Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Extra Photos: Part 2

Some more bonus photos from the last four months. This time, from my camera, before it broke.

Kickapoo and other drinks


Asia is great for strange drinks - I love walking into a corner shop and finding something I have absolutely no idea about, or what's in it. In the case above, it was in Singapore, in a small and basic outdoor restaurant. I'll buy any drink called "Kickapoo" on sight (in fact, I recently bought a whole bottle of it in Kuala Lumpur) and it turned out to be alright - a citric kind of drink. The other one was much weirder though. Called something like Bandung Rose, it was a vivid, terrifying opaque pink, and tasted like a combination of parma violets, strawberry milk, and petals.

Borobudur


The tour guide made me do this, honest. Like pretending to prop up the Leaning Tower of Pisa, this seems to be a tradition at Borobudur, for the guide at least. Still, after being forced to wear a skirt for hours, I'd already sunk quite low.

Instructions


Taken in Bali airport. You can never be too careful.

Dayabumi



This is the Menara Dayabumi, or the Dayabumi Tower. It's a building in Kuala Lumpur, within ready sight of the Chinatown area where I spent much of my time. I became a huge fan of it. It's just a business tower, but unlike most commercial skyscrapers it has a unique look and definite Islamic stamp across it. I don't know how practical the star-patterned decorations are for allowing light in, but I think all skyscrapers should be built with this same sense of style and originality.

Buddha's Living Moustache



I was in a temple in Bagan, looking at yet another Buddha, when I noticed it had a little moustache. This is not in the textbook for Buddha statue design. I looked a little closer - and a small gecko had cutely nestled itself just above Buddha's upper lip. Quite suits him, I think.

The Sleeping Suite (skip if you want to avoid shocking near-nudity)





Burness has acquired a rather bad habit of taking photos of me sleeping. Not just regular sleeping, but when I've passed out. In the first half of the travels, we'd often listen to a Ricky Gervais/Karl Pilkington podcast, from one of the many I'd downloaded. Sometimes, because I was tired, I 'd fall asleep. Burness then found it funny to take photos of this, unbeknown to me at the time. This included abusing me with his foot. In all these photos I am genuinely fast asleep, despite having the radio podcast on quite loud next to me. I'm sure I took a photo of Burness in revenge, but for the life of me I can't find it. As it likely involved him half-naked, I'm sure this is for the best.

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