We decided that at the end of our contract in August 2011, we will take a little road trip en route back to sunny S.A. We decided on Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. We were fortunate to know people that (then) lived in Kuala Lumpur (the pleasant Deon and Annelie Strydom), who invited us to board at their place during our stay in Malaysia. We had a lovely stay at their beautiful apartment, and I think they also enjoyed the company of fellow Saffas in a foreign country.
First picture in KL out of moving van! Petronas Towers.
The Batu Caves. One of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India. It’s also the focal point of the Hindu festival, Thaipusam, in Malaysia.
China Town in KL.
Some of the old colonial buildings in KL.
Our hosts: the amazingly hospitable Annelie and Deon Strydom!
Walking around, tasting some street food, and having the famous drink out of a bag!
Taking in the Petronas Towers at night.
Views from the Sky Bridge of the Petronas Towers.
We also planned on going to the Perhentian Islands where we would get SCUBA certified. We stayed on Perhentian Besar Island (the bigger one of the 2). We had a package which included accommodation, meals and also the PADI Open Water Scuba Course. We had a very nice stay at the Coral View Island Resort. (The big fruit shakes are HUGE and sooo lekker!)
The crystal clear blue water was some of the best we have yet seen on all our travels.
We snorkeled right in front of the resort (where we saw a small black tip reef shark, some cuttlefish, eels, numerous blue-spotted rays and myriads of other reef fish). Upon completing our SCUBA Open Water Diver certification I was elated! It’s been a long time since I’ve felt such a sense of achievement, and sharing that special moment with my brave wife will be one of my most cherished memories. SCUBA diving has always been on ‘the list’, and after that first time being able to ‘breathe’ underwater, I think I swam around with the stupidest smile on my face… hooked 4 life 4 sure!
Malaysia was an amazing experience, but we feel we’ve only scratched the surface… We’ve only seen and experienced a small part of what Malaysia has to offer, and planning round two is definitely on the cards!