The best supermarket we've ever been to - 1st April

Set of this morning with Mr Kumar our Indian taxi driver (not the oven heat one) for a second look at our favourite cave temple Kek Lok Tong. Was early so very few other people. Marvelled again at natures work in this limestone cave. Passed through the cave to the gardens and lake. A few elderly (about our age!) were taking their morning constitutional walk around the lake.

Erica doing Reflexology walk

Erica doing Reflexology walk

We followed their lead and after taking our shoes off we took to the Reflexology walk. This is a pathway with stones protruding from the concrete whose purpose is to massage your feet and increase circulation and one’s general wellbeing. Some of the groans of pain coming from the participants led us to believe it may be all pain and no pleasure. The opposite of my philosophy on life which is “To live life with as much pleasure and as little pain as is possible”.

As we started on the stony path grimaces appeared on both our faces and a non-participant Chinese was seen to grin and give Erica the thumbs up. The path had some sections with pointier stones than others so the pain varied from bad to excruciating. Bravely soldiered on and afterwards convinced ourselves that our feet and minds felt better!

Left with Mr Kumar (who was waiting patiently) in our search for a condominium that might suit our long term rental plans. Wanesa (just back from Paris) at the hotel had recommended two complexes near the “Filthy Rich” area. Our idea is if you live near them maybe a little bit of it will rub off on you. Both complexes looked good from the outside and a tour of the neighbourhood revealed large private homes of the upwardly mobile nearby.

Shopping was the next priority and we headed for the only big centre we had yet to visit in Ipoh. This one is at Ipoh Gardens East and services the well to do of Ipoh Town. It was a revelation! The best supermarket either of us have been to in our lives was here in Ipoh! The fresh section was mind boggling in its array of fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, chicken including a large Organic area to rival the best in the world. The bottle shop (always a source of joy to me) was immense with wine and spirits from every corner of the globe. The downside with alcohol is that being a Muslim State Malaysia has steep taxes on it. Australian wine was at least triple the price in Oz.

We cannot say enough good things about this centre, It houses a delicatessen with excellent Sushi, a bakery with fresh (warm) baguettes for just 1RM or 36 cents Australian and so many other goodies that we found it hard to resist and succumbed to a bag of calamari in a spicy crust for 5.8RM or A$2.05 and sat on a bench and consumed it. Followed up with a green tea ice cream.

Inspecting fresh produce

Inspecting fresh produce

Fresh salmon

Fresh salmon

1RM baguettes

1RM baguettes

Researching Damaipuri Condo rentals at The Jose & Deli at our hotel. Found several about 130 plus square metres with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (fully furnished) for around $163 Australia a calendar month. That is the asking price and we are reliably informed that much lower offers would be accepted.

Have put a call in to Chung our friendly local agent and await his call to inspect. Maybe we could base ourselves in Ipoh, it is such a friendly city.