Dan

Dan

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    I'm a US citizen. Would I need a visa to visit Hong Kong?

    Short answer: No. Long answer: http://www.immd.gov.hk/ehtml/hkvisas_4.htm#part2 over 5 years ago

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    Does anyone know when the floods are expected to recede.. I'm hoping to go in bangkok mid December?..

    Furthermore, Phuket is an island and not part of the catchment that is the source of flooding in Bangkok. It's 100% okay to visit Phuket. almost 6 years ago

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    Where do I get the best pepper crab?

    Hey Ian, you should try the East Coast Seafood Centre on the East Coast. Local 'hawker centres' are always the best tasting and best value places to go for local fare. I was actually there on Thursday evening, but had chilli crab and not pepper crab. There's so much awesome seafood though (and also non seafood too) that you should really check it out. Along with crabs, try some other goodies like carrot cake and ais cacang. about 6 years ago

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    Where can I get the best coffee in the CBD?

    Yellow Bernard (Cnr Murray and Collins) opened recently and is very, very good. The baristas all know what they doing and care deeply about their coffee. over 6 years ago

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    I am going on my first solo trip and am headed to Asia. Where are some good places to stay in Malaysia / things I shouldn't miss ?

    It does depend upon what sort of an experience you are looking for. Regardless, there are plenty of opportunities for people of all interests =) If you're into adventure activities, you must climb Mt Kinabalu (Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, a UNESCO World Heritage site). Sabah also has some of the best diving opportunities. The other Malaysian Borneo state of Sarawak is particularly good for jungle trekking. There is the best possibility of experiencing some indigenous culture in these two states as a significant percentage of the population are indigenous. If you're into fresh seafood, eat lots of it here - it's generally fresher than what you can find on the peninsula (especially KL, which is inland). And find some decent foochow food and eat that, too, because you won't find much of that on the peninsula =) [I must however warn you that thanks to decades of corruption, indigenous rights and the wider environment have been bottom of the priority list in Sarawak and if you look below the surface that most tourists tread upon, the whole situation can become very disheartening. Just a warning in case you're like me and want to know everything about a country and what makes it tick =) To illustrate this point, the UN is currently reconsidering the World Heritage status of the Mulu area. A travesty, I say.] As for West Malaysia, I'd suggest Langkawi if you want to hang around beautiful beaches and generally be a tourist. Go to Penang because it's awesome and because it's a UNESCO World Heritage city. Be sure to eat Penang Laksa (a variation of Asam Laksa). Visit KL just 'cos. Plenty of shopping there if that's your thing. And visit Melaka because it's another UNESCO World Heritage city. EDIT: Malaysia is generally a safe and friendly place (there are clear exceptions, based on anecdotal information from Malaysian friends), but do use your common sense. Do not leave valuables in a car (if you use one). Take precautions against pickpockets. Always check that a taxi driver has proper identification. If uncertain, find another taxi, or phone for one. At airports, go through official taxi queues and don't follow random people asking if you need a taxi. over 6 years ago

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    Where can I find Bubble Tea in Christchurch?

    I had one at Bubble Cup in one of the food courts back when I visited (a couple of days before the 2010 quake, incidentally). It was fairly average. Next time I'll look around a bit harder =) over 6 years ago

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    Best rugged camera for skiing or scuba diving?

    I personally own a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1, but the newer DMC-FT2 is better (though not as good looking in my opinion). It's very good, but the lack of full manual control does irk me a great deal as I usually use a DSLR. This is a limitation common to every ruggedised compact camera I have yet come across. Another annoyance with these cameras is that the manufacturers usually cram too many megapixels in at the expense of better low-light performance. 14MP or even 12MP in such a camera is quite frankly ridiculous. What I really wish is that Canon would produce a rugged version of their excellent 10MP S90, but I digress. Ranting aside, I would investigate these cameras: Canon PowerShot D10: http://www.dpreview.com/news/0902/09021805canond10.asp Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2: http://www.dpreview.com/news/1001/10012603panadmcft2.asp Olympus Tough MJU 2010: http://www.dpreview.com/news/1001/10010703oly5010703070409010.asp I suspect all would be rugged enough, but the devil is in the nitty gritty details: The Canon anecdotally has excellent image quality and obviously a wider aperture (f/2.8 at the widest focal length), but the video mode is bad in comparison to the Olympus and the Lumix. The Olympus has the largest zoom range and very slightly better maximum aperture than the Lumix (f/3.2 as opposed to f/3.3 for the Lumix). Both are wider than the Canon, which is often important to me. The Lumix supposedly has a higher maximum ISO (6400 as opposed to 3200 for the Olympus and 1600 for the Canon). 3200 is already ridiculous for a camera of this size, though seeing is believing, and I haven't tested any of these cameras personally. So it depends what you value... - Image quality and low--light performance: Canon - Video performance: Olympus or Panasonic - Widest focal length: Olympus or Panasonic - Narrowest focal length: Olympus I don't know which I'd go with, so good luck =) over 7 years ago

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    With free accommodation, is RM16000 enough to live in KL for 9mths?

    That's a very open-ended question, so I would give a qualified yes. That's RM1777/month. That is certainly more than enough for food, transport and general living expenses if you generally try to live like a local. One Malaysian friend of mine (a teacher) gets around RM2000/month and I believe that is before tax. It may help if you were to give a little more detail as to what you intend to spend your time doing in KL. Have you perchance in fact found a job which will provide you with free accommodation and RM16000 over nine months? over 7 years ago