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March 11, 2011 – 7:21 pm

I admit it. This picture was taken a few years ago, but I think I still look vaguely like that. Depends on the day (and the time of day). And today, just before I uploaded this picture, an Indonesian English student told me how much she liked my nose. I heard that a lot in Indonesia. Apparently, a large nose like mine is a good …

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VIDEO: It’s FREE!! But is it GOOD? A Torture Test of Kuala Lumpur’s GoKL Bus Service (GREEN LINE)

September 14, 2019 – 8:11 am
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By riding on the GoKL Green Line (one of six lines in Kuala Lumpur’s free public transit bus system), I was heading into unfamiliar waters. The Green Line makes a loop from Bukit Bintang to the KLCC area and then back again. I’d been to KLCC a few times, but I always got there via the underground LRT system. And when I came above ground, I was always a bit lost and disoriented. I think the tall buildings of KLCC and this powerhouse part of Kuala Lumpur confuses me. I lose my bearings. So I was curious how it would be seeing this part of Malaysia’s largest city from the seat of a bus.

In addition, before I even got to KLCC, I was going to have to transfer from the Purple Line to the Green Line in Bukit Bintant. That would also be a new experience. I had experience getting from Pasar Seni to Bukit Bintang via the GoKL Purple Line buses, but I had never tried to then exit the Purple Line bus and get on another bus going somewhere else.

Would this be easy to do? Would I even figure out how to do it? It was all part of the challenge of Day 2 of my GoKL adventures.

VIDEO: TIGERS & ELEPHANTS AT KL TOWER – Hutan Kita Exhibition (“Our Forest”)

September 11, 2019 – 6:17 pm
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In the comments to another video, someone suggested that I check out the (free) Hutan Kita exhibition currently running at KL Tower here in Kuala Lumpur. After a quick Google Search and a realization that this was something I would enjoy, I made plans to go there.
Hutan Kita means “Our Forest” or perhaps “Our Rainforest.” The exhibit was put on by the Malaysian government and …

VIDEO: DELETED SCENES & BONUS CLIPS: The Unfinished Videos of Kuala Lumpur

September 9, 2019 – 8:28 am
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Not all the video I shoot ends up in a video on YouTube. In fact, a LOT of it doesn’t. So I went scrounging around some of the various folders on my computer and picked out some deleted scenes and bonus clips and put them all together. The star of this video is the city of Kuala Lumpur as I navigate its many construction sites …

VIDEO: FREE Buses in Kuala Lumpur?? How to Use GoKL Buses (A PURPLE LINE ADVENTURE)

September 1, 2019 – 7:03 pm
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Buses and I don’t generally get along. However, there is a special type of bus in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, that I thought I should get to know better: the free bus service called GoKL. I thought there were 4 GoKL lines. But in the course of my GoKL adventures, I learned that there are now six of them: Purple, Green, Blue, Red, Orange, and Pink. …

VIDEO: Gleaming, Sleek & Shiny: The Reborn 4-Coach MONORAIL! (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

August 30, 2019 – 7:15 pm
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Spending as much time as I have in Kuala Lumpur, I’ve had the chance to ride on the RapidKL system of MRT, LRT, and Monorail trains a LOT! Riding the Monorail was an interesting way to see the different neighborhoods of Malaysia’s biggest city, but it wasn’t the fastest or the most comfortable way of getting around – until now!
I wasn’t aware of it, but …

Can You Elect a KING? In Malaysia, YES you can! (A Visit to the Royal Museum in Kuala Lumpur)

August 28, 2019 – 11:55 am
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As Malaysia’s Independence Day approached on August 31, I decided it was a good time to finally visit the Royal Museum in Kuala Lumpur (the Muzium Diraja). This museum had gone under the radar to an extent, largely because it is hidden in a forested area and surrounded on three sides by busy highways and the Klang River. I had walked all over that part …

VIDEO: Chinatown’s Best-Kept Secret – KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA

August 21, 2019 – 11:13 am
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A few days ago, a friend of mine brought me to her favorite place in Chinatown. A mutual friend had shown it to her. I was so impressed with this place that I decided to go back with my camera and show it to you. There are lots of interesting areas to explore in Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown here in Malaysia. And there are plenty of …

JOURNAL: Awesome Day Trip to Pulau Ketam (Crab Island) in Malaysia

August 16, 2019 – 8:29 am
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Friday August 16, 2019
6:45 a.m. Room 4, Natalia Guest House
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
I went on a day trip from Kuala Lumpur yesterday, and it turned out great. There is nothing like a good day trip, in my opinion. You get to wake up in your current hotel, go have a great adventure without having to worry about your luggage or anything, and then you can enjoy …

VIDEO: Awesome Day Trip to Pulau Ketam (Crab Island) in Malaysia

August 15, 2019 – 1:14 pm
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Pulau Ketam (Crab Island) is located just a few kilometers off the coast of Malaysia. This mangrove forest island was settled in 1880 by Chinese fishermen, and today, it has developed into a modern tourist attraction for day trippers making the relatively easy trip from Kuala Lumpur. People come for the scenery and for the seafood.
Being a mangrove forest island, there is no land to …