After relaxing for a day in beautiful air conditioning, we made it safely from the clutches of Jerantut and the East Coast of Malaysia and took the daunting all-day bus ride to the northwest corner of the country and Pulau (island) Penang and the largest city on it, Georgetown. At the end of our bus … Continue reading Pulau Penang and Georgetown
Taman Negara, widely touted as the world's oldest primary rainforest ("Yes! It's even older than the Amazon!" read the brochures), is nonetheless a beautiful destination to explore. Though not independently confirmed as the "oldest," much to the chagrin of local tourist companies, it is dated at approximately 130 million years old, and has the added … Continue reading Taman Negara – Day 2
I was born and raised in Oklahoma, one of the most conservative of the United States. My parents are Republican, as is just about everyone else. Growing up, I was raised to believe in the basic Republican tenets:1) Fiscal Conservative2) Smaller Government3) Strict Constitutional Interpretation4) Environmental AwarenessRonald Reagan was the Prez during my early youth, … Continue reading From (R) to (D). What Happened?
When we last left our intrepid heroes, we were heading from the not-too-impressive town of Kuantan to one of the oldest rainforests in the world. It was awesome! We bussed from Kuantan to the small town of Jerantut. Being a popular jumping-off point for one of the highlights of Malaysia's tourist industry, we booked ahead … Continue reading Taman Negara – Part I
Our first night in Melaka, some weeks ago, I met a young man named Ali. We played a few games of pool at our mutual hostel and during said games (where I lost horribly, I might add) we had a conversation that spawned a friendship. Ali is from Iran. He's in his early twenties and … Continue reading My Friend, Ali
I've worn a Casio watch for the majority of the time since my father got one for me back in middle school. I wrote about the death of that watch (after a decade of faithful service) on Livejournal: Casio NL-11 1993 - 2006 My Casio was a good, nay, a great watch. It stuck with … Continue reading Casio: In Mourning
7/2: Nasi Campur - Rice with odds 'n ends. Bits of various unidentified meats. Surprisingly tasty and mega cheap. 7/4: Mie Ayam, Deep Fried Banana Fritters - Mie Ayam is a chicken noodle meal, and it was super good. Well seasoned and, yes, it had veggies in it. This particular one also had a meatball … Continue reading New Foods List – July