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Kuah, Malaysia

From the Highlands, we headed to Penang on the west coast. There was such an overwhelming abundance of things to do in Penang that in the three days we spent there we went to the cinema three times. Uninspired by our surroundings we decided that despite a month on the Thai islands, we had not quite had our fill of beaches so headed north to the island of Langkawi. We wiled away the first few days with inordinant amounts of eating, sleeping and reading. We developed an unhealthy obsession with the phenomenon that was to become known as "mini-treats". At regular intervals throughout the day, we would bee-line to our favourite mini-mart armed with small change and spend an obscene amount of time grappling at the large plastic jars to select a harmonious blend of bite-sized treats.

After being kids in a candy store for several days, we decided to become grown-ups and explore the island with a hire car.

For the grand total of six British pounds, we had the pleasure of cruising Langkawi in a Proton Saga whilst grooving to the smooth tunes of 'Red FM's' 90's classics - Ace of Base being the unanimous favourite. The car oozed chav and was appropriately christened 'Trevor'. We headed to the cable cars to get a bird's eye view of the island. Murph, Tay and Erin were understandably distracted on their way in by the duty free supermaket on this tax-free haven. By perfectly combining both frugality and incredible greed, they could not resist an amazing offer on quite an unnecessarily large amount of Dairy Milk chocolate. A glutinous feast was had. In fact, so insatiable was the girls' appetite for said chocolate, that even once it had been melted into an unrecognisable pulp within Trevor's fiery interior, they still continued to devour it with feverish delight. Next up Trevor took us to a waterfall but en route we could no longer ignore the excessive leakage from underneath the dashboard and Erin's entirely uneducated cry of, "it has to be the radiator". We swiftly pulled into a petrol station, popped the hood, and the four of us proceeded to stare at the interior for a duration of five minutes, in complete silence. Even Erin Charlotte Gillham,'the mechanic', couldn't determine where or what the radiator actually was. In no time two heroes came to our rescue and quickly determined that the route of the problem was the air cooling system and nothing to worry about. Reassured we headed back out onto the open road. We enjoyed a paddle in the waterfall, oohing and aahing over a monkey visible in the far distance when suddenly, in the blink of an eye, we were surrounded by an entire pack of them moving towards us at an alarming rate. Luckily for us they turned out to be quite tame and our cries of, "why the hell didn't we get rabies jabs?" soon descended into embarassing baby voices, "wook at the widdle baby waby monkey wunkeys". The day came to a beautiful end with a romantic moment for our farewell with Trevor as we all watched the sun set over Coco Beach.

permalink written by  Murph, Tay, Colly and Erin on July 12, 2006 from Kuah, Malaysia
from the travel blog: The Smug Adventures of Murph, Tay, Colly & Erin
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Like the FHM calendar-esque picture with Trevor. Very Sexy

permalink written by  Matt on July 12, 2006

Is that 'Erin, I can draw away from traffic lights on a hill with 4 boys on board and in 3rd, Clarkson at the wheel of Trevor?, very impressive.

permalink written by  Debe Gillham on July 12, 2006

Let the Southern Hemisphere tremble. Smugs away last night out of Singapore en route Auckland. You have been warned. Six days of all that Singapore had to offer seems to have done them little obvious harm, all looked well and all were looking forward to seeing New Zealand but you have to wonder if they have really worked out that it will be a might chilly when they get there.

This is Andy Gillham, Smug News, Singapore.

permalink written by  Andy Gillham on July 21, 2006

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