Sealift magic in Pangkor

We hauled out. It was time to replace the anodes and anti-foul, so we engaged the services of the sealift at Pangkor Marina, and hauled our girl out for a few days. Hauling out is always a bit stressful, but the team at Pangkor Marina were uber-professional and got the job swiftly and expertly. And…

A missing girl in Ipoh

About 90 minutes drive from Pangkor is the city of Ipoh. Once a small village, then a wealthy tin-mining town, and now the regional capital of Perak, we were enticed by its reputation for awesome street food, cool cave temples, and overall good vibe. So we grabbed a hire car and hit highway 5 for…

Murder in Pangkor!

A murder of crows that is. There are crows EVERYWHERE here in Pangkor Marina. No seagulls, just crows. (Maybe they ate all the seagulls??) Anyway, they love to hang out in your rigging and poop on the decks. And they’re creepy. We are docked in Pangkor Marina for nearly a month, so I’ve had to…

The dizzying heights of KL

What’s the best way to see a city? On top of a 34-storey building, cocktail in hand, with a 360 degree panorama of the city skyline! KL has heaps of great sky-bars but the coolest one I’ve found so far is the Heli Lounge Bar . It’s bloody genius really: by day it’s a rooftop helipad,…

Safe as houses in the Malacca Strait

“A century ago, and for more than half a century before that, piracy was rife in the Malayan seas. … The Archipelago was split up into countless petty kingdoms and each rajah was the commander-in-chief of a pirate fleet. … A thousand rivers gave them hiding-places whence the swift warboats could dash out … and…

A change of pace in Johor

Puteri Harbour (our first stop in Malaysia) was a big change of pace! After three months in Indonesia, it was both strange and refreshing to be parked (at anchor) in a marina beside high rise buildings and shops and stuff. We hadn’t been in a marina since we left Cairns in July! We didn’t waste…