A word on travel insurance - 10th March

A few words ‘about Travel Insurance.

From our heady days of travel on our Amex Platinum Card (when the nest egg was Ostrich size!). I remembered their free travel insurance (we still have the cards).

On checking the policies in detail we realised that The Amex Platinum Charge card gives up to 183 days of cover on a single trip per annum if fare is paid for by Amex. Currently this covers us. I confirmed this with Ace Insurance (Amex insurer) before leaving Oz.

Our Amex Platinum Credit card also has similar cover but a separate policy so we plan to use it after the first 183 days. Our NAB card has similar cover and will be the third card. By then we will be in a new year and we can start all over again! Read with interest the section on health insurance in your book.

After getting quote for $7000 each per annum due to our age and realising we are like 2 well-worn old cars, (all conditions will be pre-existing) decided paid insurance is not for us. Both very fit with no medication or health problems.

It is better in our circumstance to keep money aside and in the event of Amex Medivac to Oz we reinstate our private health cover (currently suspended) use our daughter’s residential address and reinstate Medicare. We then get treatment and return to Asia. Will report back if we need to do this to let you know if it works. Happy to use local health care for minor things.

We decided today to check out some of the temples on the outskirts of Ipoh and visit the last remaining tin dredge.

Around 10am we told the hotel receptionist called Rash of our plans. She kindly organised a taxi with English speaking driver for our expedition at the rate of 35RM per hour. We thought we were set like a jelly until we realised the taxi had no air conditioning and the temperature clawed its way up to 34°C.

He took us to all the Temples we requested but only two were worthwhile. The Sam Po Tong Temple was beyond our expectations and ranks as one of the best caves we have seen. Well worth a visit.

The second one worth visiting consisted of a painted cave of little note but had a wonderful classic Chinese water garden which was on par with ones we had seen in China; called Kwan Yin Tong Temple.

Entrance to Kek Look Temple

Entrance to Kek Look Temple

Chinese water garden

Chinese water garden

On arrival at the Old Tin Dredge we were informed it was closed for repairs. It was massive and the whole area that we were in was where Ipoh’s old wealth was spawned from Tin.

We returned through many small towns with old Shop Houses and modern sections. We learned that when passing a school at 1pm that half the children were arriving for school that goes until 6pm and the other half were leaving as they had been at school from 7am. They call it Early School or Late School and it effectively uses the same classroom for two lots of school children a day. Seemed like a good idea as you only need half the number of schools.

The taxi driver who was of Indian background made a profound statement when we were discussing the ethnic mix in Ipoh. He simply said, “we live in peace”. I think that says it all! 

We spotted our first Police car today and looking around for some policing work in action we eventually spotted the two officers dining at a roadside café. Policing Ipoh style!

Arrived back at The French Hotel saturated with perspiration (feeling like Ipoh Salted Chickens) after 3 hour adventure. Rash at Reception assured us the driver does have air conditioning but it may have been malfunctioning. It was still a very interesting trip.

Ate Dim Sums at Chinese corner shop house with 8 different vendors near Hotel. Erica ordered and I was a little apprehensive when the lady serving gesticulated towards her rump to describe the dish. Erica after eating it worked out that it was pig’s tail! Delicious and only 16RM or about A$5.70. Food here is so cheap you would never need to cook at home.

Afternoon storm now sweeping in to cool Ipoh down.