Greetings from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

doodle Malaysia

It’s been 2 years since the last post, and over 7 since we set off on this adventure. Where has the time gone?

With the World finally coming to terms with the fact that Covid is here to stay, we were able to leave Australia in May ’22, after nearly 3 years!

Our last couple of weeks were spent getting rid of a lot of accumulated “stuff” and, most importantly – selling the car. Amazingly, after taking us all around Australia (a couple of times) we still came away with a profit!

We also used the time to renew our passports. It’s such a relief to have brand spanking new ones with all empty pages!

Before leaving Australia, our trusted travelling companion – Ratty – ticked some experiences off his bucket list:

ratty on archie

Riding a dinosaur – ✅

ratty and whale

Surfing with whales (and a hot Sheila) – ✅

Exploring Australia from the sky – ✅

And finally we were on our way again.

Cairns Airport

Cairns Airport – Completely empty

First stop was Singapore for a few days and then on to Vietnam for our birthdays where we promptly came down with Covid. Luckily it was nothing more than a snivel, but we still had to isolate. That left us with 3 days to enjoy Hoi An.

Then it was on to Malaysia (where we are at the moment). Kuala Lumpur is kind of our base. Our PO Box and bank accounts are here and, as we hadn’t been able to get back for over 3 years, there was a lot to sort out.

We decided to rent an apartment for 6 months, right in the centre, next to the Petronas Towers, with the park and running track on our doorstep.


View from our apartment


Best friends in KLCC Park (our apartment on the very right)

On the 1st of January ’23 we leave the apartment and move 200 metres down the road to our favourite hotel (Mandarin Oriental) for 5 days. Then we fly to Indonesia, Bali. We’ve got a 6 month visa so that’ll give us plenty of time to check out how Bali has changed.

Some of the new rules the Indonesian government is introducing are a cause for concern and visa policies are changing too. We’ll have to see how this pans out.

Thailand is starting to look more attractive – Not only are there more visa options, but, as apposed to some other S/E Asian countries, the Thai government seems to be more welcoming to foreigners. Watch this space! 😃

In the mean time, here’s wishing everyone a very

ratty christmas

15 thoughts on “Greetings from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  1. Paul

    I was wondering how things were going, I guess Australia for 3 years was ok overall. I loved our brief visit in 2003.
    We’ve settled in France now and getting used to everything. We don’t travel so much now especially since Chris started acquiring animals and is learning to cook French style. Also it’s surprising how many friends and contacts we have accumulated here.
    I’ve restarted doing diy, improving French and various arty projects, which I’ve enjoyed and we regularly go to nl and uk to see family. Climate, covid and inflation aside, I would recommend early retirement to anyone. We only use our alarm to boil eggs!!!
    Off to Caen today for Xmas shopping and something to eat I hope.
    Good to see Kevin and Helen looking well I’ve not seen them since they left work.
    Glad you’re posting again it’s fun to share in a small way your adventures.

    Ciao for now

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    1. Adrienne & Dave Post author

      Wow – settled in France. Congrats! Whereabouts? Totally agree on the early retirement – nothing like it. Happy Christmas to both of you xx


  2. Anonymous

    Dear travellers,
    Good to hear from you and your adventures in such nice countries, specially when one is living in cold and wet Netherlands. Merry Christmas and happy new year.

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  3. Christina/ Stephan

    Hallo ihr Lieben , schön zu hören, dass es euch gut geht. Bei uns beiden ist auch alles bestens, am 6.1.23 fliegen wir für 10 Wochen nach Thailand. Die Vorfreude ist schon sehr groß. Grüße Christina & Stephan.
    Kleine Erinnerung an uns, Stichwort Koh Libong.

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    1. Adrienne & Dave Post author

      Hallo ihr beiden! Froh dass es Euch gut geht. Ihr fliegt am selben Tag nach Thailand, an dem wir nach Bali fliegen! Wo geht’s hin? Hoffentlich treffen wir uns wieder, irgendwo. Bis dann, alles gute und lasst von Euch hören xx


  4. Sara Nicholson

    Hi to both of you 👋🏻
    It was great catching up on all of your travelling endeavours. It sounds like you’re both still so enjoying yourselves. I love all of the photos, I particularly liked seeing all of Rattys antics!! He looks so cute, I was rather concerned to see him whizzing around the tree tops attached to a drone, I’m so glad he didn’t fall off and get lost amongst the undergrowth!! Keep him safe.
    Enjoy KL, wonder we definitely will pay you a visit. We’re overdue a game of Trivial Pursuit which was always more complicated after several schnapps!! Being attacked by a parrot was a bit of a low point too 🤣😂🤣😂

    Love Sara oh and him too. Xx

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    1. Adrienne & Dave Post author

      🤣😂Remember it well! Would love to catch up again. Maybe leave out the schnapps and stick to wine though😇. Ratty is safe and sound (minus a bit of fur) and looking forward to future adventures. Loads of love from both of us and have a great Christmas xx


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