12.09.2008 85 °F
Hello from the land of sultans, humidity, rainforest, cell phones, motorbikes, cheap-eats, smiles, and make-shift sidewalks. We have been in Malaysia for a week, and it seems like an eternity! It was a tough transition at first, especially after an extremely long travel day
but we have come to appreciate the charming yet chaotic things that make this country amazing.
We spent a few days in Kuala Lumpur, a bustling city that never sleeps and never stops shopping! The economy here looks good! We wandered Chinatown where you can buy fake handbags, watches, and movies that haven't even hit the screens. We've gotten lost in malls, eaten things we don't know the contents of (delicious though!), learned how to step out into traffic without flinching, and managed to make a base in the big city.
Orange Christmas trees are so hot right now
We wanted to get out of the craziness to see what the rest of Malaysia was like so we headed for Melaka, a town on the coast that has a rich history from the spice trade. We loved Melaka, the streets are filled with colorful trishaws that take you to the major sights...some even blast Malaysian rap while doing so
We lucked out by being there for the Chinatown Saturday night market. There was a beauty contest going on, and we watched as a bunch of 8 year old girls yoddled in cowboy clothes and danced as telletubbies...classic. We tasted food from different stalls and even got a chopsticks lesson from a Chinese woman who obviously pittied our skills.
We are currently in Sarawak, Borneo where we hope to explore the world's oldest rainforest, do some caving, and chill out in sleepy villages. We are already enjoying the slow-paced island lifestyle here. Kuching has a beautiful waterfront to wander, and lots of good seafood to sample.
Today we were lucky to see the worlds largest flower, Rafflesia, in bloom. It only blooms for 5-7 days every 7 months, and many come all the way here to see it and go home disapointed. Needless to say, we were very excited, and it was great to explore the steamy rainforest.
Tomorrow we head to the Bako National Park where we'll be spending two nights and hopefully enjoying the beaches and seeing some wildlife like Proboscis Monkeys and Bearded Pigs. Looking forward to it!
We hope everyone's getting into the holiday spirit back home, we're going to miss it! Until next time...