get up at 8, shower, go out into Chinatown, have Chinese porridge [in Chinatown?!?!?!?!?!] for breakfast [in the morning?!?!?!?!?!?!], ‘zhi chok’- fish porridge , is the best meal I’ve ever had in the morning time! drink black tea with it, costs RM1 [ur pathetic]
check out hotel
catch bus to Cameron Highlands to Tanah Rata where Misha used to live
realise I’m jetlagged about halfway into this 5hr journey when I can’t keep my eyes open despite the windy roads.
Get to Tanah Rata, call Dr Liao who we’re staying with, he’s at work so we go have lunch in Restoran Kumar, roti and dhal and a lamb curry with black tea. Misha’s memories’re flooding back, is so bizarre to think he used to live here!
After lunch, walk up to where his flat was. By his home is a v v v v tall water tower which we climb and can see right across the jungle to the mountains we’re going to climb on Thursday. Come back down verrrrrrrrry slowly and meet Dr Liao at a different Indian restaurant, get in the car to his house where I discover he’s learning Japanese so try to remember everything I learnt but can only come up with nihongo tsu go i ne which is almost complete gibberish,
chat like forever about everything (will catch up later, we’re off to a market then Mish’s old school)
HELLO! so after chatting forever we go to dinner in nearby Brinchang where we go to Chinese restaurant for a steamboat which is a giant pot of boiling water which you cook thangs in like bokchoi, prawns, watercress, chicken, bla… apparently I was using my chopsticks like a ‘spastic’ and Dr Liau has now taught me how to eat with them [never ‘spas’ again Doc] like theydo in ‘proper Chinese culture’ and am getting quite good now! oh yeh to drink we had, get this [nudge nudge], fresh carrot juice mixed with milk—— not as rank as you might think but undoubtedly not as good a drink as ‘te tarik’ which is tea made frothy with condensed milk. it is I think the most delicious hot drink ever. [alcoholic] Actually. MMM!! [fag]
then we go back to Doc’s house and go to bed pretty much straight away- he goes to his ‘Japanese teacher’s house’ to ‘pick somthing up’ ….HMMM. Mish’a da thinks he’s Geh but all we’ve found as evidence is a men’s fitness from 1995 with Matt LeBlanc on the front nect to the words “A Single Guy’s Guide to Thanksgiving” 😦 lol.
“Excitement. Amazement. Tranquility. Fascination. Malaysia.” Japanese Ad