The last time I was in Malaysia, living a Travelife, was for a short visit to literally have dinner with the Queen.
I flew to Kuala Lumpur for a few days as a guest of Malaysia’s dynamic Minister of Tourism, Dr. Ng Yen Yen, and then onwards to Langkawi to attend a dinner by the beach with the Queen of Malaysia.
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IT BEGAN WITH A WEEKEND IN KUALA LUMPUR
After a very nice weekend in Kuala Lumpur, shopping for my favorite silk gowns and attending a dinner on someone’s yacht, I was back at Kuala Lumpur’s ultra-modern airport early in the morning to catch the flight to Langkawi.
IS THIS A SMALL WORLD, OR WHAT?
On the plane to Langkawi, I bumped into my Malaysian friend Mr. Monopoly who I’d had lunch with the previous day.
I call him Mr. Monopoly because if the city of Kuala Lumpur were a Monopoly board, he would literally own half of it.
I kid you not.
ALMOST EVERYTHING OUTSIDE MY HOTEL WINDOW
If I looked out of my suite at the Ritz Carlton in Kuala Lumpur, for example, it would not be exaggerating things to say that he owned most of what I could see from my window.
And he also happens to own one of the most beautiful resorts in Malaysia – if not in the world – as well.
Well, Mr. Monopoly was attending the same dinner I was going to in Langkawi, as he’s a good friend of the Tourism Minister, so we had a nice chat about just how good it must be to live in Malaysia.
A WARM LANGKAWI WELCOME
In Langkawi, my welcoming committee was in place and ready to spring into action.
I was very kindly provided with a very impressive limo with state-of-the-art stuff I’d not yet seen in other cars, a great driver who was an excellent resource on life in Langkawi, and the most patient guide in the world.