Keeping ourselves busy, we visited the Kuala Gandah Elephant sanctuary and enjoyed feeding the elephants some peanuts and more so eating ice cream to try and cool ourselves.Three years back, just before we left England, we visited Kuala Lumpur and stayed in a B&B owned by a lovely local couple called Christina and Michael. We have fond memories of our local ‘wet’ market tour with Christina and even fonder memories of taking part in a night time food tour with their whole family during which Christina tried to feed us everything under the sun, or should that be the moon? This included duck tongue, 100 day old eggs, durian and never to be repeated fermented tofu. At the time we said ‘We’ll be back” and generally we like to honour what we say we will do. Much to our delight Christina and Michael have gone on to be very successful, expanding their little empire including opening up a new restaurant and cooking school, Sarang Cookery . All hands up, we’re up for a cooking lesson.
We remembered Christina as one of those driven, fast paced, knowledgeable, immensely likeable people and nothing had changed. A chef led the class and Christina chipped in supervising, anticipating and making sure things went smoothly. And so we watched and peeled and chopped and made heaps of positively scrumptious food. Great fun and it’s bound to be another success story for them. Christina, apologies for all the questions on what’s a good substitute for a local ingredient and please can you reduce the number of shallots in the recipes – we’ve never peeled so many shallots! We wish you all the very best and without doubt “We’ll be back”.So before we knew it we were enjoying a final Singapore Sling looking out at the impressively lit Petronas Towers of Kuala Lumpur and bidding farewell to Keith. We genuinely appreciate and enjoy having our parents out to visit. It’s never easy for them as we always seem to find ourselves living in baking heat, and each and every trip we try our best to make life as easy as possible and we take lessons away. Next time less arguing with taxis by Tom. Fingers crossed the next break won’t be so long. A big thank you to our parents – thank you for spoiling us, thank you for your continued support in all its many guises.
Adina is now making her way up the west coast of Malaysia. It’s not the greatest place for cruising, the waters are murky and there is a lot of shipping. Added to this we are still in the equatorial belt so there is little wind, big thunderstorms and terrifying lightning to keep us on our toes. Our plan is to fast track up to Langkawi with just a few quick stops to break things up. Langkawi is a destination favoured by cruisers as the waters clear up, there are some great anchorages and good old white beaches. Just our type of gin and tonic so it’s here we’ll be basing ourselves for Christmas. Time to make some decorations and have Adina looking full of Christmas cheer.