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We sailed to four different islands – Redang, Perhentian, Tenggol and Tioman. Most resorts have little book exchanges, where you can exchange books with other travellers. You’ll find lots of German and Dutch titles up in the bookshelf mix. 

Most of the group  had been having a serious hankering for roti canai, and here at this cafe, the craving was satisfied. I had french fries though, and pinched nibbles of roti from others. Other people’s food is delicious.

Once on mainland Terengganu, we gathered a little feast for breakfast. Rambutans are probably one of my favourite fruits ever. They taste like the lychee’s more robust, less wimpy cousin. We also had yellow glutinous rice, which is eaten with meat or fish curry. The sticky rice texture and savoury curry flavour mix is insane! 

For most, however, nasi dagang was the main course, as it was a local speciality. Truly, this is the best way to a Malaysian’s heart… lots of amazing food, and good company.

Chilling out on deck, Juno soundtrack playing quietly in the background, reflecting on the ocean trip. Flying back to KL tomorrow, it will be good to catch up with some friends before flying back. My sister has a new talent: making fish faces! I love impressions, and it has me highly amused. (I’m in Tioman right now, but pictures were taken in Redang)

I’m updating from the ocean. Literally, I’m typing on the deck of the boat, with thick, salt-scented breeze in my face as the boat sails. Hope I don’t accidentally drop my laptop into the sea!

That first picture. That is a total Puss in Boots moment. Kimchi is already a fully grown cat, but has such huge eyes in her little skull, so she still looks quite kitten like. 

Ziggy, my one-eyed wonder. You still think I am a scratching post. You also sometimes take me for a pillow to sleep on, which I don’t mind so much.

From top to bottom: Roti jala (Jala means ‘fishing net’ in Malay, which is exactly what these savoury pancakes are shaped like), seri muka (yummy glutinous rice topped with sweet custardy stuff), curry puffs. Last shot is fried vermicelli noodles, roti jala and chicken curry that’s poured over the roti. Mmm. 

Food critic, I am not. It’s not easy to adhere to a carefully portioned diet in Malaysia, heaps of yummy things everywhere. It’s like my body knows that, and accelerates metabolization to make way for more!

It’s my dad’s birthday today, and I’m glad I was here to be with him. My sister is home too, and she’s a pretty fun person to be with. There was a lot of singing and music playing in the family today, why haven’t we done this collectively before? It makes everyone feel good! 

The super lovely Ranjitha and I caught up at Delicious cafe today. We shared a red velvet cupcake, with cream cheese and raspberry swirls. Mmm. My love affair with cheese continues. 

I have some food and kitty pictures to post. Promised Nuwan a bit of running commentary on what’s shaking in KL, and it’s fun to do!

I’ve found that as time passes, a lot of things that used to be dividers, have been levelled with age. I love being able to connect on that human level. It’s getting easier and easier as I go along.

I am having a private cake moment. Yum. First shot was taken with the pop art filter on my camera, hence the ultra saturation. 

And. KITTIES. Seriously, there are no problems in this world that couldn’t be solved with a good kitten cuddle.