Category Archives: Malaysia

I Found Love on Love Lane

The 80’s Guesthouse on Love Lane in George Town, Penang is truly filled with love. Jon and Farah, who often work the front desk, really make you feel welcome, but when Jon brought some of his friends to work, I knew I was in love.

You see, Jon breeds all types of reptiles and introduced me to a corn snake and a chameleon. My heart skipped a beat when I saw these beautiful creatures. The corn snake was particularly wonderful with its bright orange and cream markings.

When Jon informed us that they were safe to handle, I quickly called dibs on the tangerine beaut. She was really docile and appeared to love being handled. According to Jon, she was just a baby and still had more to grow. However, I doubt she’ll ever be as big as an eastern carpet python like Pandora.

Reena enjoyed the chameleon, who reminded me of Pascal, the animated chameleon in the movie Tangled. The chameleon was more active than the snake and it was fun watching her walk along Reena’s arm.

I think it’s very safe to say that I have not outgrown my love for snakes since leaving Australia. In fact, the limited access I’ve had to them has probably increased my fascination and desire for them. It’s unfortunate that snakes are prohibited in Hawaii or else I’d definitely think about getting a scaly pet.


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Visiting Kek Lok Si Temple

What do you do when your 30-day Thai visa is expiring? You make a visa run to Malaysia and visit Kek Lok Si Temple!

In 1891, people began building the Temple of Supreme Bliss. Today, it is still undergoing many upgrades and renovations. However, Kek Lok Si Temple is definitely worth the detour.

The inspiring design blends Chinese, Thai and Burmese architecture to symbolize the welcoming of different schools of Buddhism. It’s said that this is the largest Buddhist temple in southeast Asia, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this were true.

After climbing through a tunnel of never-ending market stalls, visitors finally reach a turtle pond and glimpse Kek Lok Si Temple. More stairs lead toward the real structure and the beginnings of the Buddhist temple are further unveiled.

To get to the upper part of the temple, visitors catch a rail-mounted elevator (after paying a small fee) that glides them to the top of the hill. Halls for prayer and worship abound as well as monks at work. Intricately carved designs and figures adorn the buildings while thousands of buddha look down upon you. The place is serene and intimidating at the same time.

Flashes of bright colors – golds and reds – gleam in the sun and remind you of the strong influence from the Chinese that has shaped the temple. A humongous statue of Guanyin (or Kwan Yin or any other variation), the goddess of mercy, stands towering above the temple. She is highly respected in both Buddhism and Chinese mythology. Other statues stand guard of the temple and ward off evil spirits.

Kek Lok Si Temple in Ayer Itam, Penang, Malaysia is a great place to spend the day, and I’d recommend visiting if you’re in the area.


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Touch Down in London Town

After a bit of drama with my ticket at the Malaysian Airlines desk in Kuala Lumpur International Airport, I said goodbye to my dear friend Reena and had a rather uneventful direct flight to London.

Having primarily flown on budget airlines up to this point, flying Malaysian Airlines was an extreme luxury. During the flight, they served two full meals that included dessert, an ice cream snack and unlimited drinks. Each seat had its own tv screen and there was a wide array of movies and tv shows for you to watch. I watched three full-length movies and thoroughly enjoyed myself as the flight wasn’t full and I had three seats to myself.

When I finally touched land again, I was in London, England. I’ve always been fascinated by England for some reason. I think it’s mainly due to all the British novels I’ve read throughout my studies. You can only read so much of Bronte, Dickens and Austen before you imagine yourself actually being there.

However, stepping off the plane and on the Tube is a far cry from the English moors and heaths of which I’ve read. I managed to make my way to Piccadilly Circus and had no trouble finding my hostel. I checked in and had a low-key night as I got over some jet lag.

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