Saved by the bao

March 19, 2010

Okay. So, maybe my trip to Malaysia was several months ago. I’m sure you all get it: I loved it there. I swear, I didn’t want to write another Malaysia post. (well…maybe I did. But for the sake of whatever sort of limited-loyal readership I have, I wanted to restrain myself) Readers, this was the […]

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Lighthouse Bakery

March 6, 2010

I didn’t know much about Malaysian cuisine before visiting there, other than a few Lonely Planet, Wikitravel and food blog blurbs that had proclaimed the country a “foodie haven.” I love Asian foods of all sorts, so I felt okay with discovering the finer nuances of Malaysian cuisine along the way. This meal, which I […]

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Simply soup

February 24, 2010

In simpler times, Farrell and I stepped into a bustling Chinese restaurant in Penang, Malaysia for breakfast one morning. We sat down, pointed at a poster on the wall (which had pictures of at least six different dishes) and we were presented with this (above) several minutes later. It was almost too easy. Sit, point, […]

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dim sum!

January 26, 2010

Can you tell I’m a bit nostalgic for Malaysia lately? Maybe it’s the clear, warm weather, the lack of dust storms, the lack of bombs, and the carefree environment? …Or maybe it’s the dim sum!

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Wandering through mangroves

January 26, 2010

On a day trip in during our Malaysia vacation, Farrell and I stayed on a nature reserve in Kuala Selangor, located an hour or so north of Kuala Lumpur. The only transportation option is a rickety public bus that careens around sharp curves that loop around tea plantations and drops you right in the center […]

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Restaurant review and the engagement story!

January 10, 2010

Since I’m only beginning to pull myself out of the depths of student loan nightmares, I only get to experience fancier (read:more expensive) restaurants as a rare treat. Traveling is definitely no exception. I’ve traveled on such tight budgets before that I practically learned to survive on seaweed-flavored potato chips, chocolate pocky, and $1 pad […]

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Midnight snacking on fried frog

December 24, 2009

Imagine this scenario: You’ve just traveled several time zones to the right. It’s nearing your normal bed time, your hotel room is dark and cozy, but the combination of a messed up body rhythm, an earlier nap, and the bustling street sounds below you are forcing you awake. And worse? …you’re hungry! What do you […]

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Tame nature in KL

December 14, 2009

I didn’t really anticipate that my recent vacation to Malaysia would include so much nature-oriented activity. Though, I guess the only thing I really planned on doing was noshing through Malaysia’s fantastic cuisine. And I did. But there’s only so much eating one can do in a day. Sometimes it’s necessary to walk around a […]

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Malaysia: Truly Asia, Bukit Bintang

November 28, 2009

When I last left off, Farrell and I had just thoroughly enjoyed our first meal in Malaysia and were finally ready to explore the area around our hotel, settled on Jalan Bukit Bintang. Of course, monsoon season starts in November, and it was raining. Lucky for us, there were three luggage shops in a row […]

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Malaysia: Truly Asia

November 21, 2009

As I finally approached day 100 in Baghdad, Farrell and I started brainstorming potential vacation destinations, knowing that we wanted somewhere cheap, warm and full of amazing food. Brazil? A difficult visa process and a bit too far away. Vietnam? A less difficult visa process, but still a bit too daunting on such short notice. […]

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