Malaysia

Malaysian Cooking Class

Malaysian Cooking Class

Finally, the thing I had been most looking forward to–our cooking class. We were staying at a sort of hotel in a village in the countryside, in small huts built on stilts, in the style typical to the state of Perak, where we were. The largest hut in the center was just for meeting...

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Lovely Leeches

Lovely Leeches

Taman Negara, or National Park, in Malaysian, is one of the oldest rainforests in the world. Now a protected area, it is home to numerous species, including elephants, tigers, bats, monkeys, and the one animal that gets more mention than all the others put together…leeches. We spent three humid days in the jungle, home...

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Sharks were the least of my worries…

Sharks were the least of my worries…

We spent three idyllic days on Tioman Island, 30 miles off the eastern coast of Malaysia, in the South China Sea. A speedy ferry whipped us over there, where we were deposited at the end of a long jetty (pier) and walked about 2 miles to the end of the beach in the town...

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Goodbye, KL

After more delicious food, including lots of mock meats (we had delicious “goose” and fish, complete with nori for the skin), we said goodbye to KL and took a long-distance bus for 6 hours to Mersing, an ocean-side town on the eastern coast of Malaysia. But this was no long-distance bus ride like any...

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Cinderella’s Stepsisters at Breakfast

Cinderella’s Stepsisters at Breakfast

Once again I went to a local vegetarian eatery, Blue Boy Vegetarian Center, to try a different dish. This morning I had “curry laksa,” a bowl of noodles in a spicy coconut milk-based broth. Toppings included bean sprouts, faux fishcake, char siu, fried tofu, and something resembling an omelette, made from yuba, sheets of...

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I’m starting to talk like a Malay, lah!

One of the things you hear a lot both here and in Singapore is a fluency with several languages. Specifically, English, Indian languages, Chinese languages, and Malaysian/Indonesian, which are basically the same language save for a few different words and phrases. Singapore actually has four languages that all signs are posted in, and here,...

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The Fish Spa Experience

The Fish Spa Experience

I had first heard about fish spas from a massage therapist colleague who had the treatment in China and sat in the water with the fish. Since then, I’ve also discovered snakes are used in a spa in Israel, with a long waiting list of clients. When I heard there was a fish spa...

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Getting Fat and Heatstroke in Kuala Lumpur, Part Two

Today I went to the Orchid Garden, which wasn’t too terribly spectacular, save for a foot-long brown skink that I spotted slithering away. Later I saw a smaller one and was able to get a few pictures as it crawled through the grass, munching on insects. There was an area with water lilies, where...

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Still to come: fish spa, Cinderella’s stepsisters, etc.

I have to be running away again, playing tourist, but I have a couple more posts that I’ve set to post in the next few days. So stay tuned for other mis-adventures, such as the fish spa experience, Cinderalla’s Chinese step-sisters at breakfast today, etc… Otherwise, I doubt I’ll have any time to post,...

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Getting Fat and Heatstroke in Kuala Lumpur, Part One

Getting Fat and Heatstroke in Kuala Lumpur, Part One

Hi! Or I should say, “Selamat petang!” (Good afternoon!” It’s 3:36 here in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, aka “KL.” Where to begin? Let’s see, first a quick summary of the trip over. Thank the gods for earplugs, since for most of the 8-hour flight to Narita, Japan, there were two or three screeching brats on...

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