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Today, we planned to go up the Petronas Towers. We set our alarm especially early, rushed through the buffet breakfast (I only went back once!). Fretted about the long lines in the metro—and when I say lines, I mean it, this was the most orderly rush hour scene I’ve ever seen.

When we got the the tower, we discovered that Monday is the day the towers are closed to visitors.

We went over to the Menara KL TV tower, which was not free, and had a great view of the city, from which vantage point I spotted the Hard Rock Cafe. Back at ground level, we wandered around in a wide circle and finally discovered that, in addition to being hard to reach by foot, it was closed until 11 a.m. What a drag.

We waited in a nearby hotel until it opened, then headed back to the hotel to check out, and let Susie prepare for her media interview.

When she left for that, I tried to get to the nearby museum, but was completely blocked from doing so by foot—and I didn’t have enough money to do so by taxi.

When it started to rain, I headed over to the bird park to rendezvous with Susie. She arrived, and we discovered that, in addition to being very expensive, it was a cash-only attraction. Also, we didn’t have enough money for a cab back to the hotel.

I struck up a conversation with two German girls, who were also similarly stranded at the bird park. Together, we pooled our $$ and headed back to the KLSentral station.

There, we spent 20 minutes looking for an ATM so we could get out enough money to pay back the girls, trying four before finding one that worked.

We then decided to kill time until we could head to the Carcosa colonial residence, where we had reservations for tea. We were one of the last couples served (interesting side note: I think James Brown’s background singers were at the table next to us!). And when we wanted to leave, no taxi would come get us, so finally the residence’s van drove us back to the hotel.

The rain had stopped, and we caught the Express Train straight from the hotel to the airport—the hotel porter actually transported our bags across the street and through the station right up to the gates of the train.

Finally, our airplane was delayed by 40 minutes and we’ll be arriving in Singapore quite late indeed.

For a day filled with delay and disaster, it was quite fruitful and full, and enjoyable. Lots of new friends, adventures and so forth.

Overheard

“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”

...who said it?

“Almost every American I know does trade large portions of his life for entertainment, hour by weeknight hour, binge by Saturday binge, Facebook check by Facebook check. I’m one of them. In the course of writing this I’ve watched all 13 episodes of House of Cards and who knows how many more West Wing episodes, and I’ve spent any number of blurred hours falling down internet rabbit holes. All instead of reading, or writing, or working, or spending real time with people I love.”

...who said it?

“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

...who said it?

“I play with variables constantly.”

...who said it?

“Only the person who has learned Continual Love coming from a heart of Gratitude/Worship can effectively deal with the problem of loneliness.”

...who said it?

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