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Apr 26, 2015 - Kuala Lumpur

Yesterday when I was at the Petronas Towers, I noticed that the space between the towers contains the concert hall for the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra & I also noticed there was a concert today at 3:00 so I bought a ticket. They were playing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 1 & Brahms Symphony No 4, just my kind of music, in fact this has always been my favourite concerto. The program notes say that it’s the world’s most popular concerto so Glenn, in his Friday afternoon lectures which happen to be on concertos this term, will probably...

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Apr 25, 2015 - Kuala Lumpur

I thought I was set today. I knew how to get to the Monorail station, I’d even figured out how to cross the roads & I had my tokens I’d bought yesterday. Wrong! The tokens wouldn’t work & I found out they’re only good for one day. What a stupid system. I got the Hop-on Hop-off bus again but got off at the 3rd stop which they said was for the National Monument. It took a bit of finding & was a long way from the bus stop but it was quite impressive & I’m glad I persevered. Back on the bus & my next stop was the Petronas Towers. First they...

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Apr 24, 2015 - Kuala Lumpur

Oh, the joys of finding your way around a new city. I wanted to do the Hop-on Hop-off bus & decided the best place to catch up with it was the main railway station at KL Sentral. To get there, I needed to find the Monorail station then figure out how to buy a ticket. With a lot of help from Google Maps I found the Monorail although I didn’t realize how difficult it would be to cross some of the busy roads. There doesn’t seem to be any crossing points & the hundreds of motorcycles weave in & out of the traffic, ignore the lights & sometimes...

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Apr 23, 2015 - Singapore to Kuala Lumpur

A complicated day with a very early start so this will be brief. I left the apartment in the dark at 6:00am but there were plenty of people around & I walked along the main road to the bus which came right on time & I had no trouble finding the taxi terminal. The Malaysian driver I spoke to the other day was waiting for me & it was a short ½ hour drive to the northern causeway between Singapore & Malaysia. The traffic going south into Singapore was backed up all the way across the causeway & there were also hordes of people walking across...

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Apr 14, 2015 - Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur

This has been a very long day starting with a flight which left Melbourne at 5 minutes past midnight (way past my bedtime). The plane was full, even the Business Class, which meant I had a young girl next to me who was on her way back to London. Not a problem, just less space to spread out & a bit awkward getting out from my window seat, which I only needed to do once. They gave us some more Champagne, then dinner which I really didn't need at 1:00am. I tried to watch "The Grand Budapest Hotel" which I'd missed at the cinema but found the...

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Sep 17, 2014 - Kuala Lumpur 2 - Towering Above

It was the last day in KL, things had to be done. I caught up on supplies like a new camera and clothes at the massive KL centre mall. Very similar to Singapore with its city centre having a marvelous park with surrounding mega malls, aquariums, and skyscrapers. We attempted to go up the Petronas Twin Towers but they were sold out and a ripoff anyways. Instead, strolled the city centre and went up the neighbouring KL TV tower which is upon and hill and actually taller than the Petronas towers this way (and CN tower). From here you could see...

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Sep 16, 2014 - Kuala Lumpur 1 - City Whirlwind

The talk of the hostel today was of the news 2 UK tourists killed on Koh Tao. Pretty scary considering many of us were just there says before the incident. Just knowing the small size of Sairee beach made it an unnerving news story. Since I only had a short time in KL I joined a hostel bus trip with some of the guys from the precious night. Kinda miss organized tours like that. Had an uproariously funny time jumping to all the sights around KL that would have been difficult alone. We saw the gigantic national palace (looks a lot like...

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Jul 28, 2014 - Journey's end

A large crowd of tourists were waiting outside the gates at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre waiting for it to open. Many had come thousands of miles expressly to see these animals in one of only four sanctuaries in the world. I had failed to see them in Semenggoh and had travelled seven hours across Sabah state from Kota Kinabalu hoping my luck would change. But a park ranger appeared with bad news. The centre would be closed due to an escaped sun bear from the neighbouring sanctuary. No news on when it would be open again. I...

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Jul 12, 2014 - Leaving Malaysia Day

Leaving day came and went as smoothly as it could. The photos show some of our memories - Saying goodbye to the bats which have roosted outside our kitchen window for the past few years. Some very dodgy spelling on a pack of Malaysian bagels (oxymoron)? Every biker in Malaysia has the ability to wear their jacket back-to-front. We never did quite work out why this happened only in Malaysia. Couldn't resist this photo opportunity of a police car, with blue lights flashing, neatly parked in a local multi-storey car park, with a police...

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Jun 29, 2014 - Steamy and spicy in Kuala Lumpur

Late afternoon on a lake in Sulawesi, the temperature is cooling slightly, fishermen are drying their catch, water birds swoop up and down and the muezzin's call to prayer rings out as the sun slips below the horizon. It was one of those unexpected magical moments, which, even after five months on the road, reminds you why you are travelling. I had decided to break the journey from Rantepao back to Makassar by stopping a night in Sengkang. There's not much there except scenic Lake Tempe. I hired a boat to take me on a trip across to a...

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Apr 3, 2014 - I don’t care about pollution….

I’m an airconditioned gypsy That’s my solution Watch the police and the tax man miss me I’m mobile…. Alright so I escaped from Bali and the Day of Silence, or Nyepi as the ritual/holiday/festival is called in Bahasa Indonesian, in the nick of time. Now normally I would welcome a good party followed by a day of silence, a day to reflect, meditate, rest, rejuvenate, but as I mentioned in my last entry, I was missing the city. I needed a city fix bad. I was craving noise, exhaust fumes, busy streets, traffic jams, police sirens, and late night...

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Mar 29, 2014 - Kuala Lumpur

Today we took the ship’s shuttle in to town and used the metro system to move around the city. Kuala Lumpur is a city of towering skyscrapers much like Singapore but without the charm. It is dominated by the twin Petronas Towers that soar 88 stories. At the base is a large shopping center and elevators to take you up to the bridge that connects the two towers. Unfortunately the elevators to the bridge have to be booked at least a day in advance, so we had no chance to go up there. The Formula 1 race was in town and the Towers Mall had a big...

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