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    • Day5

      Durian and La-la

      October 16, 2019 in Malaysia ⋅ 🌧 26 °C

      Many years ago, Bill (Bun’s dad) described durian as the tastiest custard you’ll ever eat but smells like the worst ever public toilets. That was actually quite accurate. Having travelled in India it out-competes some pretty rank toilets.

      It’s related to cacao but went on to develop a sulphurous odour to (apparently) attract orangutans and other primates.

      “Durian fruit is generally slightly oval, about a foot wide and covered in formidable looking spikes. The fruit can weigh between two to seven pounds, and this is heavy enough that in holding it in your hands by the body of the fruit, instead of the stem, it could potentially pierce the skin. However, its otherworldly appearance is dwarfed by another one of its attributes – the smell. Durians have a strong, rank smell that permeates the outer shell and lingers long after the fruit has been removed. Due to its overpowering smell, durian has been banned on many types of public transport across Thailand, Japan and Hong Kong. In Singapore, the fruit is banned across all types of public transportation and even taxis have signs to let you know they refuse to carry passengers transporting the smelly fruit.”

      Anyhow, Jan has kept us some as the season has just finished ... beautiful, but still very smelly. What on earth tempted someone to fight through the smell to taste it? Maybe they had a cold at the time?

      La-la is the Malays for clams ... another of Bun’ favourites. Jan’s task this evening was to find Bun some la-la which she did very well. I hope that you are paying attention to all of these meals because there will be a test later. The highlight for me was another fresh coconut. They are full of juice and tender white flesh, the only drink I can find that hasn’t been adulterated with added sugar or sweetener.
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      Given what a strong component smell is of taste, I never understand how the ‘smells disgusting, tastes delicious’ theory works. Being an avid fan of tropical fruit I’ve tried it on several occasions and always wished I hadn’t bothered - never had any without a lingering taste of the smell. Give me a ripe mango any day 🥭

    • Day3

      Home for the next week

      October 14, 2019 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      Arrived at G’ma Jan’s (Bun’s stepmother) on the outskirts of KL. Hot and humid. A day for staying awake and eating the local food. We went to a local shopping mall for lunch and supplies from a supermarket. We all ate Nasi Lemak for lunch plus a bowl of fruit rojack, (rojack means “mix”, Jan told us that it is also used to refer to mixed marriages or mixed race). The fruit rojack contained pineapple, turnip, mango and cucumber all covered with a strong, sweet tasting sauce containing shrimp paste along with a deep-fried poppadom-looking crispy thing. Strange bedfellows, but it works. Bun drank a hot lime with assam (salted plumb) which probably contained a bag of sugar to counteract the lime and salt.

      We went home for a brief nap during which time there was a 90 minute electric storm that took the electric out 4 times. Thunder rumbled throughout the storm. I love electrical storms but Bun isn’t too keen on them.

      Dinner was at an old outdoor medan selera (food court). Unfortunately, what should have taken 30 mins to drive, took about 90 mins and someone the stalls had already closed by the time we arrived. However, plenty of selection remained. We are fortunate in that Bun spent the first 12 years of her life in Malaysia and we have always had Bun’s father and stepmother as a guides when buying street food. While the visible hygiene has improved over the years, the environment probably puts off a lot of visitors who either stick to hotel food or international chains and miss out on what we consider to be the tastiest, most freshly cooked and value for money food that we come across anywhere. It was interesting to see the “medan selera” concept being created at a number of locations in London. Off to bed, it’s been a long day since 6:15am Sunday morning. Next door are having an e tension built and the workmen will be starting at 8:00. Goodnight.
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      Street food was definitely the tastiest but a little alarming 😱. Geoff’s choice; deep fried chicken feet 🤢😂


      Think it should actually read that I spent the first ’12 years of my life in Malaysia‘ - built up a healthy appetite for weird and wonderful food during that time - now trying to cram as much as I possibly can into a weeks stay here 🤣🤣


      Did you chomp through that red chilli?!

