Where am I?
Kuching, Sawarak Malaysia
Kunming (China) meets
Penang and runs through South Street Seaport. A green Chinatown topped
with Muslim and Hindu delight. Across the street is the state mosque which
resembles the Emerald City at sunset. A surprise/disappointment as the
LP guidebook describes her as 'the most beautiful town in all of South
East Asia'. This comment makes me suspicious that the editors received
tips from city officials. Along the waterfront youth and local tourists
plow through the sidewalk sipping lai-chi and coconut juice while chomping
on chicken satay. The silence of the water broken by pop singers on stage.
The local mom and pop's stores are interrupted by an A & W restaurant.
1960's 2 story block buildings rule the winding streets lined with palm
trees and manicured bushes. The Hilton Hotel towers above the semi-urban
landscape. She's a bit like Bangkok without the pollution and population.
Once again another asian town grown too big for her britches with pedestrian
traffic left to fend for themselves through an obstacle course. Chinese
characters populate street signage and I have yet to learn the names of
the food, resorting to using the point method. Sitting along the traffic,
I am wondering why I'm sitting on the outskirts of the heart of Borneo,
not missing the mosquitoes, but wanting to be in the jungle again.
xoxo...angie, running in and out of the trees