Saturday, November 28, 2009

Goodbye Malaysia

We had a great weekend in Kuala Lumpur . Mohanan kindly hosted us in beautiful apartment for the weekend. we also met Chandra Aunty(Appa's Cousin) and family in KL. Here are some photos from that weekend . Thanks Naga and Mohanan, and as Mathi put it- I will be back.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Chow Kit market, KL- vegetarian side

I entered Chow Kit Market by chance; when I went in search of finding a Starbucks coffee place in KL, Malaysia. It was a fascinating place with vendors selling everything one would need. These are some of the photos from that visit.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Eagles

Bird watching is very popular in Malaysia. Langkawi is particularly well know for its eagle breeding areas. We were lucky to see so many eagles during our visit. Its a must stop for tourist, where you can see the eagles being fed. Mangrove vegetation occupy the whole coast line in that area. Interestingly, the eagles were fed chicken skin by fishermen for the eagle watching experience. Its a bird eat bird world out there.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Tasik Dayang Bunting, Langkawi

Langkawi is an archipelago which consists of 99 islands and is off the mainland coast of northwestern peninsular Malaysia. Langkawi island has been given the world geopark status by UNESCO. One of the main attractions is the Dayang Bunting Island, which is translated into  Island of the Pregnant Maiden Lake. In the first picture you can make out the outline of the pregnant lady outline(head to the right). Tasik Dayang Bunting is the largest freshwater lake in that area and has a great swimming area. Malaysians believe that drinking water from this lake helps barren women to bear children.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sleeping Buddha

Malaysia is a majority muslim country. People follow many religions here. During our visit we saw many hindu temples, churches, gurdwaras(sikh worshipping place) and buddhist temples. Here are some pictures from the Sleeping buddha temple in Penang.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Tanjung Bunga and other attraction in Penang

Tanjung Bunga is a public beach in Penang island . Its well kept and very close to the main part of the city and we went there since Appa had spent many afternoons there in his youth. Following the swim we went to the Penang Butterfly Farm which includes insects and birds as well. The man -faced beetle and mandarin duck photos are some examples.
Since Naga lives on the mainland , every trip to Penang island ended with a lovely ferry ride.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Western Cemetery, Penang

One of the places my father wanted to visit was the Western Cemetery in Penang . So we went to pay our respect to my father's mother, an elder brother  William who died as a teenager and a sister Joyce who died as an one year old, all of whom were buried there. It was a rainy day and Appa related stories of their lives. 
As we were leaving, my friend Naga talked about a well known grave stone  in the cemetery with a dog sculpture . Soon we came across this site and the dog looked very real. The story which is passed on is that,  after the death of the  Andrew in 1931, his pet refused to leave the grave stone and didn't eat and died within days . So to honour the pet , Andrew's family placed a replica of the dog on the grave stone.