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    • Day2339

      Monkey madness

      April 24, 2022 in Malaysia ⋅ 🌧 28 °C

      I really want to go to batu but James isn't so keen but says I can borrow his scooter to go there. Its an automatic with a kick start so we have a trial run down for breakfast but I just can't get it back on the stand so he kindly offers to take me on his bike after his lesson. We ride the 20 mins to the cave and I'm mesmerised. Batu means cave in Malaysian and this is the biggest Hindu temple outside of India. There is a colossal gold statue of the deity Murugan at the base of the 272 multicoloured steps that lead you up to the main temple inside the limestone rocks. Annually they host the festival of Thaipusam here where hundreds of thousands of pilgrims attend. Devotees carry ornamental structures attached to there body with spikes and hooks piercing there skin. We then make the hours journey to Malawati Hill which is the former Sutance Palace and contains the first Sultans tombs, but the main attraction here and the monkeys. As well as the common Macau the are silver leafed monkeys and they are so called and live here because of the silver leafed trees that they live in and are only found in this area. They are so timid and we spend a few hours watching and feeding them. They literally are so human like with toe nails on their fingers. I'm amazed at their friendliness. After a wonderful dinner of Scallops and Prawns on the river we make our way to see the fireflies. We wait around for a short time before boarding a boat on the river. As it travels just a few metres we start to see the glowing and within minutes the guy paddles us close to a bush that looks like a xmas tree. I'm blown away by the amount of them there are and so glad we stayed to see it. Its an hours ride home and no sooner have we hit the motorway and about 30 motorbikes overtake us from both sides weaving in and out of the traffic like idiots. There are known as Mat Rempit and are widely common throughout Malaysia They are known for their illegal street racing and stunts. Safely back home i get a shower and go and meet James friends for a quick beer and a game of pool and luckily for me they have the liverpool game on. Another win and I go to bed with sore cheeks from smiling. Another epic day.Read more

    • Day2340

      Eye of the storm.

      April 25, 2022 in Malaysia ⋅ 🌧 26 °C

      I wake at midday today which is really unusual for me but James and I stayed up talking till silly o clock and after the full on day we had yesterday I probably needed it. He suggests we should go for food and to be honest I am really hungry when I wake today which is unusual for me. We take the scooter down to the local Chinese Court an area with tables and chairs and lots of different stalls and he also suggests I order a triple layer tea its tea with soy milk and a dark brown sugar layer at the bottom and is my favourite morning drink to date. We have lunch and collect my washing and head to the post office to drop a letter but as we come out its hammering with rain. Rather than get soaked we go to a little cafe around the corner and after sitting there for an hour watching the amazing show decide we're going to try and get back without getting too wet. Luckily James has two raincoats in the back of the bike and most of the journey home is under the carriage way above so we arrive back only slightly wet. I spend the afternoon planning my forward journey and just resting. The past few days have taken it out of me and I want to be fully rested for the Highlands. James invites me over to go for a swim before we head out for dinner. The pool is on the rooftop and as I sit in there overlooking the city sparkling with all its high rise buildings it really is a site to behold. We eat in the same restaurant and then head back as Nick is coming over. I've volunteered to bake cookies and with a packet mix and no instructions have to guess what to add with a little help from Google. I also get to do a bit of housewifery as I borrow a needle and thread. James has an amazing projector and we spend the evening listening ro music and watching old cartoons and laugh at how the cinematic scenes replicate the music playing. Another great night.Read more

    • Day2478


      September 10, 2022 in Malaysia ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

      I wake today very tearful. The frustration and reality of how hindered I am with this broken ankle has really hit home, and even though the pain has eased a little my arms feel like I've been punching all night. I'm still unsure about my plans as I'm due to fly to Langkawi tomorrow and I can barely get round the apartment at this rate. I have a day of total relaxation today after dosing myself with tablets and James goes out to see if he can find me a suitable rucksack as its not viable to carry my huge rucksack on my back on crutches. He calls to say the cheapest one is £70 and that he can lend me his one instead. Nico has messaged me today and we arrange to meet in a place just round the corner from here called Souled out. After waiting forever for a cab one of the ladies from the coffee shop offers to drop us off. It's so good to meet Nico again. We enjoy dinner and a few cocktails and the whole time we're here I think every table in the house must have a birthday because we spend most of the evening singing along and just before we are about to leave all the staff start dancing. Apparently they are paid more money because they have practice sessions. Even just the effort to come here has exhausted me and I tell the guys I'll just head back but they won't hear of it so we all head back to Quad and finish the evening with karaoke again.Read more

