Feb 212011
 

On Saturday I eventually got out of the hotel and booked a taxi to go to Kuala Lumpur, the capitol of Malaysia. As it is very hot and humid I didn’t plan on much outdoor activities.

Instead of queuing for the Sky Bridge between the Petronas Towers I followed a recommendation and went to the KL Tower in the morning. So no queue for me. I got a perfect 360° view over the city. When finished upstairs, I went downstairs and found a sculpture – unfortunately without further information. I could relate quickly to it, the metal sculpture in front of the rain forest seemed to be as mis-placed as me in the middle of the day in sunny tropical weather. There was an exhibition of architecture close by where traditional houses from all over Malaysia were shown. Accidentally I ran into a show introducing the audience to traditional dancing. From there I quickly walked to the rain forest entrance. Apparently this is the only piece of original rain forest left in Malaysia, the rest got destroyed and reforested again in the past decades. I didn’t expect this in the middle of the town which is so modern. Apparently a part of the building got build around a tree to protect and preserve this rare plant for future generations. As I did not have any mosquito spray with me and already lost liters of blood to those little bastards I decided to do only a quick look and not do the guided walk through it. From there I went to KLCC, to discover modern Malaysia. I tried my luck but as expected all tickets for the sky bridge and observation deck were already sold out, so I walked a bit through the shopping center – which was quite impressive. All brands you’d think of had their store there, even the Louis Vuitton with the red carpet and doorman ;) I went to the signature food court and had a surprisingly good lunch considering that this was from a fast food place and incredibly cheap. As usually I looked for the stall with the longest queue and picked a random dish, Nasi Lemak with spicy chicken. There was also a small exhibition about product designs from Europe – mostly German and French artists. There were some interesting objects; my favorite item was a broom in shape of a scythe; that was somewhat ironic I instantly thought of a couple of comic strips (Der Pudel des Todes) [de] I’ve seen before. From there I followed another recommendation and got to Batu Caves. There was a big Golden Statue in the front, a holy place for Buddhists. I climbed all 277 stairs up to the cave. As there was sun, hot weather and I kinda hoped to find something impressive up there. And I did. It was the largest stalactite cave I have seen so far, there was also a temple and some small procession. I was told when there is a religious festival there are a million people (sic) up there. After that I got back to the hotel and enjoyed some fresh fruits on my veranda – pink dragon fruits and a mango.

I took a lot of photos that day but then I did something stupid. I wanted to hide the photos I didn’t want to publish, but I deleted them instead and so most of the pictures are gone as I didn’t find undo or the trash can. The few of them which survived are available on flickr.

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Dec 172010
 

Today we had planned a lazy day doing nothing but strolling around some town centres and do some window shopping with one of Jim’s aunts. The day started with a great breakfast: water chestnut cakes, sweet potatoes and oolong tea. Then jim got some photos to look at and then we got into town for lunch. We killed some time and then met another aunt for viewing her new apartment. As I am still a bit out of sync with the current time zone I decided to have a power nap before we met up for dinner and dessert. Dinner wasn’t too impressive, the dessert tasted interesting – it was made of toad. Now we are back at the grandmother’s place and I am feeling already tired again. Attached some pics from during the day.











crazy dog lady…

the scaffolding is made of bamboo and ropes, even for building sites of high towers

renewing windows on 32nd floor





imagine that – an oyster take away – how cool is that!



random street view at night

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Dec 162010
 

Yesterday midday we arrived in Hong Kong, took the bus and the taxi to get after almost 20h after leaving home at jim’s grandmother’s place. Since then I mostly remember food, meeting more relatives and sleeping. Today we had an invite for dim sum for breakfast, then curry fish balls, roast pork, fried tofu and soup as ‘light’ snacks before dinner where we had a chicken hot pot with goose intestines, thin sliced beef, loads of vegetables, more fish balls, frog legs and more… Most plans made for us so far are meet up’s for dinner and other meals. As much as I love to discover new flavours and kitchens I hope this won’t continue like that all holiday ;) attached there are a few pictures from dinner, I am especially proud of the battlefield left afterwards, we apparently enjoyed dinner a lot…











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Aug 052010
 

Climate in France is too hot and dry in the summer – at least for my liking. Eventually after a few days I got adjusted to the current temperatures so we decided to do a discovery walking tour through Aix. We started with a very unpleasant experience in a pub but from there it was getting better and better. There are loads of lovely little alleyways with small shops. All through the city center there are sculptures by Igor Mitoraj (more about the exhibition here [french]).
I took some random shots of the street views.
Picturesque facadeCezanne tile on streetEntrance gateAnother facadeFountain with roman columnDog in fountainStreet lampLovely alleywayThe Tang and Frau KleinSweet storeHotel de ville entrance gateRed Moto Guzzi FalconePlace in front of Hotel de la MairieTangarazziAlley viewAnother alleyGetting directionsFacadeProof of nature
I have played a bit with my iPhone photo app ShakeIt Photo. As there isn’t any desirable Polaroid camera available (yet) Jimmy recommended this app which actually does what I desire.

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Jul 092010
 

Jimmy just send me a link to ShapeCollage. It’s a free collage creator for Mac, Windows and Linux. I just played a few minutes with it and created a collage of our Tokyo pictures :) I kinda like it, just the watermark isn’t nice. I consider getting the pro version as it is 25 bucks only.


Update: I added a link to the picture on flickr.

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