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Singapore Fling

I’m writing this on a slow train from Gemas to Kota Bharu, Malaysia. We’re taking the long and non-express train so we can make our way through the oldest jungle in the world. We’ve been using this down time to put our pictures together from Singapore (see below). The second busiest port in the world (it only recently lost it’s first place title), Singapore is the only country in Southeast Asia that continued to grow during the recession. Ninety percent... Read More

Baboon Back-flip

A few days ago while at the Singapore Zoo, I spotted this adolescent baboon playing around. If you watch carefully, you can see it doing 3 back-flips. I caught the last one in all it’s glory.  Read More

Malaysian Barber-Shop

Josh lost at least two pounds yesterday… Josh has been sporting the shaggy hair-do recently: he hasn’t had a haircut in four months. In fairness, we originally planned to leave in December and, though he was waiting to get it all chopped off in some random place, it was never meant to get this long. But long it is was. The barber, with a room full of regulars, took his job very seriously. The lack of common language allowed only one direction: “this short”... Read More

Soul-gazing in Melaka

We checked country number two off the list today as we entered Malaysia by bus. Our first stop: Melaka. On the western coast, south of Kuala Lumpur, Melaka is said to be the “cradle of modern Malaysian culture”. According to the guidebook, it’s managed to avoid becoming a big metropolis and retained it’s original character. Judging by the plastic flower decoration extravaganza on the rickshaws here, I am not sure that’s a good thing. The guidebook... Read More

Face Whitening Anyone?

I’d heard that whitening/bleaching creams were popular in Asia. In fact, I stocked up a little more on creams and lotions than other toiletry products so I wouldn’t have to restock in Asia because I heard that it was next to impossible to find creams without whitening agents. However, this is the first time I’ve seen advertising for it (on a Singapore train car).    Read More