Yes, I've been meaning to write a followup to my earlier blog post "Sunsets" – but, you know how things always get in the way... been busy travelling, you see... A personal goal of mine has been to see a sunrise on as many continents as possible, an ...by foamfollowerThursday, 25 July 2013
When the travel bug first hit me I wrote down all of the places I wanted to visit in a 150 destination Global Bucket List. Who would have ever thought that this wouldn't end up being enough? You can find the list by reading my blog: A Tale of 2 Buck ...by dcampMonday, 14 October 2013
My obsession with traveling around the world came from two primary sources – both books. The first was Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Vern and the second was A Vagabond Journey Around the World by Harry Franck. Both of these books made it abu ...by dcampMonday, 15 July 2013
On my travels throughout the world, I've seen many, many great sites, met a lot of interesting people, and tasted lots of food (some good and some not so good.) Although I certainly am not a fruitarian, I do have a keen eye for fruit – and on my tra ...by neytiri12345Wednesday, 02 October 2013
“A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step” - Lao Tzu. Well, after months of planning I’ve finally taken that first step. Now I find myself in a foreign city on the first day of my Wanderjahr. Thankfully (due to smart planning) ...by dcampSaturday, 20 July 2013
Zoos are a place that we've all visited at one time or another. Some are good, some not so good. Well, over the weekend I cam across a place that made me look at the keeping of animals in a whole new light. It's called the Pearcedale Moonlit Sanct ...by dcampTuesday, 02 July 2013
At one point or another everyone dreams about exploring the world and experiencing all that it has to offer. I first developed the travel bug when I was a young boy and its stuck with me for my whole life (and I'm not exactly a young boy anymore). ...by dcampFriday, 13 December 2013
I think I must have been about 12 years old when I first started to seriously dream about traveling. It all started when I went with a friend to an enormous used book store (more like a barn) near my home in New Jersey. It was here that I came acro ...by dcampSaturday, 14 December 2013
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On my travels throughout the world, I've seen many, many great sites, met a lot of interesting people, and tasted lots of food (some good and some not so good.) Although I certainly am not a fruitarian, I do have a keen eye for fruit – and on my travels to Asia and Australia, I came across lots of unique and strange fruits that left a very strong impression upon me. In the UK, at one time the most exotic fruit on the produce shelves was the mango! Nowadays, if you visit any Chinatown, you're bound to come across tasty treats like lychees, jack fruit, dragon fruit, star fruits and the like. But there are some other fruits that are not easily found on local super market shelves, which I remember vividly from my trips...
I came across the noni fruit in India. Sometimes it's called the Indian mulberry or cheese fruit or even dog dumpling (that's a ghastly image!). I didn't eat it for its taste, mind you – it's bitter and pugent. It's a bit strange looking and usually squeezed into a juice, which is supposed to be medically beneficial. They claim it treats a whole host of irregularities, like urinary tract infections to menstrual cramps – like cranberry juice; but some also claim that it stimulates the immune system and helps with diabetes, heart disease and arthritis, etc., etc. I can't testify to any of these claims; but it did cleanse my pallet, though I'm not sure I would seek it out a second time.
The flight over from NYC was a long one and I wondered if it was worth it? Malaysia was a mystery to me before I went there. Was it modern? Or was it backwards? Was it exotic? Was it safe? Was it clean? Was it like Singapore? Answer: all of the above.
My visit to Kuala Lumpur was truly fascinating. It’s a melting pot of cultures and the modern and the old. The Petronas Towers are truly magnificent and stand out like tall silver sentinels over this diverse capital. At the base of these towers is a huge mall called Suria KLCC, which was as good as some of the malls at home, if not even better. But the park behind the towers — and the mall – were even nicer. There was paths to walk around and the views all around were amazing.
Perhaps what stood out most to me was the food! And tons of it! So unusual, so colorful… and so tasty! The melange of Malay, Indian and Chinese influences have produced flavors to die for. Be warned, your taste buds will never forget Char Kuay Teow, Nasi Lemak, chapati and chilli crab...