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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

More Taman Negara



Pics are from Taman Negara and Travellers Home resort.
Things I have learned:
-in the jungle you cannot age a tree by counting its rings—the trees have no rings. Their growing season is year round.
-the small bats navigate by radar however the big bats are fruit bats and they have large eyes so they do not navigate by radar but by sight.
-The Malay people are fun loving by nature. They like to tease and smile easily. The women are shy and more serious and the men more playful. One cannot help but fall for their charming smiles. The urban and Island Muslim men are so charming which is in such contrast to the rural Muslim  men-- who are down right frightening. I guess it is the difference between Extremist Muslims (rural mainland) and regular Muslims (the island and urban men I find so charming and warm).
Travellers Home proved to be a unique experience. The owner and his wife treated each and every guest like family. We were well cared for and any problem they were there to help. One felt very comfortable and safe there. They ate breakfast with the guests each morning. I would highly recommend the resort simply because it was like staying with family who cared and were very wise about al the goings on in Malaysia. The meals were all home cooked by the kitchen staff. It was a warm, comfortable experience.
Malaysian food is not the best. I’ve been warned not to drink the water or eat raw produce or else traveler’s diarrhea. Thus, there is nothing for me to eat! I dislike the greasy meat and the cooked veggies are cooked in so much oil that I feel sick all day after eating them. And despite bananas, papayas and mangoes growing in the jungle—try to find one to eat around here! All I can find are leechi type fruit which are jellyish and rather tasteless. 

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3 Comments:

Blogger Miranda said...

Wowsers, looks so wonderful. What about your resort? How is that going? when do you go to the conference?

July 8, 2010 at 7:12 AM  
Blogger theresa_hart said...

I am interested in the resort too. I'm confused. Wasn't the jungle several days ago? In real time I am here in Calgary at the fairmont lying low, thinking about attending the conference, art gallery etc. Missing the hectic household in Nelson. I hope the gaggle of children and dogs doesn't wear mom and Joop out. I'm also now confused about these Malaysian men - which ones are the good ones?

July 8, 2010 at 10:32 AM  
Blogger Melissa Mix Hart said...

Yes, we are in the Perhentians now. I posted the last bit of Taman Negara and will post Perhentian hence forth. The good men are the city men and resort men--charming and wonderful. The nasty men are the rural muslim men--very frightening!
Hope SP and Joop are coping! Calgary sounds relaxing.

July 8, 2010 at 9:04 PM  

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