14 Apr - 21 Apr 2009 Kuala Lumpur

Federation of Malaysia
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:

Konni: Female-bonding with her Persian friend Shahla (and her Iranian daughter Shirin who came to study business administration in Kuala Lumpur) over an infinite number of cups of coffee with doughnuts in their preferred shopping malls.

Practising our agnostic life skills on those orange-robed, shorn “Buddhist” bogus mendicants, whose aggressive demeanour reminded us of drilled sales reps from a multi-level marketing troupe, who approached us many times - some of them even a few times in a row (because “...these round-eyed people do all look the same, tida’ apa...”) - downtown Kuala Lumpur and who bulldog-like tried to sell us some overpriced religious bric-a-brac, again and again, always accompanied by the fashionable buzz word “peace”, their mechanical smile and their soulless imitation of a wây (the prayer-like palms-together gesture) thus supporting our believes about the huge difference between (i) a person's genuine spirituality and (ii) its institutionalised wrap-up by any sect, church or religion, regardless of the applied metaphor, fairy tale or name of idol/god, be it in the East or in the West.

Becoming regulars at our favourite sushi bar Sakae Sushi at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur and enjoying every time the enthusiastic welcome in Japanese (“Irashaimasu!”) by their friendly young staff, the superb quality and freshness of their fish and seafood and the great value for money: (i) one bowl of excellent miso soup for MYR 1.90 or US$ 0.50, (ii) one six-piece set of salmon makimono for MYR 1.90 or US$ 0.50, (iii) one California temaki (hand roll) for MYR 3.90 or US$ 1.05, (iv) one two-piece set of tuna maguro premium sushi for MYR 3.90 or US$ 1.05 and (v) one five-piece set of red snapper sashimi for MYR 9.90 or US$ 2.75.

Flying with Firefly (“Your Community Airline”) in an undefatigable ATR 72-500 from Kuala Lumpur's Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport at Subang to Kuala Terengganu’s Sultan Mahmud Airport on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia for all inclusive MYR 35.- or US$ 10.- per person, one way, taking thereafter the local S.P. Bumi bus from Kuala Terengganu's city centre to the fishing village of Marang for MYR 2.- per person and taking from here the MGH ferry to Pulau Kapas for MYR 15.- or US$ 4.- per person, one way, for the 15-min long 3-nm boat ride.

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2009 Map Konni & Matt

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