Aaaaaah Asia!


There are plastic concertina doors on the bathrooms, conveniently translucent enough to serve us as a nightlight in our budget room.   Our tummies are full, our packs are strewn about, our kids are sleeping under the ticking fans.   I’m listening to the sounds of the street, the chatter of the hostel staff up and down the stairs.

So, what’s it like to be back in Asia??

There are rules!

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There are questions. Who is the eldest?? How many boys??

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There are silly shoes


There is, of course, such wonderful food.


There is plumbing-as-afterthought


There is Chris wrangling his Bahasa Malay from the recesses of his mind and managing to get it out in the right order…..and getting his wheelchair-heaving fitness back.


There is our first breakfast, now a Malaysian family tradition, roti canai and kopi. Sweet and strong. We always enjoy the first few days of Malaysian coffee, then our internal sugar saturation point is reached, and we revert to making our own. A months worth of sugar in three days…mmmmm!   And look at this lovely flakey hot roti!



And plenty of bizarre foods as well


There is the heat, the stickiness of the baby against me. There’s no need for moisturiser.


We had a commitment in Kota Kinabalu, so decided to stay in beautiful Borneo for a month.  Stay tuned for Orang Utan pictures!!  It’s good to be back!

 ( and yes, I wrote this a while back, I’m catching up! )




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7 Responses to Aaaaaah Asia!

  1. Seana Smith November 19, 2013 at 6:00 am #

    Hello! How marvellous to hear more of your travelling tales. I have such a soft spot for Sabah as it was the first tropical place I ever went to… when I left uni about 26 years ago. Was brought up in a wee Scottish village which was the exact opposite of anywhere tropical… Sabah was a marvellous introduction, and what beautiful people too.

    Look forward to more posts.
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  2. Helen Riseborough November 19, 2013 at 8:38 am #

    Thanks Gill, I feel like I have visited Malaysia now! without the sweat…….

  3. David November 19, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    I was in Malaysia last week and tasted that cheese called Roti! It’s so good that I wanna buy heaps of it and take it home with me. You have a big family and lovely kids! Happy traveling!


  4. Granny November 20, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    Must say some of the food looks delicious!

  5. eloratour December 21, 2013 at 7:19 pm #

    Hai …

    Pisang Goreng (fried banana), Nasi Rendang, Durian … So Asia … 😀

    You also find that tasted food in Lampung, Sumatera, Indonesia.

    You want to try Kopi Luwak (Civet Coffee), Surfing at Tanjung Setia Surf Camp, and more ? …

    Just come to Lampung …

    Warm Regard

  6. Victor@Wildlife Tours Melbourne January 2, 2014 at 7:07 am #

    I am not a fan of durian, but the food looks good and tempting. One of the joys of traveling :)

  7. Sérgio January 17, 2014 at 12:05 am #

    I haven’t been to asia yet, I’m working a lot to be able to have a few days to travel and visit Thailand and, who knows, do a Southeast Asia trip, that’s one of my dreams :)

    Thanks for reminding me one of the main reasons I work for!

    Sérgio (Portugal)

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