Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Leisurely breakfast and plenty of time to rest up from lack of sleep on a herky-jerky train. The rocking is one thing, but the unexpected and frequent sudden stops and starts don't make for a smooth ride.
We made a stop at the border between Thailand and Malaysia for customs. Our room steward had our passports and paperwork, so he took care of all that for us.
We didn't take advantage of it, but we could also request morning tea in our cabin, as well as a full afternoon tea service. Complimentary coffee and tea were always available in the bars.
Spent some time in the observation car:
Karst mountains and banana trees:
Brunch started with an
Amuse Bouche, which was a piece of tuna tartare. Had Poached Eggs with
Asparagus on Freshly Baked Brioche with Hollandaise Sauce and Crispy Bacon.
Then Aromatic Steamed Sea Bass served with Egg Tofu and Shitake Mushrooms
(bland). Dessert was Mangosteen Panna Cotta with Fresh Fruit Salad. (Oh, creamy!) Then the Mignardises with coffee or tea.
We arrived early (1:45 instead of 3:00 pm) in Butterworth, which meant we had more time for our excursion.
One of the E&O cars:
The destination marker:
We were dropped off at the Khoo Kongsi Temple, the grandest clan temple in Malaysia:
The ancestral hall:
The Acheen Street Mosque minaret:
The Supreme Court (1903 in Palladin-style):
Lim Lean Teng Mansions (1913):
We then spent an hour at the Eastern & Oriental Hotel (no relation to the train), where we received a damp towel and a free drink of Pimm's:
Drove by City Hall (1903 Victorian-style):
Maha Mariamman Devasthanam Temple:
Tamiko poses in the observation car:
Dinner started with an Amuse Bouche, then Laksa, a Curry
Soup with Noodles, Prawn and Quail Egg (it was spicy but good, and got us
coughing). We had a choice of Braised Beef Cheek with Bah Kut Teh (meat bone
tea) Herbs, Potato Mousseline and Bak Choy with Savory Abalone Mushroom (we
couldn’t find the mushroom, but the beef was oh, so tender!) or Ayam Rendang
(dry curry chicken) Biryani, Tender Spiced Chicken Leg Served with Fragrant
Long-grain Rice and Pickles. Dessert was Mango Parfait with
Papaya Jelly, Peanut and Cashew Nut Tuile (cookie) and Passionfruit Coulis
(fruit sauce). Petit Fours with coffee and tea.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Finally got a photo of a Muslim mosque and minaret in Malaysia, a country that is officially Muslim but known for their stated toleration of other religions (since there are many Chinese and Asian Indians in the country).
We caught a taxi to the nearest Metro station.
See the Singapore 1 posting for the rest of the day's activities.