Hey! So me and my gorgeous fiancé Tammy, have just embarked on a budget back packing trip, first stop Philippines... I'm making this blog for when we are old and grey but also for anyone who wants to know where we are and what we are up to.
  • Day36


    December 8, 2016 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    So we left George Town after 5 nights of incredible cuisine and stunning street art, and headed to the island of Langkawi. We took a "superfast" ferry from Penang an arrived to Langkawi for about 530 in the evening. On the journey me and Tam decided it would be best to hire a car, in order to explore the island as much as possible. Also the place we had booked to stay for the next 7 nights, is a little off the beaten track (jungle retreat).

    We met Justin Bieber at the port ( a 62 year old Malaysian version,) and i managed to get him to rent us manual (hurray), can on wheels for 50 ringgit a day, instead of 100! not bad, although after we paid Justin, we had to wait a good hour or so for the car to appear. During that time we managed to pick up a Swedish lone traveler. Sandra was very sweet and had been travelling for 4 years, and by now all she wanted was a wardrobe! ha!

    We eventually made it to Pondok Keladi, ran by a gay Malay- British couple. It is heaven and so relaxed.

    So far we have mostly been having lazy mornings, driving to beautiful beaches and cooking dinner, whilst drinking duty free gin in the evenings. BLISS!
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  • Day31

    Started with Laundry .... Ended in Ink

    December 3, 2016 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    So by now we had more dirty clothes than clean. And on our mooch yesterday, we spotted a dazzling, all singing and all dancing launderette!!!! Ha! After that was all done.. We got ourselves freshened up and did a walking tour around Georgetown, that incorporated all the street art highlights and some good food too.

    We had a very smiley afternoon of taking photographs and slurping on ice balls!

    When we found the swing street art, I instantly remembered a photo my friend has had taken when she was here... see photo.

    After all the walk in the heat, we decided to go to a bar for a G and T. B@92 is a retro american bar run by a Serbian man and a Thai lady, who rustled us up some wild boar Thai stew with mash.... It. Was. Incredible.

    After our second gin, I was looking up at the buildings and saw two swallows flying in unison, (they seem to everywhere on this trip so far) and they made me think of me and Tam on this adventure... So without any time for thinking, we heading to a tattoo parlour and I had them tattoo'd on my left middle and index fingers. It was agony but totally worth it. Something to remind me of this adventure.

    Another memorable day, one of the best.

    (Mum please don't kill me)
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  • Day29

    Georgetown, Penang

    December 1, 2016 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    We have arrived in Georgetown!!! I have been chomping at the bit to get here .... And it has not disappointed. You know that feeling you get, when you just feel so comfortable, relaxed and excited at the same time... I feel it here. I think my mum gets it in Brighton, I've had it before in Lisbon.
    Anyway, we are staying in an amazing hostel in the old town, right in amongst it. Our room is basic but stylish and the shutters make me feel like I'm in a French colonial villa in the Far East.

    We dropped our bags and headed straight out to mooch around the lanes, with our heads in the sky gawking at the architecture, the street art and the FOOD!

    It's only been 6 hours and I'm already considering a job/flat situation.

    Roll on day two in Georgetown!
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  • Day27

    A new hat and new home... Pulau Pangkor

    November 29, 2016 in Malaysia ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

    Pulau Pangkor (translation: beautiful island) where the Malays holiday, is a low key sleepy isle, with a lush jungle interior.

    It offers a real insight into their family life; eating, drinking and larking about in the sea. Kinda how we do it, but for some reason it feels less urgent, more relaxed. Maybe it's because they get more than one day of sunshine a year, who knows.

    There are three cultures that make up Malaysia. Malays, Chinese and Indian. A melting pot that seems to work in a predominately Muslim country.
    Everyone is expected to abide by an ancient hindu customary law, that places great emphasis on collective rather than individual responsibility on maintaining harmony. It is called Adat.

    Seeing the female Malays playing in the sea with their children, fully clothed for modesty, is a lovely sight. It has no impact at all on their enjoyment and they beam with love and happiness. This image is not usually portrayed to us in the west, and I wonder why this is?!

    Oh and Tam loves my new hat!!!!
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  • Day25

    Street art KL

    November 27, 2016 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C
  • Day23

    We made it to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    November 25, 2016 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    One typhoon warning, a boat journey, two pricey flights and we are now in Malaysia.

    Tammy and I were here last April. We were reminded of the fact when the lovely border people greeted us with " welcome back to Malaysia mam".

    We loved it then and cannot wait to explore this beautiful lush country, at a slower pace.
    We are expecting to spend about three weeks here,before heading to Cambodia via Thailand. Obviously all this can change what with typhoons and all!!

    Leaving the Philippines suddenly was very hard (we adored it) but the island we were heading to was in the middle of the typhoon and it didn't look like it was shifting. We even got onto the ferry, got settled and waited over two hours, until a Filipino announcement declared the boat wouldn't be leaving until Saturday!! At the earliest!! Most people didn't move, they planned on staying on the boat until they got the all clear!! Now i know we are on a budget but the prospect of staying on a boat for three nights in the port, didn't seem like the obvious choice, so we found a plush hotel and got a double room for £15!! to re-group and plan our next move!!

    The journey from Bohol to KL, was LONG... but was made much easier with a cheeky 7 hour stay in the Wings Lounge, basically a pod, to get your head down in between connections.
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