Archive for the 'Malaysia' Category

Back to Borneo: Street Art tells the tale of two capitals

Thursday, August 4th, 2011
Street Art in Kota Kinabalu

Street Art in Malaysia is helping me see something new I’ve never been a huge fan of street art in Malaysia or graffiti anywhere else in the world for that matter. Don’t get me wrong, I think that freedom of expression is of paramount importance today. It simply never visually appealed to me. Then, the more I traveled,… Continue reading more »

National Mosque of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur: pink robes and comparisons

Monday, August 1st, 2011
The National Mosque of Malaysia

The National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia I enjoy visiting Mosques. And, while half the world instantly seems to seize up at the notion that someone would actually like to visit a mosque. I don’t visit for religious reasons. I visit because architecturally, they are, usually, quite beautiful buildings. Will the National Mosque in Kuala… Continue reading more »

Fort Cornwallis, Penang: The fort that never fired a shot

Thursday, July 28th, 2011
Cannon at Fort Cornwallis Penang

A second visit to the unique Fort Cornwallis in Penang, Malaysia I never had time to write about Fort Cornwallis the last time I was in Penang. So taking advantage of my one night half day stop over, I couldn’t think of a better time to write about it. If, for nothing else, its uniqueness… Continue reading more »

To take a plane or train to Malaysia?

Monday, July 25th, 2011
Old train in Thailand

  What’s cheaper and easier, flying or taking the train to Malaysia? Decisions, decisions. I wanted to return to Malaysia as I had to leave a little to soon before. From Bangkok one would think that a short budget flight would be the answer. And it should have been. Only I wanted a last minute… Continue reading more »

What would it be like to live in Malaysia?

Monday, June 20th, 2011
Quite street in Penang with old car

Move to or live in Malaysia? Malaysia was always on my list of “possible” places to live in Asia. The primary reasons, for me, was that Malaysia seemed to be calling out for people to relocate there. It seemed living in Malaysia was quite viable, on paper. Options were open, I took notes, filed them… Continue reading more »

Snake temples, Hindu statues and a hippie invasion

Monday, June 13th, 2011
Ganesha statue in Penang

Snake temple, a worthy site in Penang “It’s the only one of its kind in the world!” I looked up at the Austrian as she read quotes from her guidebook. Florian was an over-excited-about-everything type. Still, she was also not the pushy type and I’d been meaning to visit the snake temple for a while. After… Continue reading more »

Japanese British history in Penang: a chilling torturous past brought back to life

Monday, June 6th, 2011
Grave of British solider Sgt John Wolf in Penang

When Penang fell: the guns went silent and the screaming started The impressive War fort built into Bikit Maung by the British in Penang, during WW2, was designed to prevent invasion by sea, and included anti-aircraft artillery for defense. It was to become a place of little known facts and secrets. Manned by British, Malay and Sikh soldiers,… Continue reading more »