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Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town December 24th 2012

A long held ambition has finally been fulfilled. It has been something I have been thinking about for years, but somehow I never managed to actually get down to it. There was always something that got in the way of me and my fishy business. Money more often than not, or lack of water, a key ingredient when one talks about our watery friends. Ever tried to do a diving course in Central Asia? It is easy, you don’t need to wear any air tanks, you can walk on the bottom of the Aral Sea without the need of any protective gear. Of course, you won’t see much in the way of fish, except maybe a dried out example or two. But I am not in Central Asia anymore and so the time has come where ... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town December 23rd 2012

I am ferried into a cab with a Swedish couple coming to the end of their travels. I have no idea what's going on (fairly standard for me) but I had thought i'd bought a bus ticket to travel across the border from Siem Reap down to Bangkok. “Oh no I think it was overbooked that's why we are in a cab” I'm always the last to know! We get over the border and I realise its the first time i haven't looked up the visa requirements in advance. Big. Mistake. After an interminable wait at customs we shuffle through and I look at my stamp. Turns out you don't even get a month coming in overland to Thailand and my passport has only been stamped for 15 days. I have a big New Year's eve ... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town November 22nd 2012

Rano som sa potichu pobral z izby na hygienu,potom som zobral batoh a siel doplnit vodu do vodomatu. Pred tym som sa stavil na polievku Hokien mee,bola to dobra nudlova polievka. Pak uz smer bus stanica v obchodaku central komtar. Bus c10 dosiel po 15 min cakania.Vsetky busy co prichadzali ukazovala digitalna tabula na stene.Tak ako na letisku,cislo nastupista,prichod,odchod. Do kasicky v buse som hodil 2r a siel az na konecnu. Tu som sa vybral k ceste na penang hill.Bola betonova,to ma moc nelakalo,straznici mi odporucili klasiku prirodnu.Teda odporucili,hovorili,ze je to very dangers. Zacina oproti bus zastavke v moon gate.Spociatku bola ceta ako u nas tur.chodnik len bez znacenia. Stretol som tu aj par ludi a potom to doslo, zas debilne schody ale prirodne. Nechapem na co to tam furt pchaju. Cestou sa potulovali opice ale ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town November 21st 2012

V noci sa dovalil nemci,furt suchotali. Rano som zistil,ze mam zablokovany batoh s postelou,ktoru tam v noci doniesli.Nakoniec nemec stal a odsunul postel. Ranajky boli gratis,hrianky,maslo,dzem,nutela,med.Hriankovac ma jednu vadu,nevypluva hrianky.Na to doplatil clovek predomnou ked mu hrianky uplne zhoreli,ak by som isol prvy k nemu dopadol by som rovnako. Po jedle som do batoha nahadzal veci na poslanie domov.Postu som nasiel lahko,len ma 2 oddelenia,v prvom sa len predavaju obalky, v dalsom uz je klasicka posta. Na nete neklamali,balik do 5kg stojo 46.5r.Kupujem krabicu a nahadazal som veci dnu,hadam sa to cestou nerozbije.Vypisal som papier,do odosielatela som dal email a tel cislo. Krabicu mi prelepili lep paskou.Poslal som to lodou,za 3 tyzdne by to malo dorazit,resp za 3 mesaice.Hadam to dojde,inak je vsetko v hajzli. Potom som siel pokukat mesto.To som mal prejdene zachvil... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town November 20th 2012

Vstal som uz o 6/30,oholil sa, zbalil sa a siel jest.V 711 som si chcel dat parok v cesticku ale nemali.Skoncil som na stolickach,ryza,maso,zelenina,pecienka.Bolo to super pikantne.Este som kupil cigarety a pobral sa na izbu. O 8/30 som siel dole cakat minivan, Dosol 9/15. So mnou isla ja korejcanka.Cestou sme zastali,zobrali nam pasy,volaco si z nich opisali a dali nam ich nazad. Minibus nebol plny.Kecali sme s korejcankou. Na thajskej hranici som len dal pas,zobrali si z neho imigracny papier dali stempel a slo sa nazad do minivanu. Na malajzijske strane si colnici neboli isty ci mam vstup zdarma na 90 dni tak si to tam overovali. Nakoniec mi supli stempel a slo sa.Batoh pod rontgen a nastupenie do minibusu. Korejcanka mala volake problemy s pasom.Brali jej aj odtalcky prstov. Na hranici sa nas minibus zaplnil. ... read more

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Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town November 19th 2012

After checking back into Ryokan yesterday and meeting a new roomie, Tyler, from Sydney, I went out in searh of the 1st avenue mall just to buy a sponge! Their convenience stores here seem to stock everything but the one thing I needed. anyway, I found the mall, and got the sponge! One the way back I passed a street bakery, outisde therer were tray upon tray of dough, sat out in the sunlight. according to the 'Baker' she is waiting for the bread rolls to be ready. Who'd have thougt it, baking bread in, not an oven, but the sun?! Last night me, Tyler and this Canadian girl (can't for the life of me remember her name)went for tea at the hawker centre. We then had a wander around the rest of Georgetowns hawker stalls ... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town November 19th 2012

I can't wait to get to KL just to upload all of my recent photos off my camera... So, today, me and Tyler had a pretty uneventful day. First we both went in search of flip flops (thongs to him) which we found..then we walked the hawker stalls of Penang street, where we tried cendol. Its a popular malay sweet dish, made of coconut milk, a worm-like jelly, rice flour with green food colouring, shaved ice and grass jelly. After that we walked through little India and had various samosas and Indian food. It's was nice but we were stuffed! Tonight we went to the hawker food court for tea. I tried Curry mee, which is a dish that is unique to malaysia made up of thin yellow egg noodles and thin rice vermicelli with spicy ... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town November 16th 2012

After a 3hr ferry ride from Langkawi i arrived in georgetown. I checked into Ryokan hostel which is great but due to the marathon being held at the old bridge for the last time everywhere is fully booked. So tomorrow morning i leave here and check into Guest inn, muntri street for 1nt (£11) the ONLY place i could get a room for the nt and then i have 2 more nights back at Ryokan. Georgetown is located on the north-east tip of the island is the capital of Penang & is the oldest town/city in the country. Since its listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007, apparantly the city has experienced a revival, as renewed interests in its historical sites brought heritage conservation, breathing new life into old buildings and the city streets. ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town October 28th 2012

The journey to George Town was pretty effortless, 5 hours on an air conditioned coach and dropped right in the middle of the city. Travellers really are well served by the various transport networks over here. The hotel we had booked, 1926 Heritage Hotel, is spot on. Just outside of the mayhem of the very centre, nice big room with balcony overlooking the swimming pool (which is needed given the afternoon temperatures in the mid 30's). We've spent the last couple of days mooching round the city, which is designated a World Heritage Site. Lots of evidence of its history and ethnicity. As with other places we visited plenty to see related to its colonial past and to the impact of the Chinese and Indian immigrants, which have been central to the city's evolution. Yesterday was ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town October 27th 2012

Remembering to take with me an abundance of warm clothes I had a successful sleep on the night bus from Kota Bahru to Penang. Like many of the busses in Malaysia it operated a team of staff that was three fold; 1st the driver, 2nd the person to sell you a ticket and 3rdthe person to rip your ticket. The system works well if maybe a little over staffed but then I’ve heard on the grapevine that unemployment in Malaysia is a mere 3% The great this about night buses is that they provide you with a place to sleep, the bad thing is that often this place to sleep will get to your stop at 4:30 in the morning. But this was fine as it meant the temperature was still cool and I could ... read more
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