    • Day2416

      Back to kl

      July 10, 2022 in Malaysia ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

      I wake this morning and today is Hari Raya which is one of the 2 Islamic festivals they have each year. Family come together and spend the weekend. After morning prayer they have the slaughter where they offer either a sheep or cow and the animal is split into 12 portions and distributed to needy families in the neighborhood.Officially, the date is declared in Malaysia by the moon-sighting committee on the first day of Dhul-hijja, for only then can the exact date of the holiday be determined, owing to its being on a lunar-based calendar. I spend the early part of the day in the hotel and head for lunch which is amazing. With it being the holidays the have a banquet on an there is literally food from all over the world from multiple pasta to biryani lasagna and any fruit and cake topped of with a chocolate fountain. I eat more than I usually would and need an hour's shuteye when I'm finished. J messages me to say he's home so I jump a grab up there and after a quick catch up head down to the local area for food and a few beers. We go to our regular food court and order an array of food but pretty much finished off everything and even enjoy an ice cream on the way to the bar. We share a few beers and a few games of pool and later in the evening Dinesh joins us. I'm gutted not to have had more time with him but he's heading out to Penang tomorrow so has stuff he needs to do. We all enjoy catching up and leave at 1am but when the bill comes I wish myself back to Langkawi prices.Read more

    • Day2475

      Farewell Indonesia

      September 7, 2022 in Malaysia ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

      I wake this morning and prepare my little farewell presents and photos. I don't see today as a sad day as I'm pretty sure I will be back in November. I say my goodbyes and Wawan Barra and Abang walk me down the 270 steps. I have to say it's a lot easier than I'd envisaged. it's nice to be down by the river. As I arrive to the taxi Abang gives me a small present. I can't believe I've been here for nearly 3 week and it's crazy how at home I am here. Even buma the dog comes down to send me off. I bid farewell to Wawan at the steps but continue to the taxi with the other boys. As we drive away I really appreciate the jungle. The drive for the first couple of hours is quite rough but as we enter a more civilized area there's guys to cross us across the busy junctions. We arrive to the airport in good time and after grabbing a trolley I make my way to the back of the check in line. I don't know what it is with me and lines but before I know it the guy in front of me is checking in the whole family with 15 passports. It takes nearly an hour. I have time for a quick coffee and cigarette before boarding the plane to leave. I'm slightly gutted by how little I've seen of Indonesia although I have done quite a bit here like Komodo Island, Labuan bajo, Amed and Sumatra but I haven't really scraped the surface so I guess I'll have to put Indonesia back on the list. I book a grab and it's over an hour to Jays house and by the time I arrive I'm exhausted. We have a quick catch up and order food. While we're waiting I have my first hot shower for weeks and it's amazing it's the little things that we all take for granted that makes me happiest. After dinner and numerous cups of Yorkshire tea I go to bed a happy lady.Read more

    • Day2477

      Absolutely plastered

      September 9, 2022 in Malaysia ⋅ 🌧 28 °C

      I wake today to the sad news the queen has passed away. Having served her in the military I feel an outstanding amount of sadness that she has passed. With being in Malaysia it's not as apparent as in the UK as having spoken to numerous people that said it's the only thing on the telly compared to here where I have no television. In the morning I get to meet Shakira a lady that works for James but with still not feeling well I head back to bed for an hour and let them crack on with the work. I actually sleep for 3 hours and after I wake up and grab a bite to eat and a shower it's pretty much time to go and get my leg put in plaster. When I arrive I'm seen straight away and the doctor advises that I've actually broken it in 2 places and I have the option of surgery or to try with plaster first. I'm psychologically not prepared for surgery and opt for the plaster. He places me in a half cast and James comes to pick me up. I'm really struggling with the crutches , honestly I consider myself really strong but I already have blisters on my hands and my underarms are extremely tender. In the evening James has a few friends coming over and to be honest I am glad of the distraction. Vivi has brought moon cake as today is the Chinese celebration of the Mid Autumn festival otherwise known as the moon festival. It is as important in the Chinese calendar as Chinese New year and it when the moon is at its fullest and brightest point in the year. In Chinese style we enjoy the evening singing karaoke. I stay up till just after 1am but am exhausted and somehow fall asleep with the singing continuing until the early hours.Read more

    • Day2476

      Breaking bad

      September 8, 2022 in Malaysia ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

      I've decided this morning that I'm going to get my foot looked at. It was really swollen again last night. James drops me off on the bike and comes in with me initially but he has a lesson later and it's obvious I'll be here for some time. I get taken to x-ray and have multiple x-ray taken before going back to the doctor who tells me I've broken my fibular bone and need to be put in plaster for the next 6 weeks. She asks me how I've coped with the pain and I tell her I haven't really used anything but ibuprofen, she writes me the referral and prescribes some strong painkillers and tells me I need to get crutches from the chemist and come back in the morning to get put in plaster. I ask her about flying and she advises that I shouldn't fly long haul as due to the situation there's a much heightened chance of dvt. I collect my prescription and crutches. Shortly after I get back to Quad my friend Lucky arrives. It's so good to to see her. We spend a few hours catching up before she has to leave. In the evening we get a cab down to the little square. I get to meet John the guy who owns the gyoza shop and eat here while sharing a few beers. Upstairs is a bar with pool table so after shutting up we go up for a few games of pool. It seems like forever since I played and apart from hobbling around the table I play pretty well. I literally fall into bed when I get back I'm exhausted.Read more

