One Too Many Flights to Kuala Lumpur

One Too Many Flights to Kuala Lumpur

After nearly seven years on the road, some of which were spent procrastinating on nice islands within my comfort zone, I have decided to face my travel nemesis: India. I promptly grabbed one of the cheap flights to Kuala Lumpur from Bangkok. I’ve got good...

An Interesting Week in Kuala Lumpur

Glass breaking. Shouting. The sounds of a struggle. Muffled cries of pain. A crowd had gathered in the busy Chinatown street in front of my hostel to witness a serious ass-kicking. I couldn’t see from where I was sitting, but I could tell by the covered mouths...

The Final Days of Travel in 2009

My last day in Kuala Lumpur. As I was walking down the busy Bukit Bintang strip today, doing my last-minute shopping, burning up my remaining Malaysian ringgit like it was colorful Monopoly money, my head was swirling with thoughts and emotions. I tried to stay 100...

Tioman Island

A large monkey stepped out on the trail in front of me and showed me some nasty teeth.  I could hear the rest of his clan making their moves around me getting into position. Not again. I reached down to grab a nearby stick and he made his move to grab my water bottle....

Island Life on Perhentian Kecil

Thump! Thump! Thump! Our fiberglass speedboat was spending more time in the air than in the water. Fifteen of us passengers were holding on for dear life, the ones with suitcases looked scared out of their wits and the rest of us were smiling. Our driver had the...

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I floated down the steps of my Chinatown hostel on the smells that make big Asian cities so exciting. Exhaust….sewage…and most of all, delicious and mysterious foods frying in woks all over the street.  Having arrived at 04:00am this morning and not eating...