A Beautiful Day For A Drive!

Hi All,

I’m running a couple days behind because of an issue with the internet (or lack there of). So I will try to tell the story the best I can with little sleep and the long days effecting my work.

I got up early to meet Mimi at the train station and we traveled out to Putrajaya, an hour train ride from Kuala Lumpur (KL). We met up with Noh and found the best view in Putrajaya.

Once we got up there, Noh realized he forgot his camera at home… So into the car and off to his home we went. I know that sounds like a bad thing, but it was actually really cool.

I can’t describe to you the location of Noh’s house because I don’t really know, but I do know it is made of concrete as are the other homes around his. I figured that was because concrete would make a more cool house, which isn’t incorrect; however, Noh informed me most homes are concrete for it is cheaper and more durable than wood. You see, Malaysia is covered with palm trees and rubber trees, both of which would only last 10-15 years before they needed repair or replacement. Also, when your home is made of concrete, it is more fire resistant.

Anyhow, we talked about tree for a while and ended up at Noh’s Aunt’s house.

This house is a tradition Malaysian home, which just happens to be built with wood. In side, the house is very open concept with about 4 bedroom. There is an attic where, at one time, the women of the home would live, leaving the men downstairs on the main floor.

You may also notice the satellite dish at the bottom of the stairs. This is because there are monkeys around who like to play and get into things, including the house.

After we said goodbye to Noh’s lovely Aunt, we headed off to the Royal Museum Seri Menanti, Kuala Pilan.

This was once the palace of the King of the state. I have to say, if you are in Malaysia, you really should check this place out. It is surrounded by the homes of the royal family, including the new palace. The very top floor was used as the bank room. You must climb a steep two flights of stairs to get to the top which might be a problem if you have an issue with heights, like Noh (I would love to share a photo, but I’m sure he wouldn’t be pleased). Once you are up there though, the view is spectacular. When we were up there, a heavy rain passed through; we could see it coming then as it went.

We headed back to Putrajaya to see the sights and some of the administrative buildings.

Putrajaya is the Administrative Capital of Malaysia. The administrative buildings were once all located in KL but the government has started moving them to Putrajaya to spread out the working population of the city; this will reduce traffic and leave room for industry. Putrajaya was once a Palm oil tree plantation. It is named after the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, not unlike Washington, D.C. is named after the first president of the United States.

And of course, there is a mosque too!

A really big mosque.

We then took a walk across the canopy bridge at the Putrajaya Botanical Garden before lunch.

I was really upset because there was no canopy over the bridge. I mean, I was really mad about it. Then Noh looked at me and said it was a natural canopy of tree and plants.

…It is a very beautiful garden.

After lunch Mimi and I said our goodbyes to Noh and headed back to KL. I packed my bags and prepped for the trip to Singapore.

Oh, I forgot to tell you about my new friends…

I want to thank the sponsors of the Big Blog Exchange, Hostel International, along with my host National Association, HI-Malaysia, and my own country’s HI National Association, HI-Canada.

And of course, to Noh’s Aunt for the kind hospitality and refreshments. Sorry I didn’t eat all of mine, my stomach was feeling upset that morning.

If you like reading about my adventures in South East Asia, you’ll love voting for me on the Big Blog Website! www.bigblogexchange.org

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