Published: June 30th 2011June 30th 2011
This blog is probably a bit of a disappointment lately since there hasn't been any new posts in weeks, but we will try and fill you in about everything we have been up to since the last time we wrote.
On the 14th of June we left early in the morning from Denpasar to Kuala Lumpur. Once we got to Kuala Lumpur we checked in in a bit of a funny Guesthouse in Chinatown. The owners were really friendly and helpful but the room was a bit dodgy. We almost felt like we were on a schooltrip. The day we arrived we decided to go on a pretty big mission. Get our Vietnamese Visas. Getting the Visas itself was actually quite easy, but finding the embassy was a bit of a hassle. Took us about half a day, wandering around in a boiling Kuala Lumpur. We've witnessed the making of a Malay movie, visited our friends Gucci, Prada and Tommy in huge shopping malls and practiced the pronunciation of Maharajalela (the trainstation we had to get to everytime). Back in the Guesthouse we got to know the Balinese help who worked there. She seemed to be a
Our room in KL Chinatown. Bird-nest Guesthouse.
"lillybit" too much into all of us, but made us laugh for a whole evening. Since we only had one more day in "KL" we tried to see as much as we could. We went to a Musk where we had to dress up as Muslims, checked out the very impressive Petronas Towers, got lost in the most massive shopping mall you will ever see (11 floors, and from the 5th till the 7th floor a Themepark), and went all the way up in the KL Tower to enjoy the view at Sunset. Quite a lot of activities for one day, but we survived.
Next day we took the bus to the Cameron Highlands. We traveled in style. The cheapest bus turned out to be the most comfortable bus ride we've had so far. Once we got of the bus it felt as if we were back in Zermatt. It was pretty damn cold! Got kidnapped by a hunter who brought us to the Inn we stayed for the next days. Arie had to sleep on a matress on the floor. They didn't give enough sheets so when she went on the mission to get some more, she came
KL / Bird-nest Guesthouse / Malaysia
back with a cursed sheet. The owner of the Inn gave it to her after mumbling in a weird language for a few minutes while waving it over his head. First day we went on an organized trip to a Tea plantation, but before we got to that they forced us to visit about 20 different farms. Butterfly farm, Strawberry farm, Rose farm, Insect farm, Bee farm a slightly strange Buddhist Temple and then FINALLY the Tea farm. Our personal driver was a sweetheart but he was blind as fuck. Everytime we had to turn it took a good 10 minutes, since going backwards was a bit of an issue for this poor man. Once we returned we met Liz. A lovely English lady who is on the age of 77 still traveling around the world. We were amazed by all her stories, and listened to her for hours. In the evening we had the pleasure to check out the "Bonfire situation" at her Guesthouse. We smoked cigarettes, drank beer and kept listening to her experiences. The day after we went on a Jungle track. It was more a pavement walk, but it was a nice one. Hannah and Arie
Visiting a Mosque in KL, dressed up in lovely gowns
went on another Jungle track in the afternoon and almost got lost. The path was very hard to find at times, and had obstacles as fallen trees, water streams and just generally a lot of random plants. Once we got out of there we found it a save option to take a taxi back to the place we stayed.
After hanging out in the Cameron Highlands for one more day we head off to Taman Negara. We had the pleasure of discovering the services of the Banana Bus. The incredible driving skills of our Malaysian chauffeur made us feel as if we were in a washing machine for about 5 hours. United in pain we got to know 2 couples from Germany and England. All of us stayed in the same Guesthouse and we spend the next days together. After we settled down we had dinner and figured it was Beer o'clock. Wrong thought. Taman Negara is Muslim. Luckily we met Asri, who seemed to be the local whiskey dealer. He arranged some local booze for us and invited us to a "Beachparty". Which means Bonfire situation No. 2 combined with booze and guitars. We had a lot of
fun singing songs without actually knowing the lyrics. At a certain point Kimi decided that it was better to go home since Hannah and Arie couldn't really handle the local alcohol. Result: Big Hangovers the next day. Still we managed to drag ourselves out of bed and go on proper rainforest mission. After a sweaty walk (rainforest is too warm for human beings) we reached the Canopi bridge. A not very stable, really high bridge in between trees. Not the best thing to do with a hangover. After that all of us went Rapid Shooting. If you think that means we get wet because of the river being so wild, you're wrong. We were lucky enough to be in the boat with the personal shower. The drivers of our boat found it really funny the throw buckets full of water over our heads during the whole trip. We got to a little Aborigine village being soaked from head to toe. We had a really interesting tour trough the village where they showed us how to make fire, shoot animals and smoke aborigine self-made cigarettes. On the next stop we got our inner Jane&Tarzan out and swung into the river from
Cameron Highlands / Malaysia
a rope. It wasn't as easy as we thought, but a good laugh. Back on shore we figured we have been wet the whole day so went home to have a shower and finally put some dry clothes on.
The next day we got on our beloved Banana bus again to the next destination. The Perhenthian Islands. Its beach time! After once again a very shaky bustrip we got thrown on a boat that brought us to the Islands. The boat trip was another unstable experience. Way too fast on quite a rough see. Kimi thought she was being punished for her sins by being put on the front of the boat where the trip was even more bumpy. Praise the lords for the life vests. Once we got there we went on a failed mission trough the pouring rain looking for accommodation on Long Beach so we decided to take a taxi boat to the next bay where we checked in in D'Lagoon. A lovely place run by a really nice Malay family. First night we got there it was the owner's birthday, so we got treated on cake and all kinds of other nice things. The following
day we got to know the massive lizards that walk around on the Perhenthians. They come in too big sizes, up to about 2 meters. They are afraid of humans, but that doesn't take away the fact that they are quite scary looking. The next few days were very relaxed. We spent our time with playing beachball (Arie and Kimi will beat you all with their amazing skills), swimming, sunbathing, hiking to Long beach (Hannah's every day morning mission) and snorkeling. While snorkeling we got to know another nice sort of animal that live on the Islands, the Seegurken. They are disgusting, and they freak Arie out. Everytime we went for a swim she decided to straightline on high speed over "the land of the Gurken". One night we decided to go for dinner and a beer to Long Beach. When we went back we took a taxi boat that was going to bring us back to D'Lagoon. Sadly enough we got dropped off in the middle of the ocean, because the tide was too low and the boat couldn't go any further. Instead of being helpful the taxidriver buggered of really quickly. There we were, standing on coral in
On our way to the "Beach Party".
the middle of gurkenland, with the only message we got: "Just walk straight on, its easy!" Trust us, it wasn't. We turned on the light of Kimis phone, held each others hands and struggled our way back to the beach. Every now and then you could hear a desperate scream, flipflops were lost and pants were almost peed. But at least we were a good laugh for everyone who was watching us from the beach. After a few more days of relaxing we traveled on to Georgetown on Penang. Once again a very special trip with a Banana bus. We found an accommodation straight away where we are now. Pure luxury for a bargain price. The next days we are planning on discovering town, and on the 3rd we are moving on to Thailand. So far good fun.
You will hear from us soon!!
Lots of Love x
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