Category 'Malaysia'

Don’t Listen To The Stereotypes, La

Every nationality in the world has stereotypes attached to them. Americans? Loud, uneducated, obnoxious. The French? Rude, and will refuse to speak English. The Chinese? No concept of personal space, will shout if they’re mere inches from your face. The British? Cold and standoffish. Folks from Burkina Faso? I have no idea, but there are probably stereotypes that exist from the Burkinabe in neighbouring nations.   They say there’s no smoke without fire, and stereotypes sometimes contain an element of…
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The Best Things I Ate In January

I’ve been trying so much different stuff since I moved to Taipei that it’s pretty impossible for me to write a coherent post about what I’ve been stuffing down my craw. I’ve eaten a lot, but don’t know the names of most things (I call about fifty percent of what I eat simply ‘dumplings’), and I figured that writing a post entitled, ‘delicious onion-y pancakes’ or ‘scrumptious noodles with meat’ wouldn’t be very useful. Knowing the names of specific food…
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Malaysia’s Big Breakfast – The Nasi Lemak

  When people are asked to name a food from Malaysia, nasi lemak is usually the first thing that springs to their mind. When I visited Malaysia for a few days in 2011, I sampled the dish and couldn’t get enough of it.   Sadly, I snapped no photos and my knowledge of nasi lemak is limited to, “it’s delicious Malaysian food” – I can tell you no more about it. Well, rather I should say “couldn’t”, as Mei… from
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The Fantasy Five: South East Asia

South east Asia is a veritable Shangri-la for backpackers and travellers from all over the world. It holds a mystical allure that appeals to people with big dreams and perhaps not the biggest budget – which is part of why it appeals to me. A steaming bowl of pad thai is going to set you back very little, ditto Vietnam airfares… that can be picked up quite reasonably. I’ll be heading to south east Asia on my round-the-world trip next
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Top 10 Eats in Southeast Asia

South East Asia is a popular region for backpackers young and old to head to. Whether it’s Thailand’s tropical beaches and exotic floating markets, jungle treks and windsurfing in Vietnam, or visiting the temples that dot the Myanmar skyline, there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy. There’s also plenty of delicious food to satisfy every kind of taste. It’s no surprise then that cuisines such as Thai and Vietnamese regular feature as favourites and restaurants dedicate to the region’s food have …
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My Seven Super-Duper Shots

Well folks, it’s taken me a while to jump on this latest blog craze but now I am taking part in Hostelbookers seven super shots – thankfully those lovely No Vacation Required… gentlefolk tagged me, otherwise I’d never have written this post. Also, I think nobody tagged me because I regularly talk about the crappy quality of my iPhone photos. You know, I’m not the idea person to be writing this post. Yet, despite all that, I still have a
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Tom’s ABC of Travel

Instead of setting down a challenge like I did last week with the Hometown Challenge and the Foodporn Challenge, this week I’m going to take up the ABC of Travel Challenge as set down by Christine of Christine in Spain. It’s a fun chain letter style thing – going through the alphabet and answering questions from A to Z about your travels! I was nominated by Aaron from Aaron’s Worldwide Adventures… - thanks! Be sure to try it yourself
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I Love KL

Hello folks! If you’ve been reading recently, you’ll have noticed that I’ve done three Malaysia posts already. Here’s the fourth and final one. Which makes me feel sad, as I’ve had a wonderful time reminiscing about my four days in Kuala Lumpur. I packed a lot into those four days and if I could hop on a plane and go back now (with Gil Dong inside my backpack), then I would. What’s left to write? Pretty Picture Time It turns
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Unlucky Number 91

Welcome to another Malaysia post! As I type, I’m unsure how many I’ll write. So far, there are two that precede this one. You can find them here…. Now, where did I stay during my time in Malaysia? I mentioned that I used CouchSurfing, but that was more to combat soul crushing loneliness rather than find a place to stay. I stayed in a hostel that shall remain nameless during my four days-three nights in Malaysia, due to the
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Putrajaya: Malaysia’s Future City

So as you may or may not know, I went to Malaysia for a few days in early-middleish September. Whilst there, I was brutally fruit raped… while my friends sat there, laughed, and photographed the event on my iPhone. I was also worried that I was going to be lonely, but it turns out that was something I needn’t have worried about. On my final full day in Kuala Lumpur, I was taken to the city of Putrajaya by the
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