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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 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