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Food, glorious food.

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In 2009, a 47 year old Frenchman Alain "Spiderman" Robert, scaled the Petronas Twin Towers without using ropes or safety gear. He reached the pinnacle after 2 hours, unravelled a Malysian flag and waved to the crowd. He was arrested by police when he re-entered the building on level 88 and was fined RM2,000. It was his 3rd attempt.

PICT0109.jpgI bought a book of useless Malaysian facts. I thought that one was appropriate because I went and saw the towers yesterday. Yeah, yeah, I know, cliche tourist. Maybe it is just my engineering ways, but they are really impressive, no matter how cliche that sounds. So here is the obligatory photo, and if these are only 450m tall, that 800m skypiercer in Dubai must have some good reception.

In other news, the food here is AMAZING! I think half the population of Malaysia is making a living off feeding the other half. Two or three dollars will have you a feast, I kid you not. There is food everywhere. I have made a point of not eating at the typical western outlets, because there is of course maccas and KFC and all those other chains dotted around the place. Then there is a whole bunch of places spilling out on to the street with menus I can't read and photos that look nothing like the food on people's plates. I just point to something that looks OK and they always ask "are you sure?" Well no, of course I'm not sure, I have got no idea what I am ordering but it's only two bucks. Then they sit back laughing and watching because they know my mouth is about to be cremated. My stomach isn't rewarding me for my adventurous taste either. It has told me on more than one occassion "Sam, you have only 30 seconds to find the nearest toilet, your time starts... NOW." Thankfully there is no shortage of public toilets around here and I'm beginning to appreciate the bum cleaners.

Even the supermarket is an adventure. There are a lot of products on the shelves that I haven't seen since I left The Netherlands and the US influence is also obvious. Marmite must have pork in it, because they only have a sample jar on the shelf with a sign saying "available from the non-halal counter." The counter was tucked away in a dirty corner with a seperate register. It reminded me of that ad on tv, where the lady pushes her trolley through the pork aisle to be confronted by all these pigs squealing in their cages. I waited for some people to come through the counter expecting their shirts to be pulled over their heads so no-one could see their faces. Alas, they seemed quite happy with their pork.

I spent an hour in the supermarket and bought three things. I'm pretty sure the CCTV was following my romper stomper head as I would pick up every single item - read it, shake it, smell it - then put it back again. I bought some dried plums which looked safe, until I found out they put hot stuff on them too. And thankyou Victor for pointing out that you can buy dragonfruit at Safeway. You probably pop balloons on little kids at the show too... It tasted like air anyway, with the added benefit of seeds stuck in my teeth. At least it wasn't hot.

One thing I can't understand are the fashion outlets. EVERY single shop has photos of beautiful slim white western women. Given that just about everyone in the shop is Asian, I am not really sure why this is. Maybe it is because most of the girls here are already really skinny. I mean really skinny. I know some anatomy, and many of the girls here are missing some important anatomical features, like muscles. I'm not sure how they even walk, yet they appear otherwise completely healthy. I guess if the shops used photos of slim Asian women, they would have nothing to aspire to. At least now they can dream Michael Jackson style - "maybe if I wear Levi's denim, I will one day be white and blonde too." I don't get it, and I think it is sad.

Anyway, on a four hour bus ride to my new home in Johor Bahru tomorrow. I have seen some of the buses here. I am in for an interesting ride I think. Thanks for the comments, I'll try and post some more photos.

Selamat pagi, Sam.

Posted by The Doctor 09:58 Archived in Malaysia Tagged lodging

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  • Unravelled

I wish you would stop talking about toilets.
I can't wait to see the towers - don't care if it's cliched, they look awesome.

by Beth

I personally find your toilet humour funny... now that I have gotten used to it. Selamat pagi yourself xx

by Soph

yeah in thailand they have this face whitening cream. I was trying to by a cleanser and it was really hard to find one that wasn't whitening! I think it goes back to different classes - historically the higher classes had whiter skin while the peasants were very brown from working in the hot sun all day. weird, cos in australia we all want to be brown!

by mdortmans

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