Meeting old and new friends in Kuala Lumpur

Back on track with blue rice in Kuala Lumpur

As we came back to Kuala Lumpur (KL) for the 3rd time in 2 months it felt oddly familiar and we were all happy to find ourselves back in this cosmopolitan and friendly city.

With the help of the host to the Airbnb place we stayed at last time we were here, we had a arranged to get our laptop fixed while in KL so headed straight out from the airport out to the suburbs of KL by taxi. Taxi is very cheap in Malysia and makes such a convenient way of travel. You can also use Uber which makes getting around really easy in the big cities.

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Nasi Goreng Ayam with blue rice

While  we were waiting for the computer guys to finish evening prayers we had a quick bite to eat in the street cafe next to the shop. As the plates of Nasi Goreng, Ayam with the wonderful blue coloured rice arrived, we felt happiness and relief to be out of the tourist hub of Bali and back in a Malaysian city just having a nice tasty meal among locals.

New friends but friends for life

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Scott and his new friend Scott when they met in Perhintian islands 6 weeks earlier

Before arriving in KL we had contacted Eun, who we first met 6 weeks earlier on the Perhentian islands. Her children and ours really clicked and so did we, so when she invited us to stay at her flat next time came to KL we thought it a great opportunity to see them again. Scott had been counting down the days until he got to meet his friend Scott again and was too excited that day had finally come.

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Ingrid enjoying the longest monkey bars in the world at KLCC park in Kuala Lumpur

What a lovely break from hotels and guesthouses it is to stay with friends. As luck would have it, the day we spent with Eun, Sean and Scott also turned out to be Seans 10th birthday. So while exploring the park by the KLCC towers and walking the streets of the city centre we made sure to get presents, birthday banners and balloons to surprise Sean with when he came back from school!

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Seans 10th birthday dinner in a Mexican restaurant in KL

After the birthday dinner with the kids, Eun took Paul and I out with a friend Emilia to see the night life of KL while her nanny looked after the kids. This was the 1st night out without the kids that Paul and I had had in 4 months so we made sure to make the most of it!

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The view from Helipad bar in Kuala Lumpur
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Enjoying drinks with Eun and Emilia

We had martinis on the 24th floor of the Helipad bar, free rum and cokes at Loco and 4 blowjobs in 21 bar….Great times and a big hangover with new friends!

Old friends for us & new friends for the kids

The following day we had arranged to stay with old friends that lived for some time in London. Noah, Marie with their 2 girls Luna and Lana plus the dog Ellington. The kids clicked straight away and Scott enjoyed a 3rd day of playing with other children and all the toys on offer.

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Ingrid, Scott, Luna and Lana enjoying a ride in the boot of the car

This short but great stay with friends has been a lovely break for all of us. We have enjoyed having other people around to talk to and hang out with. It great to see Ingrid and Scott taking turns telling our friends one story after the next of the experiences we have had on our travels so far.

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It is in this moment that I can clearly see how far they have come and how they have grown in confidence these past 4 months. They are getting very good at telling stories of amazing and funny cultural differences that they have picked up on a in the countries we have visited so far. Ingrid loves to talk about the mountains in Nepal and China, while Scott loves sharing details about the great animal encounters we had in Australia and Malaysia.

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Mexican hat in the Mexican restaurant made me long for South America

After this lovely break with new and old friends away from the main tourist hubs we are filled with new energy to take on the next stage of our journey through South East Asia and eventually South America

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