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2012 Kuala Lumpur & Pulau Langkawi

Highlight - Kelong Mamod

FAVOURITE PHOTO.

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HAVING EXTENSIVE DENTAL TREATMENT IN MALAYSIA IS SO MUCH
CHEAPER THAN IN AUSTRALIA. IT IS LESS THAN A THIRD OF THE
COST.

I HAD BEEN SUFFERING THROUGH SOME MAJOR TOOTH PROBLEMS
AND PAIN FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS AND HAD BEEN PUTTING OFF
GOING TO THE DENTIST IN AUSTRALIA AS IT IS SO EXPENSIVE.

FINALLY I HAD TO DO SOMETHING WHEN MY FRONT TOOTH WHICH
HAD BEEN GIVING ME ALL THE PROBLEMS... JUST CHIPPED OFF.
IT WAS TIME FOR A FALSY.

IN AUSTRALIA, THE COST OF AN IMPLANT IS ABOUT $10,000. THERE IS NO WAY
WE COULD AFFORD THIS UNLESS WE WON THE LOTTO :)

KL, ON THE OTHER HAND IS AROUND $2,500. SO..,. THAT IS HOW WE
CAME TO BE HERE AGAIN IN 2012.

WE HAVE SINCE BEEN THREE TIMES TO DENTAL PRO
AND HAVE FOUND THE SERVICE EXCELLENT WITH STATE OF THE ART
FACILITIES. WE EVEN GET PICKED UP AND DROPPED OFF AT OUR
ACCOMMODATION ALL INCLUDED IN THE PRICE. SORRY AUSTRALIA.....
BUT I'LL CONTINUE TO TAKE MY MONEY FOR DENTAL WORK OVERSEAS.

OH AND BTW, IT'S THE SAME FOR OPTICAL. MY GLASSES FROM
MALAYSIA AND SINGAPORE HAVE COST ME LESS THAN HALF THE
PRICE OF PAYING FOR THAT IN AUSTRALIA.

THIS TRIP OUR YOUNGEST CHILD JESSE CAME WITH US.
THE OTHER KIDS HAD GROWN TOO OLD TO SPEND HOLIDAYS
WITH MUM AND DAD ;)

~~oOo~~

SO..... HERE WE ARE IN KUALA LUMPUR AGAIN.

THIS TIME WE CHOSE TO STAY AT THE PRINCE HOTEL..... A LITTLE BIT CLOSER
TO THE TWIN TOWERS AND WE ALSO LIKED THAT IT WAS NEARER TO THE
PAVILLION SHOPPING CENTRE WHICH WE ENJOY FOR A FEW REASONS....
MORE ABOUT THAT LATER.

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AFTER HUBBY'S FABULOUS PHOTOS ON OUR 2011 EUROPE AND MOROCCO
TRIP..... I HAD CONCEEDED THAT I NEEDED TO BUY A DSLR. SO I HAD MY NEW
CANON 60D CAMERA AND WAS ITCHING TO TAKE SOME COOL PHOTOS.

NOW DON'T LAUGH AT MY FIRST ATTEMPTS...... I HAVE GOT A LOT BETTER NOW (2017).
BUT I THOUGHT AT THE TIME MY FIRST NIGHT PHOTOS WERE PRETTY DARNED
GOOD ;)

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AS YOU FOLLOW MY BLOGS, YOU WILL SEE MY PHOTOGRAPHY IMPROVE OVER
THE YEARS :)

MELAKA

WE HAD MADE CONTACT WITH PATRICK OUR DRIVER AND ASKED HIM
TO TAKE US TO MELAKA AGAIN.

THIS TIME PATRICK TOOK US TO A COUPLE OF TEMPLES WHICH WAS
INTERESTING.

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WE ALSO ATE AT OUR BABA NYONYA RESTAURANT AGAIN.

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SOME STREET SCENES -

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Don't know where their foot wear went?... lol

Don't know where their foot wear went?... lol

AND WE ENDED UP AT OUR USUAL BAR, THE GEOGRAPHER CAFE :)

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PORT DICKSON

BY NOW, PATRICK WAS LEARNING THAT WE LIKE OFF THE BEATEN
PATH STUFF, SO HE TOOK A DIVERSION ON THE WAY HOME AND
INTRODUCED US TO PORT DICKSON.

