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Mar 17, 2020 - Kuala Lumpur

Lockdown Tonight Day 195 Ipoh to Kuala Lumpur I wake up early and immediately see a text from Michelle back home. The news is even worse as now airlines such as Jet2 are cancelling flights to Europe and the mood has changed considerably back home which is quite worrying. Worse still I have an update from the FCO advising that all but essential travel to Malaysia should not be undertaken as there will be a countrywide lockdown from midnight tonight. I can’t believe that things have escalated so quickly since last night. I wake Mark who tells...

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Mar 13, 2020 - KL Apartment 2

Caves and Temples Day 190 Batu Caves We have booked an extra night in Kuala Lumpur so that we can go out to the Batu Caves on the outskirts of the city. We catch the hop-on, hop-off bus to the Sentral station and this is an experience in itself. On route the road is closed and we are directed onto a diversion, and we assume the driver knows where he is going. Suddenly we arrive at a low bridge which the bus cannot drive under, a three-point turn is made and we set off along a back street into the bowels of Little India. We are treated to...

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Mar 11, 2020 - Kuala Lumpur Apartment 1

The Capital City Day 187 Malacca to KL We order a taxi to the bus station at reception and wait outside for it to arrive. When the driver sees all of our luggage, he puts the back seats down (a seven-seater car) to make room for it. He drives a different way to the bus station than we come taking us past the massive Chinese cemetery and on some of the back roads past small wooden housing. It is a bit of a challenge finding where we collect tickets and go to wait for our bus to Kuala Lumpur. It makes us realise how difficult it must be to...

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Aug 30, 2019 - Goodbye England - Hello Malaysia

After enjoying our last full English breakfast at the cafe of a nearby aged care home (it was cheap at only 3 pounds) we headed for Windsor on our last full day in the UK. You tend to forget how popular and crowded certain places can be and Windsor was certainly crowded with tourists. Parking was a nightmare. As it isn't that far from Heathrow the planes go over about every minute. Hopefully the Queen has double glazing for when she stays at Windsor Castle which is her official home. She's currently at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on her...

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Aug 1, 2019 - Kuala Lumpor, Day 2

We went to the breakfast buffet at 7:00. It was largely set for Muslim, Chinese and Indian tastes. There was a small section of Western food which I used today. Jean likes to experiment with her breakfast food. We returned to the room until our pick-up at 8:30. Yus drove us through the heavy morning traffic. We waited at one intersection for about five minutes. Instead of letting the lights control the traffic, a police officer was controlling the traffic. Yus pointed out that the Green Line and Blue Line buses are free to try to encourage...

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Jul 31, 2019 - Kuala Lumpur

We went down at 7:00 to the breakfast buffet. It was OK and I enjoyed the meal. We then left the hotel at 8:30 for our journey to Kuala Lumpur. As we traveled along I edited the previous day's pictures so that when I get to the hotel this afternoon and have an internet connection, I would be able to upload them. Along the way, I took pictures of some of the billboards to show what audience they were targeting, and the blend of languages. We did do a quick WC stop before entering the city. We drove through the city with Yus pointing out...

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Apr 22, 2019 - Kuala Lumpur

22 April – Easter Monday We are dozing off and on in the airport, the sleep pods here were expensive at AU$17/hour each, so we give that a miss, especially as we are only allowed one person per pod. We get up around 4am, and head for the showers to freshen up, we are surprised to find that they are free. We check our bags (19kg, 24kg – still no room for shopping!), and head up to immigration where all goes smoothly. Tony goes to get the GST refund on his camera, but they are closed so we have to leave applications and hope it gets...

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2019 tour

Mar 10, 2019 - A Taste of History - Tut Kee Resoran

Wanting to make sure Ian had a true day off, we made no plans for tourist activities. That turned out to a smart move on our part. It so happen’s that Ian’s wife Marjorie and their two daughters relocated from KL to Edmonton in Sept 2017, and their eldest now attends he dad’s alma matter. We feel very fortunate that Marjorie had mentioned our being with Ian while chatting long-distance with her dear friend Margaret, back KL. As a result we three were encouraged to go for lunch at the restaurant that’s been in the hands of Margaret’s...

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Mar 9, 2019 - KL Butterfly Park

Duncan’s good fiend from his University of Alberta days, Ian Jenkins, has lived in KL for 10 years but had not returned to the renowned KL Butterfly Park since his daughters were much younger. We were happy he chose to join us on our touristy outing-of-the-day. The park is essentially a beautifully landscaped garden with a large netted tent over it to keep the butterflies contained. It took a few minutes to get used to them and not startle when one flitted in front of my face. The park was teeming with life, not only a diversity of...

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Mar 9, 2019 - An Evening On The Town

A quick return to the condo to “refresh” ourselves and our attire and we were heading back to central KL to visit the KL Tower, the 7th tallest freestanding building in the world. The elevator to the observation deck at 421 metres ( 127 stories) takes just 54 seconds. We, however, went one floor and splurged on a window seat and fabulous buffet dinner at Atmosphere 360, the revolving restaurant. The view was spectacular and the food selection was excellent. Among the varied dishes, the most surprising was the blue rice! After dinner Ian...

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Mar 6, 2019 - Kicking Back in Kuala Lumpur

Upon arriving in Kuala Lumpur on March 6 we were met by the best limousine service a new city can offer, a good friend, Ian Jenkins, who also invited us to stay with him. We spent a long, late evening looking back and catching up over G&Ts with Ian, who was Duncan’s official Big Brother when he joint the Phi Delta Theta fraternity back in the fall of 1979. Thus we took March 7th as a lazy day and took advantage of the lovely pool in Ian’s complex, which was especially welcome after hurried, hot and humid days in Singapore. That is not to...

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Jul 26, 2018 - Sigiriya to Negombo to Kuala Lumpur

A few photos while I can upload them in Singapore on the way home. Blog to follow.... Enjoy 𿘀 And now the blog.. 23 July Sigiriya- Habarana - Negombo Packed and ready to be on the move again... This time one last train journey before leaving Sri Lanka. Arrived at train station (open this time) an hour before the train was due to leave. Unable to buy tickets until 9am and then find out the train is delayed by 1-2.5 hours.. Bit more info later reveals there is a strike on. Finally the train and off we set 2 hours late at 11:30. As we...

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Sri Lanka 2018

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