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May 8, 2005 - Kuala Lumpar (KL)

Well got to KL at about 7.30pm ish on friday night, trip went pretty quick really and for 9 pound you couldn't go wrong. Got off the bus in KL with the slight hope it may have been a tad cooler, but no joy, plus i was being harrassed by loads of shifty taxis, and I thought outside Oceana was bad, but these guys are in your face. I ignored them as I wasn't sure how I was gonna get to my mate Ian's, ma & pa's house. So I went to a pay phone had no ringits, malaysian money, so got a dollar out and swapped it with one of these shifty blokes for...

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May 6, 2005 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The bus ride to KL was very comfortable. Not quite as luxurious as buses in Argentina (nothing matches that), but still very nice. So was the scenery. Starting up in Thailand and a long ways down in Malaysia the peninsula has these amazing looking mountains, giant rock faces with the deep green forrest sitting on top as unruly hair. A lot like the mountain immages on old Chinese painings. KL is big and very modern. It is a very nice city, although the first impression was not necessarily that positive. The walk to hotel that we picked took...

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May 4, 2005 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

You would think after six months of traveling we would be pretty good at the logistics of travel...but no, our departure out of Bangkok was poorly planned and even more poorly executed. It started with neither of us checking when our flight was (10:00, not the 10:40 we thought), so we casually strolled down to breakfast and finished at 8:00. We did not realize that seemingly everyone in the entire 30 story hotel would also be checking out at 8:00, so catching an elevator and getting out was a lengthy ordeal. Then, to make matters worse, the...

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May 2, 2005 - Kuala Lumpur

We left the Cameron Highlands this morning on the 8am VIP Express bus to Kuala Lumpur. What we didn't realise when we booked the tickets was that it really was a VIP bus - they usually just proclaim to be. This one had only three seats across, seats were the size of armchairs fully reclining with moveable foot rests. A bit like business class seats on the plane. A mere 3.5 hours later we arrived in Kuala Lumpur. After avoiding all the touts we headed off - no idea where as we didn't have a clue where we were dropped off. We hailed a taxi to...

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Apr 30, 2005 - Kuala Lumpur

Many "know-it-alls" on the "backpacker trail" say that you should avoid capital cities as much as possible but we love them. KL was superb - in a few days we got a quick insight into the culture and the people and how life works around here. Malaysia is a multi-ethnic nation, made up mainly of Malays, Chinese and Indians - a surprise to us. Its officially a Muslim country but such a varied group of people means Temples, Mosques, and Churches are everywhere. We stayed in a cell-like room in Chinatown but it grew on us over the few days we...

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Apr 30, 2005 - Singapore - Malaka - Kuala Lumpur - Taman Negara - Pulau Pehentian Besar

After a couple of days in Singapore, we caught the bus across the border into Malaysia and onto Melaka, where the story of Malaysia began many centuries ago. The bus was really good, a standard coach but with only three seats across which reclined almost vertically. Felt like business class - and all for around a fiver! We arrived in Melaka around midday and went to seek out accommodation. We found a really nice place, small and quiet with really nice, friendly owners. That afternoon, we did an hour walking tour of Melaka taking in a couple...

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Apr 25, 2005 - Malyasia: Kuala Lumpur

Recipe for City Du Jour ¼ cup of world renowned buildings blocking the sun ¼ cup white collar business professionals ¼ cup Chinatown 1 tbs shopping plazas 1 tbs peak hour traffic ½ tbs museums ½ tbs Hard Rock Cafיe NUTS- optional Serving Size: 1.3 million Welcome to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia or "KL" as its more commonly spoken. Map in hand (the role I usually enjoy) we met up with another tourist bloke from down under and headed out to explore this fine capital city. First stop: the world's tallest twin towers and then to the world's fourth...

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Apr 24, 2005 - Kuala Lumpur

Well, we're in Malaysia, which is pretty cool. I imagine that this is what Singapore would be like before all of the control which was asserted; kind of an interesting mesh between Indian, Chinese, and South Seas culture all rolled into one. We are enjoying not having to watch out for cops when we jaywalk, but on the other hand, I'm sure that the cars are going to be more inclined to actually hit us here. We had a rather pleasant but ride here from Singapore, which was on an air-con deluxe bus, which was actually deluxe, probably only...

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Apr 18, 2005 - Kuala Lumpur

I have enjoyed a day and half here in Malaysia's capital city. Kuala Lumpur is a beautiful city that is rapidly growing as Malaysia becomes an increasingly important player on the world market. I have had a chance to do some shopping here in the many malls and markets...it is kind of the thing to do here. One of the malls has an entire amusement park inside with a roller coaster and all. Tommorrow morning, we are heading to the Petronas Towers...now the world's tallest twin towers at 88 stories each. I remember seeing the Petronas Towers in...

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Apr 17, 2005 - Malaysia - Kualalumper

Well, not much to say about Malaysia or Kuala Lumper because we were there less than 24 hours. We did have a luxurious free evening at the KL Hilton, thanks to points. Huge bed, AC, big bath, hot water... Oh and did I mention the 42" plasma screen in the room on which L got to watch Man U play live! Heaven we had not experienced in so long. Express city tour in the morning and then on a bus to Singapore!

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Apr 10, 2005 - Our Stay with The Tiew Family

We were welomed into the household immediately by the whole bunch: Susie (mom), Bing (dad), Merlee (2nd eldest sister), Merling (2nd youngest sister) and Meryal (the baby sister). They were a little late picking us up and kept appologizing to us, but when we saw the traffic, we totally understood. We were given our own room and then we all sat together for the first night and played "UNO" (the card game) and talked until 1am. The next day we were immediately accomodated by being driven to the Pyramid Mall by Merlee, where we stayed until...

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Mar 31, 2005 - Singapore to Kuala Lumpur

'You'll really see the Singapore-Malaysia contrast if you take the train,' I was told. 'Everything in Singapore is constantly being rebuilt and improved but the old train station is totally unchanged, it's probably even more run down than when you last saw it.' 'You do realise that going by train takes longer than by bus?' he continued. 'Plus with all the low-cost airlines popping up you could probably fly cheaper than by train or bus.' Well the train certainly should be cheaper than it is. I hate really blatant rip-offs, and the...

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