14/3/2007 - up at 530am this morning to travel to the thai border to cross into malayasia. the journey was long and the further south we travelled the hotter it got! Crossed the border ok and got my passport stamped again, lots of stamps now!! had more driving to do after the border about 2 and a half hours to get to Penang. We are staying in the capital of Penang, Georgetown. In a hotel called Mingood. Its ok nothing special but everything we need and the staff are lovely. We arrived about 6pm and it was still so hot so jus went to the mall which has like 900 shops! so was ther a wile looking thru them all! didnt buy anything mind you as my backpack is getting fuller by the second! ha!
1 5/3/2007 - had a bit of a lie in the is morning, well 930. was pretty tired cuz wed bin travelling for like 12 hours yesterday. made it up for breakfast by the skin of my teeth, last minute as usual! headed out to find some tourist things to see and do. Found a nice wee mad who drove us round the cit on his tricycle! he was like 60 and cycled me and michelle round for 2 and a half hours!! we saw Fort Cornwallis and the town hall. The town hall is one of Penangs any Victorian memorials, The archeticture was all very english. we also sw little india but michelle says the little india in leicester is much better. we saw a number of temples, one called Khoo Kongsi. this was very grand and was gret to see how well it was kept. after our tour on the tricyclewe got a bite to eat then headed to Cheong Fatt Tze mansion. we had a small group and wer takn round by a guide telling us all about the mansions history and saw all the old clothes and things that wer left from the occupants from years ago. After the mansion tour we headed back to the hotel for quick was then out for dinner with sum of the group. leaving Penang 2moro and heading for the Cameron Highlands, still in Malayasia.
16/3/2007 - Arrvied in Cameron Highlands about 5pm after driving since 9am! The drives are always long never a short trip away! We got here tired and hungray and for a change it was raning and not baking frm the sun as it has bin since the strt so the change was nice! probly do some sort of tour 2moro but have nothing planned yet so will see! il update again soon, love yas, vicki ! xo
17/3/2007 - Never listen to michelle bray again! ha! Headed out for a "walk" in the jungle today. just me and michelle on r own and we ended up on this trek so had i thot i was going to collapse! Michelles idea of course, the one who goes to the gym 5times a week and me who runs scared when someone even says the word gym!! ha! i wanted to do an easy trek but her map reading skills leave alot to be desired (well maybe mine lol) i was glad to see the end of the trail but did have a real sense of acheivement afterwards that i didnt actualy lie down in the middle of the jungle and go unconscience haha!! s i guess it wasnt all bad really! i should have lost at least a stone by now! Well after a much needed drink the heavens opnend with a torriential down pour so i bolted up to our room to bring in my washing. spent most of the nite hair drying my clothes as i didnt wanna be carrying round wet clothes and being in the highlands in the rain thers not much to do anyaway. headed for dinner to a travellers bar and had steak. really missing home cooking today and also benedicts! my belly is crying out for good mash potatoes!! ha! setting off for Kual Lumpur or KL in the mornig to so looking forward to city life again.
18/3/2007 - Arrived in KL about luch time after about 5 hours driving. the coach ride wasnt 2 bad as it was bog loads of room and air con so it was pretty dead on actually. not like the ride to cameron highlands, i wasnt impressed with that! stayin at the cardogan hotel, its pretty central which is goo. the room is ok, cud be a bit cleaner tho. headed to Petronas towers. these wer the largest towers in the world til 2004 when one in Dubai i think took its place. They pretty mad looking very space age. had a look round the inside but cudnt go to the view bit as ther is only 500 free tickets allocated per day and u have to go at like 8am to get them. u cant go all the way to the top anyway so to about the middle to the bit that joins them. got some cool pics anyways. you may remember them from the film called Entrapment? Next we went to the Menara KL. This is the 4th largest building in the world. we could go to the top for 20 ringetts so we did that, the views wer outstanding! next we headed to times square shopping complex. huge place with like 10 floors of shopsand ian indoor theme park also with the worlds largest indoor roler coaster inside! Brill! It was good buit the ride in balckpool are best! the fashion over here is really cool, very unique and funky. If i had the space id be buying stuff everyday but i gotta restrain myself! headed out for dinner to an irish pub, finally got my potaotes but they wernt as nice as home but ok. Went to this Thia club with a live band which was cool. Tried a few other places but here was the best so stayed ther. A rent boy came in an put me off tho but he left pretty quickley thank goodness!! ha! really like KL so far!
19/3/2007 - headed up to the planetarium today only to find out we we arrived it was closed! and that was after a monorail ride to KL central and then a 20 min walk and then a 10 min taxi so i wasnt happy! jus headed back to KL and had a wander round BB plaza and got a new top which made me feel better ha! retail therapy works! went out for dinner to this ozzie place called the outback steakhouse which was lovely the a few drinks at planet hollywood. heading to Melaka in the morning, a new place again!
20/3/2007 - arrived in Melaka about lunchtime. Is a quiet place, an old town. The hotekl is the best so far, spacious, clean and very nice! Met the group for dinner and jus sat drinking cocktail listening to the musician. very chilled out, lovely! Had a great evening and look forward to exploring Melaka 2moro!
21/3/2007 - Well this morning i woke up to realise we wer staying next to Police Academy training camp! ha! Practising their brass band routine and working ther rifles and stuff. Very Entertaining. Was feelign sorry for myself today as has about a million bited all over my legs and they wer sore and annoying. so didnt end up doin much jus went to the mall then the musem. watched some films sitting with cream all over my legs so cudnt really go out anywer, bummer!