Monday, July 30, 2012

The Korea Years: Malaysia

In May of 2009 I booked a week off of work and headed to Malaysia with two friends. Travelling around Asia was one of the greatest benefits of living in South Korea and I took every opportunity I had to travel. 
Our first stop was Kuala Lumpur where I was very excited to see the famous Petronas Towers. I was equally as excited to do some shopping. North American style malls don't really exist in Korea (they prefer department stores and street shopping) so I was VERY excited to find a mall that had Zara, Topshop, Mango and Forever21 (although most of these stores can be found in Seoul). My girlfriend and I ditched the boy and excitedly tried on clothes in Topshop where I made a few foolish purchases.
The next morning we had an early flight to Kota Bharu so we decided to stay up all night to make the most of our time in the city before our flight to the coast. Somewhere around 1 am we decided to watch a movie to kill time (I can't remember what movie it was :s) and had a very relaxing foot massage. We left for the airport at around 5 am and I've never wanted to sleep so badly (but falling asleep in a taxi in a strange city is NOT a safe thing to do) and I'm pretty sure I've never slept so well on an airplane before (I'm afraid of flying and apparently flying tired is the only way). Once we arrived in Kota Bhaur we were driven to a dock where we boarded a boat and headed for Pulau Perhentian...
...where this was our view for 6 lovely days. We spent our days laying on the beach and playing in the water and when it got too hot or we'd had enough sun we headed to our room for some cool air and shade with an amazing view. 
This is basically what I did for 6 days straight. 
Evenings were spent getting dressed up and going for dinner and making up games to pass the time (Pulau Perhentian is very small. No town, no roads etc.).
Our last evening on the island was spent enjoying the sunset.
As we waited for our boat ride back to the mainland my friend and I decided to take some jumping photos (which I really such at). We headed back to Kuala Lumpur where we slept (or didn't sleep) in the airport. I've never counted down the minutes to McDonalds opening for breakfast so desperately before (what's better than a greasy breakfast after staying up all night?). 

And then we were on our way back to Korea. 


3 comments:

  1. I am so jealous of your journeys. I need to travel more! Maybe once I am out of school? :)

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  2. that beach water looks so inviting.

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  3. I love travel stories like this. I'm living vicariously through you right now, so can you pass the suntan lotion, please?!

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