Selamat Siang from Malaysia


Selamat Siang from Malaysia
Nov 2008

Our first stop in Malaysia was Georgetown, Penang. We traveled by bus from Trang, Thailand to the island of Penang. The border crossing was interesting…out of Thailand (where we had a 30 day visa) and into Malaysia (where you get a 90 day visa on entry for free) which is perfect for Malaysia Holiday Packages. We took the local bus and talked to so many school children. On Friday, they go home early for prayers. The Kek Lok Si (Buddhist) Temple is also called the temple of 1000 buddahs…dont count they are there!! It was incredible and they are building a new section with a HUGE statue. We also went to the Penang Museum and learned about the culture of Malaysia, a melting pot of Indians, Chinese and Malays.

Cameron Highlands and the BOH tea plantation

The Cameron Highlands are the largest hill resort among several hillstations in the country where they grow tea, flowers, vegetables, and bee farms. It is 6000 ft above sea level. It was beautiful and green. They have beautiful plantations. We went to the BOH Tea Estate called Sungei Palas. They have 1200 hectares of TEA PLANTS!! It was incredible to see them trimming the plants and then to go into the factory and see all the stages in making tea. Leaves are plucked, withered, rolled, fermented and dried. The “made tea” is sorted by vibrating sieves by size. It is also sorted by density. LOTS OF SCIENCE!!

Kuala Lumpur and Petronas Twin Towers

We loved the Petronas Towers. They are ENORMOUS and there is a huge shopping mall inside. George thought it looked like Beverly Hills. The Petronas Towers were the world’s tallest buildings, before being surpassed by the Taipei 101. However, the towers are still the tallest twin buildings and office building in the world. We only had one night in KL before flying to INDONESIA!!!

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Our week in Malaysia
We enjoyed our time in Malaysia as we traveled from Thailand to our flight in Kuala Lumpur to Indonesia. The Cameron Highlands were cool which was GREAT after the heat in Penang and Thailand.
Malaysia is a huge combination of so many cultures. We had a great time and plan to go back again later in our travels.
. We use internet cafes…but in Indonesia there are very few of them and they are SLOW!! SO we are sending this newsletter w/ MOST of the Malaysia photos…more to be added.
4 BOOKS for you:
3 Cups of Tea: what a great story. Change the world through EDUCATION!The World is Flat: how technology is changing the world (a great section for parents)

4 Hour WorkWeek: (not four DAYS) has great ideas to control your time!!
The Handyman by Carolyn See (thanks to Joannie.)

BY THE WAY: we just found out…our CAT, Bob Dylan, went on vacation with Dr. Jim. We are impressed that Bobby D is at a 5 star resort without us!
Thanks Dr. Jim!!!

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. She sailed the seven seas by cruise ship for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one and a quarter million views (1,250,000) on her YouTube channel. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries, named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blogs and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and has over 160,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and also ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on her own site, We Said Go Travel. From 2017 to 2020 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won three times and been a finalist fourteen times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards. She was also a finalist for four other categories including online journalist of the year, digital story for activism journalism with Ms. Magazine, educational reporting for Wharton Magazine and a broadcast lifestyle feature for KTLA TV in Los Angeles.    Niver won a 2019 NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award for one of her KTLA TV segments and was a finalist for articles published in both Ms. Magazine and Wharton Magazine. In 2018,  she was a finalist for stories in Smithsonian, PopSugar Fitness and the Saturday Evening Post. Niver won a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal and was a finalist for travel reporting. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, TODAY, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip.

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