This entry in my online journal is about my short but very interesting stay in Tanah Rata in the Cameron Highlands. I arrived by "express" bus from Kuala Lumpur, a 4,5 hour journey, with lots of "5 min." stops... In Malaysia 5 min. is the same as: we leave when the driver has been to the "tandas = toilet" and had a smoke. So after about 20 min. we move on..
Finally in Tanah Rata, I checked in at Father's Guesthouse, and treated myself to a single room with a nice bed and private shower / toilet. All in the same room of course. Next day I went on a half-day Land Rover tour to see the tea plantations and experience the highland in general. Best of all was a relatively short hike in the quite dense rain forest in about 2000 meters altitude. Very cool experience because we passed through mostly untouched terrain and had a good guide with tons of knowledge about carnivorous plants :-) Basically my type of trip. YES, I now I'm a sucker for Land Rovers and crazy flowers - so live with it.
Next day I jumped on a Super VIP bus, nothing less, to Penang. We are talking about a regular big bus just with 27 seats. That makes for some serious luxury and tons of space. Very nice when your are stuck inside for 5,5 hours.. Gosh I hate it. Bus travel is very cheap though.
So what next? Well now I'm in Penang, and I actually know two nice girls here, but they have not yet sent me an email and I don't have theirs!! SHIT!
Oh well, I guess I'll hire a moped or a rickshaw or something and go see the sights by myself. (Phoebe, a sweet Aussie I met in Cameron Highlands, have just checked in at my hostel so that might be something...)
Anyway, if you can't stop yourself from sending me an email I want you to know that it's okay. We've all been there.. ;-)