Five Foot Traveller Blog

Number Five

  Two weeks from now, I’m going to be reaching a milestone- my fifth continent. I’ve been thinking about Africa for a long, long time. It’s not a cheap destination, whichever country you choose...

Beijing, late afternoon

  I arrived in China by train from Mongolia at the end of September last year. I found the weather a bit strange then; it was surprisingly warm for autumn and on a day...

Last stop in Selangor

Kuala Kubu Bharu, a town of only 33,000 people, is the northernmost railway station in the state of Selangor. I was curious about the next stop, Tanjung Malim, a town famous for its dumplings, but...

Close shave in Kuala Kubu Bharu

Before last Friday, I had never walked into a barber shop. The Diamond Hair Dressing Saloon was set up by the father of the present owner, Mr R. Anbalagan. Anbalagan himself has been cutting...

Seeing in the Dark

We were in complete darkness. The fruit I was holding was round and smooth on the outside, but it felt strangely hollow, as though there was air between the flesh and the skin. Our...

Facades and shopfronts, Kuala Kubu Bharu

In an earlier post about  Kuala Kubu Bharu, I wrote about a lovely old man I met, but today I’m going to provide irrefutable proof of my geekiness. I have always been fascinated by the...

Pulau Ketam

I’m not a beach person but I like islands, particularly those with character and more than just white sand for you to lie on. Pulau Ketam (Crab Island), which lies some 12 nautical miles off...