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2017 Kuala Lumpur & Pulau Manukan

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FAVOURITE PHOTO

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THIS TRIP WAS NOT PLANNED.

I WON A HOLIDAY ON AN AUSTRALIAN PHOTOGRAPHY SITE.
I ENTERED THIS PHOTO THAT I TOOK IN JASPER, CANADIAN ROCKIES.
NICE HEY :)

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IT WAS A TRAVEL PHOTO COMPETITION AND THE FIRST ONE
HOSTED BY THE SITE THAT HAD A HOLIDAY FOR THE PRIZE.
I HAD ONLY BEEN ON THE SITE FOR ABOUT 8 MONTHS WHEN
THEY ANNOUNCED THIS COMPETITION.

WE WENT ON A FABULOUS HOLIDAY TO CANADA AND PARTS
OF THE STATES AND BELIZE. YOU CAN READ ALL ABOUT IT
HERE ON TP. I HAVE SOME FABULOUS PHOTOS AND GREAT
STORIES OF VISITING THE ROCKIES AS WELL AS THE SMOKY
MOUNTAINS WITH VIVID FALL COLOURS.

ANYWAY, I TOOK THIS PHOTO EARLY MORNING IN THE
FREEZING COLD AT LAKE PYRAMID RESORT, CAPTURING THE
MORNING SUN ON THE MONTAINS BEHIND THE LAKE.
THIS WAS PRETTY MUCH OUT OF THE CAMERA SINCE I AM
JUST A NOVICE AT PP'ING. I WAITED THE FULL 12 MONTHS
FOR THE COMPETITION TO FINISH AND WAS SHOCKED THAT
I WON THE INTERMEDIATE CATAGORY. THEN MY PHOTO
WENT UP AGAINST THE WINNER OF THE ADVANCED...AND
LO AND BEHOLD....I WON! ..... WOOHOO!! IMAGINE A 56YRO
DANCING AROUND THE HOUSE LIKE A KID WITH THE
LATEST X-BOX!! I COULD EASILY HAVE GIVEN THE TOYOTA
ADD A RUN FOR IT'S MONEY .... LOL.

8 MONTHS DOWN THE TRACK.... AND HUBBY AND I ARE
ABOUT TO EMBARK ON ANOTHER USA ADVENTURE
STARTING IN NEW YORK WITH ALL EXPENSES PAID AIR
FARE TICKETS, ACCOMMODATION AND A WEEK PHOTO
TOUR INCLUDING A CHOPPER RIDE OVER MANHATTON
ESPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR SHOOTING PHOTOS....
THEN ON TO FLORIDA AND JAMAICA - EXPENSES PAID BY
US.

SADLY WE COULD NOT GO..... :(
THE COMPANY THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO PAY APARENTLY
HAD CASH FLOW PROBLEMS. SOMETHING TO DO WITH
MONEY BEING TIED UP IN CUBA. CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT!!?

SO HERE WE ARE.... NO HOLIDAY TO USA.... OUT OF POCKET
FOR OTHER EXPENSES WE HAD PAID FOR..... ANNUAL LEAVE
BOOKED THROUGH WORK. SOME OF THAT LEAVE WITHOUT
PAY.....
SO NOW WHAT?...

OH WELL.... GUESS WE'LL GO BACK TO KL.... VISIT OUR
FRIENDS AND PICK ANOTHER ISLAND TO CHECK OUT.

SO..... THAT IS HOW WE CAME ABOUT TO BE BACK IN
MALAYSIA :)

~~oOo~~

THIS TIME WE ACCEPTED A KIND OFFER FROM OUR GOOD FRIEND
MAY SUE TO STAY WITH HER IN HER CONDO JUST OUTSIDE OF KL.

MAY SUE IS LUCKY TO LIVE HERE. THE CONDO HAS A POOL, NICE
GARDENS, CAFE, SHOP AND WASHING DRY/CLEANING SERVICE.
NOT ONLY ALL OF THAT... BUT IT HAS A FABULOUS VIEW OF THE
CITY AND TWIN TOWERS :) THANK YOU MAY SUE FOR HOSTING
US. YOU ARE A TRUE GEM AND GREAT FRIEND! XX

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PEOPLE THAT LIVE HERE REALLY DON'T HAVE TO COOK AT ALL.
FOOD IS SOOO CHEAP :) WE VISITED THE LOCAL CAFES EVERY
MORNING, JUST DOWN THE ROAD.

