Becoming Hong Kong's Biggest & Strongest Man

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Be patient, here comes a big update! Read at your own will, lol..

Ok, let's start with Malaysia: wow, where to begin? I've never went rogue before travelling, and I'd like to think I earned this holiday. My objective was simple: get the hell out of my comfort zone, continue to develop socially as a person, become more independent, and face some big fears head on; these were mainly deep water, heights and generally travelling independently and not having the comfort of friends or other individuals at my side.

Days 1-2: Penang (Georgetown)

A beautiful little UNESCO world heritage city, Georgetown is a riveting place - multi-cultural wouldn't begin to describe it! The Chinese make up the majority of the population at around 52%, with Indian's and original Malay's also evidently present in large quantities. Depending on which part of Penang you're in, it's likely you'll hear numerous dialects: the Chinese will often speak Mandarin (increasingly popular given its importance) & Cantonese, but more commonly is Penang-Hokkien is the local language for them; Indian's converse in Tamil, whilst Malay, Manglish (Malaysian colloquial English), and English are also used. Nearly all signposts however are in Malay & English predominantly. Everyone can at least speak Malay and usually English, and many of the Indian's speak Chinese and likewise, the Chinese can often speak Tamil. It's quite incredible to observe all these characters commuting in the restaurants and swapping dialects. Most people speak at the very least 3-4 languages fluently, and it wasn't unusual at all for me to speak to locals who spoke 5-6. These were just normal individuals who were often taxi drivers or working at Hawker stalls.

Penang has some beautiful old colonial buildings.

http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z343/adambactive/IMG_0704.jpg

Its waterfront is generally impressive.

http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z343/adambactive/IMG_0706.jpg

At Batu Ferringhi, I conquered one of my fears of heights and deep water. Well, I'm not sure if I actually did, but along with jet ski's, parasailing was one of the most fantastic experiences of my life. Here's a pretty lame pic you could probably find on Google images, but it's satisfying because I know it's me up there, haha.

http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z343/adambactive/IMG_0780.jpg

Penang is known for having the best food in Southeast Asia. It's renowned world wide for having some of the most unique, mouth-watering dishes you'll ever come across. It's quite frequently a combination of Indian meets Chinese, which is delicious to say the least.

Hawker stalls, as they're known, are famous here. Hawker Street in Penang has a very prestigious reputation for its variety of cuisine. I decided to get adventurous and indulge in some local Cha Cha (desert), and Stingray...

http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z343/adambactive/IMG_0757.jpg

http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z343/adambactive/IMG_0754.jpg

Part 2 of the Malaysian adventure tomorrow, along with more HK stuff to come including the alternative side to the big city..

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Be patient, here comes a big update! Read at your own will, lol..

Ok, let's start with Malaysia: wow, where to begin? I've never went rogue before travelling, and I'd like to think I earned this holiday. My objective was simple: get the hell out of my comfort zone, continue to develop socially as a person, become more independent, and face some big fears head on; these were mainly deep water, heights and generally travelling independently and not having the comfort of friends or other individuals at my side.

Days 1-2: Penang (Georgetown)

A beautiful little UNESCO world heritage city, Georgetown is a riveting place - multi-cultural wouldn't begin to describe it! The Chinese make up the majority of the population at around 52%, with Indian's and original Malay's also evidently present in large quantities. Depending on which part of Penang you're in, it's likely you'll hear numerous dialects: the Chinese will often speak Mandarin (increasingly popular given its importance) & Cantonese, but more commonly is Penang-Hokkien is the local language for them; Indian's converse in Tamil, whilst Malay, Manglish (Malaysian colloquial English), and English are also used. Nearly all signposts however are in Malay & English predominantly. Everyone can at least speak Malay and usually English, and many of the Indian's speak Chinese and likewise, the Chinese can often speak Tamil. It's quite incredible to observe all these characters commuting in the restaurants and swapping dialects. Most people speak at the very least 3-4 languages fluently, and it wasn't unusual at all for me to speak to locals who spoke 5-6. These were just normal individuals who were often taxi drivers or working at Hawker stalls.

Penang has some beautiful old colonial buildings.

http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z343/adambactive/IMG_0704.jpg

Its waterfront is generally impressive.

http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z343/adambactive/IMG_0706.jpg

At Batu Ferringhi, I conquered one of my fears of heights and deep water. Well, I'm not sure if I actually did, but along with jet ski's, parasailing was one of the most fantastic experiences of my life. Here's a pretty lame pic you could probably find on Google images, but it's satisfying because I know it's me up there, haha.

http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z343/adambactive/IMG_0780.jpg

Penang is known for having the best food in Southeast Asia. It's renowned world wide for having some of the most unique, mouth-watering dishes you'll ever come across. It's quite frequently a combination of Indian meets Chinese, which is delicious to say the least.

Hawker stalls, as they're known, are famous here. Hawker Street in Penang has a very prestigious reputation for its variety of cuisine. I decided to get adventurous and indulge in some local Cha Cha (desert), and Stingray...

http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z343/adambactive/IMG_0757.jpg

http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z343/adambactive/IMG_0754.jpg

Part 2 of the Malaysian adventure tomorrow, along with more HK stuff to come including the alternative side to the big city..

That rack of lamb on that leaf (if it is lamb looks very nice), weather over there is glorious compared to the shit weather here............. rain rain rain for the last two weeks !! you wouldn't get me up in the air paragliding im scared shit of heights!! my biggest fear by a long shot !!  ;)

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Looks and sounds amazing mate!!!

Look forward to hearing about you getting lost in the jungle!

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i was in pennang a long time ago,those night markets are insane,whats this about a jungle????keep livin it mate,experience everything.like you im not greagt in water but have snorkled on barrier reef off mexico and white water rafted in south america,do  and see as much as you can,im jealous.

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What a jouney you've been on..absoloutly awesome

this threads a hell of a read and has the best title ever!, it wont bee too hard to accomplish (becoming hk biggest and strongest man), but i think big Bolo Yeung lives there now and will have something to say about it.

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so where are you upto now  mate with the job/travels etc

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I guess I should update this thread soon with a good update. Stupid and lazy of me o not even finish my Malaysian adventure with the great pictures I have from that holiday.

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I should resserrect this thread. I have many awesome pictures to share, even if they were taken by a mobile phone!

Here are some from today, hiking the tallest peak on the Kowloon side. It's called Lion's Rock and the views from the top are insane. It was actually a very short, albeit intense 1 hour hike to the summit. Really was a hard hike that took me by surprise!

Sorry for the nakedness in advance... I'm sure it's something we're all too familiar with on this forum anyway when discussing training, lol.

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Great view mate how long did it take to hike up there then?

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"1 hour hike to the summit" steve are you too busy looking at adams porn pictures to read the writing lol  who needs debbie does dallas when we have Adam does Hong Kong. Seriously though that is a beautiful place, looks so peaceful.

Edited by: Martyk - 22-Oct-13 12:29:17

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Lol your right Marty on both parts lol

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Well, I didn't think they were too pornographic in nature Marty - but wherever your dirty mind wants to take you mate!

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