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Busy, busy time in Melaka

Friday, April 18, 2014

We had a wonderful time in Melaka, so busy that I didn't have time to blog. But I'm all caught up now, and here are the links. I had to write five blogs just to cover all the exciting things we did, and everything we saw.

There are tons of photos because Melaka is just gorgeous, but I think this is just about my favourite:

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GOANNA2 4/19/2014 7:55AM

    Melaka looks like a beautiful fascinating place.
Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos. emoticon

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ARTJAC 4/19/2014 1:30AM


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HIKETOHEIGHTS 4/18/2014 3:39PM

    That is gorgeous

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ROCKYCPA 4/18/2014 12:54PM

    Wow! You have seen and done so much in Melaka and made your blogs so entertaining. Thanks for sharing!

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Making art in Malaysia

Friday, April 11, 2014

I painted a batik - sort of a do-it-yourself thing.

I had SO MUCH FUN! Really, it was great!

And my lovely batik that I get to keep:

PS - 20 MYR = 20 Malaysian ringgits = just under $7 USD

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WATERMELLEN 4/16/2014 8:09PM

    What a great return to art -- and what a memorable "souvenir", can't think of anything more appropriate for you!

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CONFUSEDBIRD 4/15/2014 8:05AM

    So pretty! Seems like one of your best souvenirs yet! Maybe you should get a sketch book and sketch some of your beautiful locations. Even better than an imagine.

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PHEBESS 4/11/2014 10:46PM

    I was thinking I'd try to keep it flat and unfolded - might fit in the bottom of my shirt folder. (I discovered packing cubes and love how they organize clothing - and the shirt folder is great for all those woven items that need to be neatly folded and stacked - really minimizes wrinkling!)

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ROCKYCPA 4/11/2014 10:16PM

    Very beautiful - I love butterflies and would love to try and make something like this myself even though I am no artist!

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    Le papillon rouge, le papillon bleu - or -
Les deux papillons

What fun you had. I knew that batik involves wax, but not how, etc. Now I'll look it up, as it's always been a back-of-the-mind curiosity.

May I suggest that you roll rather than fold for packing away? Avoids permanent creases and fading along the fold lines. (I think fading can happen with dyes as well as other media.)

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GOANNA2 4/11/2014 8:30AM

    Great job Phebes. Beautiful.

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PHEBESS 4/11/2014 6:57AM

    Thank you - though it's really easy, sort of like colouring in a colouring book, but with dye on fabric. The wax keeps the dye from going outside the lines. (Remember that in school? Never colour outside the lines!)

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WENDYJM4 4/11/2014 6:51AM

    that is absolutely lovely.

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DMEYER4 4/11/2014 6:29AM

  it is beautiful. great job

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We had to ride cable cars!!!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

We went to the casino, and it was a crazy adventure!

And Richard and I had to trade trousers - long story involving the dress code - it was nuts!

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PHEBESS 4/14/2014 10:46PM

    I know, we were laughing the whole time! Well, not laughing in the hanging basket thing, but at the casino!

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TARABEAR 4/14/2014 5:06PM

    Phebe! That's hilarious!!!

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PUNCHILOUIE 4/12/2014 10:22PM

    AWESOME! what an adventure!

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CATHYGETSFIT 4/10/2014 1:18PM

    That is really funny! The two of you are making lots of funny memories for sure. lol The pants and short switch is hilarious. I can't understand why would the casino not have the dress code anywhere else except at the casino. You would think with it being strictly enforced they'd have it posted elsewhere like on their website. Still sounds like quite the adventure the two of you had!

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ILOVEMALI 4/10/2014 1:46AM

    I'm trying to figure out why I keep missing my pals' blogs!! I love your travels --- and thanks for checking in on me!

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PHEBESS 4/9/2014 11:28PM

    Richard says he likes travelling with me because things happen to me that rarely happen to other travellers - like having my camera arrested in Liberia, and having to meet with the village elders to get it back. (I suggested they put their medicine on the camera to prove I never took photos of banned subjects like the dancing medicine man - they just laughed at me.) It's true though, things just happen to me! So yes, we always try to make the best of these crazy situations I get us into!

It really was one of our funnier events!

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WENDYJM4 4/9/2014 11:13PM

    great fun Had to laugh

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WATERMELLEN 4/9/2014 8:33PM

    What a hilarious adventure! I hate heights, I would have freaked out entirely at the cable car ride -- and I love the "costume" switch. Mutual cross-dressing, really!! What a crazy policy -- especially since it wasn't posted anywhere in advance of arrival. You two are really good sports! Just wish you'd also won a million or so!!

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EDDYMEESE 4/9/2014 8:17PM

    The cable car ride sounded exhilarating!

What a terrific adventure :)

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GAYLLYNNE 4/9/2014 5:37PM

    Great adventure!!

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ROCKYCPA 4/9/2014 1:07PM

    Oh how funny - you have the most interesting adventures!

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My experience with a Personal Shopper

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

It really was rather funny, and unexpected!

And I bought my brother a kriss, the traditional dagger from this part of the world.

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GOANNA2 4/9/2014 9:57AM

    Fabulous outfit. Ania is right. You would not
be able to bring that into Australia. A personal
shopper is such a treat.

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ROCKYCPA 4/8/2014 10:30PM

    What a pretty outfit - having a personal shopper sounds really great!

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EDDYMEESE 4/8/2014 9:34PM

    What a lovely outfit!

The top is fabulous and the slacks will look great with anything from a fancy flat to a flowing top and sandals! Love it!

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PHEBESS 4/8/2014 11:05AM

    I'll send them to him tomorrow via FedEx - I don't want to carry this around either!!

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ILOVEROSES 4/8/2014 10:08AM

    Great buys for you AND your brother! Mind you, you would not be allowed to bring them into Australia but could leave them at the airport and pick them up when you leave the country. No weapons allowed in.

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WENDYJM4 4/8/2014 7:40AM

    another wonderful blog. thank you

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Monkeys! I saw monkeys!

Friday, April 04, 2014

We took the train from George Town back to Kuala Lumpur, and I saw a few monkeys!

My new mural find in George Town:

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EDDYMEESE 4/8/2014 9:30PM

    Such a penchant for COLOR! I love it!

The people seem just as colorful as their surroundings!

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ILOVEROSES 4/8/2014 10:15AM

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CATHYGETSFIT 4/5/2014 11:20PM

    Great blog as usual. It sounds like you are having fun wherever you go. The names were funny! The chocolate race car was amazing. That must have taken a lot of effort to make it would seem. Looking forward to your next blog and destination wherever it might be. emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 4/5/2014 7:43PM

    did you go to the Petronis tower in KL? Loved your blog, brought back many memories.

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GOANNA2 4/5/2014 7:31AM

    emoticon emoticon m

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PHEBESS 4/4/2014 11:23PM

    Yeah, I try to avoid electric blue food, LOL! SO unappetizing!

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JTREMBATH 4/4/2014 8:48PM

    emoticon We don't see them here only at the zoo.

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WATERMELLEN 4/4/2014 8:17PM

    Love monkeys -- crocodiles not so much. And as for tigers -- better charred than leaping out at me!! Those lurid pastries: not so immediately dangerous, right?

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WENDYJM4 4/4/2014 7:27PM

    wonderful again, thank you

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MOJO0607 4/4/2014 10:28AM

    Love seeing travel adventures through the eyes of least until i am able to get to some of those places myself! Enjoy!

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