Friday, October 8, 2010

Hey, it worked!

On a whim I tried the whole pics in the blog thing again and it worked!  Here are the kids hamming it up after the firefighters visited their CDC last week. 

KL--day 1

Well, a cold beer sure tasted good yesterday!  Other than that, not much to report.  I made some spa appointments, ate room service (yes, it is good at the Ritz!), and read.  A few things struck me on my trip into the big city (1 1/2 hrs each way):

1.  Kuala Lumpur is a mix of super-trendy, posh, towering skyscrapers and run-down, crumbling flats.  These are all mixed together.  It's not like there is the "fancy downtown" and the "other side of the track."  It's all mixed together.  Lots of construction is going on so maybe that's going to change.

2.  Walking in most of the city is a life-threatening experience.  Crosswalks are rare, cars are fast, and sidewalks aren't terribly consistent.  I feel for anyone who is limited in their mobility.

3.  Malaysians (thus far) are a very nice, quiet people.  Made me completely embarrassed to see and hear the loud, obviously American sailors that were whooping it up at, of all places, the Ritz-Carlton. 

4.  Radio ads and billboards that talk about ways to conserve energy and resources are everywhere.  I hope they are having success with those initiatives as they at least seem to be trying very hard.

5.  This is not Everett, WA.  Because it's not Everett, WA I find that I am completely disinterested.  I want to experience new places and cultures but it is hard when my favorite travel partner is so far away, working so hard to take care of everything at home.  Liberty buddy rules and duty make just getting out a logistical challenge, but once you do you can usually have a good time.  I'm just too miserable at this point to really allow that to happen.  Hopefully my next trip out tomorrow will be better.

It's duty day today!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Finally, a port!

Greetings from Port Klang, Malaysia, the port city of Kuala Lumpur!  I've only seen the pier thus far, so not much to report, but I hope to head into the city in a few hours to check it out.  Woo hoo!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Isn't it ironic?

We are getting ready for a port visit (YIPPIE!) so there's lots of info getting put out.  First, there are tours being put together that come with helpful  info sheets with great tips like "Bring along insect repellent."  Then there is the mandatory port brief where the ship's Doc cautions everyone to use insect repellent, "preferably one with DEET."  So, what is one item that you can't buy in the ship's store?  INSECT REPELLENT!!!  Even better?  Pharmacies are "off limits" in this port.  Where exactly should I be purchasing this essential item???  I'm hanging my hopes on the street vendors...

Monday, October 4, 2010

A great weekend back home

I can honestly say that I wish I was reporting all of these events to you first-hand!  Frank and the kids had a fun-filled Saturday from what I can tell and I attached a few pics, too.  They started the day fishing, which I heard was more baiting than catching.  The kids entertained themselves by feeding ducks and picking blackberries.   After naps they all headed to the local fairgrounds for a demolition derby!  It was a night full of noise, crashes, and explosions, topped off with fireworks.  Frank and I went years ago and I can just imagine the kids loving it.