“MALAYSIA TRULY ASIA” - beautiful nature at The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat. A resort that is nestled in a valley, cradled by 280 million-year old towering Paleozoic limestone hills, verdant rainforest, rejuvenating geothermal hot springs, natural caves and cascading waterfalls. The perfect getaway toregain balance and rediscover your senses - we just loved it :-)
Assassin Bugs (Reduviidae) are an atypical family of Hemipteran insects consisting of terrestrial predators. Identified by their narrow neck and sharply curved proboscis, they ambush their prey and inject a potent saliva which liquidises the insect’s internal tissues.
Masters of camouflage, the nymphs of some species have also been known to cover their bodies with the dead remains of insects and other debris, whilst they wait to ambush their unsuspecting prey.
420 km (KL Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) 630 km (Ipoh KTM Station, Ipoh, Malaysia)
A few more digital photos from the epic journey I’m currently taking. My aim is to travel all the way from Singapore to Manchester, mostly by train and entirely by land. For more up-to-date photos, follow my Instagram!
As I write this, I’m still a day or so behind with these blog posts.
I’ve just arrived by sleeper train into Hat Yai, Thailand, which has all of the class of border towns around the world. The kind of place where things happen. Farang wait for a train into Malaysia for the visa renewal run. An Irish pub. An American saloon. Brightly coloured shopfronts, flags and banners. A motorcycle misfires. A man has his hair cut on the street outside an automotive parts shop. Wandering through a covered market I’m presented with a dizzying array of weapons, sex toys and pirate DVDs. A young woman rides past me on a motorcycle at speed, her hair flowing freely behind her. I remember how much I love Thailand, aware of a slight twinge of shame in my relief to put Malaysian conservatism behind me.
I adjust my watch, reconfigure my universal power adapter, ask for a wifi password and change the last of my Ringgit for Baht, wondering idly how many times I will enact this new ritual at border crossings still ahead.
I like the humor behind this “ais kopi bungkus” (packed iced coffee) graffiti art in Ipoh town. I believe, though, this artist is inspired by the famed artist, Ernest Zacharevic whose street arts in various parts of Penang turned him and the island into an instant hit - especially so amongst instagrammers and photographers alike.
Or I could be wrong that this is indeed his work. Correct me if I’m wrong - anyone? :)
Ipoh Kuey Teow Soup was developed by the Cantonese during the 19th century in Ipoh – it’s widely known as a specialty of Ipoh cuisine! Being a fellow Ipoh Mali, I crave for a warm bowl of Ipoh Kuey Teow Soup every now and then, even when I’m only in KL. Personally, it’s my favourite Malaysian food. What I love about Ipoh Kuey Teow Soup is that it’s not a heavy meal and you can control the spiciness of the dish by adding in as much sambal kicap as you’d like! Whenever anyone asks me what Ipoh Kuey Teow Soup is like, I’d say it’s sort-of a Chicken Rice version of a noodle soup. Think about it.