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Published: December 19th 2009
Wow every time we sit down to write these blogs we realise just how much we have been packing in!
After leaving Penang having finally had all the viruses removed from our usb memory sticks we went onto the Cameron Highlands in the center of Malaysia. the country side leading up to there was beautiful winding in and out of the mountains and above the clouds however when we arrived to the town it wasn't so beautiful as it had been over developed and was just a bit touristy for what should be a quiet pretty mountain retreat. Anyway we met another couple there who are on their honeymoon but for a year so beat us and it turns out they know one of our friend tim and are from Midhurst...its a small world. It was so good to chat to some English people so we went on long walks through the mountains with them chatting about everything from weddings to football.....however Charlie is a Southampton fan so a bit controversial!
The Cameron Highlands is where they grow and make all the tea so we went to a tea plantation and I even had a cup which will impress all
of you who have been trying to make me drink it for years...I didn't like it though. We had scones there as it is also famous for its jam and scones which made us laugh as dad is always making them...just cant get away! In all parts of this area were stunning and even looked quite English as the weather is misty being high it was just a shame that it has been so built up.
Next we went to Kula lumpa which as you can imagine is just like any other city...we liked the Potronas towers and a few other bits and bobs but as you know we aren't keen city lovers they all look the same to us but you feel you have to do them so we are. We saw our first carolers here in a shopping mall with scarfs and all can you believe it.
After 2 days in KL we went south to Melaka...there inst much to see here but we loved it. We stayed in a hostel run by an Indian guy named Steve who grew up in Malaysia and has traveled the world so knows how hard it can be for
travelers so he always makes sure there are drinks even vodka and toast. When we arrived he asked if we were staying in for a while so we said yes and he said he was going to the gym and we were in charge! He gave us all the keys and told us the rates and left us to it so there we were watching telly and running a guest house helping our selves to drinks and food....bliss.
The town is set around a little river and was very pretty at night time. We loved just feeling so at home here and meeting lots of other travelers coming and going and getting drunk of free drink. We met one guy sam who had traveled there on his BMW bike from the uk it had taken him 2 years and I can tell you his boots smelt like it had. He has made us start planning our next trip...traveling Europe on motorbikes so if anyone wants to join us get saving.
Steve took us to a deserted island the next day with a few others and we spent the day chilling ...again bliss!
We spent 3 days in Melaka and
didn't want to to leave but on to Singapore which again we didn't really like just another city so we treated ourselves to the cinema...couples retreat!
Now for the good stuff we saw the orangutan!!!!!!! When we got to Borneo we flew to Sandakan where the orangutan are and went to a rehabilitation center where they release the orphans. There were none to be seen anywhere and I was so upset then the heavens opened and we were drenched we didnt have coats or anything but it was so refreshing and made the other visitors leave so there we stood soaking when slowly the orangutan came out of the trees at least 7 in total in the end it was amazing. We then went to stay deep in the rain forest in little mud huts on a mangrove swamp. Although this was the most basic place we had stayed we loved it...just knowing that we were miles from anywhere. We went out on boat trips and actually saw orangutan in the wild along with proboscis monkey which are the ones with the huge noses. We went on a night treck into the forest and saw snakes and frogs and
scorpions and all sorts of crepy crawlies. The staff were so friendly again we could have stayed there for weeks so nice to be away from cities and cars and crowds. We will never forget sitting on the boat in the small hours of the morning in the mist watching the orangutan in the tress blissfully unaware of the busy world beyond them.
We went back to Singapore to fly to Bali which is where we are now....finally feeling like we are on our honeymoon. Our resort is beautiful with a swimming pool which is such a luxury and free breakfast I feel like a super star after all the hostels we have been in we ordered room service as soon as we got there!. We spent the day relaxing by the pool today and plan to hire a car to explore the island in a few days.
So thats it really a brief description of what we have been up to. We are very jealous of the snow at home the last time it snowed lots in england I was in bloody Africa its sods law!
I will try and not leave it so long in
between blogs otherwise you get lists and not a lot of detail. But in all since we last blogged we have met lots of interesting travelers of all ages and nationalities and have seen and done lots of things we have loved and hated all at the same time.
I guess this will be the last blog before Christmas so this is us wishing you all a very happy Christmas and we miss you all especially at this time of year just not the same sunning on a beach when we should be at home cosying up for crimbo.
Please keep the messages coming we hate not knowing all the gossip and what you are all up to
Love you all lots
Katy and lee
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