Scuba diving in the Andaman Sea in Thailand

Andaman Sea diving, notice the Starry Puffer towards the bottom.
Andaman Sea diving, notice the Starry Puffer towards the bottom.

I went scuba diving in Thailand while on Phi Phi Island. This is on the West coast of Thailand and the body of water is called the Andaman Sea, it is a part of the Eastern Indian Ocean and it is separated from the Bay of Bengali by the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

I chose Princess Divers for my dive and Felix was an excellent companion for someone who does not do a lot of diving but is a certified open water diver with both PADI and NAUI. Here is little clip from the dive:

Bridge on the River Kwai – on location

Bridge on the River Kwai
Bridge on the River Kwai

Bridge on the River Kwai, is the bridge that the Japanese built with civilians and Allied POV’s during WWII (1943) to complete the rail-line between Bangkok and Rangoon in Burma (now known as Yangoon in Myanmar). As many as 12,000 people perished during the construction. A Movie with the name “The Bridge on the River Kwai” was made in 1957, starring Alec Guiness and William Holden and directed by David Lean.

A view of the Bridge on the River Kwai.
A view of the Bridge on the River Kwai.
Looking out over the River Kwai.
Looking out over the River Kwai.
Train stop on the River Kwai.
Train stop on the River Kwai.
The Bridge.
The Bridge.
Unexploded ordinance at one end of the bridge.
Unexploded ordinance at one end of the bridge.
Train coming over the Bridge.
Train coming over the Bridge.

Hotel Majestic – Kuala Lumpur

Hotel Majestic, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - main entrance.
Hotel Majestic, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – main entrance.

As the name implies, the Hotel Majestic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is just that, really really – Majestic. It is full of old world charm and the staff is fantastic, they all take such pride in their jobs and it is all centered on making you feel as welcome as it is humanly possible to make you feel, it is just a really great hotel and well worth the trip all on it’s own!

Hotel Majestic logo by the main entrance.
Hotel Majestic logo by the main entrance.

If you are lucky, Reza, the guest services manager of the Hotel Majestic will meet you upon your arrival and escort you up to your suite. Beforehand, he will have reached out to you to inquire about any dietary restrictions or other requests that you may have – all to make you feel so very welcome to the Hotel Majestic. At least this is true if you are lucky enough to have status with United Airlines Mileage Plus program that translates into status with the Marriot Rewards program.

Hotel majestic 14th floor suite, entrance.
Hotel majestic 14th floor suite, entrance.
Hotel Majestic 14th floor suite, living room.
Hotel Majestic 14th floor suite, living room.
Hotel Majestic 14th floor suite, living room desk area.
Hotel Majestic 14th floor suite, living room desk area.
Hotel Majestic 14th floor suite, living room.
Hotel Majestic 14th floor suite, living room.
Hotel Majestic 14th floor suite, bedroom.
Hotel Majestic 14th floor suite, bedroom.
Hotel Majestic 14th floor suite, bedroom with a view of the bathroom.
Hotel Majestic 14th floor suite, bedroom with a view of the bathroom.
Hotel Majestic 14th floor suite, view from the bedroom window.
Hotel Majestic 14th floor suite, view from the bedroom window.

The highest looking building is the KL Tower (a.k.a. menara KL) which is not the tallest building, the tallest is the Petronas twin towers, but because the KL Tower sits on top of a hill in downtown KL, they appear to be the tallest. In the above picture there is a sideview of the Petronas twin towers which appear to be the third tallest in this picture. I recommend not trying to get up into the Petronas twin towers, you can not book tickets less  than 24 hrs into the future and the staff at the towers are extremely rude and unhelpful. There is also no outside viewing area in the Petronas towers, but there is in the KL Tower where you also get a nice view of the Petronas towers which you will not get if you go up in those towers.

Breakfast time at the Hotel Majestic, waiting for the Oatmeal porridge to arrive.
Breakfast time at the Hotel Majestic, waiting for the Oatmeal porridge to arrive.
Teatime in the salon at the Hotel Majestic KL.
Teatime in the salon at the Hotel Majestic KL.

If you feel like being a bit British while in Malaysia, you may take tea in the salon or Library at the Hotel Majestic in KL. You can enjoy some relaxing piano music and indulge in the goodies with your tea!

Tea time at Hotel Majestic.
Tea time at Hotel Majestic.
Tea time goodies at Hotel Majestic.
Tea time goodies at Hotel Majestic.

Charles Cham Artist in Melaka – Malacca City Malaysia

Orangutan House in Melaka functions as Charles Cham's studio.
Orangutan House in Melaka functions as Charles Cham’s studio.

If you visit Melaka, and I really think you should  – You will need to go visit Charles Cham at the “Orangutan house”. Charles is an artist who creates beautiful paintings and in addition to this, he also designs and sells t-shirts in his studio in the “Orangutan house”.

Charles got his inspiration to paint when he at 5 years old watched a movie about a painter with a magic brush. As soon as he got home from the movie he started drawing and painting and never stopped. Charles worked as an editorial artist in Kuala Lumpur fo a few years before he one day decided to go to France to paint. Charles became a member of “Association des Artistes Indépendants Aixois“, he exhibited at the Salon des Independants in 1990 and 1991. He returned home to Melaka Malaysia in 1991 and set up his studio in the old part of town and named it “The Orangutan House”.

Charles takes a picture of yoiu and the art you buy for use on his facebook page if you consent to that use.
Charles takes a picture of you and the art you buy for use on his facebook page if you consent to that use.

Charles is a very nice person and if you want to talk art with him he is very happy to do so. He is a renowned artist around the world and has exhibited in places such as, Singapore, Hong kong, Bali, Australia, France, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Portugal, Hungary and Malaysia. His paintings are generally based on the philosophy of Ying and Yang – “the duality of life and the attraction of opposites”.

Melaka river runs through the beautiful city of Melaka.
Melaka river runs through the beautiful city of Melaka.