Published: November 26th 2010November 3rd 2010 Mel
View from TravelBlog Towers
Right to left: Ali, Lydia, Mel and Affandy
Alis office is close to the Petronas towers. Cool or what! And we will be staying not far from there too. The hostels that most backpackers stay in are just one subway stop away.
Ali said to call him when we get out off the subway and he will come and find us. I am going to take the subway stop to nearest the Petronas towers, and ask Ali to bring his camera to take photos. It would be nice to have photos of him and us at the Petronas towers for my blog. Dirk Jan
It makes perfect sense that the Travelblog towers would be close to the Petronas towers, of course :D Mel
We are now in Kuala Lumpur. Meeting Ali at the Petronas towers at 2PM. Dirk Jan
Don't forget to have Ali send you the pics from TB Towers :D Mel
Yeah, Ali told us where to meet him, and he said we will take it from there. So, will hopefully get the photos. They would be cool! Mel
I am in Alis office now. Great view
Mel and Lydia in front of the Petronas Towers
of the KL Tower from where I am sitting! We had coffee with him earlier, and I roped him into taking photos of me and Lydia, at the petronas towers.
I wonder if I can interrupt his work again, to try to get a photo of him, with the KL tower behind him. He is on the 30th floor. The KL tower is much higher than here, so I don't know if a photo can be taken at that angle or not. :) Dirk Jan
Ah, so he is actually in a tower :-D Mel
Yeah, and impressive it is too. He said, the office is big enough for many staff, but it's not full yet.
I now have a photo of Ali, Affandy with me and lydia standing at Alis office window with the KL tower in the background.
Today, I took Lydia to Times Square shopping centre. It has a full amusement park with huge indoor roller coaster etc. She could play there as long as she wanted and go on as many rides as she wanted for 9 Euros. She played there for 6 hours,
Lydia in front of the Malaysian flag
while I drank coffee. Now, she is exhausted. Score! :D But, I am exhausted too, from walking there and back and general travel tiredness. Dirk Jan
Sounds like the trip all the way down there was well worth it.
Are you staying long there, or are you going to make your way up the coast soon? Mel
I didn't buy our train tickets out of here yet. I am hoping to buy them today, for Friday evening. According to the guesthouse guy, the day jungle train no longer goes, so we have to go at night. If we wake up at 6AM we will see a few hours of going through the jungle.
We will then spend a few days in Kota Bhoru. Not many foreigners stay there, so it should be interesting. After that, we will catch a boat to the islands.
After we leave Kuala Lumpur, I don't know how available the internet will be. You might not get any emails, for the couple of weeks we are on the island. The internet is very slow, unreliable and expensive there. Hopefully, I will still be able to send
Ali at work
Ali putting the finishing touches on the new TravelBlog version 2.0, which launched the next day
emails from Kota Bhora, but if I cant, it does not mean we were kidnaped or anything. Dirk Jan
Okidoki, I will not send in the US army if I don't hear anything for a while. Good you mentioned that because I would get worried if I didn't get your emails without visible reason. Mel
There will be a bunch of photos of Lydias hand, around the world soon. We were at the butterfly park today, and saw some colurful speciments. It is a big garden with plants, ponds... and a net over it to keep the butterflies in there. There are also lots of big tropical fish, turtles... in the pools of the garden. Lydia would just hold her hand out, and sure enough a beautiful butterfly would land on it. People were envying her, and taking photos of the butterflies on her hand, and asking how they can get them to sit on their hands. No matter how she tried to explain, they would only sit on her hand. There was even one which followed her around the garden, and would periodically sit on her hand or on my dress.
Prelaunch preview of TravelBlog 2.0
I got an email from Ali, who is comming over here to have a drink with us, in the bar downstairs this evening.
I am glad we didn't make it to the train station yesterday to get our tickets out of here, because I have discovered a double decker bus goes through the jungle during daytime hours to where we want to go. I bought tickets for me and Lydia, for the top deck for Saturday morning. Dirk Jan
A bus sounds even better than a train, for the view in any case.
I just read a piece where it was explained why those Indian trains like the ones we took have bars/wire mesh in front of the windows. It's to prevent rats getting in... Naive of me to think it would be for the passenger safety :D Mel
There are lots and lots of rats here in Kuala Lumpur too, especially in the crowded and dirty streets of Chinatown where we are staying. We are allowed to smoke on the balcony of the guesthouse, but while out there you have to watch where you are standing all
the time, in case a rat walks accross your feet.
There are 2 cats in a cage here. I don't know why they won't let them out, to deal with the rat situation. Ali thinks it is because the cats would be having such a good time with so many rats, that they would never come home, if let out.
Lydia found a few pages in one of her colouring books with rats and pumpkins on them. Now, she and a woman staying at the guesthouse are colouring them togethe, while I send this email.
I won't be too sorry to leave this place tomorrow. There are so many screaming fights here, which makes me feel uneasy. Last night there were 2 people staying in the dorm next to our room, screaming about whether the light in the dorm should be on or off. ''ON, I payed for my bed and want to sleep'', ''Off'', ''ON'', ''OFF....''. I hope the next place is a bit more peaceful. The guy working here warned me to watch Lydia when an Indonesian woman who is staying here is about. I didn't ask him for details, but that
warning has also made me feel uneasy. Though, we do have a monk who visits now and again and drinks cola in the reception area, so at least we have some chance of being protected by blessings. ;)
Panaramic photo, right to left: Ali
, Lydia, Mell
the view from TravelBlog Towers.
The results of the HTML tutorial and hosting information Ali pointed me towards: Lydias Gallery
Thanks Ali! I now have a new hobby. :)
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