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AT THE TIME YOU CAN SEE THAT THERE WERE PLANS TO CHANGE
THIS CUTE LITTLE FISHING VILLAGE INTO A HUGE TOURIST
DESTINATION. I BELIEVE THAT THIS HAS NOW HAPPENED SO I AM
GLAD THAT WE HAVE THE ABOVE PHOTOS TO REMEMBER HOW IT
LOOKED. CHANGE IS INEVITABLE ESPECIALLY WITH SOME OF THIS
UNTOUCHED COASTLINE. BUT SOMETIMES IT IS SAD TOO.

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KELONG MAMOD

THIS PLACE I DISCOVERED WHILST DOING SOME RESEARCH.
THERE IS NOT MUCH AT ALL ON GOOGLE WORLD ABOUT
KELONG MAMOD. JUST MY BLOG ON VIRTUALTOURIST WHICH
YOU CANNOT SEE NOW AND A BIT OF INFO ABOUT HOW YOU
CAN VISIT KELONGS (OFF SHORE PLATFORMS) FROM THE MAIN
JETTY HERE.

IT TOOK PATRICK A BIT OF INVESTIGATING AS WELL TO FIND
THE PLACE BECAUSE HE HAD NEVER BEEN THERE BEFORE EITHER.

SO IT WAS WONDERFUL WHEN WE ARRIVED AT THIS CUTE LITTLE
FISHING SPOT IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE. I WOULD SAY THAT
IT IS A LOCAL SECRET..... NOT ANY MORE ;)

IF YOU WANT TO VISIT.... THEN PLEASE LET ME KNOW AND I WILL
GIVE YOU PATRICK'S DETAILS.

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Jesse with local fishermen - Caught!

Jesse with local fishermen - Caught!

HUKKA RESTAURANT

AROUND THE CORNER FROM THE PRINCE HOTEL IS A HUGE
OUTDOOR RESTAURANT CALLED THE HUKKA.

THE FOOD HERE WAS PRETTY DARNED GOOD!
WASHED DOWN WITH A FEW COLDIES :)

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GENTING HIGHLANDS

WE PROMISED SON JESSE THAT WE WOULD TAKE HIM TO THE
THEME PARK IN THE GENTING HIGHLANDS. SO WE BOOKED
THE DAY WITH PATRICK.

FIRST STOP - CHIN SWEE TEMPLE. HUBBY AND I REALLY LIKED
THIS PLACE WITH LOVELY CHINESE TEMPLES AND A STUNNING
VIEW OVER THE MOUNTAINS.

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THE THEME PARK WAS OK..... AS OK AS IT CAN BE FOR US
OLDIES ;) JESSE HAD A FUN TIME.

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THE PAVILLION SHOPPING CENTRE

SPEAKING OF NEW PHOTO TECHNIQUES.... THIS LOVELY FOUNTAIN
OUTSIDE OF THE PAVILLION SHOPPING CENTRE PROVIDED SOME
FUN PHOTO PRACTICE :)

HERE ARE 2 PHOTOS. BOTH HAVE DIFFERENT EXPOSURE SETTINGS.
KEEPING THE SHUTTER OPENED LONGER WILL CREATE MILKY WATER.
SHORTER.... AND YOU CAPTURE RUNNING WATER.
I WAS LEARNING FAST;)

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THE PAVILLION SHOPPING CENTRE WAS ALSO THE PLACE WHERE
HUBBY GOT A GOOD BARGAIN ON HIS READING GLASSES.

ALSO, WE HAVE BECOME TOURIST REGULARS AT MALONES PUB.
SORRY.... MY PIX WERE NOT SO GOOD. BUT HERE IS ONE
THAT OUR GOOD VIRTUALTOURIST FRIEND CLAUS SENT ME.
HE VISITED ALSO ;)

Thanks Claus.

Thanks Claus.

