What I Missed from my Bicycle

Hello, G’day, Guten Tag.

I am astonished that it has been almost eight months since I last posted here. Pandemic disruption is all I can say in my defence.

Malaysia is in week three of yet another total lockdown. A lockdown made more painful by a ban on outdoor cycling. We were allowed to ride in pairs while observing social distancing before the current lockdown. That ban is a consequence of cyclists congregating and riding in groups when they should not have been.

Walking and jogging outdoors are allowed. I tried jogging, but my knees protested. So it is walking for me. One upside of walking is that I see more around me. Cycling the city streets requires tunnel-vision focus on the road ahead and the traffic around me. Here are some sights I only noticed while walking around the neighbourhood.

Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock is a kopitiam (traditional coffee shop) chain. One outlet opened within a stone’s throw of where I live. This is on the side of the building housing the café. Ali and Muthu have their own murals.

This mural is on the outside wall at the rear of Gavel café. This photograph is a mashup of two images. The quote is actually separate and a few feet away from the waiter.

This mermaid is on the side wall of Woo Pin Fish Head Noodle House.

After all the units in the building where I live were sold, the sales gallery was refurbished. These wings were painted as part of that refurbishment. I don’t know what the building will be used for in future.

“Where to next?” My list is long. But who knows when the owner of this mural, MS Star Travel Agencies, will be booking tourist travel again?

This combined actual and painted waterfall is part of the KL Forest Eco Reserve. It sits at the T-junction where Jalan Dang Wangi intersects Jalan Ampang. I ride to that T-junction every time I cycle from home. I haven’t noticed it because when I turn left, my attention is on a bump and a grating at the corner. When I turn right, I am looking over my shoulder while I cross two lanes.

The coloured spotlights lit the KL Tower as dusk fell while I finished my loops of the neighbourhood.

Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman is a one-way street. This mural is visible only when facing the flow of traffic.

These five orbs are on the pavement in front of SOGO. They show Kuala Lumpur landmarks like the Sultan Abdul Samad building and Menara Maybank.

There are two of these chrome red bears in front of Star Residences. I believe they are a references to Sleepy Bear Sdn. Bhd., the former name of the company managing this property.

The lockdown and cycling ban have just been extended to 28th June. I have lots more time to walk around and spot what I missed from the saddle.

6 response to "What I Missed from my Bicycle"

  1. By: Suzanne Posted: June 16, 2021

    Nice to hear from you again! Yes, walking does have some advantages. You do see more. Nice images!

    • By: Alchemyrider Posted: June 17, 2021

      Thank you, Suzanne.
      I’m sure there will be more images to come from future walks.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 16, 2021

    Good to see you! Covid has changed a lot of things — hope the most recent lock down ends when they say.
    Enjoyed all the photos, some really nice ones!

    If you like to join the Scavenger Hunt, please do, under the circumstances, walking is just fine.

    • By: Alchemyrider Posted: June 17, 2021

      I’ll look up the details for the scavenger hunt.

      Thanks, Rich.

  3. By: gregblood Posted: June 16, 2021

    Welcome back, Alchemy. That makes two of our long lost 365-ers who have returned this week. Thanks for posting that interesting art work.

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