S: With Every Fiber of Your Being
BC: In all that you do, do it to the very best of your ability . . . with every fiber of your being!
FC: With Every Fiber of Your Being | January 2009 | Malaysia
1: Arriving at 7:50 am, we were picked up at the airport and given an immediate lesson in correct driving in MY. Drive on left side, double yellow lines are only guidlines and if you miss your turn just stop, backup, and make your turn. We were then dropped off at the condo to unpack and nap before attending classes in the afternoon. The day ended at a favorite Satay restaurant nearby. | Portland to Tokyo January 19 10 hours 45 minutes Tokyo to Singapore January 20 7 Hours 50 minutes Singapore to Kuala Lumpur January 21 1 hour
2: Wednesday, January 21
3: We took in so much new information so quickly that it felt like we had already been there for 2 days rather than 12 hours. We did not even hear the rooster crow at 4:00 the next morning. | We fell fast asleep by 8:00 pm that very first night. | Notice the lack of silverware. We ate with our right hand because the left one is considered unclean, and we all ate from the same plates.
4: Drove to Cameron Highlands, experienced outdoor lanai-style rest stop, a waterfall, and breathtaking views all along the way. | Thursday, Jan. 22
5: Cameron Highlands Weekend Bungalow | . . . the one place you do need a coat in MY
6: Fri., Jan. 23 Morning BOH ' TEA CENTRE
7: Afternoon | Walked up Mt. Brinchang 6500 feet. | Ended the day at the night market. | Turn left at the banana leaf.
8: Sat., Jan 24 Stopped at Orang Asli home and enjoyed their hospitality..
9: We learned to play a 2 string guitar, a flute, and bamboo rhythm sticks . . . then we danced. | Poisonous darts are used for hunting meat. The Orang Asli was impressed when David's dart went in 2 inches deeper than his own.
10: Sat. Jan. 24 Rainy Afternoon Returning from the highlands, we met old neighbors and friends. We tried some ABC, fried curry puffs, and Rendang Beef. | ABC is Air Batu Campur. It's made with shaved ice, topped with syrup, sweet creamed corn, red beans, nuts, cendol or cincau and condensed milk. | Our night ended shopping at TESCO where we learned that you may only purchase 4 gal. of oil per person, per day.
11: Sunday January 25 | Air-Con was made for a reason. In all that you do, do it to the very best of your ability . . . with every fiber of your being! | With Every Fiber of Your Being!
12: That Sunday we all went to Cargo Terminal and flew to Langkawi. Once there we stayed at Aseanica Resort which has the longest swimming pool in Malaysia. In the evening we watched the sunset on Tengah Beach and ate North Indian food. Great enjoyment was found in the Naan bread which was served with several kinds of chicken. The hot day was ended at their version of a 7-11 where we found some ice cream for dessert. Lois bought Jack's chips which looked like Pringles but NOT! They tasted sweet with some spice that was suppose to be hot. Definitely not Pringles.
13: Aseanica Resort
14: Monday, Jan 26 | First thing we did was head to the Cable Car which ended up too crowded due to the Chinese New Year Holiday so we stayed long enough for Matt's favorite lunch: Ayam Kari Hijau (Green Curry Chicken) and also tried Ayam Masak Merah (Red Cooked Chicken). Thus far we loved every new food that we've tried. That afternoon we could be found at Pasir Tengkorak Beach where we swam and relaxed. This was our first experience at a beach without waves.
15: Our day ended on Cenang Beach shopping . . . and yes, the boys were very patient. | After that exhausting day :) :) :) we mosseyed along Cenang Beach and shopped. The guys were very patient.
16: Tues., Jan 27 A FULL day FILLED with NEW experiences! | Matt's 1st time to parasail
17: Went on the Langkawi Cable Car to the top of mountain, 6100 feet, hiked around, then all 4 got foot massages. Only $13 per 30 min. Felt fabulous!
18: Tues continues with some shopping at the base of the cable cars before going back into town for dinner on the beach and a spectacular sunset.
19: After watching that sunset, we hopped in the car driving out of town toward the airport where we watched the sun dip into the water. At the airport we enjoyed some Starbucks then flew Air Asia back to the kids' home. A full and memorable day.
20: Wednesday Jan. 28 Our one-on-one day with Matt. | Homemade placemats from the states left encouraging thoughts for the kids from the kids. | We started the day looking for a refrigerator, then headed home where we met up with Anjo and enjoyed a DELICIOUS home cooked lunch.
21: After lunch we drove to Kuala Selangor and went up Melawati Hill to see monkeys. That was CRAZY FUN ! ! !
22: By now the three of us are all hungry so we headed back to the main part of town and ate at a Chinese restaurant. Lois had her first fresh coconut milk and we ordered steamed bass (head and all) which was steamed with soy sauce. We also tried the pineapple fried rice and butter fried shrimp. And YES, they still have their heads and legs. Very crunchy.
23: Our evening concluded with a trip to Kampung Kuantan, Kuantan Village, where we rode in a boat that was pushed along by a pole in the pitch dark night. Why? To see the Kelip-Kelip of course. This was one of the last places on earth you could experience these fireflies. Unlike our Midwest fireflies that would flash on and off randomly, the Kelip-Kelip strobe on and off. First all the males would flash on at the same moment and then all females would flash on in response. It was like looking at a white lighted Christmas tree with strobe lights. When we thought they were fake, the pole pushing guy rammed us into a bush where they flew off their perch and into Lois's hair and hands. It felt like an enchanted world.
24: Thursday, Jan 29 Our one-on-one day with Angela | Learned how to purchase and use tickets; then we figured out how to get around.
25: Rambutan (red hairy fruit) | Mangosteen | Went to Central Market and bought gifts.
26: We are at KLCC where the big name stores are. MAJOR MONEY. After walking a lot,we put our feet up (so-to-speak) at a coffee shop and people watched. | Evening
27: Petronas Towers Kuala Lumpur
28: Once our feet re-couped, we went outside to catch a taxi. Angela, with some language classes under her belt, negotiated our fee. When the driver wanted to charge an outrageous price she laughed in his face, got out of the taxi and shut the door. The driver leaned across the seat, opened the door, and tried to restart negotiations but alas, the police officer told him (and us) to move on. Way to go Anjo! | Eventually we did find a reasonable taxi driver to drive us across town so that we could meet with friends. Settling in at Devi's, we ordered Naan, Cepati, and Tandoori Chicken. As we traveled, it felt like Christmas as there were lights and lanterns hung ALL OVER everything to celebrate the Chinese New Year. It was another enchanting memory.
29: DEVI'S | At Devi's, we ordered Naan, Cepati, and Tandoori Chicken. Another tasty meal:)
30: Our last day was suddenly upon us but we had one more memory to make. After running to town to purchase something, we rushed home to pack and hit the road 30 minutes later. BUT . . . before leaving we met a woman named Sue, a very special woman. She reminded us that true beauty comes from the inside and it could be seen by all who seek. "You are sooooo beautiful!" | Friday, January 30