It has been six weeks since my last update. I would apologize, but with all the blogs and emails and distractions on the Internet superhighway these days, I’m sure you appreciated the lull. I know I did!
With that said, I have all kinds of fun plans for 2011. Before I get ahead of myself, though, I’ll be taking this week to post images and stories from my most recent survey trip to Southeast Asia.
First stop, Malaysia!
Penang’s finest coffee, sold at The Coffee Tree. Walk in and try 10+ flavors like charcoal grill, hazelnut and tiramisu, as well as a durian chocolate, dried fruit and a number of other treats. Free samples. Yes.
Norman worked in the shipping industry for 20+ years as a branch manager for UPS, living in Mexico for a while. For the last three years, he has been working as a tour guide. A great companion, very knowledgeable and passionate about Penang.
View of Penang from the Kek Lok Si Temple, where a 120ft tall buddha, made entirely of bronze, overlooks the island’s coast.
The aroma of incense permeates the halls of the temple.
The Temple of 10,000 Buddhas. The conical statue in the middle of the image is a series of smaller Buddhas.
At Penang’s Snake Temple, pit vipers–docile from the incense–lounge freely in the plants and shrubs.
Nasi Lemak, the “national heritage” of Malaysia. Roasted peanuts, dried anchovies, coconut rice, a hard-boiled egg, sambal (a spicy sauce) and chicken.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Jalan Alor, an entire street of cheap and tasty hawker food. Open-air chairs and tables make it a great place to people watch, drink and socialize with both locals and foreigners.
At the Morino Kaze fish spa, where “Dr. Fish” from Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran nibble off the dead skin and bacteria from your feet. A thirty minute session of the tickles. Supposed to accelerate blood circulation and promote metabolism.
Little India, full of music and fountains and lights, was gearing up for the Deepavali (Diwali) holiday.
In Little India, roses, curry houses, silk and textile stores, frame and bridal shops and jewelry shops come together in a wild, cramped and colorful atmosphere.
Outside the Batu Caves, a limestone hill with a series of caves and cave temples. 272 steps–I counted them all.
Inside the Batu Caves, monkeys scatter about.
A view of the KLCC park from the Petronas Towers Sky Bridge.
From the other side of the Sky Bridge, one the Petronas Towers hugs the right side of the image.