Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Tek Sen Restaurant: Great Chinese in Penang

George Town is about eating, so if you happen to wander past Tek Sen and see that they have an empty table, don't even consider whether you're hungry or not. Just sit down. It's for the best. We did so during lunch time when we were in Malaysia last month and although other customers protested that we didn't have a reservation, we were whisked to a metal table in the back of the restaurant and given menus. If Tek Sen is open, it's busy.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Backpacking Komodo by Boat

Komodo dragons are creatures that you see in zoos but don't really think about where they're from. Well, Komodo, of course, but that could be anywhere. To me, at least. I was probably alone in my ignorance of where Komodo actually is in the world, but until I started researching possible stops in Indonesia, it didn't all come together for me. But then, when it did and I heard tales of a four day boat trip to these mystical islands teeming with giant lizards and manta rays, I instantly knew we needed to go. I needed to convince Charlie, though, because all he could visualize was a sinking boat (his vision was backed up by articles from a recent incident, but we ultimately managed to look forward instead of to the past. It helped that our boat stayed within sight of land for the whole trip. And that our crew was superstitious).

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Malaysia's Ramly Burgers are Life Changing

Ramly burgers have changed my life (and my waistline, but let's focus on life, k?). People would probably generally tell you to focus on the diverse Chinese, Indian and Malay food in Malaysia, but I'm here to tell you to focus on burgers. Ramly burgers. Focus on at least one Ramly burger in each city you go to and then decide if you should refocus on other versions of Ramly burgers in those same cities. 
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