Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Raptor Watch 2018, Malaysia

We headed for Tanjung Tuan to catch the raptors as they fly across the Straights of Malacca as part of their annual migration.We saw hundreds of birds, which gather above a lighthouse after their long flight. Not great pictures as I don’t have a three-foot lens attached to my iPhone. We did see some good clusters though.

It's a big event that hundreds of people gather to watch every year.
It was a long walk from the road to the lighthouse, all up hill.
Me trying to tell the difference between the hawks and eagles.
Our group.
Some of the larger birds.

Monday, April 16, 2018

The World of Phalaenopsis in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I love flowers of all kinds. I know next to nothing about orchids, but I find that they are among the most lovely and sexy booms on the planet. We visited a local orchid farm, one that doesn’t export. All their blooms are sold locally. The colors and shapes were beyond amazing. The pictures below are but a very small example of the variety they harvest.











Saturday, April 14, 2018

Indian Breakfast in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I love Indian food, and can eat it any time of day. Breakfast is my favorite time to chow down on good curry and rice and roti. We found a fantastic Indian restaurant in the heart of KL.

The staff were Muslim and very friendly.

Nice clean kitchen.

Different sauces are ready to go.

Making flatbread and crepes.

Good to know.

Nasi Lemak Bungkus.

Half-boiled egg.

Roti Canai. I could eat ten of these.

Boiled coffee.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Royal Selangor Pewter Museum and Factory in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Touring of the Royal Selangor Pewter Museum and Factory - The history of Kuala Lumpur, like the City of Selangor began in the middle of the 19th century with the rise of the tin mining industry.

The Gang of 6.





These were made for the movie Lord of the Ring.

Tin coins in the shape of a tree was used as currency...money tree?

Largest pewter factory in the world.


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Reader Question of the Week: Why do I travel so much?

Recently a reader was curious about why I travel so many months of the year. She asked what it was I was searching for. I can find no better answer than this Steinbeck quote:



Monday, April 9, 2018

The Batu Caves Ayyappa Swamy Devasthanam in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Our first day of sightseeing in Malaysia...this wonderful cave was once a giant cenote. It is now a place of worship for the KL Hindu population. If the hundreds of steps up the mountain didn’t take your breath away, then the spectacular cave certainly did.


Our happy group.

I didn’t count the steps, but I’d guess somewhere around three hundred.

KL in the distance.

Hindu god images everywhere.




The cave is massive.

The cave is filled with aggressive monkeys. Keep you backpack zipped up and a tight hold on your camera. These thieves are crafty.


The backside of the cave opens onto a ring of cliffs.

Friday, April 6, 2018

1st Breakfast in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Good morning from Malaysia...yesterday was travelling day. Our hosts Chre Seng Yam, Kek Fei Hoe and Angie Yam took us for breakfast at a local Chinese place where they have 5 different food stalls for our selection.

 Typical Malaysian eatery.

Five different cooking stations offering unique dishes. Sorry, no bacon and eggs on the menu.

Most locals breakfast on some version of noodle soup.



The happy crew after a typical breakfast of noodle soups and industrial-strength coffee. Now ready for a day of sightseeing.