On the Road with the Tourist Mafia: Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

With a knife into the jungle

Equipped like Indiana Jones, my blade and I followed the others on the “trek” to the “Giant Rafflesia”

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Organizing a trip to the Highlands has a bit of the feel of dealing with the Mafia…

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Love-Hate: Kuala Lumpur

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Welcome to Concretopia

Concrete Jungle

The big KL seems to like me more than Melaka. For lack of time to research, I drop by the No. 8 guest house, the place Caro stayed at back when she was in KL. With the metro it is easy enough to reach, and after some searching I finally find the place. Although more expensive than anticipated, the hostel is nice except for the construction going on and the bed bugs that I find on my second night. Seriously? Again? The search for an alternative is fairly sobering, however. All other places are really expensive or in worse condition than the hostel under construction. Later I will find out that other places are even worse on the bed bug front and in fact it seems pretty hard to find a bed in KL without them.

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F YOU, Melaka

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I have finally left Tioman. It took me some time to detach myself from the place. I am not heading to Kuala Lumpur directly, but will try to get to Melaka. Melaka is supposed to be a really nice town with lots of history, however, only worth a day trip. I figured slowly getting used to larger cities again might not be a bad idea. Tim did not say a word about me leaving, no attempts to try and persuade me to stay. I am grateful. He is a liberal soul.

Castaway on Tioman

Preface:
What started as simply jotting down notes of the places I have been has changed in Tioman. I felt more inspired writing about this place than any before, so it actually reads more like the chapter out of a novel. Let’s call it realistic travel fiction ;). If anyone is in contact with publishers who might be interested in material like this, you have my email! 🙂

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March 28

Castaway

I’ve grown wild in the two weeks on the remote Tioman Island 😉

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Singapore on the Back Track

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March 28

Singapore dye

Rolling the dice in Singapore – wait, is that even legal?

I am finally entering the gate to Southeast Asia. The Emirates were not exactly what I had gone traveling for. In this state city, there is little to feed the stereotype of the dingy city of pirates and seafaring people, however. Singapore is a busy modern city with a reputation for strict laws that appear ridiculous. Don’t flush a public toilet: get a fine. Throw away trash: get fined. Every bathroom advertises the “right way” to wash your hands, every escalator has a sign reminding users of the “correct” way of riding it.

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DubidubiDubai

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A Shopping Mall in Abu Dhabi

March 25th

I arrived in Abu Dhabi. It is hot, no: scorging and I would not exactly call the place inviting. From the airport I made it to the city center and it is basically a giant mall. I’m open to everything? Uhhm, maybe not. Trying to get local food? Not a chance, so I settle for some chili shrimp rice dish at a KFC, which is expensive enough. All around is high rise buildings, fast food chains and sky high prices. But maybe I just need to open myself up even more?

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March 24th

I’m sitting at Frankfurt airport. My destination: the world! Continue reading

5 Good Tips for Producing TV Pieces

Last Monday, I started a reporter internship at SWR Landesschau Rheinland-Pfalz, a local (statewide) newsy TV show with a human touch at public broadcaster Südwestrundfunk (I’ve been working with them for two years now).

It’S been incredibly hard for me as – what other people would call a “digital native” to actually do online stuff within that week, but that’s another story.

For now, here are some of the best tips I gathered during the last week among authors, editors and camera people that I wanted to record: Continue reading

(Net)-Working the Conference: The Name-Tag Experiment

I’m looking for a job! Did you know?

No, of course not, it’s not like I am wearing a sign around my neck that says so, do I? Well, actually… why not?

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Time-Out!

Wow, it’s been pretty quiet here. Guess I was more busy then I thought finishing my degree ;).

Anyway, that part of life is over and done with now, with more than satisfying results if I may say so 🙂

However, it’s going to stay quiet around here for a little while longer. I am taking a very direly needed time-out to regain some energy. I’m heading off to India tomorrow and I hope it will give me a chance to recharge 🙂

Afterwards, I hope to see you back here. Then there’ll be more fun and interesting stuff about journalism and media!

– Paul