Monthly Archives: January 2012

Loh Bak Jack

Seeking a meal in Georgetown, on Malaysia’s Penang island, will eventually lead you to the Red Garden Food Paradise. I’m not sure it ranks as a culinary “paradise”, but you can satisfy your hunger with all sorts of food: Malay, … Continue reading

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My 5 RM Haircut

I’ve gotten haircuts while traveling, but never for US$1.59. That was my goal: to get a 5 RM (Malaysian Ringitt) haircut- maybe the cheapest haircut I’ll ever get. I’d seen signs posted in barbershop windows here in Georgetown… now where … Continue reading

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Lunch!

Ants going after food is nothing new. What caught my eye was this woman’s complete lack of any reaction! Hopefully you can see the little buggers- watch the clip in HD if you can’t make them out.

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“Don’t let the bedbugs bite”

That’s a cute phrase when it’s part of a childhood rhyme. Not so cute when Karen wakes up with bites all over her legs. The critters that kept biting her may not have actually been bedbugs- the specimens we found … Continue reading

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My First Mosque

I’ll remember Putrajaya not only for its eerie emptiness… but also for my first-ever visit to a mosque. Seen plenty of ’em from afar, never been in one. Our host, Rozi, skillfully timed our visit so it wouldn’t conflict with … Continue reading

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Government Ghost Town

If you need a cityscape to shoot your next Tim Burton-esque pretty neighborhood movie OR your post-viral-terrorism scene, this may just be the place. Putrajaya is the administrative capitol of Malaysia. Purpose built, after Kuala Lumpur became too congested, it … Continue reading

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Malaysian Hospital – Revisited

With my Malaysian hospital stay a fading memory, we arrived in Kuala Lumpur. I was feeling a bit of soreness in my right hand- you know, the one that had a needle stuck in it for four days. I decided … Continue reading

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Durian: King of Fruits

It’s spiky. It’s stinky. People crowd around fruit stands to buy it. They call durian the King of Fruits. So how does it taste? Time to find out.

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Birthday wishes for Cambodian kids

We are in Cambodia and today is my birthday! While I would love to celebrate with reckless abandon, I am sobered by a country and a people who look like they have been abandoned. Blame it on the effects of … Continue reading

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Critters with Opposable Thumbs: Malaysia’s Monkeys & Orangutans

Everyone loves a fun, furry, swinging-from-the-tree kind of critter. Malaysia is chock full of them, and tourists flock to find them. Borneo is a special place, home to the word’s oldest rainforest, plus winding rivers and mangroves. These areas, along … Continue reading

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