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  • Day1


    July 21, 2016 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Nach der Ankunft in KL schauten wir uns in der Stadt um. Nach einem Besuch in der IT-Shopping Mall (ein Basar für Handys und andere Elektronik, wo 5 Verkäufer nebeneinander genau dasselbe Zeug anbieten xD) und einem Regenguss gingen wir am Abend über den Chinamarkt ("Wolle Hose kaufen?" auf Chinesisch) zum Inder. Dort konnten wir beim Naan-Backen zuschauen. Auf dem Rückweg zum Guest House knipsten wir noch den KL-Tower und einen "voll schönen" pinken Brunnen.Read more

  • Day19

    Trip to KL, The Vacation That Wasn't

    September 28, 2016 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    The month of September started with great promise, in fact half way through the month everything had be going fine and dandy. On my birthday, Sammy got a babysitter for Alex while we went out to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants: Lawry's Prime Rib. I couldn't believe this restaurant is in Singapore. We had a great time and Alex seems to have had fun with his sitter. When we returned, some of our new friends came to have some cake. My new friends Indra from Germany made the most delicious churros and my friends Rashmi and Amu got me wonderful chocolate and wine. It was a great birthday and I couldn't wait to head out to visit my friends Grace and Merlyna (Lyna) in Kuala Lumpur (KL).

    Alex and I set off on our first trip by ourselves taking a short flight and were picked up by Lyna and her boyfriend Faz. Our first night was great, we had a lovely dinner, talked a lot and had a good night's sleep. On our first full day in Malaysia we headed to the city center and visited the famous Petronas Twin Towers but not before having lunch at a place called Little Penang Kafe, a place I will never forget, and not for good reasons.

    After visiting the 84th floor and seeing the views from there and from the crosswalk from the famous movie "Entrapment", we headed back down and, as we were leaving the lobby, Alex threw up.

    Thinking it was probably because of the fast ride down on the elevator, I changed his clothes and put him in the stroller. Unfortunately he puked again and a few minutes later, yet again.
    After 4 episodes I knew we needed to see a doctor but after the fifth time, it was time to go to the hospital as I got very worried that Alex was getting dehydrated.

    I called my friend Grace who lives in downtown KL who offered to drive us.
    Alex was put on an IV on his leg. That night was one of the longest night's of my life. I was so worried about my little one and only managed to relax when he was sleeping peacefully a few hours after being admitted.
    As I started relaxing, I started paying attention to a slight pain in my stomach and although I tried sleeping it off on the hospital reposette, I soon had to get up and puke myself. I was pretty sick as well. Fortunately, the bug only lasted a day in my system. As for Alex, he was doing much better after the first day but the doctor wanted him to stay an extra night.
    The good thing was that he was feeling better, the bad thing was that he was very restless and we were both itching to get out. I was exhausted and fed up.

    We were supposed to go visit Malaca with Lyna and Faz but because of the incident, we didn't go. Lyna and Faz went with Lyna's family and later called saying they were both feeling sick as well. It was so bad for them they ended up going to the clinic. Whatever bug we got was pretty bad and we think it was from something we had at the little Pending Kafe.

    After Malaca, Alex and I were supposed to visit Penang with Grace. This town is about 5 hour drive from KL, however, after the hospital I didn't think it prudent to put Alex through such a long drive and decided to cut our trip short.

    Thank God we came home safely and in good health. I guess I'll get to see more of Malaysia some other time, it was still nice to see Grace and Lyna and I was so grateful they were there for me through everything at the hospital. I'm thankful that even after so many years I have great sister friends.

    October is less than week away, I'm sure it will only bring good things. I'll let you know how it goes.
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  • Day110

    Day 110: Doing Nothing

    October 3, 2016 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Today was a designated rest day that we'd built into the schedule, as I knew from previous experience that attending a Grand Prix was surprisingly tiring. So we opted to have a full day of doing nothing.

    And that's what we did! I played some games, caught up on some internet stuff, and generally relaxed. Shandos did much the same, but did venture out for a spot of shopping later in the day. Had lunch at the same place as on Friday, but the food wasn't quite as good as the previous visit.

    Did some Skyping in the late arvo, particularly hoping to catch Shandos's parents before they left on holidays for Port Douglas (and Schnitzel before his holiday at the kennels), but they were packing and didn't hear the call. I'd also come down with a cold which was annoying - first one I'd had since arriving in Indonesia several months earlier.

    For dinner we went to a bustling Indian restaurant in nearby Little India, though the food was a bit average. We also mis-calculated our remaining ringgit and didn't have enough to pay - short by about a dollar! I got up to find an ATM, but the waiter (who spoke very little English) pushed me back into the chair and I was a little worried about what was going to happen next. But he counted the money we did have, re-wrote the receipt so that it magically added up to what we had, gave us a smile and left! Nice man, and we were very grateful.

