Category Archives: Malaysia

Goodbye Kuala Lumpur

One of the things that will live forever in my head, when it comes to Kuala Lumpur, is our farewell at the airport. The car drew up and a smart, white-jacketed young man was waiting to meet us. He handled the luggage, ceremoniously paraded us to the check-in desk, and made sure we went to the right line.

Once our luggage was checked in, he began a small hymn to Malaysia and its glories. Had we found our stay comfortable?

“Very comfortable,” I said. Sensing that this was not enough, in the silence that followed, I added, “Extremely comfortable. In fact, that was one of the most comfortable stays I think I’ve ever had anywhere, don’t you agree, Peter?”

“I can’t think,” said Peter, “of when I have been more comfortable. The five items of laundry a day was a particularly nice touch.”

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An unscheduled trip to a rainforest

The Mandarin Oriental in Kuala Lumpur is a lovely hotel. It has a lounge with a view of the Petronas Towers.

The Petronas Twin Towers

The Petronas Twin Towers

My husband, Peter, and I had found a special package at this hotel for our stay and, before we arrived, wondered why the laundering of 5 items per DAY was included. Humidity innocents, we soon learned. We were out on the street for 10 seconds before our clothes were soaked with sweat.

“I understand about the laundry, now,” I said.

“Yup,” said Peter, peeling off his jacket.

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