May 2016


South Seas Adventure – Part 4

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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For those following our South Seas Adventure, we departed Bali and set sail for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. As so many travelers from the U. S. discover when traveling to new and developing areas of the world, it often appears we are becoming a third world nation. Kuala Lumpur is one of those places. Construction is everywhere, companies from all over the world are thriving, and the people are working hard and taking pride in their cities and country.

Above are the famous Petronas Towers, the tallest twin towers in the world, and until 2004, the tallest structure in the world. My wife Trisha was very excited to be at the towers and remembered the Sean Connery movie Entrapment that was filmed there.

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Trisha Parker at the Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur

When we reached the observation level we took dozens of photos. In the photo below you can also see the Kuala Lumpur Tower. We also made a visit to that structure.

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Below is one of the many pictures I took from the Kuala Lumpur Tower.

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Inside the Petronas Towers was the most spectacular shopping mall we have ever seen. Every high-end store you can imagine is located there. We could not pass up having lunch at one of the many dozens of eateries.

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We were treated quite well by the Muslim people we encountered who populate this city and the country of Malaysia, and that influence could be seen in their older government and religious structures.

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Interestingly, while touring the city we noticed many parks and beautiful green spaces that were very well maintained. I hope we are able to return again sometime soon.

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BALI

During our time in the Perth region of Australia, we enjoyed so many beautiful and historic sites. One of these was our truly fun river cruise to the port of Fremantle. It was both scenic and historic, perched on the edge of the Indian Ocean. In some ways the town itself reminded me of an old western town in the U. S. The more historic places such as the Roundhouse that once held prisoners, seemed right out of a Pirate movie. We actually did lock my wife Trisha in real stocks. She was a good sport but could not wait to get out.

 

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Trisha and John Parker – Fremantle Roundhouse

After our time in Australia, we boarded a ship for our three day cruise to Bali. Keeping us company was our good friend and Italian musician/singer extraordinaire Maurizio.

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Maurizio and Trisha Parker

After a relaxing and beautiful time aboard ship, we reached the port city Benoa. We were greeted by the exotic Balinese dancers and musicians.

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Benoa, Bali

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Trisha and John Parker, Bali

Our first stop was the beautiful Fairmont Sanur Beach Resort for a beautiful and tasty brunch. We also enjoyed the beauty of the beach and surroundings.

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Fairmont Sanur Beach

My buddy Herb and I attempting to launch a boat.

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Sanur Beach

After our time on the beach, we headed to the incredible seaside cliffs for a hike up to the famous Uluwatu Temple. Quite a hike, but the views were beyond compare.

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Trisha and John Parker – Bali

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Uluwatu Temple

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Uluwatu Temple Cliffs

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Uluwatu Temple

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Uluwatu Temple Grounds

After our hike up to the temple and back down, we headed to Kuta Beach for lunch. I admit, I wasn’t expecting much after traveling through the somewhat rural backroads of Bali. Much to my surprise, the lunch was absolutely delicious while on the back deck of the restaurant overlooking spectacular Kuta Beach.

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Kuta Beach Lunch

Our time in Bali was a dream come true. It was more beautiful and exotic than we could have imagined. Back on the ship, with friends Lyn and Herb, we celebrated with a dinner, show, and more time enjoying the talents of Maurizio.

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