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Sungai Kembit

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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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      Traveler

      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 🥭

      10/16/19Reply
       
    • 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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      Traveler

      Street food was definitely the tastiest but a little alarming 😱. Geoff’s choice; deep fried chicken feet 🤢😂

      10/15/19Reply
      Traveler

      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 🤣🤣

      10/15/19Reply
      Traveler

      Did you chomp through that red chilli?!

      10/15/19Reply
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    • 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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      Traveler

      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

      1/25/20Reply
      Reisegruppe Regenbogen

      Danke ganz lieb 😍 glg ins winterliche Osttirol 😘

      1/25/20Reply
      Traveler

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

      1/26/20Reply
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    • Day5

      Mad dogs and Englishmen

      October 16, 2019 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      I don’t want anyone to think that a week in KL is “a holiday”. Bun is working hard to devour everything she remembers from her childhood and there are chores to be completed.

      When there is plenty of time, painting a gate should be quite therapeutic. When it’s hot and humid and the paint dries very fast, it becomes less of a mindfulness session and more a race against time. It’s made less of a chore when I little gecko visits - thankfully not running across the fresh paint, and the sun bird kept popping past.

      Rewards are usually food orientated. Another food hall, another selection. I had a sizzling plate, Bun had a fish ball noodle soup, a sharing plate of popia - rice pancake with vegetables, turnip, beansprouts and chilli 🌶. All very tasty. Drinks were iced kopi (coffee), assam boi and an iced tea. Dessert will be somewhere else. We went and had a tau foo far, a soya bean curd with cane sugar and ginger syrup.

      Each stall rents a space from the owner of the food hall who runs the drinks counter, no other stall sells drinks. Someone is employed to collect all of the bowls and wash them.so that all bowls are returned to the correct stall, each one has their own colour, hence the differently coloured plates on our table.
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      Traveler

      A man hard at work!!

      10/17/19Reply
      Andy n Bunny Briggs

      I was checking the weather

      10/19/19Reply
       
    • Day8

      Putting my foot in it

      October 19, 2019 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      Forecast was to be dry. It actually stayed dry until late afternoon. Hopefully the paint will stay on the gate this time.

      Traveler

      Gate is looking very impressive 😁

      10/20/19Reply
      Traveler

      Loving the updates.... hope the paint comes off.... safe travels to Australia..... xxx

      10/20/19Reply
       

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