18 Dec - 21 Dec 2009 Kuala Lumpur

Adequate double room with wifi and shared bathroom for MYR 35.-  or US$ 10.- per night.

Click below for an interactive road map of the friendly Bird Nest Guest House in Kuala Lumpur, which we would highly recommend, and for directions:

Enjoying the wonderful big-city life in Cooler Lumpur (in a pre-Christmas mood), our number-one place in Southeast Asia, so far, and realising the not-so-subtle difference between Bali’s conditional friendliness (under the condition that one spends money) and the rather unconditional friendliness of Malaysia's Malay, Chinese and Indian people.

Purchasing two new, biometric European Community passports (with the surveillance state’s cynical small print on the last page: “This passport contains sensitive electronic technology and should be handled with care…” - maybe, this tiny design flaw will soon be overcome by its perfected successor, the compulsory chip implant for each citizen - George Orwell sends his love) for only MYR 470.- or US$ 135.- per book from the German Embassy in Kuala Lumpur; chips ahoy, but so sorry mein Kanzler, we are not fully ready yet to get completely chipped:

When they microchipped the Alzheimer patients I remained silent;
I was not an Alzheimer patient.
When they microchipped the diabetics and the AIDS patients I remained silent;
I was neither an AIDS patient nor a diabetic.
When they microchipped the military I did not speak out;
I was not in the military.
When they came for the activists I remained silent;
I was not an activist.
When they came to microchip me, there was no one left to speak out.

Flying with Air Asia (“Now Everyone Can Fly”) in a clean Airbus A 320-200 from Kuala Lumpur’s KLIA-LCCT Sepang back to Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport for all inclusive MYR 146.- or US$ 40.- per person, one way and all inclusive, and being issued with a non-extendable 30-day visitor visa ("visa on arrival") for Indonesia for US$ 25.- per person (payable in cash, collectable on the spot).

Click below for a summary of this year's travels

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