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Asia » Malaysia » Penang February 10th 2022

Malaysia Eating at food stalls with Thai International's manager in Penang On Penang island we were hosted by the E&O (Eastern & Oriental)...a Colonial hotel built in 1885 (now closed). We were just seated for dinner in its stuffy, formal dining room when Thai International's Manager swept in. He was a jovial - and somewhat loud - Chinese Malay who said "you don't want to eat in this place" and took us out to a night market of food stalls serving an amazing array of seafood. Delicious and fun! We took a funicular up to a Buddhist temple, which had many snakes...kept sleepy by the smell of incense. Ron had a long and controversial interview with the Straits Times newspaper. Malaysia's population was primarily ethnic Malays, but Penang was mostly Chinese. A jolly tour operator from ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka November 15th 2021

Melaka River Cruise The river cruise is a 45-minute round-trip and covers 9 kilometres. The boat passes under a number of historic bridges reflecting the history of Melaka including a foot bridge that resembles the Rialto Bridge of Venice. Further down the river is the Pirate Park, a conventional amusement park with Ferris wheel, bungee trampoline and a rocking pirate ship. Pasar Bridge (either during the 1500’s or 1600’s) Linking Kampung Hulu to the Old Central Market, this wooden bridge was built during the heydays of Portuguese rule. Old Bus Station Bridge Quaint arches now decorate the bridge which was once a barren of steel and connected to the now relocated bus station. Hang Jebat Bridge (rebuilt in 2008) Unique styrofoam technology supports the foundation of this bridge. Tan Kim Seng Bridge (1862) Tribute to a ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka August 20th 2021

Heart of Melaka: Dutch Build City My first tour with Shaukani The Dutch have a long association with Malaysia having first encountered the Sultan of Johor in 1602 when their fleet was looking for spices to trade. Holland colonised Melaka from 1641 until the British took over in 1826. As Shaukani took us across the Melaka & down streets with Dutch names, like: Heerenstraat and Jonker Walk, many of the houses were in the Dutch style of the time with narrow frontage, one large window & a door on the ground floor and one window on the first floor, the frontage was narrow due to the taxation but the depth of the houses were very long as much as 70mtrs, with courtyards and gardens inside. Bricks from Holland were shipped in to build these houses. When ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Kedah & Perlis » Pulau Langkawi July 23rd 2021

Priming started. It's all a process of sanding, filling, detailing, filling, sanding until finally ready to spray.... read more
Acetone wipe down
Mixing paint up

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur April 14th 2021

From CNBC: Southeast Asia’s ride-hailing giant Grab is going public via a record-setting SPAC merger with Altimeter Growth Corp., valued at nearly $40 billion.Grab will receive about $4.5 billion in cash, which includes $4 billion in a private investment in public equity arrange... read more
Love the Grab boxes
And the exciting moto rides!

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » Batu Ferringhi March 11th 2021

Over the years, I have been to many historic hotels around the world. Some were intentional, some not. But the experience in most of them was worth the time and expense. Raffles Hotel in Singapore Home to the Singapore Sling, of course. E & O Hotel in Georgetown, Penang Started by the famous Sarkis Brothers, it is the "Orient Express" of hotels. The Peabody in Memphis You must see the duck walk, then head to BB Kings for some music. The Peninsula in Bangkok We did not fly in by helicopter, just to land on the roof. The Rasa Sayang* in Batu Ferringhi, Penang Yes, we had our own butler, and our tub was located on the balcony. The Fontainebleau in Miami The place where I met the greatest, Muhammad Ali. The Copacabana Hotel in Rio ... read more
Tanzania tent cabin
Casa Palmero at Pebble Beach

Asia » Malaysia » Kedah & Perlis » Pulau Langkawi February 17th 2021

Strange to see a boat drifting past the yard which had sunk the night before, it was drifting in the tide and dangerous to other vessels as there was no one onboard, all the crew had been rescued. The yard lauched a large barge to pull it into the yard and finally sits for repair. Interesting process to watch.... read more
Rescued sunken boat
White boats

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur January 1st 2021

Singapore is famous for its street food and Unesco has decreed that its hawkers centers have special cultural significance and are now on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. According to Unesco, community dining and culinary practices in a multicultural urban context is present throughout Singapore. Hawkers prepare a variety of food for people who dine and mingle at the centers, which serve as ‘community dining rooms’ where people from diverse backgrounds gather and share the experience of dining over breakfast, lunch and dinner. Activities such as chess-playing, busking and art-jamming also take place. While Singapore is not one of my favorite places in SE Asia, the hawker stalls are a great experience. It can be a little overwhelming on the first visit. Too many choices, too man... read more
Love the hawkers
A typical kopitiam

Asia » Malaysia » Kedah & Perlis » Pulau Langkawi December 6th 2020

Spoiled girl... a free massage, gifts, HB cake and even a HB sign on the window. This was a real treat, after joining the gym at the Ritz-Calton I got a free massage voucher which I decided to use for my birthday. I thought that would be enough and I didn't expect birthday cake and a gift from the staff who gave me an extra long massage. Beautiful, relaxing setting overlooking the Andaman Sea was just stunning, which was followed by a swim in the infinity pool which was so relaxing... I could get used to this!... read more
Spa Team
Infinity Pool
The Ritz Pool

Asia » Malaysia » Kedah & Perlis » Pulau Langkawi August 1st 2020

Brent's new mooring at Telaga Harbour Marina, Langkawi. Having secured a place inside the marina, Brent set about securing the mooring with extra anchors as it had dragged before crashing a boat into the rocks! It's quite of process of first lifting the mooring to reposition it back out, before adding more anchors to make it secure. With the help of a diver who positioned the anchors and made sure they were securely set, this allowed him to bring not only one, but his two boats side by side within the marina. With the weather out in the anchorage turning, it was perfect timing to keep the vessels secure.... read more

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