Sunday, April 29, 2007

what's for dinner?

Everyone keeps asking me what I'm eating while I'm over here, so here's the run down on the local eats. I hope you're not disappointed. First of all, everything (and I mean everything, even the "western" food) comes with an egg either on it, or next to it. I don't know why, and no one here seems to be able to explain it to me. They look at me like I'm crazy. Also, pretty much every menu has an appetizer on it called "salted chicken feet". I haven't quite worked up the nerve to try it yet, but I am fascinated watching people around me chow down.

That said, my favorites so far are Nasi Lemak and Ayam Percik. Nasi Lemak is a coconut rice dish, (Nasi is Malay for Rice) usually served with anchovies, nuts, cucumbers, and sambal which is a chili paste (about 20 alarms, beware, I about burned my face off the first time I tired it). Also sometimes something called Agor, which is a pickled vegetable salad. It comes with a type of curried meat, usually chicken or prawn. It is served with each component meticulously separated into several tiny dishes, but every waiter I've encountered so far pretty much makes you combine all the ingredients in the bowl with the rice and mix it all up, so I'm not really sure what that's about. Anyway, it's very tasty. Seek it out. Ayam Percik is a wicked spicy barbecued chicken (or sometimes fish) made with tamarind and lemongrass. You can buy it at roadside stalls on sticks or wrapped in paper. For those familiar with Thai food, it's like chicken Satay on crack. I'm also obsessed with a dessert called Cendol- it's like a snocone made from coconut milk, and it has green rice noodles all inside it, and liquid brown sugar poured on top. The noodles look like inchworms. So gross, but so tasty. Ok, I think this might be my longest post so far. How sad, and how typical.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Grace


Ok, so this has nothing to do with Malaysia. But, if I were in New York, I would be showing everyone that crosses my path pictutes of my beautiful new cousin. So, here she is, two weeks old and A-dorable. Let the cooing begin. I hope I get to meet you soon Grace!!

Monday, April 23, 2007

cell phone

I got a tri-band Asian cell phone today. And a SIM card. Tri-band. SIM card. These are all new concepts to me. Apparently US cell phones work on an entirely different system than the rest of the world. Did you know about this? Yet another thing that we insist on doing the most complicated way possible. The metric system. Base10. The Charlie Card for the love of god. (that's for my Boston peeps). Everyone else gets it. Why don't we?

Anyway. Call me. I'm in Asia.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Batu Caves






Really beautiful caves containing several amazing Hindu shrines. And monkeys. Lots and lots of monkeys. There are 272 steps to get to the top. The idea is basically that the climb is so physically taxing that by the time you get to the temple at the top, your mind is clear. Boy does it work.

What what what?

Here's four things I saw last night. Enjoy. I know I did.














Saturday, April 21, 2007

maneuvers

A few hundred Australian air force guys arrived at the hotel a few days ago. They are staying here for the next couple of weeks. The tell us that they are here doing "maneuvers" and "drills", but mostly they seem to lay out by the pool and work on their tans. It's a bit like living in the middle of a Foster's commercial. Not that I'm complaining or anything.

Friday, April 20, 2007

air soup

Everyday in KL, sometime between 2p and 3p, it rains. Pours. Without fail. For about an hour. And then it goes away, and the sun comes out again. It rains so hard, and the water that falls is much colder than the baking asphalt streets, that it creates a curtain of steam so thick it looks like you could eat it with a spoon.

Here's the Mosque (yeah, i said Mosque) across the street from our rehearsal hall just before the rain came:









And here's a shot out the same window during the storm:

Thursday, April 19, 2007

curiosities in KL

1. In Malaysia, a 3-hole-punch does not exist. 2 holes. In the center of the margin, about 4 inches apart. That's it. Everywhere.

2. Our local crew has never heard of Paul Simon. Don't worry, I'm taking care of it. Today we jammed to Graceland, I intend to move on to Rhythm of the Saints tomorrow.

3. The only food the people of KL love more than McDonalds, is KFC. And the only thing they love more than KFC, is Spongebob Squarepants.