Malaysia


Sick in Kuching, Borneo Malaysia Kuching / Malaysia

We had already spent more than three months in peninsular Malaysia, but we’d heard that Malaysian Borneo was completely different.  And in some ways, it was different, with the numerous indigenous cultures that are prevalent, and being closer to many national parks. However, on our 10 day visa run there, we still found it to be distinctly Malaysian, with some of the same quirks as...

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Elephants at Kuala Gandah Kuala Lumpur / Malaysia

About 90 minutes northeast from Kuala Lumpur lies the elephant sanctuary at Kuala Gandah. Many elephants have been forced from their homes due to destruction of their natural habitat for farming. Elephants become accustomed to using the same paths their whole lives, and farmers don’t usually take well to having their fields trampled. Fortunately, it’s now illegal to kill the elephants, but many have been...

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Petronas Towers and Petrosains Kuala Lumpur / Malaysia / Travel

The most famous landmark in all of Malaysia is arguably the Petronas Towers, which was the tallest building in the world from 1998-2004 before being surpassed by the Taipei 101 skyscraper. It’s still the tallest twin buildings in the world, though, and we went to see them several times while in Kuala Lumpur, and even enjoyed seeing them from our apartment window each day. At...

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KL Bird Park Kuala Lumpur / Malaysia / Travel

Our time in Kuala Lumpur is coming to an end and we’re heading out to Singapore in just a couple days. But I still have a lot of activities to blog about and pictures to highlight. One of these was the KL Bird Park, which boasts the largest free flight aviary in the world. From our time in Costa Rica, I thought I’d seen all...

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Batu Caves Entrance Kuala Lumpur

There are a lot of tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur. So many that we haven’t even tried to see them all. But we chose a few highlights to enjoy during our month here. One of these was the impressive Batu Caves. Guarding the entrance to the Batu Caves is a 43 meter high golden statue of the Hindu diety Lord Murugan, followed by a staircase...

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Welcome to Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur / Malaysia / Travel

We’ve been in Kuala Lumpur for almost 3 weeks now and we love it! We never thought we’d say that about a big city because we don’t like concrete jungles, smog, and places where people are too busy to talk to you. But we’ve also never been in a city like Kuala Lumpur, and it has some really great things going for it. In fact,...

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Cameron Highlands, Ipoh, and Orang Utan Island Ipoh and Cameron Highlands / Malaysia / Travel

We recently left Penang, Malaysia for Kuala Lumpur — about five hours away by car — and we’re loving it here! But on the way, we took a short trip to the Cameron Highlands, Ipoh, and also visited Orang Utan Island rehabilitation center to view some of our closer primate relatives. Our first stop was Orang Utan island, in the middle of a large lake,...

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42 Things I Did in 2011 Costa Rica / Malaysia / Personal / Travel

Last year, I wrote a list of 77 Things I Did in 2010. Every time I read through it, I feel amazed at all we were able to accomplish in that short year. Compared to 2010, 2011 seems less exciting and even less productive, but it’s been richer in other ways. For example, this has been a year full of new and wonderful friendships, and we’ve spent...

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Dragon, Lion, and Indian Dances Malaysia / Penang / Travel

While in Penang, Malaysia, we enjoyed a few cultural celebrations, including a New Year’s Eve presentation in Georgetown featuring music, dance, and martial arts from the Malay, Chinese, and Indian populations living in Malaysia. We also went to the Lion & Dragon Dance Parade a few weeks earlier, and a small Christmas concert our kids performed in. I’m amazed at the energy level and talent...

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Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple Malaysia / Penang / Travel

I was going to throw together a long video of everything we’ve done in the past few weeks, but I decided to split it into a few different posts so I can get them up a little faster and so I can share more pictures without boring you. :) One of my favorite activities we did in Penang this month was visiting the Kek Lok...

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