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SWINE

BACK IN KL AND WE WERE HAPPY TO SEE OUR FRIENDS AGAIN :)
WHAT BETTER WAY THAN TO GO HANG OUT AT OUR FAVOURITE
RESTAURANT IN THE GROCERY SHOP, LOWER GROUND FLOOR
OF THE PUBLICA SHOPPING CENTRE :)
THIS TIME WE WERE SO FULL THAT WE COULDN'T FIT IN THE
SHUCKED OYSTERS AROUND THE CORNER IN THE SAME GROCERY
SHOP..... YOU NEED TO CHECK THAT OUT IN MY PREVIOUS BLOGS :)
FANCY THAT?... I EVEN SHOCKED MYSELF!! :)
MALAYSIANS ARE TRUELY SPOILT IN THE FOOD DEPARTMENT.

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JANDA BAIK

MONDAY WAS A PUBLIC HOLIDAY IN KL. THEY SEEM TO HAVE A
LOT OF PUBLIC HOLIDAYS :) BUT THEN WITH THE INFUSION OF
DIFFERENT CULTURES HERE.... NO WONDER.

SO TODAY MAY SUE WANTED TO TAKE US SOMEWHERE LOCAL THAT
WOULDN'T BE OVERCROWDED...... JANDA BAIK.

TRUE ENOUGH, IT WASN'T CROWDED. WE GOT A LOT OF STRANGE
LOOKS..... TOURISTS IN A LOCAL HANG OUT LOL :)

WE JUST LOVED IT HERE! OUR TYPE OF PLACE. OFF THE BEATEN PATH,
NICE FLOWING RIVER, LOCALS HAVING BBQ'S ON THE BANKS, KIDS
RIDING THE RIVER RAPIDS ON TUBS. THERE WERE EVEN SMALL
HOLIDAY HUTS THAT WERE OBVIOUSLY RENTED OUT FOR THE LONG
WEEKEND. WE HAD A FABULOUS TIME!! :)

I WAS EVEN ASKED IF I WAS FROM NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC...... WITH
MY TRIPOD AND CAMERA HAHA. A FAMILY INVITED ME TO JOIN IN
FOR LUNCH WHICH WAS NICE.... BUT WE HAD JUST HAD SOME LOCAL
FOOD CALLED NASI LEMAK ACROSS THE ROAD AT THE SMALL CAFE.

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FOLLOWING THIS, WE DROVE AROUND THE CORNER TO A DAY SPA
WHERE HUBBY AND MAY SUE HAD A MASSAGE AND I WANDERED
AROUND TO TAKE SOME PHOTOS.

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MELAKA .... AGAIN

PATRICK OUR DRIVER AND NOW GOOD FRIEND ALSO WANTED TO
CATCH UP. SO WE ASKED HIM TO TAKE US TO MELAKA AGAIN.
SO WHEN PATRICK ROCKED UP IN THE CAR.... HIS WIFE WAS THERE.
WHAT A LOVELY SURPRISE :) HOW NICE TO SEE SAMIKA AGAIN.
SHE HAD TAKEN TIME OFF WORK AT SHORT NOTICE ESPECIALLY
TO SPEND A DAY WITH US.

THIS WAS A NICE RELAXED DAY WITH GOOD COMPANY.
WHEN WE ARRIVED WE DISCOVERED THAT OUR FAVOURITE
BABY NYONYA RESTAURANT THE PERANAKAN HAD CLOSED...
SO SAD. BUT STRAIGHT ACROSS THE ROAD WAS A VERY SMALL
BABY NYONYA CAFE SO WE THOUGHT WE WOULD GIVE IT A TRY.

KOCIK KITCHEN

BABY NYONYA FOOD IS AN INFUSION OF MALAY AND CHINESE
WITH A DISTINCT INDIAN SPICE FLAVOUR. WE LOVE IT! :)

WE ORDERED THE SHARE BUFFET AND IT WAS JUST RIGHT!
SO YUMMY!! WASHED DOWN WITH A COLD TIGER!
AH.... HEAVEN! :)

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TUMMYS FULL..... WE REALLY NEED TO HAVE A WANDER AROUND.
MELAKA IS SO GOOD FOR A LEISURELY STROLL AMONGST THE
FABULOUS OLD PORTUGESE INFUSED ARCHITECTURE INCLUDING
PEOPLE WATCHING.

WE CAME ACROSS AN OLD DERELECT BUILDING THAT HAD SOME
AWESOME GRAFITTI! CHECK THIS OUT.... -

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BIT MORE OF A STROLL.....

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BEER O'CLOCK

LAST STOP... AS USUAL. GEOGRAPHER CAFE :) LOVE THIS PLACE.
DIDN'T TAKE ANY PHOTOS THIS TIME, BUT IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN
MY OTHER BLOGS, THEN HERE ARE JUST A COUPLE.

