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Return to Paradise

After Kuala Lumpur, we went up to the Cameron Highlands.  It was nice to escape the heat for the first time in six weeks.  The Cameron Highlands are known for their tea plantations which is very similar to the ones in Sri Lanka.  So, I got to visit a little bit of Sri Lanka afterall.  We got to see the entire process from picking in the fields to processing it.  They have been using the same machines since 1935.  Afterwards, we got to sit down to a cup of tea and eat a yummy scone.

After the Highlands, we made our way to our last stop in Malaysia- Penang.  We stayed in the colonial town of Georgetown.  It was very hot and since there wasn’t much to do other than wander the streets I ended up in a nice air-conditioned mall.  I had some extra ringgits to spend before heading to Thailand.  I opted to not buy anything because I don’t have much space in my bag.  So, instead, I jumped head first into the fierce hair salon competition.  I wanted to cover what my stylist at home affectionately calls “pre-lightened” hair whereas the Malaysian stylists bluntly call it “white”.  I had no less than four sets of hands in my hair at one point or another and came out two and a half hours later with 2.5 inches lopped off and blonde highlights.  Overall, the result turned out good and it’s nice to brighten up my look since I haven’t had a haircut or color since March.

The next day we made the long journey (10 hours!) into Thailand to the small town of Surat Thani – the jumping off point to the islands of Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan.  I came to Koh Pha Ngan two years ago this month to the same beach resort and it is still the paradise I remember.  So, for the next couple of days I will be getting some well-deserved rest and relaxation and if I’m lucky some color on my ghostly legs.

Tonight, some of us are going to see Thailand’s top Reggae band (our Tour Leader is a big fan), apparently they’re well-known, but then again I wonder if there’s really a competition for the top spot because seriously how many reggae bands are there in Thailand?  All well it should be interesting.

Next stop is Bangkok in a couple of days.  And I start a new tour that takes me to Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos soon after.  Stay tuned and don’t forget to leave me some comments I love reading them.

Singapore to Kuala Lumpur

The last five days have been a whirlwind- learning new tour mate names, two different countries, and hot, humid weather.

Singapore is a lot like any big city America.  Two of the big tourist activities are having a Singapore Sling at the Raffles Hotel Long Bar (which I didn’t because it was $16 USD) and the Night Safari at the world-renowned Singapore Zoo (which I did and it was amazing).  A flying squirrel came right at us and veered off at the last second.  So scary!  The zoo is unlike any other I’ve been to.  There are natural barriers so it does not feel like you are looking at a caged animal.

I met my tour group the next day.  I’m the only American (naturally) and apart from four Australians the rest are from the UK.  We all get along great and have already had some great laughs.

I really love what I’ve seen of Malaysia and it’s so cheap!  Meals for around $5 including a drink.  I also replaced my broken watch with two new ones and only paid about $10 for both.  Right now, I’m in Kuala Lumpur (or “KL” as us cool kids say) where the top two things to do are the Petronas Towers (tallest building in the world until 2004) and the Batu Caves.  While I didn’t quite get over to the Petronas Towers we did, however, went up the Menara tower and got a good view over the city including the towers at sunset.  Today, we took the public bus out to the Batu Caves where I climbed over 200 steep steps with relative ease (which I would not have been able to do a month ago).  Oh, and there were monkeys all over the place but not nearly as scary as my run-in with monkeys in India.

I’ve been trying for an hour to upload pictures directly to this post but I’ve given up for now.  But, I have uploaded new photos to my annoying Photobucket site.  I know it’s not the easiest way to view my photos but it’ll have to do for now.  Click on the “Photos” tab at the top.  It’s not much but enjoy.


Where’s Stacy?

Stacy is in West Virginia and totally amazed by the power of Math. (Nerd, I know!)

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