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Monkey Business Part Deux   Leave a comment

While visiting the temple in a cavern, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur,  we came across a colony of monkeys causing mischief and mayhem. They found every scrap of food available, discarded by tourists and a few scraps the tourists were still eating!

They were extremely interested in plastic bottles too.  While they can be quite a menace they are fascinatingly human…..

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Posted 13/12/2011 by Stefan Palmer in Malaysia

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Playing with Elephants   Leave a comment

Wow what a day.  First stop of the day was to visit a temple built in a cavern.  Incredible sight.  Next, Kerry and I took a trip out to an Elephant Sanctuary on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpar.  Previously I’ve seen elephants in the zoo.  In Chester zoo they are allowed to move around freely in a very generous compound.  This though was something entirely different.  We have the opportunity to feed them, close up to such a degree we could place fruit on their tongues.  We rode them and watched them being washed in the river by the sanctuary workers.  The best part was the finale, we got the chance to swim in the river with them.  For them to spray us with water, tease us with their trunks and just plain have fun.  What a day and a once in a lifetime experience.

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Monkey Business   Leave a comment

While visiting the Kuala Lumpur tower to get a sunset and night time view of the Petronas Towers we came across these monkeys.  They were hanging around the outside of the restaurant looking for scraps of food.

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Kuala Lumpur   Leave a comment

Kuala Lumpar.  Our stopping off point for Australia.  It was very different to Vietnam and a nice introduction to a more Western style of living and environment.  With soaring skyscrapers (the amazing Petronas Towers and KL Tower in particular) a decent public transport system (thank god) comprising of buses and the futuristic Light Rapid Transport system and absolutely huge shopping malls with ten floors!  The Patronas Towers were closed for maintenance so Kerry and I took the scarily fast lift up the KL tower for a sunset and night time view of Kuala Lumpur.  And what an amazing sight it was from up there.  Well worth the money.  During one day we took the hop on, hop off bus for a tour of the city.  One evening was spend having dinner with the Petronas Towers sparkling in the distance.   Some backdrop.

No scooters and clean roads……bliss.

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Posted 05/11/2011 by Stefan Palmer in Malaysia

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Prayer for Tourists   Leave a comment

I came across this little ode in our Kuala Lumpur hostel.  I though it very apt.

“Heavanly father, look down on us your humble, obedient tourist servants, who are doomed to travel this earth, take photographs, mail postcards, buy souvenirs and walk around in drip-dry underwear.

Give us this day divine guidance in the selection of our hotels, that we may find our reservation honourd, our rooms made up, and hot water running from the faucets.

We pray that the telephones work, and the operators speak our tongue.

Lead us, dear lord, to good, inexpensive restaurants where the food is superb, the waiters friendly and the wine included in the price.

Give us the wisdom to tip correctly in currencies we do not understand.  Forgive us for undertipping out of ignorance and overtipping out of fear.  Make the natives love us for what we are, and not for what we can contribute to their worldly goods.

Grant us the strength to visit the museums, the cathedrals, the palaces and castles listed as ‘musts’ in the Lonely Planet.

And if perchance we skip a historic monument to take a nap after lunch, have mercy on us, for our flesh is weak”

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Posted 18/10/2011 by Stefan Palmer in Malaysia

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Surreal moment of the day.   Leave a comment

Taking photographs of the Malaysian flag, out on a cricket pitch, in 30 degrees heat with “Sweet dreams are made of this” by the Eurythmics blasting out of the tannoy.

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Posted 13/10/2011 by Stefan Palmer in Malaysia

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Driving the Taxi   Leave a comment

Drafted on 11th October.

After a brief two hour flight, here we are in Kuala Lumpur.  I hadn’t carried out my research in, so was in for a few surprises (Kerry’s been here before).  The airport taxi situation is very cool to begin with.  Once through baggage reclamation you wheel your gear over to a booth, state your destination, pay your money and you are given a ticket.  Outside you give your ticket to a guy who allocates you a taxi.  It prevents all the usual bartering and fuss where everyone is offering you a ride in their taxi and the lottery of what you will eventually pay.  We got a really smart new Nissan Teana saloon.  Once I’d helped load the bags my lack of reseach became evident…I tried to get in the drivers side much to Kerry’s amusement.  Malaysians drive on the left.  We set off out of the airport onto a fast flowing dark motorway and at this point I could quite easily have thought we had just left East Midlands Airport.  The road set up, the darkness, all were identical.  The only thing that gave the game away was the odd palm tree looming out of the darkness, there aren’t many of those in Castle Donnington.  It is quite easy to see that Malaysia was a British colony for quite some time.  Central reservation barriers and roads signs were so similar.  The biggest change, from the last few months, was the speed we were travelling. 100kph.  An impossible feat weaving in and out of scooters, pushbikes, rickshaws and stray chickens in Vietnam and China.   The driver never once used the horn in the 60km trip!  It was wonderful.   Not even once we arrived in central KL.  Its massively obvious that Malaysia is wealthy.  There are cars on the roads and the roads are in great condition.  The soaring  skyscrapers illuminate the night sky.  I got very excited when I saw saw Petronus towers in the distance.  I can’t wait to explore this new city tomorrow.  One final surprise of the day.  They use three pin British sockets.  No faffing with adapters!!!

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Posted 12/10/2011 by Stefan Palmer in Malaysia

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