. I can’t wait to travel with you to NYC in September coming up real soon!
  • Synthia Kek for her lively personality as she showed us off to her Facebook friends and interviewed us live, and of-course for her warm hospitality when we stayed at The Gardens – A St Giles Signature Hotel & Residences
  • Venicia Gaul and her creative team at Piranhanyc for the opportunity to work with them on the St Giles Hotel campaign
  • Last and not the least, my travelling partner in crime: Dee of AdaptTrend, who has not only been such a great friend over the years but a super stylist, writer and photographer who took on my creative direction to heart and made it her own. Thank you and love ya to bits xx

 

words and images of me  // DEE DARWICHE of AdaptTrend
creative direction, words and images // KAREN WOO

outfits // SHEIKE
rose gold sandals // BARED FOOTWEAR

 

karenwoo-stgiles360_0052

karenwoo-stgiles360_0062

karenwoo-stgiles360_0059

karenwoo-stgiles360_0045

karenwoo-stgiles360_0047

karenwoo-stgiles360_0032

karenwoo-stgiles360_0020

karenwoo-stgiles360_0119

karenwoo-stgiles360_0107

karenwoo-stgiles360_0115

karenwoo-stgiles360_0114

karenwoo-stgiles360_0011

karenwoo-stgiles360_0010-Edit

karenwoo-stgiles360_0015

karenwoo-stgiles360_0017

karenwoo-stgiles360_0016

karenwoo-stgiles360_0018

karenwoo-stgiles360_0105

karenwoo-stgiles360_0111

karenwoo-stgiles360_0101

karenwoo-stgiles360_0102

karenwoo-stgiles360_0091

karenwoo-stgiles360_0092

karenwoo-stgiles360_0094

karenwoo-stgiles360_0075
karenwoo-stgiles360_0067

karenwoo-stgiles360_0072

karenwoo-stgiles360_0097

karenwoo-stgiles360_0087

karenwoo-stgiles360-day2_0024

karenwoo-stgiles360-day2_0001

karenwoo-stgiles360-day2_0006-Edit

 

Karen Woo

Melbourne based Fashion, Street Style and Editorial Photographer

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.