On 10-10 Happy birthday to Keith Reid of Procol Harum (he’s their lyricist). Also having a 10-10 birthday is Alan Cartwright of Procol Harum! And, of course John Winston Lennon was born on 10-9 in 1940, and yet another 10-9 birthday: John Entwistle the bassist of The Who (in 1946).
I decided to go to Singapore and Malaysia at the end of 2009; I had a Japanese friend (Shin-san) in Kuala Lumpur.
I messed around Singapore for a few days, having Singapore Slings and an Xmas “High tea” at Raffles Hotel. The botanical gardens were interesting, too. But Singapore is about shopping! Muji, Kinokuniya etc. Not much in the way of CD shopping, however.
I arrived in Kuala Lumpur and there were crossed wires about my friend – he went to the domestic airport and I arrived at the international airport. I couldn’t call him, I didn’t have a cell phone!
Outside Kuala Lumpur airport there were taxis around – so I caught one to the hotel, figuring my friend would turn up later on. Almost immediately, the taxi driver had to stop for gasoline! The drive into K.L. seemed to take a long time – and I really didn’t want to get ripped off!
I stayed at The Traders Hotel, in downtown Kuala Lumpur. The hotel was SUPER nice and I was treated very well by the staff. And my friend showed up and took me to dinner at Jalan Alors! (An outdoor eating area).
It was weird being in Malaysia; it’s sort of British, sort of not-British anymore. There aren’t really many legit record / CD stores; most all of the stores I saw had bootlegs of everything, particularly DVD’s. Yes, I went to the Tower Records in K.L. and in the big mall across the park from the hotel, there was another legit CD store.
I cannot stress enough how nice The Traders hotel was! If only I’d had my 50th birthday there! (Yes, Kuala Lumpur was one of the places in consideration for that event). It’s not too late for my 60th birthday party to be held in Malaysia!
Anybody feel like joining me in Kuala Lumpur in 2018?