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10th month – April Video Blog on You Tube

Below is my video blog on our travels round the world on you tube from April:

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Week 41 – Giant Flower, Tea Plantation, Jungle Walk, Street Murals & Much More – Cameron Highlands & Penang, Malaysia

‘And now, this is the sweetest and most glorious day that ever my eyes did see.’ – Donald Cargill

[How this works is, each week, I will write to someone on my list, picked randomly and I will post it online on this blog – just in case the letter doesn’t reach its destination.  The letter includes a card with a random quote, which I hope you will enjoy (at the top of this blog page).]

Jungle Hike

Jungle Hike

I’ve trekked through jungle, had a tea at a tea plantation,

BOH Tea Plantation

BOH Tea Plantation

seen a centipede in the wild,

Centipede

Centipede

tasted foods I’ve never tried before

Dim Sum

Dim Sum – a banquet of surprises

and, now, fly off to Thailand.

It’s been a brilliant last week in Malaysia.

Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands

We went from the Cameron Highlands to Penang – an island in the north known for its excellent food.

John

John trying some of the street hawkers food in Penang

Also, its known for its wall murals which can be quite the challenge to find, but worth the effort. (more photos of the murals at the end!)

Mural

Street Mural

Continuing with the multi-cultural lifestyle of Malaysia, we visited 2 Chinese Clan Houses,

Oldest Clan House

Oldest Clan House in Penang

the Fort Cornwallis,

Fort Cornwallis

Fort Cornwallis – Penang, Malaysia

went to the Penang World Music Festival

Penang World Music Festival

Penang World Music Festival

and visited a variety of temples.

Clan House

Chinese Clan House where they filmed ‘Anna and the King’

Trickshaw

Trickshaw – one form of public transport

One thing I’ve loved about traveling through Malaysia is how easy its been.  Most people speak enough English to easily make travel arrangements, order food and deal with any problems which arise.

I’ve found the people pleasant and friendly.  They’ve given us tips on places to visit and helped when we’ve needed it.  I look forward to when I may have the opportunity to come back and see even more of this beautiful country.

Penang Beach

Penang Beach

It’s funny I’ve always thought of where I come from – Canada, as a young country and my years in Europe have only enhanced that thought process, but, really, Malaysia is much younger, as it wasn’t until the middle of the last century that Malaysia gained its independence from British rule.

Penang Hill

Penang Hill – Cable Car

Clan House

Clan House – where they filmed ‘Anna and the King’

The film ‘Anna and the King’ was filmed in one of the Chinese Clan Houses we visited in Penang. (more photos of the Chinese Clan House are at the end of this blog!) This story is the backdrop for where I am flying to next – another country which has seen many changes over the years – Thailand.  I love Thailand and am off for a weeks holiday in Phuket – the south with beautiful beaches, Thai food, massage and many more beautiful people.

Love Debx

Murals of Penang, Malaysia:

Clan House photos:

Yoga

Week 40 – Tea, Street Food and Buddist Cave – Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh

‘Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add colour to my sunset sky.’ – Rabindranath Tagore

[How this works is, each week, I will write to someone on my list, picked randomly and I will post it online on this blog – just in case the letter doesn’t reach its destination.  The letter includes a card with a random quote, which I hope you will enjoy (at the top of this blog page).]

Seeing as almost every afternoon here in Malaysia has brought thunder showers, today’s quote is very apt for my current lifestyle.

Street Food

Street Food tour Kuala Lumpur

This week started with a stellar food tour in Kuala Lumpur.  We started the tour with the ladies getting jasmine flower bracelets, then to Little India

Jasmine Bracelet

Jasmine Bracelet

and eating with our right hands only,

Tour Group

People from all over the world joined us on this tour.

after that, some delightful treats at some street vendors

Snacks

Some tasty snacks at street stall

with a finish in Chinatown.  All n’ all – yummy!

Chinatown

Chinatown

Twin Towers

Twin Towers of KL

Then we made one final tour of the twin towers of KL to then head off to Ipoh – a place we heard that the food is worth trying and a good way to break up our trip to the Cameron Highlands.

So, our first morning, we tried dim sum.

Dim Sum

Dim Sum

It was delicious and so cheap, especially, compared with what the prices are in the West for this food.

There is more in Ipoh than we thought, as we hired a taxi to take us to Kek Lok Tong Cave and Zen Gardens, a bit like the Batu Caves, but cleaner, less crowded and completely different religion.  I loved this place as it’s so refreshing, cool and quiet.  It was a very beautiful place to find.  The Zen gardens are a great place to take a stroll and enjoy the beauty and sculptures. (some more photos of this spot are at the bottom)

Zen Gardens

Zen Gardens

To help set our mood for the tea plantations in the Cameron Highlands, we went to the STG Tea House Cafe with excellent tea and cakes, plus brilliant WiFi in a nice setting in Ipoh.

STG Tea House Cafe

STG Tea House Cafe

Then, it was a taxi ride to the Cameron Highlands where I am now, on my birthday and the hotel even fashioned me with a lovely cake.  Where has been the most unusal place you’ve spent your birthday or what is the most unusal thing you have done on your birthday?

Birthday Cake

Birthday Cake

Oh, forgot to say, I tried my first steamboat meal – glad I did, it was an experience!

Steamboat

Steamboat Food in Cameron Highlands

Love

Debx

Kek Lok Tong Cave and Zen Garden photos: