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May 3, 2014 - Back With My Backpack (alternate title: a series of endless lists and introspections as I leave KL)

First of all, I need to apologize in advance for this post. Even more than the previous ones, it's rambling, overly contemplative and totally me-centric. The blog is has become just as much of a journal for myself as it is a means of sharing these experiences with all of you; this update especially is a snapshot of things I think it'll be important to look back on. So, sorry. And don't feel compelled to continue.  I should also note that I'm publishing this two days after I wrote it, and my prediciton was accurate-- I'm feeling much more...

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Mar 30, 2014 - Penang, Malasyia

Penang is an island off the Malaysian mainland and we docked in the main city of Georgetown. We did a ship's excursion to Penang Hill. We went up on a modern funicular. There are 40 old homes up here where it is slightly cooler than down below. Great views up there but it was a hazy. There is a Hindu temple and a mosque up there. The rest is like a park area where the locals go for fun. Next we went to the Beautiful Buddhist Temple. A very large complex with a smaller lift ride to the large standing Buddha. Back in town for a coffee and...

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May 27, 2013 - Penang, Malaysia

5/27 – 5/30 Three days at sea brought us to Penang, Malaysia. We were docked close to the city so we simply walked off the ship and walked around. The city is mostly Chinese. The most interesting part of the city was the food court. We were not too hungry so we tried out a couple of drinks: almond and lemon syrup. Neither were too good and neither tasted like their name.

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Apr 12, 2013 - Penang, Malaysia

Penang is known as the northern gateway to Malaysia and also the country’s oldest British settlement. The word “Penang” in Malay refers to the areca nut palm which produces the beetle nut, an essential delicacy chewed by millions in the Far East. This island became famous for its many unique and abundance of spices and its perfect location on the spice route between the west and China. So what did we do…of course we went to a spice farm and cooking school utilizing the many local spices grown on the farm. We went to the largest spice farm...

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Jul 26, 2012 - penang

well it has been a few days and are now Batu Ferringi which is an Island of Penang in the North it was a 4 hour bus ride from K.L up Thur the high lands jungle then back down to the island their is a 14 kiloment bridge to the island. yesterday i went parasailing out in the bay it was fun but differly a one of. The food has so far been good but because of the heat,having been eating a lot so are hopefully losing the kilos so far i have had no hearth problems. I an finding traveling on my own in Malaysia hard work but that will teach me that...

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Jul 16, 2012 - Malaysia

Hey mom, Thank you for paying those school fees for me. Yes I figured my MasterCard would be around that amount because my debit card didn't work once in Bangkok for some weird reason so I had to use my credit card. That's alright tho, I put 1000 dollars onto my credit card 2 days ago to be safe so it should have a positive balance now. Presidents choice has been doing well for me so far. Glad I got my limit bumped up to 1000 before I left. Everyone else on the trip has had to pull money from the machines twice as much as me. I haven't had...

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Jun 16, 2012 - Malaysia - Days 9 - 10 - Hornbills by the dozens, it's feeding time!

We spent the next two days on Pandang relaxing on the beach, catching some more rays and swimming in the ocean. We went snorkeling but the water was too rough and from what we could see it's pretty devoid of life here close to shore. There is a small island you can go to for snorkeling but we opted out as the reviews are not that great. We did have another "run-in" with the gang of monkeys on the beach, one managed to pick away at Jason's camera bag for a while before we realized he was in it. He had reached his hand in, fiddled with the...

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Jun 14, 2012 - Malaysia - Day 8 - My 39th Birthday packed full of fun!

We discovered a private cove with a beach, We wandered down the beach and found a stupendous tree swing, which Jason helped me onto and I proceeded to swing like a mad hatter. Jason hopped on, we took turns pushing one another which in turn provided us with some sweet photos capturing the moment. We continued walking the beach, ended up meandering our way through rocky boulders and a forest path that lead us down to the beach. This was obviously the place they bring tourists in the busy season, a small outside picnic area was setup but it...

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Jun 13, 2012 - Malaysia - Day 7 - Pandang Island

After checking out of the Star Dust guest house we had a bite to eat before taking the ferry back across to Butterworth. We boarded a bus at 3:30pm bound for the island of Pandang. A five hour bus journey took us through some very nice scenery of west Malaysia. We arrived in the town of, at the boat pier where we boarded a small ferry bound for the island of Pandang. The ride took approximately half an hour and it offered us beautiful views of the sunset where we watched the sun set its time over the ocean waters. Once on Pandang we took a...

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Jun 12, 2012 - Malaysia - Days 2 - 6 - Glorious Penang

Back to our ole’ stomping grounds, wonderful Penang, where the streets are full of food vendors, smelly streets, rats and wondering cats. We stayed at the ‘New Banana Guest House’ for two nights, enduring a small room on the very top floor which only offered a small fan as refuge from the intense heat of the day. I couldn’t move around at all without breaking out into a massive sweat fest, my clothes soaked in a matter of minutes. Finally deciding we needed to move, we found a room at the Star Dust hotel. Only a fan room was available, but...

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Mar 13, 2012 - Singapore ->Johor-> Port Dickson -> Penang -> Terengganu ->Kuantan -> Mersing ->Singapore

Driving from singapore to Johor Premium outlet. On the way to Seremban Port Dickson, the resort very nice. Back to hometown Penang, and went to 郑和三保宫. Continue the journey to Kelantan Kota Bahru, stop for my lunch only. Rush to Kuala Terengganu hotel to check in....south china sea beach..beutiful! following day to Pahang Kuantan, along the journey stop for take photo, beach beach .... Cherating - the beach not beauty than kuala terangganu one. morning start driving a head to mersing just want to look around there and take dinner. from...

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Jan 7, 2012 - Malaysia - Day 33 - 35 - Penang Island

Jan 5th: Today we decided to go to the Thai Embassy and apply for a 60 day visa. Took a taxi and arrived just shortly after 11:30pm. Soon enough we were grabbed by a security guard who provided each of us with the entry applications and he helped us fill them out. Once done he provided Jason with a shirt to put over his tank top - men's shoulders cannot be bare in certain Thai institutions. (good to know for when we arrive in Thailand in less than a weeks time) Stood in line for half an hour, passed over $220 ringgit for our applications...

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