Snap shot of two large cities...
03.07.2012 31 °C
Monday, July 2
We love South East Asia so have decided to backpack through parts of Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo (Sabah and Sarawak) as well as Bali, Lombok and the 3 Gili Islands in Indonesia. We will visit friends in Kuala Lumpur and our boys will climb Mt. Kinabalu in Borneo. We haven't booked any accommodation or flights as we want to be free to move about at our whim. Mark and I and Steve and Daniel will fly from Calgary, and Cameron will meet us in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
We left Calgary at 11pm on Saturday June 30. We arrived in Hong Kong at six in the morning on Monday, July 2. What happened to Sunday? We changed our money and hopped on the train to Hong Kong Island. We were impressed with how clean and quiet it was everywhere we went. Not much was opened but we did manage to find a restaurant for breakfast. We had ichiban noodles with meat and sweet bun with scrambled eggs. Later in the morning we took the Star Ferry across to Kowloon and wandered the harbour front. We had a great lunch at the Jade Garden with a beautiful view of the harbour. Again we were the only white people in the restaurant and we definitely had to be careful what we ordered as it was very authentic Chinese food. After our late lunch, we took a cab to the MTR and took the train back to the airport. We flew to Kuala Lumpur and Roy picked us up at the airport. We had not slept other than on airplanes since Friday, June 29 so we were getting pretty tired. Never the less we managed to stay up until 11pm to visit with our friends. Our son Cameron had flown in to meet us from Vietnam. We hadn't seen him in 7 months so it was great to see all 3 boys together!
Corinne took us on a bit of a city tour. We walked to the beautiful KL convention centre and then to the PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS. From here we took the LRT to China town and Central Market. The streets were full of vendors selling every item imaginable.
We managed to find a Chinese Restaurant up above the street. It was ridiculously fabulous food. While we were there 2 girls walked in and by coincidence, they were the 2 girls that Cameron had been travelling with before he met up with us in KL. Tessa was from Calgary and Carly was from New Zealand.
Central Market had everything from tiny trinkets to very intricate and expensive arts and crafts. We saw lots of teak and silk. Crossing the street in KL was nearly impossible and to make matters worse, they drive on the opposite side of the road so it is easy to forget which way to look. Also, the motorcycles don’t pay any attention to road rules.
In the evening we walked to BinTan. The whole area was up, just buzzing with people. There were a lot of Muslim couples out with their families. Apparently this is their holiday time so many were in town. The women were in full black burkes. It was a very international feel and the whole area had lots of energy. Once we got to Bintan, the tables for all the restaurants were set up on the street and we had trouble choosing where to eat. It was a really fun night.
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