Day 3/Part 2 – Royal Selangor Pewter Visitor Centre

After the awesome Batu Caves we decided to visit the Royal Selangor Pewter Visitor Centre.  Our guide, Nawir, hadn’t been there before so he decided to come inside with us!

The visitor centre has 3 sections.  The first part is the history of Royal Selangor, then it goes to the factory tour where you can practice hands on making patterns in the pewter.  The third part is the retail store where you can drool over the awesome creations!!

Entry to the centre is free and when you arrive Continue reading

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Traffic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Where do I start?

Anyone who knows me will know that I’m not a good passenger.  I only let Gert drive when I am too tired to stay awake!  And I drove in Vegas as I only lasted 2 minutes with Gert at the wheel!!

So, haven’t I had to make an enormous adjustment here in Malaysia!

Hassan picked us up from the airport in his people mover.  We allocated Gert the front seat – I’m pretty sure he has dropped a few years of his lifespan!!

The first thing we notice is the scooter drivers.  Some are going faster than us, some are going slower!  Most are wearing their jackets backwards!!  (We still have no idea why – guessing it is because of Continue reading

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Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth overnight train – who let the grizzly bear on the train?

Ok. I’m committing blogger sins today and posting out of order even though I swore I wouldn’t. It’s only a few days – I’m sure you’ll all manage!!

And no pic because it’s iPad posting from the train. The one with the grizzly bear on it!!  (Since added a pic of the grizzly bear!!)

Our trip on the KL to Butterworth train started uneventfully enough.
We were at the station in plenty of time from the Hop On Hop Off bus – we arrived about 8.00pm. We went in search of food and had these naughty little pancake things. The girls had some extremely hot sauce on theirs which tried to burn the lips off their faces! (Kate is coping extremely well with all this hot food).

We then collected the heaviest bags in the world from our lockers and went in search of the first class lounge where we had been promised the heavenly treats of free soft drink and free wifi!!  The lounge is usually available an hour ahead of departure time. It was nearly two hours ahead but we decided we would batt our eyelashes and pretend we had no English if challenged. I’m not a crier but if it meant i had to wear that backpack for too long I was pretty sure I could Continue reading

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Shipwrecked on Travel Planning Island!!

We haven’t left yet but we’re shipwrecked.  Travel Planning Island has appeared unexpectedly before us and we’ve run aground!!

It’s been a few weeks since my last post.  Things got really hectic when it was time to pack up and move out.  I regrouped a little once we were in the granny flat but I’ve been running in circles ever since.  In what parallel universe did I think I would have heaps of time to play on the internet once I had a two hour drive each way to work?

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