Monthly Archives: March 2011

Istanbul On No Sleep

When my hastily arranged plan for India failed I booked a flight on Malaysia Airlines for Turkey instead. It’s an 11 hour redeye flight from KL, leaving at 12:30 am. The KL airport is probably 50 miles from downtown but … Continue reading

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KL

Kuala Lumpur was the center of British Malayan administration in colonial times, and you can still see buildings from then, including the Central Market. The Japanese invaded Malaya, as it was then known, 90 minutes before attacking Pearl Harbor and … Continue reading

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Banana Breakfast

I am enjoying a banana breakfast in KL, with the very strong coffee that is the style here. “Time to gather your arse up off the floor,(have a bana-na)Brush your teeth and go toddling off to war.Wave your hand to … Continue reading

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Kuala Lumpur

My failure to plan again led me to the bus, this time from George Town in Malaysia 300 km south to Kuala Lumpur. This bus was tarted up with red and gold paint, gold curtains, and big comfortable seats. It left … Continue reading

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Nasi Kandar in Penang

You can always depend on a cabbie to keep your feet on the ground. When I told my driver the story about the young women in headscarves who rescued me at the ferry terminal, he responded, “Do you want one, … Continue reading

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The Bangkok to Butterworth Sleeper

I caught the 2:24 pm train from Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong Railway Station, construction of which was finished in 1916. It’s done in Italian style and is quite pretty. It is also in heavy use and passengers use all the available seating and … Continue reading

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