Saturday 11th Feb
Taxi to Kepong Sentral railway station. First Malaysian train ride and we were very impressed. Spotless train station, clean, modern, spacious train and the best train toilets ever encountered; shame it was only an hour's ride to Kuala Kubu Bihari (known as KKB)
We were met by David, a Canadian who had lived in Malaysia for the past 11 years. An enthusiastic tour guide using expansive arm gestures, he pointed out all the traditional buildings, their particular architectural traits and the types of families who had lived in them, Chinese, Indian or Malays.
Dinner around the table with the other guests; three Malaysians and an American couple. Lively, far ranging conversations. The Malaysians are just here for the weekend. The Americans - Tom and Nancy are on a FIVE YEAR trip around the world travelling in a huge 4x4 type vehicle; shipping it when necessary!
Sunday 12th/ Monday 13th Feb
Every evening Stephen sets up a moth trap; a special canvass sheet illuminated by a light. A huge variety of moths both big and tiny are attracted to the sheet.
In the morning, the birds arrive to feast and we watched in awe as one of them swooped down and carried this monster off!
The weather has, unfortunately, taken a turn for the worse with mist coming in low, outbreaks of heavy rain and quite cool temperatures.
Despite this we walked 'the loop' with the mist casting it's eerie magic through the jungle.
Friday 17th Feb
Breakfast with the gentle, quiet Greenlander, who has been living in Sweden for the past twenty years. Then, the bus to Ipoh & back to the French Hotel for one more night.
Saturday 18th Feb
A week ago part of Doug's tooth fell out and he managed to make a dentist's appointment for today, so we hire an Uber to take us there. It is a good experience, clean, quick, efficient and cheap and all is fixed within twenty minutes so we have plenty of time to go to one of Ipoh's Cave Temples.