Good-bye Nepal, Hello Malaysia

 

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It was hard to leave Nepal after our wonderful two months there. We enjoyed the trekking in the mountains, the beauty of the Lakes, the wondrous animals in Chitwan, the ancient cities around Kathmandu and speaking at the Nepal Tourism Board for a Reader’s Club Event. Twenty-five people gathered to hear us talk about travel, writing and our book. It was the first time we ever read from our memoir about our first year sabbatical in Asia. After the event, the feature editor from The Himalayan Times interviewed us for over an hour. Click here to see the FULL PAGE article that recently was in print and photo below.

Our first goal when we arrived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia was to repair our MacBook Air. I cracked the screen during our Langtang Trek and we had been without a computer for weeks. After several online conversations, I was certain that iMalaysia would be able to help us quickly and for a good price. When we arrived at the mall, their shop was closed forever. I was really disappointed.

Two wonderful workers in a nearby shop directed us upstairs and we found Lim Ching Sheng at EGate Service Center, www.egateservice.com.my

who recovered all the data from my harddrive and then bought the broken laptop as repairing it was out of my budget for time and money. I then met Azmi of Umer Enterpriseswww.umeronline.my at Low Yat Plaza who had the only MacBook Air on sale in the entire multi-story building. We had a working computer and could leave for the beach!

Salang Beach at Tioman Island had good snorkeling in warm clear water with creatures like a coral stingray, moray eel, colorful nudibranchs and several large turtles. We stayed three nights on the beach at Ella’s and then traveled North in the pouring rain to the #1 highlight for Malaysia in the Lonely Planet, the Perhentian Islands. We only stayed three nights on Perhentian Besar because all the rooms were booked and we had to go. Flora Bay Resort was right on the beach and we snorkeled with a 6ft black tip reef shark! Sin at Lemon Grass Hotel on Long Beach, Perhentian Kecil, told us about the baby black tip reef sharks. We found a dozen of them all swimming in a straight line. On two other snorkel adventures, we saw another large six-foot black tip reef shark. Really great snorkeling! We enjoyed our two weeks in Malaysia and are off to Thailand!

Thank you to everyone who has shared our journey literally on the road with us or by reading and commenting on our newsletter and website! AND for watching : Our channel just went OVER 75,000 views!

Lisa and George (Click here to sign up for this newsletter. )

Recent posts to enjoy: Interviewed on Dave’s Travel CornerLisa’s article IN PRINT in an Indian magazine called TOURIOSITY, and a video from Myanmar about Monks on Mopeds in Mandalay!

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. She sailed the seven seas by cruise ship for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one and a quarter million views (1,250,000) on her YouTube channel. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries, named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blogs and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and has over 160,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and also ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on her own site, We Said Go Travel. From 2017 to 2020 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won three times and been a finalist fourteen times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards. She was also a finalist for four other categories including online journalist of the year, digital story for activism journalism with Ms. Magazine, educational reporting for Wharton Magazine and a broadcast lifestyle feature for KTLA TV in Los Angeles.    Niver won a 2019 NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award for one of her KTLA TV segments and was a finalist for articles published in both Ms. Magazine and Wharton Magazine. In 2018,  she was a finalist for stories in Smithsonian, PopSugar Fitness and the Saturday Evening Post. Niver won a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal and was a finalist for travel reporting. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, TODAY, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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