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Around Taipei

Taipei is a bustling city with tiny restaurants, shops, and boutiques every where you look. And we looked in a lot of places. Here’s some of what we saw during our two weeks in town.

Sun and Chiang

During our visit to Taipei we learned some about the nation’s primary forefathers, Sun Yat-sen and Chiang Kai-shek. Sun was the intellectual leader of the movement to end imperial rule…

Taipei’s parks

After three weeks in hot and humid Malaysia, and a total of almost two and a half months of hot weather from Australia to Indonesia to Singapore to Malaysia, we…

Malacca, part 2

In the second half of our visit to Malacca, we had a fancy dinner, saw some Buddhist temples, ate some fantastic Indian food, and learned how the sultans lived back when they ruled Malaysia.

Malacca, part 1

After two weeks in Kuala Lumpur we took a bus south to the historic port city of Malacca. Ruled over the centuries by Malaysian sultans, then the Portuguese, then the…

Sariffudin and family

Our airbnb host in Kuala Lumpur,¬†Sariffudin Noor (aka Din), has been the most hospitable host on our now half-done trip. He picked us up from the bus station, took us…

KL’s museums

We toured a number of museums during our visit to Kuala Lumpur, but our favorites were the Museum of Islamic Arts and the National Museum of Malaysia.

Batu Caves

One afternoon our Airbnb host dropped us off at Batu Caves, a Hindu temple just north of the main part of the city. The temple is known for two things,…

Kuala Lumpur

We took a cab one morning to Singapore’s border train station for the 8-hour ride to Malaysia’s capital and largest city, Kuala Lumpur. Usually shortened to KL, the bustling city…

Bugis and Marina Bay Gardens

During our last few days in Singapore we visited the neighborhood of Bugis and we saw the light and color of the Gardens by the Bay at night. Bugis is…