Good-bye Nepal, Hello Malaysia


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It was hard to leave Nepal after our wonderful two months there. We enjoyed the trekking in the mountains, the beauty of the Lakes, the wondrous animals in Chitwan, the ancient cities around Kathmandu and speaking at the Nepal Tourism Board for a Reader’s Club Event. Twenty-five people gathered to hear us talk about travel, writing and our book. It was the first time we ever read from our memoir about our first year sabbatical in Asia. After the event, the feature editor from The Himalayan Times interviewed us for over an hour. Click here to see the FULL PAGE article that recently was in print and photo below.

Our first goal when we arrived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia was to repair our MacBook Air. I cracked the screen during our Langtang Trek and we had been without a computer for weeks. After several online conversations, I was certain that iMalaysia would be able to help us quickly and for a good price. When we arrived at the mall, their shop was closed forever. I was really disappointed.

Two wonderful workers in a nearby shop directed us upstairs and we found Lim Ching Sheng at EGate Service Center,

who recovered all the data from my harddrive and then bought the broken laptop as repairing it was out of my budget for time and money. I then met Azmi of Umer at Low Yat Plaza who had the only MacBook Air on sale in the entire multi-story building. We had a working computer and could leave for the beach!

Salang Beach at Tioman Island had good snorkeling in warm clear water with creatures like a coral stingray, moray eel, colorful nudibranchs and several large turtles. We stayed three nights on the beach at Ella’s and then traveled North in the pouring rain to the #1 highlight for Malaysia in the Lonely Planet, the Perhentian Islands. We only stayed three nights on Perhentian Besar because all the rooms were booked and we had to go. Flora Bay Resort was right on the beach and we snorkeled with a 6ft black tip reef shark! Sin at Lemon Grass Hotel on Long Beach, Perhentian Kecil, told us about the baby black tip reef sharks. We found a dozen of them all swimming in a straight line. On two other snorkel adventures, we saw another large six-foot black tip reef shark. Really great snorkeling! We enjoyed our two weeks in Malaysia and are off to Thailand!

Thank you to everyone who has shared our journey literally on the road with us or by reading and commenting on our newsletter and website! AND for watching : Our channel just went OVER 75,000 views!

Lisa and George (Click here to sign up for this newsletter. )

Recent posts to enjoy: Interviewed on Dave’s Travel CornerLisa’s article IN PRINT in an Indian magazine called TOURIOSITY, and a video from Myanmar about Monks on Mopeds in Mandalay!

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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