Damn, I really wanted to starting getting these re-caps out on time now (that means the beginning of each month!), but I’m failing already. So let’s jump right into January!
The 1st – Jan 15: Taipei
As soon as the new year rolled around, I started to get sentimental about leaving Taipei. Time really flies by fast when you’re comfortable in a place. I still had a long list of things I never got around to doing, and I managed to fit in a few more mini adventures in my last couple of weeks in Taipei.
1 // On that list was a visit to the Taipei Zoo. I’m one of those people who like to visit zoos and other animal related attractions on my travels. I had already spent some weeks trying to convince D to go with me, but I think he’s reached his limit of being dragged around to zoos all over the world. Luckily Jamie (Ink + Adventure) was happy to go with me!
2 // Speaking of blogger friends, this month is gearing up to be month of blogger friends meetups! Amanda (Musical Poem) had told me that she was visiting Taiwan with her family, and I jumped at the chance to show them around my local night market!
It was a rainy evening when we met up. I felt bad that the market wasn’t as lively as it usually is due to the rain, but I’d still consider it a success overall. We still managed to hit up most of my favorite eats and were all stuffed by the end, which always signifies a well done eating tour! It was such a pleasure to meet her and her family!
See Linjiang Night Market Guide if you’re interested to see what we ate!
3 // On my last full day in Taipei, I met up with Jamie again for what we deemed The Day of Cuteness. First up: the Tsum Tsum exhibition! She got me into the game and I’ve been slightly addicted ever since so we made another perfect pairing for this kinda kiddish activity.
4 // And then we headed to the Stray Cats Cafe. I had been wanting to go to one (did you know this craze started in Taipei??) but D is allergic to cats and I’m glad to have found a partner-in-crime! We squealed over the cute free roaming cats, and squealed even louder over the sleepy pile of kittens.
Here’s another picture just for your daily dose of cuteness:
And then it was time to pack up, and we were off to Malaysia!
January 15 – Feb 7: Kuala Lumpur
We had been out of Southeast Asia for a while now (I don’t really consider Taiwan SEA), and coming back into the area felt familiar yet somewhat foreign again. Apparently, we had accidentally picked the hottest time of the year to visit Malaysia. The heat + humidity definitely took some getting used to again.
My initial impressions were less than pleasant and actually made me miss Taipei. I missed the orderliness of it, the cooler weather, the clean sidewalks. The first night in KL, we got in late and so ate at the 24-hr neighborhood joint and it was gritty and I swear I was the only girl in there and for some reason, I felt uncomfortable.
But then the next few days, I discovered the food… and the malls. And I started to like it.
KL grew on me the more I explored it and learned about Malaysia. I love that the culture is a mix of Malay, Chinese, and Indian. I love the diversity…. which means some of the most freaking amazing food I’ve had on my travels thus far.
And also means the monthly food collage!
I have sooo missed the spices and flavors that you can only get from this part of the world. (My face, however, hated it and I broke out really attractively.)
Oh no… is it possible? Is it possible that I found a city I like as much as, if not more, than Taipei?!
And then at the end of January, D flew back to Taipei, leaving me to start my stint as a solo traveler. And thus starts my weeks of loneliness…
Just kidding! I was barely even alone for a day, before meeting up with long-time blog friend + KL-native CL (Real Gunner) for a local tour of the city! (Told you this is the month of blogger meetups.)
KL is a rather large city with rather poor public transportation. So it’s pretty imperative that you have a car in order to cover it properly. We spent a day driving all over KL and going to the suburbs to a pork-based hipster cafe he had read about. The food was delicious, but mostly, it was just really nice to finally meet in person and chat for hours. Thanks CL! (And I wish we had gotten a picture together!)
And how did the rest of my solo time in KL go? I guess you’ll just have to find out in next month’s recap. :)
What’s going on in February?
If you’ve been following the past couple of weeks, then you’ll already know that I’ve scrapped the rest of my solo travel plans in Malaysia plans to fly to Beijing after my grandfather’s sudden passing. I’ve been really good with blogging in real-time in the past week and already wrote 2 posts on my time in Beijing (here and here)! My mom was here as well but just flew back to the States. As for me, I plan to stay in Beijing for a few more weeks to keep my grandmother company for a while.
What do you have planned for February?