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The Khoo Kongsi Altar

A different perspective of one of the altars at the Khoo Kongsi Temple.  The temple had a few different rooms with absolutely stunning decorations.  It was full of color and life.  It definitely seems like a perfect place to pray.

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A mother and her child making an offering at the Khoo Kongsi Temple

I spotted this moment at the Khoo Kongsi Temple in Penang, Malaysia.  A little girl and her mother are sharing a prayer together. It was during Chinese New Year so the beautiful temple was packed!  I was so lucky to get to see the excitement and celebration centered around the wonderful holiday!

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A young girl enjoying the ferry ride over to Penang

Penang, Malaysia is an island reachable by bridge or ferry.  When I took my minibus trip from Hat Yai to Penang, my driver decided to take the ferry!  What luck! I loved the relaxing trip over and got some great shots of a family enjoying the trip as well. 

Penang was one of the most diverse cities I have ever experienced.  Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, Christian, Penang has it all.  And they seemlingly live in harmony, which was such an amazing thing to see!

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My Air Asia plane that landed in a rain storm in Kuala Lumpur

I landed in Kuala Lumpur tonight to find pouring rain.  I knew that Air Asia always made you board outside at this airport (or scratch that, I had only experienced it once before) so I was wondering how they were going to get all the passengers out without making us soaking wet.  Well, they were prepared.  With many red umbrellas adorned with Air Asia on them.  This would have been the most opportune daily photo moment, lots of people huddling under bright red umbrellas rushing out of a plane to safety, but it would have been difficult to pull out my camera as I disembarked from the plane in the pouring rain.  So I figured I could get a shot of the plane in the pouring rain instead.

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The entrance to the Batu Caves

The last place on my agenda in Kuala Lumpur was the Batu Caves.  I had to take a 45-minute bus ride to get out there, which was a task in itself because I was advised in three entirely different directions by three different people on how to get to the bus.  On the way I realized that I was going to be cutting it close to catch my flight to Singapore, which gave me a small, constant anxiety.  I got there around 10:45 and gave myself about 45 minutes there (usually a visitor should take about 2 hours to explore the caves and surrounding areas), so I definitely rushed myself a bit, but I’m glad I went nonetheless.

The caves were enormous!  I had to climb flights and flights of stairs to get up to the first cave, where there were Indian statues, with water dripping and the sounds of bats coming from above.  Even though I had to rush a bit, it was quite the experience, but I definitely would advise spending more thank 45 minutes there!!

Note: I apologize for the sun flare on the side, I wish it wasn’t there, but the sun was so incredibly strong when I was there and I was unable to avoid it, even with my lens hood!!  I would advise going to the Batu Caves early in the morning or in the evening to avoid the harsh sun!

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The Malaysia Federal Court Building at night

This is the Malaysia Federal Court Building located in the Putrajaya district of Kuala Lumpur, which houses all of Malaysia’s Federal buildings.  It was an incredible place and completely unlike any of the government buildings in the States.  I’m pretty sure our Ministry of Finance building does not take your breath away like Malaysia’s does.  Definitely a must see in Kuala Lumpur!

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Locals enjoying a wonderful breakfast of Roti Canai

Roti Canai is an Indian Flatbread and it is delicious.  I have had it on a few other occasions in Penang, but Sin Kok wanted to bring me to the “real deal” at the Transfer Route in the Heritage area.  It is the most famous place to get roti canai in Penang and was a definite must go before I left for Kuala Lumpur.  I must say it was delicious and I felt like a local sitting on the benches sipping Teh Tarik (pull tea, a type of Indian milk tea) and devouring the most amazing roti canai. 

I’m going to miss it here!! But thank God I am leaving!  I eat way too much and I’m getting fat from all this delicious food!!

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