Lately I am traveling a lot… which means I don’t have much time to update my blog, study Korean, or keeping in touch with friends.
Anyways, this trip’s goal was basically diving in Sipadan, which we couldn’t because we didn’t know that there is a one-month waiting list to dive there. But at least we got to dive in other closer islands and we finally got our PADI Open Water Diver License.
We decided to stay at Semporna, a town on the east coast of Sabah, in Borneo. From there, you can take a boat to many small nearby islands which are pretty good for diving. There is not much to see in this town, though. Most tourists here come solely to dive.
With Alex, ready for some snorkeling.
That’s me, diving.
And that’s me with my friends, diving.
This is what I call paradise 😀
Sunset in Semporna.
Floating houses. Many people in Semporna live on the sea… literally.
Once we got sick of diving, we flu back to Kuala Lumpur, and spend a couple of days there. The city isn’t one of my favorites, but I liked the mix of cultures and religions that you can see on the streets (Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc.). We decided to pay for a guided tour, which probably was a good idea because it was raining most of the day and it felt quite nice to move around by car instead of walking.
Main gate of the Royal Palace, Kuala Lumpur.
Partying with Marcos in Kuala Lumpur.
In front of the Petronas Twin Towers. One of the least original pictures to be taken in KL. By the way, according to Wikipedia, the second tower was built by the Korean company Samsung Engineering and Construction.
We spent the last day of the trip in Malacca, a very nice colonial town two hours and a half drive south from Kuala Lumpur. This city was colonized by the Portuguese, Dutch, and British. Therefore, Malacca seems anything but an Asian city.
There are these tuk-tuks decorated with flowers everywhere around Malacca taking tourists around.
Christ Church, at the Dutch Square in Malacca.
On the way back to the airport, we stopped at Putrajaya, a kind of artificial city where the government is moving most of its official buildings. There is a big mosque and selling of alcohol is forbidden in the whole city.
In front of the Prime Minister’s office, in Putrajaya.
View of the Putra Mosque at night.