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What do you want to change about your city? In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, a group of citizens started the #betterKL movement, an initiative to crowd-source constructive ways to improve the city they live in. The grassroots movement sought to move the focus from quotidian gripes about urban life to ideas about how to make the city better.  “Don’t just live in the city, live for the city,” the BetterCities manifesto urges.

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Frangipani Club Entrance

Frangipani Club Entrance

The above image is probably not what the average traveler to Malaysia anticipates. While it is known as a moderate Muslim nation, Malaysia is still a place where the less conservative among us should err on the side of caution. Sex scenes in movies are heavily censored, risque performers like Lady Gaga are banned from our stages and yes, homosexuality can earn you a hefty fine or imprisonment. This is why we assured a gay friend who was visiting that there were “no gay bars in KL”. We still cringe at the memory.

Fortunately, Lorenzo had done his research. He insisted on taking us to Changkat, Kuala Lumpur’s bustling neon-lit nightlife hub.

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