Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Being Crateful In Kuala Lumpur

You know you've arrived at a new post when your stuff shows up. It all seems a bit abstract until that truck pulls up, the back opens, revealing your material life. Be careful what you wish for.

Set for the big unload.


Checking the shipping label. If it says Talalay, it's got to be us. Tools to open the crates. Like a dentist, just rougher. 

The real sign that you've arrived: Rabbit Revealed.


Another, more ominous sign: your apartment packed with boxes. Let the stowing begin. Ugh.

No worries, once Rabbit is out of the bag (box), life at the new post begins!

Monday, 18 September 2017

On Tour To See Kuala Lumpur

Sarah and James have arrived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, ready to enjoy their next three-year posting. Let the Asia adventure begin!

The State Department is great in getting you acclimated to your new post. Housing is provided. A couple, who acts as your "sponsor," shows you around, answers all those typical logistical questions. "Where do I find tahini?"

In Kuala Lumpur, there are also U.S. Embassy-organized little city tours one can take. It's a dozen people in a van for a quick romp around the city to see the highlights. No time for getting out, best to soak it all in as the van drives around.

Snap! All images are quick shots from the van. Hey, it gives you the feel of the tour.

Some sort of skyline. Moving on, driving on.


Craning to see the tall buildings, built and promised.

Asian brand, Malay language, temple to commerce.


Signs of a modern society, giant outdoor video screens.

Combining it all, video boards and the urban fabric.