Trip Start Apr 29, 2006
143Trip End Nov 15, 2007
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The last eight days at the Coronade Hotel have been very enjoyable for Des and I, although two would have been sufficient. The breakfasts have been superb, except for the two days of celebration for Hari Raya or Aidelfitri on the 24th and 25th of this month. These are muslin public holidays and the hotel was practically full and very noisy. By the time Des and I came down for breakfast at 9:15 on these days, there was none. There must be a limit to what the staff are allowed to put out for the morning, because they had obviously reached it and were not replenishing anything. No fruit, no milk, no juice, no butter or marg, no pastries, in fact not much of anything but eggs and the egg chef was run off his feet. There were lots of children running around too, but it didn't matter because I wasn't carrying anything which might spill! The Malays seem to be fairly easy going about child rearing and the children were having a great time. There was a lot of wasted food on the tables. But it was a festival and it must have been very exciting for them to party in a big hotel. And we're not likely to starve with all these restaurants around us here in Kuala Lumpur.
It rains every evening during this season at around 5 o'clock, so it's up with the prolly when we go out for dinner. Dining out at night has been fun and not outrageously expensive. All the meals are based around rice of course, and every time I order, I think of Lou stipulating in the Asian countries "no chili" but invariably there was chili in every dish. Let's face it, rice tastes pretty bland without it.
The 21st October is also a festival day and public holiday here. This one is a Hindu celebration of Deepavali but it was not as busy in the hotel. I'm surprised by the number of public holidays we've met encountered during our travels.
Des and I went to see the shopping centre in the Petronis Twin Towers. It was very spectacular, we couldn't believe it was already 8 years old, it was still so new and clean and not tired looking. It was beautifully decorated for the festivals.
There is another centre here called Times Square, also very modern and new. This is where we met Brian and Kate from Scotland who are seasoned travelers. They are living in KL at the moment and delighted us with some of their travel tales. Kate said driving in Hong Kong was bit of a night mare and that she started off doing all the right things, indicating with each lane change, until her sister-in-law corrected her saying "you don't indicate, that would give them a clue to where you're going".
Des's fractured toe is mending slowly and he's tried to limit the time on his feet. We've seen all the Discovery programs on TV and many movies have also kept us entertained. Des has finished his book about golfing and started a second about Hilary Clinton, which he bought in the great big Borders Book store in Times Square. This book was supposed to be for reading on the plane, but I think he'll have it finished before then.
Today we pack. This afternoon we will be heading to the airport which is quite a way from Kuala Lumpur, about a 90 minute 'teksi' drive. The plane leaves at around 9:45 pm for Singapore where we catch another to Adelaide, which should arrive at about 8:45 am and I can't wait!
Now all that's left for us to do is drive the vehicles from Melbourne to Adelaide.