Category Archives: Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur

Colonial Hotel (M$16.80) Jalan Sultan (Chinatown), Kuala Lumpur 15 November 1985 6.15pm Outside a tropical thunderstorm deposits a vast tonnage of water. Inside I dry off from a shower which is a water jet. I’m listening to Radio Malaysia on … Continue reading

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Pangkor Island, Perak

Sam Khoo’s Mini Camp (M$4.50) Monday 18th Nov. 85 This place is described in Lonely Planet as a backpacker’s centre. It being the start of the Malaysian school holidays, it’s also a centre for teenagers from KL and Penang to … Continue reading

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Lumut

Wed. 20.11.85 On the waterfront Waiting for 2pm bus to Butterworth. I’m sunburned, a little sore and very tired – kids have no respect for sleep! And the rains start again – pause to find shelter. Lumut waterfront I’m more … Continue reading

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Letter No. 7 to Son No.1 (Part 1)

Tye Ann Hotel Leboh Chulia Georgetown, Penang 3rd November 1985 I hope this letter arrives in time for me to wish you a Happy Christmas. I’ll be sending lots of cards next week from Thailand, assuming they’ve arrived from Singapore … Continue reading

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Letter No. 7 to Son No.1 (Part 2)

After the gastronomic monotony of India (for vegetarians), my appetite has returned. Predominantly Chinese cuisine, there is a wide range of foods to be found. In the evenings, hawkers set up their stall, often adapted trishaws, on which they cook … Continue reading

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Malaysia Overview – 1985

This post is an amalgam of passages from my journal and Letter No.7 to Son No.1. Malaysia is a fast ‘developing’ nation. The national plan envisages a population growth from 15 million to 70 million by the year 2010, but … Continue reading

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Thailand to Malaysia

There is a two week gap in my travel diary covering my exit from Thailand and my journey south into Malaysia, yet it has a significance beyond the absence. What follows therefore is a series of recollections. I can’t recall … Continue reading

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East Malaysia (1)

Lan’s Guest House Kuala Dungan, 28th February 1986 It is pleasurably surprising here in East Malaysia. No “hey you”, and “hellos’ are accompanied with a welcoming smile. A little school girl on her way home by rickshaw called out “Hello … Continue reading

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Cherating

Mak Long Teh’s Guest House (behind the mangroves) Cherating Beach 1st March 1986 Payung Guest House, Cherating And so, I’m further south, towards Singapore and the equator, Auckland with a 23 hour stopover, and finally Fiji with an international date. … Continue reading

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