I'm in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia!

Trip Start Oct 14, 2009
Trip End Dec 31, 2016

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Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of Malaysia  , Wilayah Persekutuan,
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

I can hardly believe it myself but I'm in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia! I've come to KL for the OLPC Base Camp Summit November 16-18 in Melaka (Malacca) Malaysia. We are all volunteers (and all financing our own trips. Some of us are meeting early (November 14) in KL to visit a rural school with XOs, ahead of the formal "Summit."

I had never been to Malaysia and so I planned two extra days to take a look around. I'm treating myself to the Renaissance KL because this hotel has the best resort pool area and fitness club in KL, and with my Marritott Rewards status, I have the Club Room meals included too. I booked through Agoda at a great rate, much better than those on the Marriott booking site. Tip: Always check prices for hotel properties on the alternative booking sites as well the home site. The hotel is great, from the very cool rain shower in the room, to the Club Room food, the pool and fitness club, and all of the hotel staff. I will not want to leave.

I had asked the Club Room "butler" to see if I could join a tour to the Batu Caves. The tour brochure says 2 person minimum to book and I am solo today. I got to join 3 lovely Emirates Flight Attendants for the 3 hour van excursion. This was a short and fairly easy excursion. I recommend it!

The Batu Caves is a series of Hindu Temples actively in use, built into lush green monoliths (mountains). The cave openings are at the top of many steps, I think more than 275. I climbed almost all of them but stopped before I got to the very top. When we arrived, we had a heavy rain-shower. We bought umbrellas & continued on.:)

There are lots of monkeys around. The monkeys are smart and if they think you have any food at all, they will grab your bag or take the food right out of your hand. This is not cute & it is best to avoid antagonizing the primates. Because if you get scratched or bitten by one, I promise you that the rabies shots will not be fun.

I enjoyed my new young friends, Celeste, Caterina, and Christina. I wasn't able to capture the true beauty of the light coming into the cave, while the sun shone and the rain fell simultaneously in a photo. But I will treasure the memory of that, and of this special day.

On my second day in KL, I took the modern Rapid Transit Underground Train to the old/restored Central Market. But the highlight of my day and evening was meeting with my friends Dr. Wai Wai Lee and Dr. Soo, at their KL clinics, and again this evening at my hotel. I had met Dr's Lee and Soo in Bangkok at the Thai Red Cross. We have a common interest in the snake anti-venom projects. Wai Wai purchases anti-venom to save the lives of animals she treats. The dogs she saves that are bitten by snakes are usually street dogs. These are the ones living by the rivers & other places where there may be snakes. In addition to her busy private practice, Wai Wai is very active in saving street dogs and cats, and also in spaying and neutering these neglected animals.
Dr. Soo is a general practice medical doctor and Dr. Lee and Dr. Soo have each established their own clinics. I am so very impressed by their dedication, long hours and hard work, helping their patients and clients. With office hours 7 days a week, 10 hours a day, and also juggling the demands as parents of young children at home, I would like to borrow some of their energy!

Dr. Lee and Dr. Soo are very interested in Cambodia PRIDE's snake clinic project saving lives in rural Cambodia, and they made a generous donation for our work. 100% of every dollar donated to Cambodia PRIDE goes directlt to support its programs and every dollar changes lives. Thank you Dr. Lee and Dr. Soo for your incredible generosity!

Tomorrow our OLPC events begin with a trip to visit a rural Farm school that has some XO laptops. I am looking forward to it!
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Sandra Thaxter on

Beautiful place, and beautiful women, all of you

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