258 SE Asia Index 05
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After being in Korea and Japan I wanted to hang around in a place where I could speak English, but instead of flying back to a cold winter in the UK I decided to go to Malaysia. My ticket from Korea took me to Taiwan and then to Bangkok.

I spent a week in Bangkok then took the overnight train to Trang, then bus to Satun then boat to Langkawi Island in Malaysia and onto Penang and the mainland
.. .. (photo Malaysian tea ..very foamy !)

I travelled around the country, but I found that everything is in KL so I ended up staying there most of the time.

.... There I met some people exactly like me, bumped into some interesting projects, ended up working in a great job and met a beautiful woman and got married...

Well NOT REALLY

...most people were pretty much the same as everywhere else in the 20th century capitalist, consumerist planet, "family family", "buy lots of stuff".

I did one or two small jobs and worked on the website for Panama. I did do one short volunteer project for the Malaysian Nature Society setting up an English teaching programme on the tourist island of Tioman. And I often met up with kind Hospitalityclub.org people in KL. The sun shines most of the time, it's got a lot of first world amenities like shopping malls etc, so I spent most of the time hanging around in KL helping a few people while time seemed to disappear.

but there were complications
... With half the population being muslim and the rest mostly sticking around only their own races it's not exactly hippy.
... English is widely spoken, but it's now a third language behind the government official language of Malay and the languages the Chinese and Indian speak at home.
... There are political complications govt lazy unreliable not free
... I'm too fair skinned to hang out on the beach

before this TAIWAN INDEX

pc259a Opinions so Far
pc259 Bangkok
pc260 Langkawi Island
pc261 Penang 1
pc262 Penang 2
pc263 Taiping to KL
pc264 Chilling in KL
pc265 Trip to Malacca
pc266 Christmas in KL / Frasers Hill

pc267 HC Meeting Port Klang
pc268 HC Meeting Bangsar
pc269 Back in Singapore
pc270 Back in KL for the Slaughter
pc271 KL's Almost Revolutions
pc272 Battling with Google
pc273 Quiet Chinese New Year : Right Wing Ranters
pc274 More Reading
pc275 Teaching in Tioman
pc276 In Singapore chasing OCBC
pc277 Back in KL
pc278 KL Zoo in KL
pc279 Kuala Selangor
pc280 Finding a Lost Backpack
pc281 In the Newspaper again
pc282 Nghong
pc283 Triumph, repairing a computer disaster
pc284 Sunway Lagoon and Shah Alam
pc285 Lake Gardens and BirdPark
pc286 Finally compensation
pc287 Cambodia Visitors
pc288 Wesak Day Floats
pc289 Malaysia Conclusions

pc291 After this ..overland thro' Siberia

100's of LINKS
Page for people visiting Malaysia and KL


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