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S: Asia 2010: Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia

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1: Keelung, Taiwan Keelung, Taiwan's second largest seaport, is situated 25 km northeast of Taipei. Due to the city's frequent rain and maritime role, it has been nicknamed the 'Rainy Port.' We were fortunate enough not to encounter a single drop of rain during our visit to Keelung. | Typical looking breakfast spot. | Waiting for our food. | Freshly made soy milk. | Dan bing. | Garlicky pork shui jian bao. | Sweet fan tuan. | 1

2: We spent the day sightseeing around Keelung & along Taiwan's northern coast. Clockwise from top left: Small docking area; Interesting rocky terrain; Iron-rich rock formations; Collection of seashells; Cat eyeing a fish; Panda statue in a seaside park. Opposite page: Row 1 - Steamed crab from coastal fish market; Fresh seafood for sale; Dried squids. Row 2 - Ringing the bell; Kitschy kid's park; Famous "Keelung" sign. Row 3 - Taiyaki food stall, Sesame tang yuan; Keelung night market crowd. | 2

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4: Keelung to Taipei | After a visit to Lover's Lake, we headed into Taipei to have lunch with Wai Gong at Checkers. | 4

5: Following a search for embroidered slippers in Ximending was dinner at Wu Hua Ma Dumpling & Noodle Restaurant. | After conceiving our food babies, we went to Kao Yu's for a few friendly rounds of Mahjong. | 5

6: Taipei Continued Taipei, a bustling metro, is the economic, political, and cultural center of Taiwan. It is home to Taipei 101, the world's second tallest building, and well known for its culinary diversity and plethora of night markets. The rest of our time in Taipei was spent doing some hardcore sightseeing, shopping, and eating. It was finally our time to see Taiwan the way we wanted. ***** Opposite page: Row I - Xiao long bao assembly line; Weighing dough; Xiao long bao up close; Ba bao fan; Grubbing at Din Tai Fung. Row 2 - Outside Yang Kong Beef Noodle Soup; Appetizers; Chinese beef noodle soup; Popular cua bing spot; Mango cua bing. Row 3 - Famous Shilin Night Market; Making oyster omelettes; Spicy stinky tofu; Ai yu jelly drink; Da chang bao xiao chang (essentially a Chinese hotdog). Row 4 - Roasted sugarcane juice; Hao da da ji pai (giant fried chicken steak); Zhong zi; Chicken butt skewers; Zhu xue gao (pork blood rice cake). Page 8: Background - Chrysanthemums from the garden. Clockwise from top left - Standing by a picture of Chiang Kai-shek & his wife; Posing with decorative statues at Chiang Kai-Shek's Residence Park; Taipei 101; Shopping at Wu Fen Pu. Page 9: Clockwise from inset - Lion statue at Dad's parents' temple; Entrance to the temple; Burning incense; National Palace Museum; Police on standby for protestors; Protestors inside the museum. | 6

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10: Martyrs' Shrine - Built to commemorate those who have died on behalf of the ROC. The ceremonial changing of the guards attracts tourists who tread alongside to watch the guards march with the precision of a drill team. Opposite page : Row 1 - 2-28 Peace Park; Cardboard cutout of C.K.S.; Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall built in memory of the generalissimo. Row 2 - C.K.S. Memorial from afar; View from the top of the memorial; Miniature Japanese town. Row 3 - Weirded out by the miniatures; Outside the Miniatures Museum of Taiwan. | 10

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12: Assorted sashimi. | Abalone salad. | Crab with ginko nuts. | Filet mignon with daikon. | Soft-shell crab with pumpkin puree. | CA roll & snapper nigiri. | Fried fish liver. | Shrimp & pumpkin soup. | Green tea tiramisu. | 12

13: At Brass Monkey with some Grucci staff. | Dim sum with Wai Gong & Da Jiu. | Xiang gu = mushroom. | Learning English. | Chinese hot pot. | Gan Ma, A-Ma, & A-Gong. | 13

14: Singapore Located at the southernmost tip of the Malay Peninsula, Singapore is one of the busiest ports in the world. Known for its impeccable cleanliness and chewing gum ban, Singapore is also ranked as having the best quality of life in Asia. ***** Opposite page: Background - Flying over Singapore. Row 1 - No durian allowed on the subway; Fish head curry; Eating at the famous Banana Leaf Apolo. Row 2 - Colorful buildings in Little India; Ominous clouds; Fresh fruit juice at Bugis Market. Page 16: Row 1 - Wafer ice cream sandwich; Festively lit Orchard Road; Chinatown. Row 2 - Flower vendor in Little India; Serangoon Road at night. Row 3 - Curry laksa at Maxwell hawker center; Rojak; Wonton noodle soup. Page 17: Row 1 - Roti vendor at Keppel Road train station; Egg & onion prata with curry; Our approaching train; About to board. Row 2 - Inside of our coach; Countryside seen from the train. | 14

