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Happy Deepavali!!!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

We arrived in Malaysia, safe and sound, in the middle of monsoon season so we had rain and wonderful thunder and lightening!

Turns out the Hindu festival of Diwali has just started - but for some reason, here it is called Deepavali.

With fabulous floor designs in colored sand or gravel!

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ALIIDA 10/23/2014 11:35PM

    The colors are gorgeous! I'm with you on the hard beds in Japan - not for me either. I've made sure mine is soft enough.

Looking forward to more on Malaysia!

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TARABEAR 10/23/2014 11:54AM

    Beautiful! Enjoy!

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PHEBESS 10/23/2014 5:53AM

    Currently in Kuala Lumpur - DH needs some dental work, so he's working on that while I do some art projects, and some writing for a travel fashion blog. And try not to eat cake, LOL!

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GOANNA2 10/23/2014 5:44AM

    Stay safe in the monsoon season. Are you
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WATERMELLEN 10/23/2014 5:09AM

    There are many Hindus in Toronto celebrating Diwali so I appreciated your explanation: apparently the fireworks part (set off from narrow city lot-width driveways) can cause some friction with the neighbours. Canada Day fireworks tend to be civic park kinda things -- with all kinds of safety measures in place -- whereas this tends to be more individualistic. And now I understand why -- wealth/light for the person!!

How nice to be welcomed back and to sink into more comfortable beds! The sand designs are most intriguing.

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Leaving Japan

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

We leave Japan tomorrow morning, so we're mostly packed and ready to leave quite early. The airport here in Osaka, Kansai Airport, is on an extended island out in the sea! Okay, not too far out to sea, just a bridge connecting it - but still!

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So you won't hear much from me tomorrow, but I'll try to sign on in the evening, when we're settle at our usual hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Where staff greets us like long lost family. Where the weather is warmer, and we can put away our coats.

  
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TARABEAR 10/23/2014 11:41AM

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PLATINUM755 10/23/2014 6:36AM

    Ah, weather! It never fails to add that little extra to all adventures. emoticon

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GOANNA2 10/23/2014 5:43AM

    Love following your travels Phebes.
The pictures are fantastic. Safe travels. emoticon

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PHEBESS 10/22/2014 11:35AM

    Ah yes, I could do an entire blog about the various toilus (toilets) we've encountered!

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WENDYJM4 10/21/2014 8:40PM

    safe journeys.

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GINIEMIE 10/21/2014 4:14PM

    Safe journeys. I guess you like SE Asia a lot. Monsoon season does not sound like fun to me, I think I'd be moving on. But it will be another adventure. You and Richard seem to find those without trying. I laughed at your post office adventure. I am happy you were able to get your boarding passes printed.
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ROCKYCPA 10/21/2014 3:58PM

    Have a safe journey back to Kuala Lampur.

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ILOVEMALI 10/21/2014 2:29PM

  Happy Trails!

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WATERMELLEN 10/21/2014 1:44PM

    What a fun blog; the day to day chores capture a culture just as much as the "key" sites -- I want a washing machine like that! (And: you must have experienced the technological marvel of a Japanese toiru somewhere with all the spraying and drying -- our methods are SOOOOOOO barbaric in comparison!!)

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RRJOVEL 10/21/2014 10:35AM

    thanks for sharing, your pictures are amazing


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Osaka food, tombs, and temples

Saturday, October 18, 2014

I finally caught up with the blogs - we've been busy with our time in Osaka! Found an area full of cafes and food shopping, though my favorite part was the giant food statues used to advertize the food!

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/osaka-1-home-of-big-food.html


Then we visited a 1500 year old tomb that is larger than the footprint of the pyramids!!!

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Wow! Today, I found our neighborhood temple and hung 100 origami cranes for peace.

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Quite a trip around Osaka!

And a few photos:






  
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TARABEAR 10/23/2014 11:54AM

    So much for me to catch up on!

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GOANNA2 10/22/2014 8:47AM

    I have somehow become unsubscibed to your
blogs and i am so glad to have found them again.
thank you for the information and amazing pictures,
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PHEBESS 10/20/2014 2:05AM

    Mali, we think we're very lucky that we can live our dreams!

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ILOVEMALI 10/20/2014 1:18AM

  you have the most amazing life!!

