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Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur August 20th 2016

Geo: 3.12433, 101.684It truly is amazingly hot.By the way, last night the Malaysians took silver in the men's doubles in badminton - so we did not hear the final roar from 15 stories below last night. We were too tired to drive south to Kajang for famous satay food court, so we ate in the restaurant connected with the hotel, and then walked around along with thousands of others. These people know how to dine alfresco!Today we went to FRIM, another attempt to enjoy nature. Sadly the canopy walk was fully booked, and you couldn't walk the jungle trails without a guide ($$$$$) but we enjoyed seeing the enormous trees, some monitor lizards, a few birds, 2 traditional Malay houses, a museum. Getting there with our new gps was a breeze, as was finding excellent ice ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur August 19th 2016

Geo: 3.12433, 101.684We were up at 4:30 am, wondering what excitement was happening 15 floors below our window - police car? crowd? Just one of the local popular clubs letting out!! Well, we were wide awake, so we updated our records, checked emails, etc. Walked out and bought SIM card for Jean's phone so we could have GoogleMaps and never get lost again - all for only about $20.After breakfast, headed East to Ampang to search out small park known for birds and monkeys. Not quite what we expected :( but everyone you ask for directions or info is very helpful, if they speak English of course. We chatted for a long time with this family, who explained that the park had seen better times. A few families were still enjoying the stream but no jungle ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur August 18th 2016

Geo: 3.12433, 101.684We woke up refreshed for our first breakfast at hotel. Joseph and Anita had a funeral so didn't pick us up till 11ish. We headed out to find a card for the phone (to enable us to use Google maps on my phone) and changed our old Singapore dollars for Malay currency. What a mixture of people and places near by, from a little girl weeing in the gutter, and laundry hanging everywhere, to highrises. Joe & Anita confessed to never having EVER been to the Bird Park, which boasts the largest free-flying aviary - so most birds were not in small displays. Saw the show with clever parrots and macaws, and just wandered around. Can we "count" these on our list of bird-watching :) ???Then we headed to the "Central Market" for lunch ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur August 17th 2016

Geo: 3.12433, 101.684We are so spoiled by Thai airways, where all foods are served on real china, real cutlery, etc. 2 hour flight from Bangkok to KL. Rented the small car and headed north. The map we have is useless. We discovered all roads are tolls. Quite a challenge to find out hotel as the big roads dumped us into the city at a place we couldn't find on the map. Finally stopped a second time to ask directions and an angel named Claudia offered to lead us there in her car. Crazy traffic. Great "service hotel" meaning we have 2burner stove, fridge, plates, etc. Not that we are going to cook! Joe and Anita are most gracious and insist on paying for just about everything. (They are due to retire soon and promise to visit ... read more


Lieve lieve lezers, Terwijl ik begin aan het schrijven van dit blog begint het langzaam maar zeker door te dringen dat het aftellen is begonnen. Om precies te zijn duurt dit hele avontuur nog maar 210 uur, 39 minuten en een aantal luttele seconden. Dan zijn er in totaal 3 maanden voorbij en is het tijd om maar huis te gaan met een rugzak vol verhalen. En souvenirs natuurlijk, want ik heb al een jaar niet meer gewinkeld. En ik kan je vertellen dat ik alleen deze week alweer genoeg verhalen heb verzameld om een nieuw boekwerk te schijven. Dus waar te beginnen? Allereerst ben ik vanuit mijn favoriete plek op aarde, Kuta lombok, verplaatst naar Bali. Hier heb ik eerst een bezoekje gebracht aan Ubud, een klein stadje in het midden van Bali met miljoenen ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur June 14th 2016

A lovely weekend with the HK girls (and one boy!) in KL ...... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur May 11th 2016

There was an almighty rainstorm in the night, with two of the loudest and longest peals of thunder that I've ever heard. It's our last day in Maylasia and this afternoon we travel to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. We expect there will be a stark contrast between the two countries and are looking forward to the change. Over breakfast we practiced please, thank you and hello in Khmer. The rest of the morning was spent cooling off and relaxing around the 6th floor pool, so that we're not too tired when we land at the other end. The Malaysians have really gone to town with their skyscrapers and the amount of buildings in progress is staggering.... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur May 10th 2016

It was the hottest night we've had so far and the kids struggled to get to sleep. We found a much faster bus company to take us back to Kuala Lumpur, with the catching name of Nice. The bus station in Penang was very hot, in fact, today was also the hottest day we've encountered and I'm sure we could have fried an egg on the bonnet of a black car. We were back in the Ramada Hotel in Kuala Lumpur by 3.15pm, almost twice as fast as the journey going to Penang. Maylasia is a very big contrast to Java; the former is modern and quite western in many ways and it makes Java look very poor and lagging a long way behind in terms of standards of living for the local population.... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur May 6th 2016

We said goodbye to Melaka, a fascinating place with a great vibe, good food, interesting gifts and those whacky tricycles covered with very bright decorations and a very loud beat box. We took a taxi to Melaka bus station which was very hot, however, we managed to find some relief under a cool blower. We waited about half an hour before our bus began to load and a very nice older lady kept us on the right track. Back in Kuala Lumpur again, we took the obligitory taxi to the Ramada hotel.... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur May 3rd 2016

We rose late after getting to bed just after midnight. The walk to brunch was about 15 minutes and we immediately recognised that Kuala Lumpur is much wealthier than Jakarta. Lucy in the Sky was the name of the coffee shop and the staff were very accommodating as Ed's rounds of toast kept rolling in. Hat knocked a glass off a shelf and was mortified, however, they were very laid back and even made her a hot chocolate with a teddy bear shaped into the milk and chocolate writhing on the saucer which said no worries. We caught a taxi to the Petronas Twin Towers to visit the science museum on the 4th floor. It had been created by the Malaysian petrochemical company Petronas and therefore there was quite a bit about how oil was extracted ... read more
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