Author Archives: Thrifty Traveller

Dragon Fruit Farm – Sepang

I visited a dragon fruit farm today near Sepang, not far from Kuala Lumpur’s International Airport. The farm is called Multi Rich Pitaya, ‘pitaya’ being another name for dragon fruit. Dragon fruit’s scientific name is hylocereus derived from the Greek … Continue reading

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Strange Bedfellows – Porcupine & Tortoise

At Paya Indah Wetlands near Kuala Lumpur there is a family of porcupines who live in the same compound as a family of giant tortoises. In the heat of the midday sun they snuggle up next to each other in this … Continue reading

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St. Mary the Virgin, Great Brington

One of the best things about England is that you don’t have to go far to find places of historical interest. A good place to look is the local church. Take for example the parish church of St. Mary the … Continue reading

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Road Trip From Islamabad to UK

I must have acquired my love for travel from my father who sadly passed away last month after a long and colourful life. I was browsing through some of my Dad’s papers after the funeral and came across a battered … Continue reading

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Ouessant & Pasopati

I have been on two submarines in recent months. Not underwater thankfully but safely berthed on land and now serving as museums. KRI Pasopati The first is the Submarine Monument in Surabaya, Indonesia. KRI Pasopati is a Whiskey-class Soviet-era submarine … Continue reading

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Baghdad, England

I was in England last month visiting family. While I was there, I learned that there is a town in the green and leafy English county of Hertfordshire which was named after Baghdad. It was founded by the Knights Templar in … Continue reading

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Jalan Bellamy – Kuala Lumpur

Jalan Bellamy, in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, has been the home of Alice Smith’s Primary School campus since 1952. For the benefit of those Old Alice Smithonians who might be feeling nostalgic about their school days here is how … Continue reading

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