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18: Melaka, Malaysia Melaka, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, is fixed 148 km southeast of Kuala Lumpur. Evidence of European colonization remains apparent throughout the state. ***** Opposite page: After a 5-hour long train ride from Singapore to Tampin Station, we thought we had overcome the worst part of the trek to Melaka. Little did we know we were about to endure a 2-hour long ride into town in an unairconditioned taxi. What should have been a 1-hour long car ride was delayed by cows, traffic jams, and getting lost. Was almost sure that the car was going to break down, too. Row 1 - Nasi lemak from a food stall at Tampin Station; Station worker, Solemon, who helped us find our way into town; Inside our taxi. Row 2 - Cow crossing obstructing the road; With our patient taxi driver after finally arriving at our guesthouse. Page 20: Row 1 - Dutch Square; Fort A'Famosa; Giant gravestones. Row 2 - Rear view of the surviving gate of the fort; Inside part of the remains. Page 21: Top - Sunset over Melaka River. Bottom - Footbridge over Melaka River. Page 22: Clockwise from inset - Jonker Street Night Market; Little girl in the crowd; Portuguese egg tarts; Baking pineapple tarts; Otak otak; Otak otak vendor; Tornado potato; Tornado potato vendor slicing potatoes. Page 23: Clockwise from inset - Dutch Square illuminated at night; Little girl working a food stall; Nyonya pineapple tart; Poh piah vendor; Poh piah; Vendor cooking char kway teow; Onde-onde; Locals putting on a Christmas show. Page 24: Background - Traditional Malay breakfast served at our guesthouse consisting of roti, sambal, thosai, and curry. From left to right - Kitchen; Looking into the guesthouse from the front entrance; Patio in the yard; Looking at the front of the house from the patio. | 18

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25: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, a vibrant city literally meaning 'Muddy Confluence,' is situated at the confluence of the Gombak and Klang Rivers in the state of Selangor. Boasting over 60+ shopping malls, K.L. is rightly named the fashion hub of Malaysia. Home to numerous markets, attractions, and hawker centers, 3 days in K.L. was hardly enough to see all that the city has to offer. ***** Page 26: After a 2-hour bus ride and 20-minute taxi ride plus some haggling, we arrived in Kuala Lumpur. Our first stop was KL Pavilion to check out the Food Republic, a massive food court located in the lower level of the shopping mall. Clockwise from left - Posing in front of the Food Republic; Claypot rice with chicken and egg; Curry laksa noodles. | 25

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27: Clockwise from top left - Fish foot spa; Fish eating dead skin; Jalan Chow Kit; Chickens for sale at Chow Kit Market; Fresh mangosteen; Hot putubambo served in banana leaf; Putubambo vendor; Fresh produce at Chow Kit Market.

28: At night we decided to explore the KLCC and ate at NZ Cafe, a nearby outdoor restaurant. Clockwise from inset - Beautifully illuminated Petronas Towers; Masala thosai with a variety of curry sauces; Sipping on freshly made pineapple juice; Maggi goreng, fried ramen noodles. Opposite page: The next day we visited the limestone-rich Batu Caves which houses one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India. Row 1 - Statue out front; Monkey eating banana; Murugan statue. Row 2 - Monkey resting in the entrance decor; Step 200 of 272. Row 3 - Looking into the cave; Reaching for the stalactite. | 28

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30: Clockwise from top left - Shopping at Central Market for Malaysian crafts and souvenirs; Beef ball noodle soup; Hainan chicken rice; Lunch at a hawker center; Merdeka Square. Opposite page: Background - Police on horses patrolling the garden. Inserts - Various orchids and a hibiscus seen at the orchid and hibiscus gardens. | 30

32: Clockwise from left - Dinner on Jalan Alor, a street well known for its many food vendors; Garlic ong choy; Whole grilled chicken fish. Opposite page: Row 1 - Masjid Jamek; Donned robes and head scarves to enter the mosque; The holy Quran; Food selection at a hawker center in Little India. Row 2 - Grilled fish with spicy tamarind sauce; Bihun mee soup; Busy little hawker center; Woman grilling fish on banana leaves. Row 3 - Masjid Kampung Baru; Detailed tile entrance to the mosque; Sikh temple; Cendol vendor. | 32

34: Clockwise from top left - Drinking our kopi tariks from the Tekka Center; Posing by Marina Bay; View from the top of Marina Bay Sands Resort; Infinity pool; Inside the casino; The three hotel towers with ship on top. Opposite page: Clockwise from top left - Outside the Singapore Art Museum; Raffles Hotel; Famous Singapore Sling aka most expensive drink ever; Long Bar at Raffles. | Back to Singapore | 34

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36: Our last real meal of the trip - Golden Mile hawker center. Clockwise from top left - Chicken, beef, and lamb satay with fresh peanut sauce; Drinking the marrow out of the bone; Sup tulang, a spicy tomato mutton bone soup; More Hainan chicken rice. | 36

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