Let the Malaysian Adventures Begin!

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we have made it to kuala lumpur, malaysia!


the flights were all good, not too much turbulence and good smelling people around us…that’s a win!


i think the essential oils i put on the bottom of my feet did help because i only panicked slightly when i saw this ridiculously long flight path from vancouver, canada to hong kong, china.

IMG_7788the food was decent and the service was great! all the booze you can imagine but i opted for a half of glass of wine only because alcohol dehydrates you and i didn’t need any additional things to add to my jet lag.


TIP: anytime they offer you water, take it! this will help ease the jet lag and make you feel less terrible. i gave my ice cream back to the flight attendant because…well…lactose intolerance is no joke at 38,000 feet. you’re welcome everyone.


movies and TV galore, which was fantastic! we watched “divergent” together and there is something unbelievably satisfying when you both press ‘play’ at the exact same moment. i also watched “the grand budapest hotel” and after finding it hilarious, my husband informed me he didn’t think “the royal tenebaums” or the “life aquatic” was funny and we got in a long discussion about why this makes me funnier than him because those movies are grand.

IMG_7799we arrived in kuala lumpur just after midnight and somehow my husband’s hair still looked on point.

IMG_7824a fellow toastmaster offered to pick us up from the airport and drive us the hour to our hotel, which was so kind! thanks lee!


the only bad part was about 3 blocks from our hotel, there was a gaping pot hole which his tire did not survive and ended up getting a flat. the jack was weird and then ended up lodged awkwardly under the car so it took 7 kind, late-night construction works and my hulk of a husband to life the car to get it out. nothing like 2am on the side of road in malaysia to start things off!

IMG_7836then we got to the hotel and they didn’t have a room for us since we arrived so early so that was a fiasco. i vaguely remember saying “i’m going to go sit on the couch because i can’t be nice” and then i somehow ended up in bed later around 3:30am.


we slept for a few hours and then explored the batu caves! i want to do that justice so i’ll save that for another post because i have some good tips on how not to get scammed like we did. it was pretty incredibly so here’s a sneak peek!

batu caves chelsea avery lean in

after batu caves, jetlag hit us so we figured we’d fight it by hitting up our rooftop pool on the 30th floor of our hotel. it’s pretty spectacular. the dark clouds weren’t kidding and opened up monsoon rains on us about 8 minutes later.

batu caves pool park royalour breakfast is delicious at our hotel except they always have a huge vat of beans that makes me gag a little. and also oatmeal…except it’s flavored like chicken which i almost learned the hard way.


this is our little corner that we’ve sat in the last 2 days and it makes me happy.

IMG_7840each morning they have a brightly colored new juice to try AND you can have omelets freshly made to your liking. my 6 year told tastebuds also appreciate the peanut butter and jelly readily available! apparently people smoke at breakfast? gross.

those are my jet-lag eyes…still very much in effect 2 days later.

IMG_7843over and out for now!

1) strangest breakfast food you’ve eaten while abroad?
2) when traveling, do you take advantage of free booze or stick to water?
3) any crazy travel arrival stories you’d like to share?


  1. Joe

    August 21, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    1) I’ve only ever been abroad to Canada, but we did stay at a bed and breakfast run by a couple with Scottish accents so thick it was like they were speaking another language. I got out of the car and the guy said something like “I’ve never seen a lad as big as you. I’m making you six pounds of hagas for breakfast!” And he did. Good Lord, he did. My insides have never forgiven me.

    2) I take advantage of free booze whenever possible. Sometimes I even make other people’s booze free booze.
    2b) I’m not an alcoholic. I can quit when I want to.

    3) Unfortunately, no. I should probably travel more so I can get better stories.

    • chelsea

      August 21, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      haha i have no idea what hagas are but six pounds of it sounds insane. i hope it was delicious going down even if your insides haven’t forgiven you!

      i am usually all about the free booze too and you sound like a good person to be around for this joe-especially since you can make other people’s booze free too!! and yes to travel more-although i’m sure you have solid stories of all your kids doing hilarious things 🙂

  2. Carissa Dunlap

    August 22, 2014 at 6:38 am

    1.) My strangest breakfast abroad was probably the blood sausage in Ireland, I was not a fan. The rest of the large traditional Irish breakfast (including fresh salmon) was delicious.
    2.) I’ve never been offered free booze on flights abroad :-((( must be flying the wrong airlines! Ha, long flights though I’d probably be pretty conservative too!
    3) In Belize our tour van got stuck in the mud and we had to get out and push it! On the way back though the guide stopped at a little bar in the middle of nowhere, it was pretty neat. How’s the weather there? Love these posts!

    • chelsea

      August 24, 2014 at 6:35 am

      ahhhh nothing about blog sausage sounds appealing carissa! you are a brave gal for trying it! that is some hands-on touring around belize-ha! yay for the guide stopping at a little bar in the middle of nowhere 🙂 weather is hooooot and humid here with a few crazy rainstorms (unlike the portland drizzle…it’s buckets of intense rain for a few hours and then stops)!