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WE WANTED TO SPEND ANOTHER DAY WITH PATRICK. WHERE TO
THIS TIME?

CAMERON HIGHLANDS

THIS WAS A LONG DAY COMMENCING AT AROUND 7.30 AND FINISHING
AFTER 10PM BUT WE PACKED A STACK OF STUFF IN AND IT TURNED OUT
TO BE THE HIGHLIGHT OF OUR TRIP.

THE SCENERY ALONG THE WAY IS SPECTACULAR. YOU WON'T HAVE A
BORED MOMENT. FIRST STOP, A BEAUTIFUL WATERFALL. BE PREPARED
TO JOSTLE FOR A PARKING SPOT HERE AS THERE ARE NOT THAT MANY
AND IT IS A VERY TOURISTY SPOT.

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Patrick and Howie

Patrick and Howie

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IT WAS HERE THAT I DISCOVERED THAT MY PHONE TAKES FISHEYE PHOTOS.
I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR A COMPATIBLE FISHEYE LENS FOR MY CANON 60D
WHICH IS A CROP SENSOR CAMERA. HUBBY AND I SHARE A GOOD CANON
FISHEYE LENS HOWEVER IT DOES NOT GIVE ME THE FULL ROUND PHOTOS
THAT I AM AFTER. IT DOES ON HUBBY'S FULL SENSOR 5D CAMERA.

SO HERE AT THE CAMERON HIGHLANDS WATERFALL, I DISCOVERED THAT MY
PHONE HAS AN OPTION TO TAKE FISHEYE PHOTOS. COOL!! :)

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BOH TEA

BOAH TEA IS WAY UP HIGH IN THE CAMERON HIGHLANDS. THE SURROUNDING
MOUNTAINS WERE COVERED IN MIST. THE VIEW HERE WAS SPECTACULAR! :)

WE HAD A TOUR OF THE TEA MAKING AND SAT DOWN TO TEA AND SCONES.
HUBBY AND I BOUGHT A SAMPLE PACK OF 6 DIFFERENT FLAVOURED TEAS.
THERE'S PASSION FRUIT, NORMAL TEA, LEMON WITH MANDARIN, LIME AND
GINGER, EARL GREY (MY FAVOURITE) AND LYCHEE AND ROSE. YUUUUMY :)

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LUNCH @ TANAH RATA

WE STOPPED FOR LUNCH IN THE MAIN STREET OF TANAH RATA, THE CITY
CENTRE OF THE CAMERON HIGHLANDS. GOT TO HAND IT TO PATRICK!..
HE KNEW THE BEST PLACE TO EAT AND SUGGESTED WHAT WOULD BE
GOOD. IT WAS MORE THAN GOOD. IT WAS BLINKIN' AWESOME!!
FABULOUS INDIAN FOOD ON A LARGE BANANA LEAF!!
WASHED DOWN WITH A COLD TIGER!... AND WE WERE TOTALLY SATISFIED :)

WE WERE LUCKY ENOUGH TO GET A PARKING SPOT RIGHT OUTSIDE THE
FRONT. THE MAIN STREET OF TANAH RATA IS VERY BUSY.

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TANAH RATA AND SURROUNDS HAS A LOT OF POPULAR TOURIST ATTRACTIONS.
THE LIST IS HUGE. YOU COULD EASILY FILL 3 DAYS WITH STUFF TO SEE AND DO
HERE. THE FIRST STOP WE MADE WAS AT AN OLD TUDOR BUILDING WITH
PLENTY OF CHARACTOR.

THE SMOKEHOUSE HOTEL

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THE ROSE GARDENS

I JUST LOVED THIS! I WISH WE COULD HAVE SPENT LESS TIME
AT THE TEA PLACE ;)

TO GET HERE, WE HAD TO NEGOTIATE DRIVING THROUGH THE MARKETS
WITH PEOPLE EVERYWHERE! THE CLOSEST I COULD COMPARE WAS
IN MOROCCO AND EVEN THEN IT WASN'T AS CROUDED AS HERE. A PRETTY
COOL EXPERIENCE.

