Penang: the Food

We came to Penang primarily for one reason: you guessed it. . . to eat. Penang is known as having some of the best food in the world. And to reveal the surprise ending early, the food in Penang did not disappoint. Continue reading

How Not to Get Around Kuala Lumpur

The moment I stepped out of the train station in Kuala Lumpur (KL) set the stage for the rest of our visit in that city. In that moment, I stepped in poop. And not just any poop. A gloopy pile that splashed onto my other foot. Continue reading

Hot, Smelly Animals in Malaysian Borneo

No, not the orangutans… Us. We spent three days and two nights in a jungle camp in Borneo.  It was hot and humid and we definitely smelled after three days in the jungle with no shower. Continue reading

A Day at Sepilock Orangutan Rehibilitation Center

Our first two nights in Malaysian Borneo we stayed at Uncle Tan’s Bed and Breakfast in a cabin-like room with air conditioning – woo hoo! And a cold water shower – boo! Continue reading

Who’s Looking at You: a Story about Staring

When we were in Taipei, one thing I noticed was that no one seemed to be staring at us. I expected some stares especially since we were often the only white people in the restaurant, on the subway car, etc. Also, I am sure we were doing culturally inappropriate things that would have garnered all kinds of stares in the United States. Continue reading


Melaka: Eat, Walk Around in the Heat, Repeat

We arrived in Melaka (also spelled Malacca) after a morning bus ride from Singapore, which involved getting off the bus at the border in Singapore, then getting back on the bus to ride across the causeway and then getting off again at the Malaysian border and back on until we got to Johor Bahru. At Johor Bahru, also called JB, we had a couple of hours wait to catch a different bus to Melaka. Continue reading