In the spirit of stripping back blog content to be a little less polished, I thought I’d share my Malaysia photo diary today. Unfiltered snaps straight from my camera and phone.
We were away for three weeks in total, not only exploring and going on a trip within a trip, but to celebrate my cousin’s wedding, so I have hundreds of photos on my memory card! I find that Ipoh changes just a little bit more each time I visit, so it’s nice to document things. And it’s the first ever time we headed back without a house to stay in! Our house was sold last year and our new place doesn’t complete until this summer, so we stayed in my Uncle’s homestay/Airbnb.
Plus, I’m hoping to make a printed photo book of these snaps and it made sense to write a blog post while I’m uploading the photos.
Sunday 18th November 2018:
It wouldn’t be a triumphant return to Ipoh without landing, arriving home and immediately heading out to eat street food in the dead of night!
Monday 19th November 2018: Pre-wedding antics. Our family headed over to my cousin’s fiancée’s house to deliver gifts to her parents and we all had to help out! Also snapped this frame of the towering limestone cliffs that you can see from almost anywhere in Ipoh.
Monday 19th November 2018: At my Uncle’s house. Harvey is always a hit with my baby nieces and nephews! Also, the shoes at the front door = how you know a family is home!
Tuesday 20th November 2018: When your Auntie shows up with fresh Roti Canai from the local mamak for breakfast. Yassss.
… followed by an afternoon wander around the Old Town. We grabbed lunch here too, but I vividly remember not taking a photo because our family took up 4 tables!
Celebrating Granny’s 83rd birthday!!
Wednesday 21st November 2018: The first of many cave temple visits. I absolutely LOVE coming back here and I even got to show Harvey around! Grandad used to take his morning strolls here.
Thursday 22nd November 2018: Just in case you were wondering, we do gather as a family to wrap dumplings, Crazy Rich Asians style 😉
The answer is: no, we do not ever stop eating.
Monday 26th November 2018: Qing Xin Ling Cultural Village. How cute is my Papa Daisy?!
Wednesday 28th November 2018: We went to the Genting Highlands! And spent a long weekend amongst the clouds. It was absolutely magical and so surreal.
Thursday 29th November 2018: Over to KL! Where we had to get our usual selca at the Pavilions.
Friday 30th November 2018: I call this set: ‘wandering aimlessly around Kuala Lumpur’.
Saturday 1st December 2018: Then, when everybody and their reindeer got ready for festive photos aplenty, my brother and I went on a treetop rainforest wander in search of the elusive perfect Instagram.
Sunday 2nd December 2018: Afternoon tea at the Majestic Hotel with my love.
We arrived in Langkawi later that day. And headed out to get falafel wraps! (So delicious that Harvey and I went back every single night.)
Monday 3rd December 2018: Absolute paradise.
Tuesday 4th December 2018: Our island hopping tour.
Tuesday 4th December 2018: Hiked up to a waterfall, then all the way up to the Sky Bridge, the highest one in the world. Then, we went to get pasta. And sat on the beach until the sun went down.
Saturday 8th December 2018: WEDDING DAY! As our family is absolutely huge, my cousin chose to host the wedding reception at his home, shutting down the entire road and catering for almost 200 people with a roadside buffet. Party like the Chai’s!
Sunday 9th December 2018: Home time! But not before, you guessed it, more food. We had a little vegan hot pot, and Harvey had an obligatory final Roti Canai at the airport.