    • Day120

      Kuala Lumpur - Petronas Towers & Co

      January 24, 2020 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      Hai, di sana Zusammen,

      Wahnsinn wie die Zeit vergeht, wir haben nun 4 Tage in Kuala Lumpur verbracht und jetzt geht es weiter zu unserer letzten Station in Malaysia, nach Malakka wo wir das chinesische Neujahrsfest zelebrieren werden😎

      Kuala Lumpur ist eine unglaublich coole Stadt an die wir schon einige Erwartungen hatten, die aber auch Alles andere als enttäuscht wurden😇

      So haben wir zum Beispiel einige Zeit an den Petronas Towers verbracht, da der angrenzende Park wirklich nett ist und das ganze drumherum ebenfalls absolut sehenswert ist. Und das sogar bei Tag und Nacht. Der Springbrunnen im KLCC Garden, direkt hinter den Türmen kommt quasi erst in der Dunkelheit in Fahrt 😂 Dann erwacht das Teil, von Musik und einer Lichtshow begleitet nämlich erstmal zum Leben. Was tagsüber ein nettes Geplätscher ist, wird ab 20 Uhr zu einem Live Event, das hunderte Menschen anzieht. Absolut cool.

      Das U-Bahn System ist manchmal etwas undurchsichtig da mehrere Betreiber das Netz bedienen, aber mit viel Geduld, Einfallsreichtum und Glück läuft es dann auch reibungslos. Und es ist obendrein unfassbar günstig. Unsere weiteste Fahrt ging bis außerhalb Kuala Lumpurs zu den Batu Caves und nach 30 Min Fahrzeit und 37 Cent pro Person später kamen wir auf entspannte 20 Grad herunter klimatisiert dort an.😂

      Ein Hindu Tempel der Superlative. Nach 272 Treppenstufen gelangt frau in eine 100m hohe Höhle in der sich auch ein weiterer Tempel befindet. Absoluter Wahnsinn. Vorher passiert frau noch eine riesige Buddhafigur und hat dann auch noch einen Blick auf die Skyline von Kuala Lumpur. Besser gehts kaum. Ach ja der Eintritt ist übrigens kostenlos. Frau muss nur ein wenig obacht geben, da es einen Haufen ziemlich frecher Affen gibt, die sich darauf spezialisiert haben alles zu klauen was nicht niet- und nagelfest ist 😂 Dummerweise sind die Affen im Vergleich zu einen Vielzahl der Touris ziemlich clever, weshalb sie reiche Beute machen. Was allerdings dazu führt, dass es neben dem Tempel und vor allem für Menschen schwer erreichbare Ecken ziemlich zugemüllt ist, da die Cleverness leider ihre Grenze bei der Mülltrennung erreicht. Ähnlich wie bei vielen der Touris, aber das ist ein anderes Thema.

      Unser dritter Tag in KL war geprägt von einem 7 KM Walk der uns zu diversen Sehenswürdigkeiten der Stadt führte. Wir besuchten verschiedene Moscheen, historische Gebäude, wie zum Beispiel das alte Postamt, einen Zentralmarkt und futterten uns durch zwei Foodcourts. Eine wahre Wonne sag ich euch. Und unfassbar günstig. Im Vergleich zu Malaysia ist Thailand geradezu Wucher 😋 was bei dem Lebensstandard im Königreich wirklich erstaunlich ist.

      Fazit: Kuala Lumpur ist eine Wahnsinnstadt die wir mit Sicherheit nicht zum letzten Mal besucht haben. Wir haben noch den dringenden Wunsch eine Rooftoobar zu besuchen. Was bei einer Weltreise auf Grund des Budgets und vor allem der herrschenden Kleiderordnung nicht realisierbar war. Dann beim nächsten Mal!😎
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      So tolle bunte Bilder während wir die Abfahrt in kitz schaun genießt Ihr die warmen Temperaturen und viele Sehenswürdigkeiten weiterhin alles Gute u glg aus lienz

      Reisegruppe Regenbogen

      Danke ganz lieb 😍 glg ins winterliche Osttirol 😘


      wow soo schön..... jetzt habt ihr ja schon viel gesehen...alles gute für euch zwei😍😍🙋🏻

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