Date I was there: 25-28 June 2010 My travel buddy and I awoke late (again) to find that the family had gone out for Friday prayers. When they returned, we went out for some more Penang Fried Kway Teow before heading back to pack for the wedding. The family had invited us along to their nephew’s wedding. It was to be the first Islamic wedding I had ever been to and I was excited to watch the ceremony. We all climbed into the car at around 5pm and four hours, and one Baskin Robbins stop, later we arrived at Johor Bahru and settled down to a dinner of seafood fried rice and line juice with the extended family, in front of more World Cup fun.
Date I was there: 22-24 June 2010 Our bus pulled into Kuala Lumpur an hour earlier than expected. That meant we had to wait for our ride. Thankfully, we were dropped next to Sunway Pyramid Mall, so we had a chance to stock up on Body Shop treats and some dresses to combat the heat. Finally, we met our friend and went for a carbonara and tiramisu dinner at Italiannies. Afterwards, it was the footie (this was in the midst of the World Cup 2010) and bed.
Date I was there: 20-22 June 2010 After a lie-in and some noodle soup, I set off from Kuala Lumpur to Penang with my travel buddy and my hosts’ relatives. Four hours and one ice cream stop later, we arrived, only to receive the unwelcome news that the hotel we hoped to check in to was full. Thankfully, and very kindly, our new friends said we could stay with them and promptly took us out for a tour of George Town. We wandered along the waterfront, sampling the local food as we went: fish satay, roti tisu (a type of crepe/poppadom-esque bread covered in milk and sugar and that was 3-plates long), chicken tandoori and a sweat tea. Penang is famous for its food and it didn’t take us long to realise why. After meandering through a mall and picking up some chocolate milk, our first day in the town drew to a close.
Date I visited: 18-19th June 2010 We caught the bus from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur after a McDonald’s breakfast (somethings are just the same in any country). Our Aeroline coach had big seats with lots of leg room and some pretty good food. The in-bus movie was a bad quality copy of 2012, which was quickly replaced by The Blind Side, which mostly had no sound. This was still a step up from a lot of the buses I have frequented.
After doing my list of the Seven Wonders of the World, I wondered how many UNESCO World Heritage sites I’d seen without knowing it and how many I had left to do. It turns out, that out of the 981 preserved cultural and natural landmarks, I have been to 25. Only 956 to go then- I may complete my Seven Wonders list first:
Whilst arguably it may not be the most ‘cultural’ activity, you cannot go abroad without going shopping. Well, you can’t if you’re me anyway. Not only is there the necessity of buying gifts for people at home but you will want something that reminds you of your trip away. It is also a great opportunity to hunt for a bargain.
Bucket List number 43: see the seven wonders of the world. I think that this is probably a regular feature on bucket lists: Christ the Redeemer, Petra, the Great Wall of China, Chichen Itza, the Taj Mahal and Machu Picchu with either the Pyramids of Giza or the Colosseum taking the last place. With the exception of the latter I haven’t been to any.