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Unexpected possible side-effect of living in Malaysia?

As my wife goes to her actual job, it’s my job to scour the neighbourhood of potential places to eat, drink, and be merry. So, I’ve been doing a lot of walking since arriving in Houston 10 days ago. On the weekend we played a bit of very low level tennis. It was a 20 minute walk to and from the court. Which was fine. Then we went to Houston’s premiere shopping centre mall, where I noticed an occasional burning sensation in my right achilles tendon.

Malaysian Monopoly Pub Crawl™

Today, in my inbox: Hello All, Well, the Inaugural KL Monopoly Pub Crawl is only 1 day away! The 1st pub will be (drum roll please) . . . . . [1st pub name] Details are below. We will be meeting at [1st pub] at 12:30pm and we will be leaving [1st pub] by 1pm off to the 2nd pub, so please don’t get left behind. [address removed] [Google Maps link removed] If you are coming from the city and you would like to join Bart, Kelly and Anne-Marie for a ride to [1st pub], there will be a minibus leaving [Bart and Kelly’s place] at 12 (NOON) SHARP!

The architexture of Penang

Last weekend had a public holiday attached to it in Malaysia. My birthday was on Friday so Kelly and I travelled to Penang for the weekend and the Monday-off. Penang is an island off the west coast of Malaysia, about four hours drive from Kuala Lumpur. As is always the case on long weekends, many of then locals living in the city go home to the other states to visit family and friends. The mass exodus is not without it’s negatives — we counted six accidents on the one road we took out to Penang.

That’s how we roll

On the weekend, we almost played a game of lawn bowls with the Malaysian national team. True story. After a successful outing with The Crew™ at the Selangor Turf Club, Kelly organised an afternoon of lawn bowls at the Commonweath Games Lawn Bowls Complex. Upon first correspondence, our contact friend at the club Mr. Ramble Oxley asked Kelly “Are you playing amongst yourself or do you want me to arrange a friendly game with the National Team?” Hmmm, let’s think about that for a minute.


We’ve started playing tennis again now that we have some friends living in the building who are keen. The court we play at needs to be booked in person, and the people manning the office are not very good at English. This prompted me to make a custom lock screen wallpaper for my iPhone which has the Bahasa Malaysia translations for common things: days of the week, numbers up to 20, left & right (good for taxis). I used it today when booking the court for next week.

KL Towers Vertorama

Here’s a picture of the KL Towers at night, when they really shine (bing!). You’ve probably seen them before, and in better pictures than this, but I wanted to show everyone this image because it’s taken from a tourist’s point of view. Yours. When you come and stay with us we can personally guarantee this view in all its awesomeness. In fact, I have the feeling that it’ll be even better in person. There are other views too, which are better than this one, and better in person than the previous in-person view.