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Don't flush the frog: Our 10 dumbest travel mistakes, so far

We're experienced world travelers but that doesn't mean we don't occasionally make stupid mistakes. From flushing frogs down the toilet to being mistaken for a dominatrix, here are our top ten travel mistakes, so far: Top travel mistakes 1)…
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The Secret to Visiting the Petronas Towers: best way to get tickets

The Petronas Towers Getting Petronas Towers tickets requires a bit of strategy. Tickets are limited, so if you want to go to the observation deck—at the best time to visit for great photos, or simply a time that works for your travel schedule—it's…
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We witness mundan, a Hindu head-shaving ceremony

In Malaysia we witnessed a Hindu infant head shaving ceremony known as Mundan. We were visiting Batu Caves, a large Hindu Temple built atop a hillside, outside of Kuala Lumpur. Take a tour of Batu Caves. There were the typical souvenir…
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The colorful trishaws of Malacca

The historic port town of Malacca, Malaysia offers a wonderful blend of Asian and European influences. Also spelled Melaka, it bears traces of Malay, Chinese, Indian, Portuguese and Dutch cultures. This varied background is displayed by the…
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The world's stinkiest donut

One of the things we're tasting on this journey are donuts from around the world. But there was one donut that smelled so awful we couldn't eat it. It pains us to even think of donuts in a bad way, but we met our match in a durian donut in…
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Larissa gets spicy with authentic Malaysian cooking

LaZat Cooking SchoolMalaysian cooking was a mystery to me. The country is a dynamic blend of cultures: half Malay with the rest mostly Chinese and Indian. Over the years their cuisines have mingled, creating fantastic flavors…
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Don't drink from the toilet!---and other odd signs around the world

We've come across some unusual signs in our journey. Some funny signs caution people about not doing things that would seem to be self-evident. Like the sign posted above. It's in the bathrooms at the Adelaide Airport in Australia. Not that…
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Video: A fishy foot massage in Malaysia

Imagine having hundreds of fish nibbling at your toes underneath a giant sign that assuredly proclaims "No Piranha." Now picture your feet are in a tank with about a dozen other feet that are also being nibbled on. Larissa normally loves…
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Video: A lion roars for Chinese New Year

The other night we had one of those impromptu cultural experiences that make travel worthwhile.  On a quiet Monday evening we strolled the streets of Chinatown in Malacca, Malaysia. It was a few weeks before Chinese New Year and the town…

Larissa gets toilet "trained" in Malaysia

We were on the train from Singapore to Malaysia. Friends in Singapore had advised us that the toilets on the train left something to be desired, but it was a five-hour journey so eventually nature called. The facilities were better than…