The Petronas Twin Towers

Amazing to look at and curious how it feels on the double decker skybridge, thought to be the highest bridge in the world connecting both towers together. The view of Kuala Lumpur city is spectacular from this bridge. Though I am a height freak I somehow made it to the top. A few amazing views taken from the skybridge :

Georgetown, a UNESCO heritage city

Its a city with a mix of old colonial and cultural buildings and shophouses with the old original design and structure which are mostly attached to the Chinese communities in the area; it is also a modern city with modern buildings and big shopping malls. It was a hot sunny day when we arrived Georgetown and having never been here before, we wanted to cover the heritage side of the city as much as we can as well as to savor the local delicacies that was always talked about on the travel sites.

A mural – old zone of UNESCO Georgetown
The old shop houses re invented

We have not had lunch at this time and one of the hotel staff said that Sri Weld Hawkers center isn’t far away and not bad at all to try out. So we started walking out of The prestige Hotel where we are staying. We thought it was a nice walk and after seven minutes later, we reached the hawkers place. Truly, not bad at all as there’s a lot food varieties from each stall that was available there. We have even decided to go to the same place for breakfast the next morning before exploring further out. There was a long line on the front and we were wondering why there are so many people in line. It was the savory traditional ‘Nasi Lemak’ (fragrant rice, archives & Chili paste on a banana leaf which we did try and of course, it was delicious.

Nasi Lemak, a Malaysian delicacy
We thought this walkway was interesting behing shophouses

Really an old temple

a perfect morning sun

An Ole’ Country road leading to my family homestead where tree branches dropped low to form the perfect sun shade, a one way country road just meant for a household. As John Denver’s hit song “Take Me Home, Country Roads” runs through the mind while driving here will be the best description of this picture. This country road cuts right through the family orchard with mighty views of fruit trees on both sides with some highlights of bamboo shrubs.

“To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon the verdant green hills is the most perfect refreshment” ~ by Jane Austin

Assumption Abbey


This Benedictine Monastery is a home to about 30 monks and brothers. We met Fr James at the gift shop and sort of gave us some information on the history of the beautiful monastery. We walked the hallway with a really high traditional ceiling, very ancient and historical. It has all the dark wood wall which I thought was a very unique design yet very elegant! On both sides of the hallway were rooms with a very tall Cathedral style doors and again with a very distinct design. This place, though it was built in the 1800’s, still looks very clean and very well maintain
Already in our itinerary, visited this holy place, Assumption Abbey, after TR National Park in the afternoon. Read on their website that they have a gift shop selling items such as soaps, candles and lots of religious items made at the Monastery by the monks themselves. I was particularly wanted to look at some of the soaps and so bought a few.
The Abbey grounds, vast and beautiful, quite and peaceful, calm and free from disturbances with all beautiful surroundings. Such an enriching experience!
Had time to attend sunset mass at
St Mary’s as well in this 128 year old beautiful church.
Very well made soap, nicely wrapped and the smell was heavenly! They even have a mention what good the soap will do for your skin.

Scenic Gallatin Valley

Chose to drive through scenic highway 191 on our way to Billings driving through the beautiful Gallatin country with Gallatin river visible all along for hours. Its an awesome ride with many miles of breathtaking views of the valley.

Lodgepole pines and Subalpine fir trees at Gallatin Gateway area

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