VT MEETUP

OVER THE YEARS ON VIRTUALTOURIST, I HAD DEVELOPED A
FRIENDSHIP WITH SOME LOCALS SO I HAD TO ARRANGE FOR A
LITTLE MEETUP. THIS LITTLE MEETUP ALSO HAD VISITORS FROM
THE PHILIPPINES AND DENMARK.

I FOUND A RESTAURANT THAT BOASTED TO BE THE ONLY
ROOFTOP BAR IN KL - LOCATED AT THE ANGGUN BOUTIQUE
HOTEL RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF BUKIT BINTANG.

ATTENDEES - MAY SUE FROM KL, VALERIE FROM KL, FRANK
NEW TO KL, UTCHIE FROM PHILIPPINES, RICHARD FROM
PHILIPPINES, MARY FROM THE PHILIPPINES AND CLAUS
FROM DENMARK WHO WAS PASSING THROUGH.

WHAT A GREAT TIME WE HAD!! MEETING FRIENDS OLD AND
NEW.... DISCUSSING TRAVEL STORIES..... LAUGHING AND
ALL GETTING ON LIKE A HOUSE ON FIRE :)

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SINCE THEN.... MAY SUE AND VALERIE HAVE BECOME GREAT
FRIENDS AND CLAUS ..... WELL EVERYONE LOVES CLAUS :)
HE IS FULL OF FANTASTIC TRAVEL STORIES AND WE WERE
YET TO CATCH UP AGAIN IN 2015 IN ORLANDO FLORIDA! :)

ANGGUN BOUTIQUE HOTEL

HUBBY AND I HAVE SINCE STAYED HERE A COUPLE OF
TIMES FOR JUST A FEW DAYS. WE LOVE THE PERSONAL
AND WARM ATMOSPHERE. WE LOVE HAVING BREAKFAST
AND DINNER ON THE ROOFTOP AND WE LOVE THE TOWEL
DECORATIONS ON THE BED.

THE ANGGUN IS A QUIET OASIS IN THE MIDDLE OF SO
MUCH ACTION!! WE HAVE SINCE HEARD THAT THEY HAVE
UPGRADED CERTAIN FACILITIES. IT'S PROBABLY TIME THAT
WE PAID ANOTHER VISIT HERE ;)

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NEXT DESTINATION - PULAU LANGKAWI.

Posted by aussirose 03:08 Archived in Malaysia Tagged travellerspoint malaysia melaka genting_highlands 2012 aussirose port_dickson kelong_mamud pavillion_shopping_centre prince_hotel kuala__lumpur hukka_restaurant patrick_private_driver_kl

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one day...one day.

by kate.timaeus

Thanks for dropping by mate :) For a big city we have found lots to do off the beaten path. A great destination to be sure :)

I needed to make a start on this blog. I have so mich to add and every time we visit we find so much more to see. It just keeps getting better each time.

Just got back from KL again and this time we visited Borneo. Awesome :)

Hugs
Ann

by aussirose

Interesting blog. I like Malaysia very much, but have never been too keen on Kuala Lumpur. Port Dickson looks lovely in your photos. Hope it still is after its development. Have you visited Ipoh? It's off the beaten path. We both really enjoyed it. All the best, Irene

by irenevt

The Anggum looks like just our sort of hotel - lovely! And how nice to see Claus and other friendly VT faces :-)

by ToonSarah

Hey Irene. Yes KL is another city. I know where you are coming from. But the more we head out of town... the more we discover that there are so many wonderful day trips that you can do from KL to get totally away and enjoy the country and quaint fishing villages.
The more we come here, the more we discover better places to see. Plus KL itself provides some great photography as you will see from my next visit in 2013.
Yes, we have been to Ipoh just last month ;) We went there after taking a big long day trip to the Cameron Highlands with Patrick our driver. Unfortunately Ipoh was in the dark.... lol.

But we plan to visit on a future drive around Malaysia from KL up through Selangor, Ipoh and around the top end and over to the east coast and down. It'll be a good 2 week trip. Wanna come?.... ;o)

I will be advertising it on TP. But probably won't be until around 2020 as I have my next couple of years already planned in travel haha :)

Hugs xx

by aussirose

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