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Mar 5, 2015 - Entry 18 - Eat, Sleep, Sightsee, Rest - Repeat

It's been just over a month & Malaysia has been the perfect destination to ease our way into the rest of the year. She has made us feel welcome with the familiarity of Thailand & Bali by her heat, humidity, endless supply of street food, fresh fruit & coconuts. Currently its 31 degrees with 71% humidity. Today has been cooler than the norm. Liters of water & and air conditioning have been essential for our sanity over the past few weeks. I have lost track of time. We are both trying to rewire ourselves to sleep when we're tired and wake up...

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Feb 1, 2015 - 1 February

Ok, this hotel has had the worst wifi ever, so getting picture onto this site has been a bit of a pain. When I've been able and have had wifi in a cafe or bar, I've added some here and there - just to trick you, you understand :) 31st January Nothing to report except we sat on a bus for one and a half hours there and the same back. Wasn't particularly interesting when we got there but the journey was enlightening. We'd thought that Penang wasn't built up except around the city area. Yes it is....it's so built up. There's loads of high...

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Jan 30, 2015 - Botanical Gardens

Well. Had a swim before going out in search of breakfast and then on to the botanical gardens as planned. Dropping our towels off at reception on the way out, we met the manager. A really interesting man who engaged us in conversation for a while suggesting places to visit. We're going to the war Cemetary tomorrow and then on to a little village where they make nutmeg necklaces? We went up the road to where we had dinner last night because they had breakfast in the menu....don't open till 11:00am. What? So walked up towards the bus...

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Jan 29, 2015 - Penang

Ok, alarm went off at 7:00am. Guy wanted to be in plenty of time. Luggage more of less packed so we're sorted. We had to pay a deposit of 100 ringgits deposit for our key, so had to get that back. Go into the office and she takes the key and runs over to see if we've nicked anything. Don't think so! There was nothing to nick! Anyway, that back and over the road to get a taxi to the ferry. The ferry to penang cost 66.50ringgits - around £12 each so that was ok. We were early in so our luggage was fairly near the front.......or so we thought!...

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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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Trip Journal


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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