    Early to bed tonight as we've got an early start and a long day of travelling ahead.
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  • Day61

    Ps.... KL lay-over

    April 1, 2018 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    So we had an 18 between flights... So made the most of KL, and Colin visiting his childhood. First stop Batu cave home of the 5 legged cow (since dead) Colin was surprised at the development here, as a child it was mainly fields. There are 272 steps to climb before heading into this remarkable Temple and well worth the visit. The visit was made by going into the Dark Cave which was a 45min tour around labyrinth of very dark caves with interesting flora & fauna.

    A quick visit was made to Low Yat plaza where we were disappointed to find electronic goods were not much cheaper than home. Found a local restaurant for lunch and had amazing nasi goreng (of course what else would we choose?) for less than tenner.

    Then long wet (yep it was raining) to KL towers and Petronas tower (this one was shut unfortunately) but we did go thr the shops underneath it and wow, every designer brand going, all I could afford was new Pandora.

    To finish off (our trip completely) we went round Central Market, now these prices were more our style. In the taxi on way back to airport we passed the first place Colin stayed in as a kid on his way to maylasia, the Old a railway station.

    So lots new memories made but old ones revisited as well.
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  • Day85

    One day in Kuala Lumpur

    January 8, 2017 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Kuala Lumpur hat uns richtig gut gefallen. Schon im Flugzeug hatten wir eine nette Unterhaltung mit einem Malaien, der uns Tipps für unseren einen Tag in der Stadt gegeben hat. Wir sind dort nämlich gegen 23 Uhr angekommen und am nächsten Tag um die gleiche Zeit Richtung Neuseeland gestartet, sodass wir genau 24h in der Stadt der Hochhäuser hatten...
    Angekommen am Flughafen, mitten in der Nacht, haben wir ein Uber-Taxi zum nahe gelegenen Hotel genommen. Der Fahrer war etwas seltsam, sodass wir erst überlegt haben, ob wir wirklich mit ihm mitfahren sollten, aber am Ende hat die Müdigkeit gesiegt und wir hatten auch mit ihm einen netten, informativen Gesprächspartner und die anfänglichen Zweifel waren unnötig. Auch am nächsten Tag sind wir auf diese Weise in die Stadt gefahren, vorbei am wirklich sehr grünen, dschungelartigen Speckgürtel der Stadt und wieder mit einem sehr netten Malaien. (Vielleicht lag es an unseren Erfahrungen in Vietnam, aber wir empfanden die Malaien als sehr offen und freundlich. Dies hatten wir so ehrlich gesagt nicht erwartet und waren somit natürlich sehr positiv überrascht.)
    Aus Zeitnot haben wir die Stadt per Sightseeing-Bus besichtigt und können somit leider nicht allzu viel zu den Bildern erzählen. Aber nur soviel, wir haben Malaysia jetzt auf unsere Reise-to-do-Liste gesetzt ;)
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  • Day6

    Kuala Lumpur

    November 11, 2017 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Nächste Station Kuala Lumpur. Mit dem Expresszug ging es in die Stadt zu unserer Unterkunft. Die Stadt ist umgeben von riesigen Palmenwäldern. Im inneren der Stadt gibt es eigentlich nur Hochhäuser. Die Petronastowers sind gut beleuchtet. Unser Hostel befindet sich im 33. Stock eines der Hochhäuser. Dort hatten wir das Hostel komplett für uns. Ein riesiges Zimmer mit Küche, eigenem Bad und ein Balkon mit einer wunderschönen Aussicht auf den Menara Tower und die Stadt. Am Abend erkundigten wir die Stadt. Der nächste Tag verbrachten wir mit sehr viel laufen. Wir sahen uns die Petronas Towers, den Menara Tower und den Eco Park an. Den Nachmittag verbrachten wir am hoteleigenen infinity pool. Bereits am nächsten Tag hieß es wieder weiterreisen zu den Cameron Highlands.Read more

  • Day2

    Kuala Lumpur

    August 7, 2015 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    2:40u voor transfer in Kuala Lumpur met 2 uur vertraging. Net voor het boarden word de vlucht gecancelled. En nu aanschuiven en horen wat er aan de hand is.
    Wegens een aswolk zijn alle vluchten naar Bali afgelast, wachten en morgen opnieuw proberen. Via internet vernemen we dat alle andere maatschappijen wel vliegen maar voor de eerste dagen reeds volgeboekt zijn. We worden van het kastje naar de muur gestuurd en terug en krijgen steeds een andere uitleg. Ik zal de details besparen maar het komt er op neer dat we zelf het hotel moesten betalen, niet aan de bagage kunnen en niet buiten de luchthaven. We hebben uiteindelijk wel een nieuw ticket voor morgen 5:15u al geloven we er niet in want andere zeggen eerst komen is eerst vertrekken. Er zijn er dus die al twee nachten in Kuala Lumpur zijn!
    Het hotel is per uur en we hebben 7uur genomen, eerst douchen en dan hopelijk slapen. Om 02:00u maakt men ons wakker want een half uur later vliegen we buiten.

    Heel de dag op de luchthaven gebleven dus.
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