Heading Towards Home

Today its time to head home. Now when I say heading home, well, we will be home in a few days and I didn’t want to tell you that we also have a few days in Singapore as well, because I always seem to be in Singapore and I didn’t want to bore you before…

Driven to Paradise

Apparently it only takes about two hours to drive around the island of Langkawi, so it seemed to us that it would be a good idea to hire a car for the day and take a drive. We had wanted to make our first stop at the Langkawi Cable Car and Oriental Village, but they seem to have chosen…

Island Hopping with Nick Saxon

This morning we are up bright and early to go island hopping.  Our taxi driver hits a black monkey which has unexpectedly swung down from a tree across the road.   I hope this isn’t a sign of things to come! Waiting at the jetty for our boat to leave, a group of young men…

A Full Day of Travel to Arrive Half an Hours Flight Away

We were supposed to take a short half hour flight to reach Langkawi today. Unfortunately, Malaysia Airlines changed our flight (not sure if its anything to do with the missing flight MH370), so that it will now take us three and a half hours to get there, having to go via Kuala Lumpur!  If you…

A Tropical Day on the Island

Today we have hired a driver to take us out past Batu Ferringhi to see a couple of sites that are less easy to get to.  Mouy introduces himself to us, saying in dutch his name means ‘beautiful’.  And he does have a beautiful personality.  At 68 years old, Mouy prefers to spend his time working for Tour &…

Monkey Cups and a Second Chance

Apparently the coolest place to visit in Penang is Penang Hill.  Literally.  With an elevation of 833m above sea level, Penang Hill is one of the oldest colonial hill stations.  It was established by the British during their time in Malaysia. Explored in the late 18th century, a horse trail was cut by the Waterfall Gardens…

The Blue Mansion and Other Assorted Mishaps

The morning dawns foggy and warm, but its still a relief to get some fresh air out on the balcony.  Airconditioning just annoys me after not long because I have to work in it all day.  I crave fresh air.  From the balcony you can get quite a good view.  The ocean, which seems to blend…

The Tale of Betel Nut Island

This morning has shown me one of the most beautiful skies I’ve ever seen in flight  Beautifully clear, slowly leaving Perth behind, the sun is just rising in a vibrant wash of red, orange and pink.  And then climbing into a landscape of clouds.  I’ve never seen anything like it – they weren’t just clouds…

KL 2.0 A New Impression?

It was an earlyish start this morning to get to the airport on time for my flight home to Perth.  The airport is a good 45 minutes away from KLCC and we were running late thanks to some people we picked up at the Shangri La who didn’t seem to care that others may be waiting – after emerging from…

KL 2.0 Last Day of the Second Time Around

I treat myself to a buffet breakfast at the hotel today, which is really nice.  What really impresses me is that when I leave the restaurant, they say “thank you Miss Keller, have a lovely day!” This morning I have a date with The Spa at my hotel.  More specifically a full body scrub.  Now…

KL 2.0 A Religious Boo Boo

This morning was an early start to get to the Batu Caves to beat the heat and everyone else.   The Batu Caves is a limestone hill, said to be around 400 million years old, which houses a series of temples inside a cave.  It was named after the Batu River, which flows past the hill, and is also…