Archive for February, 2011

Day 55 – Goodbye Kuala Lumpur, hello Penang!

Posted in Malaysia on February 28, 2011 by jpomio

We said farewell to Kuala Lumpur and headed for Penang today. After sitting on a bus for over six hours, we arrived at our hotel in Georgetown just in time for dinner. Our whole today was devoted to transit so I don’t have many pictures. Here is a photo of our “super plush” coach bus and some beautiful cliffs we saw during our journey. More to come tomorrow…


Day 54 – Shopping in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Posted in Malaysia on February 27, 2011 by jpomio

Kuala Lumpur is a difficult metropolis to navigate. After spending four days here, we have FINALLY gotten the hang of this city (on our last day). Today we embarked on some shopping, browsing mostly. We first visited Plaza Lowyat, an electronics mall which failed to live up to the hype we read about (an $800 iPhone is hardly a good deal). We then roamed about other shopping centers quickly discovering that Chinatown has the best prices. Another discovery of ours is the addictive nature of “Each-a-Cup” (simply divine on hot and humid days – we just can’t get enough of these refreshing beverages).

(Inside Plaza Lowyat)


(Lot 10 Mall – “Amazing things happen when you say YES!!!”)


(Dinner at our favorite spot in KL – Hutong Village)


Day 53 – Batu Caves (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Posted in Malaysia on February 26, 2011 by jpomio

We had an incredible day visiting the Batu Caves (home to Hindu shrines in the most amazing natural setting). The limestone forming Batu Caves is said to be around 400 million years old. It is truly a spectacular place. We climbed the very steep 272 steps to get to the top and were literally drenched in sweat. After admiring the beautiful Hindu shrines, we headed back to Kuala Lumpur to visit some buildings we missed during our sightseeing yesterday.

(Batu Caves)


(Beautiful architecture we saw today)


(Miscellaneous photos)


Day 52 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Posted in Malaysia on February 25, 2011 by jpomio

We continued to explore Kuala Lumpur on foot today. Normally we would take advantage of the transit system to get around town, but due to the heavy traffic in KL, one can walk faster than riding on the bus (unfortunately KL does not have a subway system). Our walking tour took us to Merdeka Square, National Mosque, Chinatown, and KL’s City Center Park. As we passed by the National Mosque, we had the opportunity to observe Friday prayers (Malaysia is a Muslim country with many devoted individuals).

(Merdeka Square – Sultan Abdul Samad building)


(National Mosque)




(Petronas Twin Towers)


Day 51 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Posted in Malaysia on February 24, 2011 by jpomio

We continued to explore Kuala Lumpur (KL) on foot today. It is a city of interesting contrasts. There are many innovative skyscrapers (such as the magnificent Petronas Twin Towers) and beautiful malls alongside dirty roads, sidewalks, and rundown buildings. The traffic in KL is pretty bad from what we saw. As we walked, motorcycles frequently hopped onto and rode on the sidewalks (as a means to avoid sitting in congestion). We also noticed many vehicles disobey the rules of the road by blatantly running red lights on busy intersections.

(Petronas Twin Towers)


Day 50 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Posted in Malaysia on February 23, 2011 by jpomio

Today we said farewell to charming Melaka and headed for Kuala Lumpur. Our two hour bus ride was pleasant and comfortable. Upon arriving at the Kuala Lumpur bus station, we were swarmed by taxi drivers pushing their services (people are definitely more unrelenting here). Once at our hotel, we dropped off our bags and went on an explorative walk in the Bukit Bintang area. Bukit Bintang has many fancy hotels, malls, and shops and it exudes a big city atmosphere.


Recent Quake in Christchurch New Zealand

Posted in New Zealand on February 22, 2011 by jpomio

My heart goes out to the people of Christchurch, New Zealand.  The people of Christchurch are kind, friendly, and helpful.  This is such an unfortunate event…