Day 7 – An Educational Day at the Supermarket

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I love going to the supermarket abroad, in search of different items they sell. Some things unusual to me but normal to everyone else wandering the aisles.

I’ve never lived in an Islamic country before, I spent a very short holiday in Dubai once but we didn’t leave the resort never mind consider visiting the local supermarkets. This is my first experience of living in a place where…

Day 6 – Pan Mee

Day 6 was all about pan mee.

What’s that? I hear you say. Pan mee! Pan mee is a noodle dish which originates in Malaysia.

All I want to do is cross off as many Malaysian must eats as possible and this one sounds like a good’en.

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At the pool my head’s buried inside two Lonely Planets, one Berlitz book and a couple of KL Timeout magazines searching for…

Day 5 – 1st Saturday in KL

It was exciting to get to the weekend, nearly recovered from jet lag and raring to explore the city I could see from my balcony. But first, to the pool!

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It’s such a treat to live somewhere with a pool AND one that’s…

Day 4 – Hello Jalan Alor!

Two things that really make me think of South-East Asia are incredible, mind blowing beaches and crazy/noisy/food filled streets.

In Kuala Lumpur I’m obviously not going to get the incredible beaches (I’m leaving that for the east coast islands of Malaysia, hoping to venture there after the rainy season ends) but I am definitely, 100% going to get crazy/noisy/food filled streets. And that’s what I got on…
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Day 3 – My Local Mamak

At around 3am on day 3 I realised I couldn’t sleep, I’d been hit with jet lag. After an hour or so of Instagram, Twitter, Facebook stalking and the Guardian I dozed off until the sound of the sleeping teacher’s 6am alarm woke me up, again.

I dragged the duvet over my head and into the lounge to join the now awake teacher for his morning coffee/Whatsapp/news/BBC sport routine.

Later in the day I napped, a dangerous move when trying to adjust to a new time zone, the ridiculous humidity clearly adding to my dopiness. I forced myself to wake up by unpacking. The main ground rule was do not sit down…

Day 1 & Day 2 – The Malaysian Chapter

Tuesday 17th November, three months after booking my flights the big travel day had finally arrived.

My flight, well the first of two flights to be precise, was due to depart Manchester Terminal 1 at 8.30pm. It was strange having a whole day building up to leaving and saying goodbye, I think it actually made it more difficult. Anyway the day consisted of packing, unpacking and packing some more; the great hand luggage dilema…what would I need to occupy myself for 14 hours up in the air and two in an airport; a dental appointment (not too bad as my dad’s my dentist) and finally eating some cheese (as venturing to Asia means goodbye cheese which is obviously the hardest goodbye).

In Brief…

A northerner with a love of solo travel, capturing life through a camera, a blue sky, flowers and coffee.

Paradise in Penghu…

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Penghu, I miss you!

Penghu is Taiwan’s tropical paradise, just like the Philippines but fewer islands. To imagine it you must first take Taiwan’s beautiful Kenting, throw in a few more beaches, longer coastline, mix in the whitest of sands and then multiply that by 50 and you’ve just about got Penghu.

Bakeries rule, especially in Argentina.

Glorious snow capped mountains, endless hiking trails, lakes, vineyards, wine tasting, whales, red meat, jam-packed BBQs hanging from giant hooks in the ceiling, Summer and Winter weather days… these are all the things that attracted me to Argentina. Little did I know that I would leave the country after two months with an addiction to dulce de leche and an enormous love for their baked goods.

10,000 views! Let’s celebrate with a beer!

Don’t you hate it when work gets in the way? I’ve got about four half written blogs on my Dashboard, painfully waiting for completion but I haven’t visited my blog for so long they’re gathering dust. However, last week my inbox pinged with news of a comment on one of my rambling posts. A lovely comment from across the Atlantic drew my attention back to this dusty blog and I realised that despite my lack of posts it still gets a lot of views, 10,224 to be (very nearly) precise! In celebration of getting over the 10,000 mark I thought I’d share a beer or two with you.