Finally the beach

Trip Start Dec 31, 2008
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Trip End Apr 04, 2009


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Flag of Malaysia  , Pinang,
Tuesday, January 6, 2009

We arrived at our hotel and promptly sat our butts on beach chairs & sipped on fruity cocktails.  I started the book my dear friend TK gave me as a Bon Voyage gift: eat, pray, love by Elizabeth Gilbert.  I'm very much enjoying it, and it has dawned on me as to why I'm not as avid of a reader as I could/should be.  It's because I have so many stories that are constantly playing in my head that I have non stop entertainment.  In fact, I need a scribe.  In my brain, tho, b/c  I can't speak or type fast enough to accurately describe my stories.  A mental transcriptionist if you will.  I had a great story 2 days ago, and I've mostly forgotten it - except to remember that it of course was titillating, profound - and funny.  
We had food, meandered through the night market and made sure to do our duty as tourists.  Mainly to buy shit.  So Jenn proceeded to add to the local economy by purchasing souvenirs, knock off bags and I focused on other less bulky materials with equal finesse - DVD's.  I convinced us that we absolutely had to take a rickshaw dressed up in neon lights and fake flowers.  We just had to.  Today, we continued our tourist duty by checking out some local attractions.  You can see them in the pictures.  But we managed to stumble upon yet another interesting taxi driver, only this one was filled with information.  Jenn did her share in discussing politics & religion - me? Nope, really wanted to know some numbers.  So here they are:
Penang has 1.2 million people.  Colonized by the Brits in the later 1700's, early 1800's.  Started to be a tourist destination in the 50's.  Malaysia basically has 3 groups.  The Muslims who make up about 60%, who mainly immigrated from Indonesia.   The rest is made up of Hindu's, East Indians who migrated from the south, and the Chinese who are mostly Christians with a small Buddhists.  They are mainly from southern China.  Because of this, most cities have Chinatowns & Little India.  Actually, I'm going to add a 4th group... the expats.  I will generalize here to say they are middle aged white men who have local wives.  I'll just assume they're wives...
The average person makes 1500-2000 Riiginits per month.  Apartments cost 80,000 - 250,000 to purchase.  The Malaysians consider their quality of life quite good, as I assumed b/c we're not constantly being followed by people trying to sell us must have items such as shells & photos. 
We had an awesome lunch, finally... in Little India.  The locals were eating with their hands, so I joined in.  My fingers are now stained with turmeric.
Oh - I need to add a side note.  Jennifer is a talented photographer - I've always loved her perspective and ability to get shots.  As we were reviewing pics a few days ago, we noticed that somehow my head or some other part of my body shows up in many of them.  It's now turned into a much cuter version of Where's  Waldo.   A sort of "Where's Aga" kinda game.  See if you spot me in the pics.
Otherwise, we've continued lounging on the beach.  Jenn's been taking daily jogs & swims in the ocean,  I've decided that my illness prevents me from doing either activity.  =)  I did however get my first beach massage on this trip.  I'm quite sure I asked for a neck & shoulder massage but instead ended up with a back & arm massage.  No matter, laying there listening to the waves & feeling the gentle breeze on my skin was divine. 

We're making progress on the sleeping end.  Actually stayed up till 12:30 and didn't get up till 8:15. 
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basha
basha on

THANKYOU FOR U INFO
ENJOY U TRIP

tnowakow
tnowakow on

Wow
The pics look awesome Sis. Keep writing and updating, so great to be able to follow your journey!

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