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Flowers that look like Ballet Shoes - </p><p>Flowers that can look like a Butterfly

Flowers that look like Ballet Shoes -

Flowers that can look like a Butterfly

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BUTTERFLY PARK

THIS WAS OUR HIGHLIGHT OF THE TRIP. WE HAVE BEEN TO THE BUTTERFLY
PARK IN KL AND IT IS REAL NICE WITH BEAUTIFUL SURROUNDINGS.
HERE.... NOT THE SAME. BUT WHAT MADE IT SPECIAL WAS THIS FELLA THAT
SEEMED TO TAKE A LIKING TO US. PROBABLY ARRANGED BY PATRICK ;)

ANYWAY, HE STARTED SHOWING US THE OTHER CREATURES THAT THEY HAD
HERE. CHECK OUT THE FOLLOWING....

WE KIND OF LOST ALL INTEREST IN THE SWEET BUTTERFLIES LOL.

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I SWEAR..... THIS GUY HAD NO FEAR!!!!...

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IT WAS AMAZING ALSO CHECKING OUT THE INSECTS THAT
DISGUISE THEMSELVES. THE HUGE STICK INSECT YOU SAW ABOVE
CAN LOOK JUST LIKE ONE BIG LONG STICK. HERE IS ANOTHER
INSECT THAT DISGUISES ITSELF AS A LEAF.

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OK..... HERE ARE A COUPLE OF BUTTERFLY SHOTS.....

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AND HE ALSO SHOWED US THIS FLOWER THAT CANNOT BE BURNT WITH
A FLAME.

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BUT WHEN YOU STICK THE LIGHTER UNDERNEATH ..... IT'S COLOUR CHANGES.

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I BOUGHT A LOVELY ORNAMENT HERE THAT LOOKS REAL GOOD ON
MY ORNAMENT CABINET.

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WE COULD HAVE VISITED THE STRAWBERRY FARM AND LAVENDER FARM
BUT BY THIS TIME WE WERE RUNNING OUT OF TIME. WE STILL HAD TO
DRIVE AROUND TO IPOH WHICH IS A COUPLE OF HOURS NORTH OF KL
AND THEN BACK TO KL.

BY THE TIME WE REACHED IPOH IT WAS DARK BUT PATRICK STILL DROVE
AROUND TOWN POINTING OUT SOME OF THE BEAUTIFUL OLD BUILDINGS
WHICH HAS WET OUR APETITE FOR ANOTHER TRIP :)

ALL IN ALL.... A FANTASTIC DAY THAT I AM SURE YOU WILL ENJOY TOO IF
YOU DECIDE TO CHECK IT OUT. PLEASE CONTACT ME HERE ON TP FOR
PATRICK'S DETAILS.

~~oOo~~

ONE LAST PHOTO - CATCHING UP WITH MEI LENG AND CHARLES.
WE ATTENDED THEIR WEDDING HERE IN 2014 WHICH WAS ABSOLUTELY
BEAUTIFUL! IT WAS SO NICE TO SEE YOU GUYS AGAIN! XX :)

WE ALSO MET SHARON FOR THE FIRST TIME. ON OUR VERY FIRST TRIP
TO KL IN 2010 WE WERE LOOKING FORWARD TO MEETING SHARON FROM
VIRTUALTOURIST. UNFORTUNATELY SHE COULDN'T MAKE IT BUT I SPOKE
TO HER AT OUR HOTEL.

THIS TIME... 7 YEARS LATER WE FINALLY MET SHARON :) AND I AM SOOO
GLAD. SHARON.... YOU ARE A KIND AND THOUGHTFULL PERSON.
LUV YA! XX

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LASTLY, ONE MORE SPECIAL THANK YOU TO MAY SUE FOR EVERYTHING
YOU DID FOR US. LOVE YOU TO PIECES!! XX

~~oOo~~

NEXT BLOG - PULAU MANUKAN, SABAH BORNEO, MALAYSIA.

Posted by aussirose 18:59 Archived in Malaysia Tagged kuala_lumpur travellerspoint malaysia melaka cameron_highlands 2017 aussirose swine_cafe janda_baik publica_shopping

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I have never thought about visiting Malaysia but reading your blogs makes it sound rather appealing. I especially like the old building in Malaka (very photogenic) and the food all looks yummy!

by ToonSarah

Yes Sarah. Malaysia is more than the big twin towers. There is lots to see and do. And yes so much food variety :)
Hugs.

by aussirose

the food looks amazing

by kate.timaeus

Haha yes Irene. Malaysians are so spoilt in the food choices and cheap too. I wish we had cheap street food here... then I would not have to spend so much on groceries and no cooking! :)
xx

by aussirose

Enjoyed your Blog Ann, but sad to read what happened with the prize you won, that's a hit below the belt. Sorry to read you lost money too :(

by balhannahrise

Yes... he now has promised us the prize next year. So we'll see what happens....

Thanks everyone for drooping by and for your kind comments :)

by aussirose

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