Murals at Jalan Alor
After a break for ice cream at FamilyMart, we walked down Bukit Ceylon towards Changkat Bukit Bintang. Took a turn towards Tengkat Tung Shin to join Jalan Rembia. And this was when the real fun started.
The whole Jalan Rembia had been transformed. Used to be a quiet and neglected back lane, the walls of the buildings there had been repainted. The streets were cleaned and few boutique hotels cropped up. The whole place was a shadow of its past. It felt different there now.
Along the street, there were birds chirping as the owner of one of the hotel there took his birds out in their cages and placed them by the roadside. He would bring them back in once it gets too warm. We were lucky that morning as the sun was still low. The birds were still out. Time to get snapping.
Apparently the spectacles in the evening were different with lights bathing the streets. Maybe that would be for another journey in the future.
Further down the lane, the theme changed. There were flowers and insect murals on the wall in colourful caricatures. Those were a sight to behold. Really enjoyed the lights and contrast. An instagrammer's dream.
We then crossed Changkat Bukit Bintang again, walking towards Jalan Berangan. Now, it wasn't just the walls were painted, the walk ways were colourful with paintings and murals. There were lights on the path shaped like clouds - they were only switched on at night. I could just sit there for hours looking at the crowd pass by. It would have been nice if there were cafés. But alas, maybe that would be in the future phase of the development. When we were walking, there were still path left unpainted with workers doing measurements and renovations. Clearly it was till work in progress.
Once home, I did a little reading on this project. The work there begun back in 2015, under the purview of DBKL. The works were done in phases and I think the biggest challenges were manpower and money. I am more concerned about the future as Malaysia is not renowned for their discipline when it comes to maintenance. A couple of years down the line, there is a distinct possibility that the work maybe in ruin. It is best to enjoy the effort and help promote it. If many visitors enjoyed it and consider it as an attraction, it would be difficult to neglect this plan. After all, it is easily accessible through public transport and Jalan Alor is a famous spot for backpackers.
After I was done with snapping, we headed down further through Jalan Berangan, past the area known as Little Arab. A quick right hand turn, and I was already back in the middle of civilization. Bukit Bintang beckoned and we regrouped at McDonald's there.
Time to say goodbye. But I went along with a few of my friends, taking the MRT towards Chinatown a couple of stops away. Time for a proper lunch. We were headed for Merchant's Lane ...