Wednesday , April 25, 2018

The Upside Down House

THE urban jungle of Kuala Lumpur is full of many activities and attractions that make post card perfect souvenirs: high rise buildings, shopping havens, iconic towers and line of overpowering skyscrapers.

In a place dominated by steel bars and flashy glass windows, a quirky attraction will make you get snappy and maybe, as in my case, a little dizzy.

The bustling urban hub of Malaysia is home to the Kuala Lumpur Upside Down House. A home of many illusions, it has easily etched its mark as a go to place around the "Golden Triangle" of KL, as it is situated at the foot of the Kuala Lumpur Tower, an attraction and at the same time experience that you should not leave Malaysia without checking.

Making true to its "golden" reputation, it houses a Ferrari store, a well-kept mini zoo, a cultural center and a posh revolving restaurant overlooking the majestic skyline of the Malaysian capital.

Resembling like the famous yellow house in Quezon City, the two-storey house of illusion is like any typical home. It has an entertainment area, a living room, a kids place, a dining area and of course, a masters bedroom.

It was easy to fall in love with a structure that resembles to that of a sweets factory. A feat for the eyes and a feel of coziness, you will find yourself sitting at the corner. This time, allow your brain to trick you for a moment, or maybe longer.

True enough, everything inside is literally upside down. And sooner, you will decide to take a snap in every corner of every room, as if you have never stepped in a cottage house before. There is a hint of adventure in this place that has defied gravity and pushed the limits of our understanding of basic science.

Without laser lights or huge screens flashing out of this world effects, I am greatly entertained inside a really small space of toilet bowls, a sofa, and kitchen wares hanging upside down.

Indeed, the strangeness of looking at the "normal" things in a totally different perspective results to a dopamine rush, just like the first time we saw "ET" flying in bike, or maybe and more recently, when "Rogue One" introduced us to a new world we thought we already knew.

To date, at least 5,000 tourists are getting "upside down" every day. The idea of including a modern and "weird" attraction in the Golden City that kept a reputation as home to many cultural presentations is a bold decision to make.

This "bold" take is currently reaping good returns for the Tourism Council of Malaysia. Imagine, you build an odd looking house for RMS 800,000, charge RMS 15 for entrance and get 5,000 average foot traffic daily and viola, your money gets more "ups" than "downs."

This is once again a proof that tourism is a serious business to support local coffers and grow economies. I pray to the Gods that Egypt can do a similar stance and bank on the golden tombs and reclaim their spot as among the world's tourism and heritage spots. The war has formed a Great Wall for onlookers like you and me to hop on with a sense of peace and security and mark our footsteps in a land so great with stories of the past.