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Borneo, A Country? You Are So Wrong! Welcome To Malaysia

Fun fact about Malaysia:  Did you know that there are about 200 languages spoken in this country?

The Southeast Asian region must be very fascinating for many people.  It seems like every winter and spring in the northern or southern hemisphere I can see Caucasians (I could be biased and throwing a stereotype) roaming around all over the place – my home country included.  In general, when I mention Malaysia (my home country) to other fellow travelers, these are the most common responses:

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15 WEEKS – THAILAND DIARIES – EPISODE 3

 

EPISODE THREE – KOH PHUKET

“And there was a beautiful view but nobody could see. ‘Cause everybody on the island was saying: Look at me! Look at me!” (Laurie Anderson)

Welcome to Phuket

Five am and I’m out of bed and off to the airport. Nine fifty am and I’m on a tropical island

Phuket, Thailand shore. From south to north (c...
Phuket, Thailand shore. From south to north (close to distant): Kata Noi Beach, Kata Beach, Karon Beach. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

in the Andaman sea.

Kuala Lumpur was hot but this is up a notch or two mainly because of the humidity which can be anything up to 95% when the monsoon starts and seldom falls below 80%. Now out of Jonathan’s clutches perhaps I could relax for a few days, catch up with some business on my laptop and prepare for my trip to Bangkok the following week.

It’s amazing how disoriented you can get when you are travelling. There’s the change in time zones to contend with and the acclimatising; not only to the weather, but to the different mentality of the people and their customs. You know, ‘When in Rome’ and all that stuff; so remember Thais hurt easy but just don’t show it if they are adept at being ‘jai yen yen)[i]. Continue reading 15 WEEKS – THAILAND DIARIES – EPISODE 3

15 WEEKS – THAILAND DIARIES – EPISODE 2

EPISODE TWO – MELAKA

Photo of the Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Photo of the Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

‘What’s that ringing?’ ‘Hi Jonathan. – You’re in the lobby? – Give me ten minutes.’ Out of bed, in the shower, gone. Here we go again. I don’t even remember going to bed last night! At least we had a leisurely breakfast in my hotel, the Palace of the Golden Horses, which is described as Asia’s most extraordinary hotel; breakfast there was just the prelude to another very long hot and humid day. The hotel, which is set in the Mines Resort City, has hosted some notable VIP’s including Queen Elizabeth and Nelson Mandela. The resort includes a golf course, exotic tropical gardens, crystal clear sparkling lakes, water taxis to the shopping centre, a modern business park and more. I can’t remember how many stars but it is of pretty high standard, four or five at a guess, stately and grandiose which was beginning to worry me a little until I discovered that my sumptuously spacious room cost $90 a day. Continue reading 15 WEEKS – THAILAND DIARIES – EPISODE 2

15 WEEKS – THAILAND DIARIES – EPISODE 1

EPISODE ONE – CAPE TOWN TO KUALA LUMPUR

 “I have found adventure in flying, in world travel, in business, and even close at hand…Adventure is a state of mind – and spirit.” (Jacqueline Cochran 1910 -1980)

Photo of the Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Photo of the Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

‘Flight 535 to Kuala Lumpur is now boarding at Gate 8’. On my third visit, I would begin to find out what living in Thailand was really about as I boarded the Malaysian Airlines flight from Cape Town to Kuala Lumpur on June 2nd 2008. On previous visits I always flew direct to Thailand via Changi airport in Singapore. Normally business was the priority with maybe a short holiday in Phuket for two or three weeks afterwards. But this time it was to be a fifteen week working holiday with a few days stopover in Kuala Lumpur to start with and a couple of weeks of intense business in Bangkok thrown in for good measure. Continue reading 15 WEEKS – THAILAND DIARIES – EPISODE 1