Showing posts from January, 2017

My Introduction to Malaysia

I just got back from a quick trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  It was my first time visiting both the city and the country so I wasn't sure what to expect.  I thought it might be busy and a bit crazy like Jakarta, but I had also heard it was more like Singapore.  I think it was an interesting mix between the two.  We took the train from the airport to the hotel, something you definitely wouldn't do in Jakarta.   We also took the train to the office the following morning.  It was absolutely packed, but fortunately we only needed to travel one stop over.  On the way up to the office, I noticed that the elevator had floor 12A and no 14th floor.  Apparently the number 4 is bad luck in China, so some buildings skip that floor (kind of like 13 for us).  It was strange though that they skipped 14 but had a 4th floor. There was a good view of the surrounding areas from the office.  There were many high rises, but also quite a few areas with trees and parks.  There was also plenty of cons…

Our Aussie Christmas & Boxing Day

Our Aussie Christmas Eve tradition is to drive down to Phillip Island, have a picnic on the beach, and then watch the little penguins come in.  This year was no exception and with all of the house craziness we were really looking forward to it.  It was the perfect day for it, nice and warm.  Phil had a good bike ride down to meet me while I visiting with the koalas.  Then we walked down to the beached and laid down our spread for a relaxing dinner.  There were even more tourists than normal at the penguins this year, so we didn't stay long.  It was still a nice evening out and is a traditional we will continue because it so perfectly captures what it's like to have Christmas in the summer down here.
On Christmas Day we went to our Aussie family for lunch.  It is always nice to join their family for the holiday, and equally nice to go home later and take a quiet Christmas Day nap!
On Boxing Day we went to the Boxing Day Cricket Test Match.  This is something we had decided to do …