Night photo of my back yard…

So many people post shots of their backyard at sunset and they are beautiful. I don’t have a backyard however, i do have a sunset, this shot taken from my 18 floor apartment in Kuala Lumpur. My friend John taught me to use a small aperture to get the “STAR” effect in the light in a nigh shot. (30 sec, iso 100, f22)

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Nobody is a just a somebody…

The young lady asked why I wanted to take her picture “I’m just the cleaning lady.” She said.

I took the shot and turned the camera around for her to see. “See how beautiful you are. Nobody is just a somebody.” Not sure she understood what I meant by that phrase but she did blush and smile.

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I am in the KL Convention Center (KLCC) Park waiting for my partner Ms. E. to get her hair done in the shopping mall under the Petronas Towers. “Two hours?” I asked. “It takes two hours to get your hair done?” I wanted to explain that I can get my haircut done in 15 minutes, wash, cut, quaffed, but instead and avoiding an argument I took off around the park and took a few pictures.

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At the convention center there is always something going on. Today, an autoshow, all the major brands were on display, BMW, Citron, Proton, Lotus…

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Kata Beach Thailand

Our dear friends Mickey and Amy came all the way from North Carolina (USA) to visit in WatChalong-29Malaysia, that is them over there –>. Last week we were in Singapore, this week, Kata Beach Thailand located on the island of Phuket, pronounced “Poo-Ket” not “Fuc-it” as Mickey phonetically pronounced it.

My friends have already been to Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, some Secret Service work in China and by the time of this post they are well on their way to Vietnam…

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Now where is our room…

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Wat Chalong is the largest Buddhist temple on the island, Buddha’s are everywhere…

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Amy getting blessed by a monk…

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“If there is any religion that could respond to the needs of modern science, it would be Buddhism.”
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Next we have Stingray on the menu…

Singapore night

We met some friends from the US in Singapore last week. I had the privilege of showing them around. A few pictures from our two nights in town…

The Fullerton hotel has one of the best views in the city. This is a shot from the rooftop bar looking towards the Marina Bay Sands.

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Gentlemen playing a board game in the park. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.

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The temple is sacred…

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Caught this young man repairing a temple…

Oldman_-6we are on our way to Thailand… I love Thailand. If this location is on your bucket list, make it happen…

Doctors smoke more Camels than any other cigarette.

I would not do this after dark but walking the back streets of Kuala Lumpur during the day is quite enjoyable, a little urban exploring, get some pictures, see how the locals live and always see sights not on any tour map, for example, this morning we are on our way to an old bookstore.

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Here we are. The book store is literally packed to the front door, floor to ceiling.

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I was impressed with the extent of the books in this little store. My big find was this 1947 Popular Science magazine.

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The back cover advertisement tells it all. The US had just come out of a World War, the Baby Boom was just beginning, the prosperity of the 1950’s was just around the corner, and people now had expendable income. R.J. Reynolds capitalized on many aspects of what was happening in the US at the time, women smoking, doctors where the experts, and celebrities pushed every product imaginable.

I wanted to find out what happen to Jerry Ambler so I Googled him. He died of an auto accident in 1957, not cancer like many of these celebrities did.

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Curry Fish Head with sautéed lettuce…

This is our bill from dinner the other night, cannot read a damn word of it, more on the meal in a minute.

BillOne of my favorite buildings in downtown Kuala Lumpur is the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. Built in 1897 and designed by A.C. Norman in the style of the Mughal, Persian architecture, the building housed British government offices until after World War II.

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Curry Fish head

Thirty minutes drive south of Kuala Lumpur (KL) through the back streets of the city, away from the upscale hotels and modern neighborhoods is a borough known as Puchong where we are about to experience a local delicacy, Fish-head curry.

FishHeadSoup-13 FishHeadSoup-11-2Puchong is mostly a Chinese community with a myriad of local restaurants that rarely see any foreigners. This restaurant is known for good Fish Head, it’s not a fancy place, plastic chairs, open to the outside, with a queue quickly forming it’s an indication this place is good.

FishHeadSoup-3One thing I noticed when I moved here to Malaysia is that there is no salad, as we know it in the West. The Malaysian’s do eat lettuce, it’s just sautéed, steamed, and mixed with oyster sauce, very good.

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Whenever I go to Puchong children point at me because I look so out-of-place, restaurant owners ask my companion Ms. E if I need a fork and spoon, and some places dust off the English menu, if they have one, and set it in front of me. As awkward as all this is and as culturally different as it can get, this is why people love to travel.

Giant Shrimp and what to do with them…

These are the biggest shrimp I have ever seen, ridiculous Frank-en-shrimp. I’m at a local night market in Kuala Lumpur and I come across these baby’s, Penaeus monodon, or Giant Tiger Prawns. Indigenous to SE Asia waters they grow to about 14 inch in length, these are only about 9 inches and for scale, I put a normal shrimp next to them.

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Best shrimp recipe…

  • Garlic sautéed in olive oil
  • Add breadcrumbs
  • Add Parsley
  • Pepper, Salt, splash of white wine. Reduce.
  • Drizzle on split shrimp
  • Sprinkle on Parmesan and Mozzarella
  • Broil for 3-5 minutes

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