Phuket Last Night and Kuala Lumpur Whoa!!

Trip Start Dec 21, 2007
Trip End Feb 08, 2008

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Jan 21, 2008

Well first things first...a bit to report from the last night in Phuket. Sherry & I decided to do our rounds and say goodbye to friends we've met over the past 2 visits. Walked down to a local food market area and had some great seafood. We thought we'd stop close to the other end, have a bite to eat then make our way down to Sunset aprtments to say goodbye to Tamara. Just as we were finishing up our meal Sherry spotted Tamara at 2 Black Sheep bar so gave her a shout out. Turns out she was having a beer with a gal from Yellowknife. We popped over to see none other than Marty Brown. It was great catching up with her and some of her traveling stories. She was loving Thailand! Not surprised. Sat and had a couple quick ones, then had to move onto another spot cause we had others to say goodbye to. GThey were closing the windows and the smoke was getting heavy and annoying.

Next stop was down to the Smile bar to say goodbye to Alex and her sister. Had a few really good laughs with them and were really glad we stopped in. Everybody was in pretty good spirits, but Alex was clearly a bit sad we were leaving and didn't get as much of a chance to visit. They were both going to be very busy with guests coming in over the next month. We wished them well and moved on to see Jasmine. This was clearly the most difficult person to say goodbye to. We had a couple with her cause we just enjoy her company. She's worked 24 years, never drank or smoked and she just works hard. Her kids are already grown and her oldest has just received his Masters degree. She really wanted us to buy her house, but we declined. It would have been a great opportunity, but not at this time. She also asked Tamara, which would be way more suitable. She wanted to buy us a good bye night cap but we declined as the night was getting late and we wanted to be fresh faced for the next country on the list. Decided to take our last tuk tuk home instead of walking. Ended up packing everything up and crashed pretty quickly.

Jan 22-23, 2008

The flight arrived early (man we're loving this express boarding). Once we arrived, the lineup to go through customs was pretty long. That would be the down side of arriving early. It was also pretty slow. But that's the life and no choice so went with the flow. Up side is you don't have to wait for your bags on the carousel as they're already there waiting for you. None of the ATM's worked at the airport, but I had some Canadian dollars so ordered a minivan for all 8 of us and our luggage. It was $43 for the group of us. Thought that was a pretty good price and realized just how good it was when the drive into Kuala Lumpur took 60 minutes!! I recall when descending into Kuala Lumpur seeing what seemed to be a city center , but we kept on flying for an additional 10 minutes so thought that couldn't have been it. But I did see what I thought were the Petrona Towers. From that distance though, I wasn't too sure. We were in awe during the drive into town. The place was so green and clean. There were tons of palm trees which explains Palm oil being one of their main exports.

Our hotel was located in the downtown core (Erik and I high fived our research skills once again) so we couldn't have been happier. When we arrived we were all pretty hungry so decided to just drop off our bags, change into longer length shorts (Sherry did out of respect for the Muslim country, mine were ok just above the knees) and then head out for a bite to eat. We were amazed at how clean the streets and sidewalks were and the designs of all the different buildings. This is a very awesome place. Ended up up a block or two, grabbed some cash and found a local eatery along the sidewalk. Steve, Jim and Marlene didn't want to eat there so looked for something more "Western food" like. Our meal was absolutely delicious and full of flavour. We told them we'd meet them afterwards for a beer, so headed back to the 3 placed we thought they might be; either KFC, Subway or the Pub we passed. Twas the pub. Grabbed a few local draft beers, then decided to go for a walk about in downtown Kuala Lumpur. the people were just friendly and happy!! Honestly, everywhere we've been in Asia it's been the same thing - the people are incredibly giving, happy and accommodating.

What a great way to see the City, on foot. You just see so much more. Like any other Asian city, they love their lights. We decided to walk to the Petrona towers to see if we could go up to the top and get a night time panoramic view of KL. Took a lot of shots from different angles as we approached. Those towers are just something else. The pic's will speak for themselves. We discovered it wasn't open to the public at this time of the evening, only day time. We checked it all out and got our fill. Decided to take a different route back, but ended up making a few wrong turns so the walk was longer than the way there. Most of us didn't mind though as it gave you a great opportunity to see even more of the city and what it has to offer. Came upon some very cool streets. Some of us were glad for the missed turns, others a bit cranky. When we got back to the hotel went down for a cocktail to quench our thirst - well deserved. Steve came down and joined Sherry, myself and Jim. Had a couple and listened to the Philippino band playing. Not bad and had several good laughs along the way, as usual.

A fella by the name of John came by our table and asked if we were Americans, which we politely said No. It was just Sherry, me and Jim at this point. Told him to join us if he wanted to.Think he was a bit lonely and just wanted to visit. We ended up going to the disco next door for a "few" nightcaps. Well we ended up heading back to our hotel around 4:00 in the morning. We just had such a nice time. It didn't take long to fall asleep and it was nice and dark in the room.

Next day we went back to the outdoor food area for a bite to eat, then decided to grabg a foot massage before we headed out to the airport for our flight to Bali. Man, that was such a good idea. We were all just equally amazed with the drive back out to the airport cause the City was seen in full view and clear as could be. We were expecting so much more pollution, but there wasn't very much smog at all. Hard to imagine, such a large modern city and very little smog. Checked our bags in and grabbed a bite to eat before boarding for Bali. Almost went through the wrong gate, but Clemens stopped us before the airline staff checked our boarding cards. All went well and we landed early in Bali (again).
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