Malaysia Journals

Kuala Lumpur

A Nice Ending to a Horrible
Day in Penang

Going Around Georgetown

Some Time on the Penang

Kuching - Our Borneo Arrival

Bako National Park

Lazy Time on Pulau Tioman
Photo Albums
Kuala Lumpur and


Tioman Island
Links relating to
my trip

Renaissance Hotel (Kuala

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
(Georgetown, Penang)

The Lone Pine Hotel (Batu
Ferringhi, Penang)

The Crowne Plaza (Kuching)

Other Sites:

Little Lebanon - Great restaurant
with local Sarawak specialties in

E&O Hotel - Even if you can't
afford to stay there, you can afford
to do afternoon tea there!

Sarawak Forestry - Can find info on
the national parks in Sarawak,

Island Hospital - Wonderful
medical care with a great, friendly
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My Malaysian Experience...

Highs: Finding out how gorgeous the Petronas Towers are; the great shopping; how easy it is to get
around KL.

Lows: Michelle getting mugged which sent her to the hospital; the rafflesia flower not being in bloom
in Borneo while we were there; not seeing many Orang Utans while at the Semenggoh Wildlife Center.

Best Moment: Watching the probiscus monkeys while at Bako National Park.

Worst Moment: Not only was it my worst moment in Malaysia, but I think it was one of the Top
2 worst moments I've ever had to witness - when my sister had just gotten mugged and got up with
blood all over her. The
absolute worst was when she passed out in the hospital while I was alone with
her and trying to talk to her.

Smells: Food (whether it's Indian, Malay or Chinese - amazing smells!).

Sounds: Once again, another country with no horns honking; Chinatown vendors trying to lure you
to buy 'Gucci' or 'Prada'; Christmas carols in the malls.

Sights: The Sky Bridge at the Petronas Towers (free); the KL Tower observation deck (20
ringgits); Chinatown; many o' shopping malls; Chinese temples and colonial architecture in Penang;
the Thaipusam festivities; Semenggoh Wildlife Center (where there are Orang Utans); a longhouse.

Tastes: Gingerbread lattes from The Coffee Bean; satays; chicken rice (much more tasty than it
sounds); Chinese dim sum; tropical fruit (mango, dragonfruit, etc.); bamboo chicken; apam bilak (a
pancake-like thing sprinkled with sugar and crushed peanuts and then folded over like an omelet);
laksa; dim sum; umai (a seafood salad); lapis cake; rice wine; 'fish sticks' at a hawker stall; pupia
(almost like an Asian wrap); rojak (a fruit salad with prawn paste and crushed peanuts - sounds
disgusting but it's great!).

Purchases: A dress and four shirts from Mango; a couple pairs of flip-flops from Reef; a small vase
with stand (Borneo).

Street Food: Tropical fruits; pork buns; Indian food, Malay food, Chinese food.

Fun Food Finds: 'Kaya' - a coconut jam.

Western Companies Out Here: Where to start? McDonald's, Burger King, KFC, The Coffee
Bean, Starbuck's, Gloria Jean's, A&W, California Pizza Kitchen, Cinnabon and sooo many more!

Other General Info...

Visa needed? Nope.

Type of currency? The Malaysian Ringgit. About 3.3 ringgits are equal to $1 US.

Things Malaysia Is Known For: Borneo and orangutans; the beaches; the diversity in
ethnicities out here, this year being its 50th anniversary as a nation; I always think of the tourism ad
saying "Malaysia: Truly Asia".

Religion: Truly a bit of everything! Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Christian.

December 20-24, 2007 and
January 22-31, 2008
Sunset on a Penang beach.
Adorable Malaysian kiddies.
The Petronas Towers at night.