We gradually got over our colds while we worked to prepare Tahina for our departure. The new A/C worked great, both removing the high humidity and cooling the boat. We had a bunch of tasks required to keep the boat in a stored state while we are gone home to the US for the holidays. This involves closing off seacocks, cleaning out the fridge of perishables, putting the watermaker in a stored state, drying out the bilges, putting away things outside the boat, checking all the docklines, etc. And, or course we cleaned up the inside of the boat as much as possible and removed all trash. Karen cleaned all the walls and put a coat of vinegar mix to help reduce chances of mold.
On Thursday, we left to catch a train to Kuala Lumpur. We plan to do some sightseeing in the largest Malaysia city for a few days until its time to catch our plane home. First class on the train for both of us only cost $40. So, it was both a comfortable and inexpensive ride. Along the way we got to enjoy some interesting scenery including lots of tropical vegetation, agriculture, many towns and cities, signs of enormous investment in future growth, and saw some animals including monkeys, cows, and birds. By the way, Malaysia has a huge oil industry boosted economy, and the government is investing heavily in modern growth. This was especially evident in the area near Singapore, and is even more evident in the city.
Kuala Lumpur (or KL is what the locals call it) is a huge growing city. It is very international with a large population of Malaysian, Indian, and Chinese, but also of many other countries. There is a modern train system which we have been using to get around. Many familiar US restaurants are here including: Hard Rock Cafe, TGI Fridays, Wendy’s, Burger King, Starbucks, Gloria Jeans, McDonalds, A&W, Subway, Papa John’s, and there’s even a Krispy Kreme Doughnuts shop. And many more. There are also large shopping centers with all the brand name big-time shopping stores like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, etc. Very reminiscent of Singapore, except there are parts of town that are quite run down, poor and dirty (something you don’t see in Singapore).