05 Mar - 22 Mar 2009 Kuala Lumpur

28 Tengkat Tong Shin
Mutiara Villa Condos
Fully-furnished one-bedroom 700-sqft apartment (no. A-25-F) on 25th floor for MYR 1,750.- or US$ 483.- per month, with balcony and including free access to gym and swimming pool with Jacuzzi. Stunning views over the city.

Click below for an interactive road map of the Mutiara Villa Condos in Kuala Lumpur and for directions:

Discovering Little India, the bustling neighbourhood north of Masjid India (the main place of worship for Indian Muslims in Kuala Lumpur), and being enticed by the sights, sounds and smells of South India: shops which are piled high with Ganesh statues and colourful saris, loudspeakers which blast out Bollywood soundtracks and smouldering incense sticks which pollute the air with thick smoke of sandalwood and myrrh.

Experiencing the sensory overload of pungent Pudu Market, Kuala Lumpur’s biggest wet and dry market, where stalls sell everything from slaughtered frogs to live duck chicks and from crates full of durian to bucket loads of chilli padi (extremely hot small chilli) and stacks of daun pisang (square cut banana leaves, used as plates for rice dishes).

Flying with Firefly (“Your Community Airline”) in a turboprop ATR 72-500 from Kuala Lumpur's Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport at Subang to Kota Bharu's Sultan Ismail Petra Airport in Kelantan on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, where Malaysia is at its most Malayan, for all inclusive MYR 35.- or US$ 10.- per person (one way), taking the SKMK bus no. 639 from Kota Bharu to the fishing port of Kuala Besut for MYR 6.- or US$ 1.65 per person for the 65-km ride and hiring a speedboat to Pulau Perhentian Kecil’s Long Beach for MYR 30.- or US$ 8.25 per person for the 30 min long 10-nm trip.

Click below for more blog entries about West Malaysia's east-coast islands 
22 Feb - 10 Mar 2013 Pulau Tioman
19 Jul - 22 Jul 2011 Pulau Tioman

Click below for a summary of this year's travels

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