Monday, October 30, 2006
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Some runners up, bands called Fat Franks, Desert Rose, and one called The Nerves...good guitar, couldn't sing, but the crowd went crazy for them (judges didn't).
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Shopping in both KL and Penang was ridicuously cheap, although brand name goods and mp3 players seem to be a similarily priced everywhere. I've been asked for pics of my purchases, will post the non-gifts on my Flickr! Traditional malaysian cookies are interesting as well; will bring home souvenirs...and likely ship home the clothing, oops!
Spent Tuesday morning tanning on the beach by our hotel; so hot I'm tanned already! Unfortunately, we didn't make it to Langkawi due to our four day time constraint...I've heard wonderful things about crystal clear beaches. It's on the list right before Thailand!
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We ate mostly at hawker centres, sometimes in Western places, where, surprisingly, I found a much larger variety of vegetarian food :) Possibly because there are quite a few buddhists in country. Finding a vegetarian sandwich, and people that understood the concept of substitution was refreshing! I've got to say, despite the Singapore tourism board's assurance that this is a land of smiles, service is MUCH better in Malaysia.
The Batu Caves in KL are really a unique site; A Hindu temple and art gallery within a cave; statues, artwork, stories (unfortunately written in Urdo). I'll let the pictures do the place justice. I 've never seen so many monkeys! Mischievious for sure; Curious George wasn't called curious for nothing! They're also not shy about when and where they have sex...although really quick and easy to miss, this is quite the show for us tourists!
Maybe the most interesting part of KL was walking through Chinese temples. So...calming. Like you can feel a calming presence, acceptance, despite feeling no religious association at all. Watching people light candles, light josh (incense) sticks and pray with them,marveling at the art work, breathing in the smoky air. We made a prayer, held fortune sticks, and dropped them into the pot; the one stick that lands higher than the others corresponds to a number. The number corresponds to one of over 40 boxes, and the box contains a fortune. As you know, I am not the religious type by any means, but was it simply coincidence that every temple I visited gave me a fortune along similar lines?Temples, mosques, churches, a beautiful city called Putrajaya, outside of KL...if I were to describe them all, this entry would be enormous. Not to worry, the slideshow below (COMING SOON) will likely give you a good overview; I promise to post descriptions on my Flickr in two or three days. (I'm working some overtime for work, so be patient please!) Again, click on the left-hand side Flickr badge to view more pics.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
By the way, will be off blogger for the long weekend...heading to KL and Penang (Malaysia)! Back Tuesday, so be sure to check for more posts.
Monday, October 16, 2006
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Does one size fit all? Here, they assume it does. In fact, a lot of the smaller shops carry "free-size" only. At first, it sounds like they're saying "three size(s)", but nope, one size. And on some sale racks, you can't even try the size on. Ladies, if you are bigger than a size 4 (Canadian), watch out! They are very blunt about telling you exactly where you're too big for the clothes to fit and why...
"That's M-size, won't fit. You need XL-size, la. Don't worry, L-size will stretch".
So,where do you shop? Anywhere, everywhere; there's a shopping centre under every MRT station.However, Singaporeans do walk slow. Slooooooooooooow, to be more accurate, so that can get annoying. Edmontonians, daily shopping here is like West Edmonton Mall on a Saturday before xmas!
Even at the gym here, I feel enormous! They may walk slow, but some of them can kickbox like characters from Mortal Kombat. Since an intern here makes less than a quarter of what they would in Canada, in SGD (ie: $4 an hour) maybe this is motivation not to shop!
Who am I kidding? Malaysia,here I come!
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Saturday, October 07, 2006
Hanging out with the locals is the best part here. Local hawker centers, outdoor food courts are open late into the night and serve...well...mainly inexpensive Tiger & Baron's beer. Yes...strange as it is...I have begun to like, or at least not mind, the taste of cold beer. on a hot day ( At $9 hiballs my rum & cokes will have to wait!) Great conversation, swapping our stories from different parts of the world. Random tidbits follow...
- "Takes you ONLY One hour? (to get to work?) This is Sing-a-pore! First time I've heard anyone say ONLY one hour!" (It takes some of us one & a half hours; NTU is really far from everything else)
- "Singaporean police are just bored, la...they have nothing to do here!"
- Stories of Banff Hotsprings...- 30 degree weather...and Canada's not so strict marajiuana laws (death penalty here) surprised a few Japanese friends. Special orders have been placed...for the Canadian Mooncake :-)
- Our cab driver home ensured us the suffocatingly thick haze was deliberate burning of land, not forest fire. "You think it's nat-u-ral, la?! They are selfish, it is the government, la! They don't like it, they burn it. Cause trouble for everyone else