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Trip Start Nov 07, 2004
Trip End May 20, 2005

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Sunday, February 6, 2005

We passed down from the highlands back to the west coast and stopped for in Georgetown on the Island of Penang. Again this is another old colonial outpost, pre-dating Singapore and Malacca. In Malaysian style the Chinese, Indian and Malay communities are found in their various areas of the town, with some blurring of the edges. This puzzling blend of cultures which mix together whilst keeping their own ethnic identities both makes up Malaysia and also makes it difficult to get a handle on what or who Malaysia really is.

After a couple of days we caught a boat to Lang Kawi, at the north western most tip of Malaysia. This is very much a holiday isle, with a profusion of resorts spead around the island. Our reason for going was to meet up with the Murrell/Glen clans who were there for an extravagent Malaysian wedding. The guests were staying in the lavish Sheraton Perdana, we weren't, but we shamelessly parasitized their luxury facilities. We spent a few days getting our adrenalin fix on jet-skis, go karts, and the slightly more tame (but very high!) cable car. We also indulged in some fine dining, including one bizarre restaurant set 1/2 a mile inside a mangrove swamp. There seemed to be more suitable spots for starting up a new business, but the walk to dinner was facilitated by a long bridge, so canoes and machetes weren't called for.

It was good to catch up with friends, and the temptation to see out the rest of the week lurked dangerously and expensively beneath the surface, but with our halfway point rapidly approaching, Thailand beckoned.

Caroline and Mark
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