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GINIEMIE 10/19/2014 11:02AM

    Once again your blogs are full of lovely pictures, interesting experiences, and a plethora of information.
I love the deep blue morning glories and found your methods of communicating fun and charming. I love that you speak English, they speak Japanese and you all are supposed to get info on that. The lady showing you the direction to the Temple was generous in a way I can appreciate. I really like how you blended cultures to arrive at rendering your prayers for Peace.
The food neighborhood sounded interesting too, but I don't know if I'd enjoy the huge models of cows, seafood etc or even the candies. I'm with you there are things I don't want to ingest and I understand not knowing the language can put those of us with food allergies at risk.
You and Richard amaze me with your sense of adventure.
Thanks for sharing so much of your trip with us.
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WATERMELLEN 10/19/2014 9:18AM

    What a feast of blogs!!

Your initial deep blue morning glory picture on the first of them recalled to me the Japanese Morning Glories Jacket (item 80-022489) in silk in this fall's catalogue for the Met -- which is based upon Suzuki Kitsu textile artist (1796-1858). It's glorious -- and I love morning glories!!

And as for all those restaurants in Osaka -- no wonder those giant tombs were necessary, my goodness! I like calamari but I don't think that a giant plastic octopus would get me salivating! Or the cow either . . .

Such an interesting culture.

Your account of your decision not to go to Hiroshima, and making the cranes for the temple coinciding with Jewish High Holiday -- is most touching, such a PHEBESS thing to do. Absolutely feels right in this global world to honour multiple sorrows, multiple traditions which are at the root of our common humanity.

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ALIIDA 10/18/2014 10:23PM

    Another trip down memory lane but through fresh eyes! Lovely! Used to live near there.

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Introduction to Osaka

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

We took the subway and local trains from Kyoto to Osaka - 35 miles or so, for about $8!!! Not a bad deal at all! We have a funny hotel, great manhole covers, and gorgeous flowers! All survived the typhoon that was down-graded to a tropical storm, and autumn continues in Japan.

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The flowers were gorgeous today!




  
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TARABEAR 10/17/2014 3:02PM

    Wonderful! I'm glad the typhoon didn't bother you. I love your hotel and wish I was headed there now! Karaoke is not my idea of romance, either. I think if we tried that we would just fall over laughing. Thanks for the stories!

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PLATINUM755 10/15/2014 3:35AM

    Osaka may become your second favorite spot. The pics are wonderful! Thanks!

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ROCKYCPA 10/14/2014 10:27PM

    Wonderful pictures of flowers - thanks for sharing!

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WATERMELLEN 10/14/2014 7:52PM

    A love hotel, pole dancing on a bus -- this is getting to be pretty racy. (And no, Karaoke might not be my own idea of the best and highest use of a love hotel . . . )

Glad you've lost that typhoon!!

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GINIEMIE 10/14/2014 11:00AM

    The flowers are beautiful, the manhole covers are very interesting. I'll look at your links later. I love to meet people and talk to them. I've had interesting conversations on buses, trains, planes and at airports. It's nice to learn about someone else and share about oneself too.
Keep up the beautiful pictures. I like this Osaka-so far. Hope you can attend some of the festivals.
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My favorite spot in Kyoto

Monday, October 13, 2014

We went to a museum, did more walking all over the city, and I finally made it to Kinkaku-ji, my favorite spot in this gorgeous city of temples and castles.

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And yes, it really and truly looks like that!


  
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PLATINUM755 10/14/2014 8:23AM

    Truly breathtaking...Thank you for taking along on this trip with you and yours! emoticon

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WENDYJM4 10/13/2014 8:08PM

    wow amazing place

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    Lovely! emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 10/13/2014 11:52AM

    How beautiful - I really love all your views of Kinkaku-ji. Thanks so much for your history and pictures!

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WATERMELLEN 10/13/2014 9:59AM

    Kinkaku-ji: love love love your erudite explanation as to why ALL these different views "matter": and love to see that it's every bit as glorious as I remember it . . . from 1989, same time of the year pretty much!!

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GINIEMIE 10/13/2014 9:50AM

    Kinkaku-ji is an absolutely beautiful place, and I too take various pictures of the same local. I'm not an art major but I appreciated the variations in Monet's work of his gardens in different seasons and lighting. So I try for a variety of views and lighting.
You are so right we do not know much about the southern hemisphere or anything outside of Europe and North America. I find many Americans are astounded when they go abroad and see how much "old stuff" they see and find outside of our baby nation. Structures, art etc.
Thanks again for taking us with you on your travels.
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CONFUSEDBIRD 10/13/2014 8:39AM

    Beautiful! It is pretty amazing how young our country is and how short the history goes back. 300 years seems like an eternity here.

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RDEE22 10/13/2014 7:49AM

    So beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us!!

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ALIIDA 10/13/2014 5:57AM

    Oh yes! It really is sensational!

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