I am immensely lucky that my friends Helen and Razzaque live in Kuala Lumpur and to have had their home as a base from where I have flown to other places. But more than that, it became a home away from home and even when I was just staying in town overnight, I felt I was with my family. I am glad they were there for me for I know for a fact, that with seven months on the road, without them, I would be in a different head space right now. Not surprisingly, I thought KL was a nice, chilled out place.
During the 70s Spanish TV showed a series called “Sandokan” based on the Emilio Salgari classic. The handsome pirate nicknamed the tiger of Malaysia who fights the British colonial empire and can’t help falling in love with the governor’s beautiful niece Mariana in the process. Every week, I and the rest of the country would eagerly sit for the next instalment full of adventure, sword fights, stolen kisses and even once a cholera outbreak. Continue reading