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Asia » India January 8th 2015

HE SAID... We had a 6am flight and we slept in, which wasn’t ideal. It had been a fairly hectic lead-up to our India adventure, and the water pump blowing up didn’t help. We had no water in the house for two of the last three days before we left, so showering was impossible and making a coffee was logistically difficult. My work deadlines were looming and my empty backpack was a constant reminder that I needed to get myself organised! The day before our flight we headed into Hobart to drop Mia (the cat) off at her boarding centre, but a squealing brake drum and puncture on the way meant an unexpected detour to the service centre. Mia wasn’t overly impressed with the noisy mechanics, but we were relieved to get the puncture the day ... read more
oliver and mia
mia and jasper
our three munchkins

Asia » India January 7th 2015

It is easier to cover our feet with sandals than to cover the earth with carpets...” ~ Indian Proverb Namaste people! So it’s 2015 and we are celebrating the New Year by getting on a big plane (well, two big planes and one small plane) and flying to India. To say we are happy to be travelling again is a massive understatement. We’ve been asked ‘Why India?’ many times in the last few months. There are a vast number of things that draw us to India, but in a nutshell it would be because of the history, architecture, culture, spirituality, colour, vivacity, diversity, and most importantly – the food. The questions about why we would travel to any particular country baffle us more than any other. Every country offers a different and new perspective on life ... read more
ren's books
andrew's books
jasper guarding the packs

Asia » Malaysia April 12th 2014

HE SAID... Our food and travel adventure through Malaysia was a fantastic experience. We journeyed as far south as Melaka, as far north as Kota Bharu, as far east as Kuala Terengganu and as far west as George Town, sampling the cuisine and culture of so many places in between. We trekked through forests, swam in rivers, relaxed on beaches, snorkelled with turtles, mused in mosques, cooled down in temples, sipped tea in the highlands, played congkak (a wooden board game played with marbles) into the night and ate as many local dishes as we could possibly find. The people were incredibly friendly, the sun was incredibly hot and the food was incredibly delicious. We loved our time in Malaysia, and there are a few places that will draw us back at some stage in the ... read more
sri mahamariamman temple
masjid jamek
restoran melaka raya roti

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur April 11th 2014

HE SAID... We arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 4.30pm, checked in and wandered aimlessly through the terminal. We’d heard that a memorial wall for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 had been created somewhere in the airport, so we asked at an information booth and were directed towards the viewing area. As we approached, three security guards sitting at the entry stood and asked where we were going. We mentioned the memorial wall and they simply smiled and informed us it was closed. A few locals walked straight past us as we were talking to the guards, so we quickly realised the area was quarantined to tourists. The guards smiled apologetically and sat back down – what more could they do? We thanked them for their congeniality and wandered back into the bustle of the ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur April 10th 2014

HE SAID... We left the Kuala Kangsar bus station at midday and began our final journey back to Kuala Lumpur. With only a 10 minute toilet break at 1.30pm, we arrived in KL at 3pm. The bus station was right underneath our hotel, so we jumped off the bus, walked up a few stairs to the lift and within no time at all we were checking in at Ancasa Express. We unpacked and relaxed in our room, checked email for the first time in two days and then headed out for a late lunch across the road at Restoran Anuja. We’d walked past this place the first day we were here. It was absolutely bustling inside and we wanted to try it, but we were still a little nervous at that stage. It was fantastic to ... read more
roti canai and teh tarik
restoran anjuna
dancers at central market

Asia » Malaysia » Perak » Kuala Kangsar April 8th 2014

HE SAID... We woke early at 6am (in Kota Bharu) to prepare for our six hour bus trip to Kampung Kelantan. We headed up to the rooftop restaurant of our hotel at 7am and enjoyed the Kota Bharu skyline as the sun rose over the city. After a quick breakfast of coffee, juice, cornflakes, toast and fruit, we checked out, jumped in a taxi and headed to the Kota Bharu bus station. We picked up a few snacks (blueberry tarts and kaya puffs) from a nearby bakery before boarding the bus and beginning our southward journey at 10am. Apart from the guy playing video games on his phone and the ubiquitous crying baby behind me, the bus trip was reasonably comfortable. We stopped in Jeli for a toilet break at 12pm and then pulled into Restoran ... read more
suka suka lake retreat
bbq dinner
comel the cat

Asia » Malaysia » Kelantan » Kota Bharu April 7th 2014

HE SAID... We woke early at 6am, as we were leaving Perhentian Besar Island at 8am for Kota Bharu. We headed over to the open breakfast area at 7am and had coffee, juice, cornflakes and chicken–less nasi lemak(i.e. rice with just the fiery sambal sauce, nuts, fried anchovies and hard boiled eggs). It was an incredibly calm morning, and we just sat at a table on the edge of the beach, sipped our coffee and gazed out over the tranquil bay of Teluk Dalam one last time. The tide was out and the sun was rising. We boarded our small open boat at 8.30am (after waiting for the tide to rise) and then sped across the South China Sea towards Kuala Besut on mainland Malaysia. We arrived at 9am after a bumpy but enjoyable ride, and ... read more
central market
central market
central market

Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Besar April 4th 2014

HE SAID... We woke early (in Kuala Terengganu) and headed down to a lazy breakfast at 7am. We sat on the hotel’s riverside deck beside the Sungai Terengganu (Terengganu River) and helped ourselves to tea, coffee, juice, cornflakes, nasi impit with kuah kacung (moist rice cakes with satay sauce), nasi dagang with gula ikan tongkol (red rice with fish curry), fried kway teow (fried flat noodles), hashbrown potatoes, toast with sardines and toast with coconut jam. It was great, and we shared it with a very demanding street cat until the waiting staff shooed it away with a spray of water. We had a two and a half hour bus trip to Jerteh (Kota Bharu), so after breakfast I walked around Chinatown one last time before the bus left at 10am. We caught a taxi to ... read more
roti maker
arwana perhentian resort
turtle point

Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Kuala Terengganu April 3rd 2014

HE SAID... We woke early at 5.30am (in Kuala Tahan) to prepare for our longest travel day of this holiday – an eight hour bus trip to Kuala Terengganu. We headed to the hotel lobby at 7.30am for a hearty breakfast of coffee, juice, scrambled eggs, toast and banana pancakes, and then jumped into a minibus at 8am to begin our journey. After traversing a poorly maintained road for the first hour (often driving in loose gravel on the side of the road to avoid massive potholes in the bitumen), a decision was made to change minibuses, as two seats did not have a seatbelt. While seatbelts were the least of our worries, it was good to see a safety focus. And all the while, the endless horizon of palm plantations continued… We travelled back to ... read more
crystal mosque
ho ann kiong temple
ho ann kiong temple

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Taman Negara National Park March 31st 2014

HE SAID... We woke at 5am (in Melaka) for a 6.30am start to Taman Negara National Park. We wouldn’t be arriving at our hotel in Kuala Tahan until 5pm, so we walked to Restaron Melaka Raya for a teh tarik (pulled sweet milky tea) at 6am. We jumped into a minibus at 6.30am and travelled north east until we arrived at the Gemas rail station at 7.45am. We noticed children going to school on the way, as their school day starts at 7am and finishes around midday. We dropped our bags at the station and walked straight to Gemas Curry Point for breakfast at 8am. We shared a roti canai (flat flaky Indian bread served with curry sauce), a thosai (thin crispy fermented rice flour pancakes) and a couple of teh tariks – it was sensational! ... read more
gemas curry point cafe
gemas curry point cafe
tahan river

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