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Having squared away the main priorities in Kuching's considerable attractions commensurate with a state capital, today became a time for practicalities. A review of my kit had underlined the immediacy of certain shortcomings, and so it was a boon to efficiently track down such acceutriments as thin ankle socks, a surprisingly rare convention which had eluded me in months of searching, also a new pair of knee length shorts and fantastically after a more enduring search, new shoes. The whole city could only offer one style up to my requirements it seemed, yet remarkably matching my new shorts in their brown/orange hue and a superb bonus in securing them for only 6 quid. My depleted antimalarial tablets had to be supplanted by less desirable capsules, but 9 quid for 100 was a good deal and the boy waived the prescription requirement in the face of practicality. I also got at least some of my photos burnt to disc after a plague of hitches, compounded by the loss of 2 hours of work on the net which failed to save. All in all a very satisfying day however, capped off with what had now become a ritualised daily pilgrimage to the suitably relaxed and shady Spring Forest Cafe, a hybrid of local and tourist offerings which secured me a chicken curry and a 4 beer in an ice bucket "set" for all of 2 quid. That just had to be the best deal in town.

Posted by andyhay 00:00 Archived in Malaysia

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