Welcome to Malaysia

**NOTE: Our renters are moving out at the end of August. If you are or know anyone that may be interested in renting our home, please let me know and I’ll send you the information. Also, we’ve compiled our first inventory list of stuff we’ve picked up! If you want a list of what we’ve got, let us know! Thank you!**

The flight from Jakarta was excellent. If you ever find yourself in this neck of the woods, I highly recommend them. The staff is friendly, the plane was spacious, we got free COOKED food (fantastic chicken curry), free drink (not just soda, but wine and stuff too!) and a smooth flight.

Once we landed, everything was new again. Although it was only a two hour flight, it felt like another world. Yes, it’s still Southeast Asia, but Malaysia is a lot smaller than Indonesia. There is also a bit more wealth here, and so far it’s felt a lot more like NZ than Indo. The airport is an hour outside of town and we had a nice ride in with a personal shuttle. The driver spoke decent English and talked all about the country on the way in. There were many empty housing editions along the zillion-lane highway due to the recession. Once KL showed up on the horizon, I was amazed yet again. It’s a beautiful city jeweled by the Patronus Towers, two spires that were once the tallest buildings in the world. We checked into our little hotel and went for a walk.

The first thing I noticed walking around downtown was that I felt much safer here. Not to knock Indonesia, because I loved it, but KL (at least this section) is a lot more organized than the majority of Surabaya or Jakarta was. Especially Jakarta. There is a mall nearby where we beelined to (Harry Potter tickets!) and indulged in some American eats. Western culture has penetrated Kuala Lumpur to a greater degree than the entire Indonesian nation, it seems. And just about everyone speaks English. Great for a lazy language learner (LLL) like me.

 

The next few days we wander around here, then we have to figure out where we’re headed next. Our Malaysia visa is 90 days (free!) so we have plenty of time to decide.

About rhysfunk

Rhys Martin was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1981. In 2009, he sold everything he owned and left the country, living out of a backpack for ten months. He discovered a passion for photography while traveling throughout Southeast Asia and Europe. After returning home, he looked at his home town and Oklahoma heritage with fresh eyes. When he began to explore his home state, Rhys turned his attention to historic Route 66. As he became familiar with the iconic highway, he began to truly appreciate Oklahoma’s place along the Mother Road. He has traveled all 2,400 miles of Route 66, from Chicago to Los Angeles. He has also driven many miles on rural Oklahoma highways to explore the fading Main Streets of our small towns. Rhys has a desire to find and share the unique qualities of the Sooner State with the rest of the world. Cloudless Lens Photography has been featured in several publications including This Land, Route 66 Magazine, Nimrod Journal, Inbound Asia Magazine, The Oklahoman, and the Tulsa World. Rhys loves to connect with people and share his experiences; ask him about enjoyable day trips from Tulsa, locations along Route 66, and good diners or burger joints along the way.
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