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Through Our Eyes // 05

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  1. eating ice cream in front of Nook after locking ourselves out
  2. waiting for the train in Kuala Lumpur
  3. beautiful building
  4. i’m scared of monkeys
  5. sunset
  6. walking around Melaka
  7. Marit enjoying the great food in Singapore
  8. view of the river in Melaka

So much has happened since the last Through our eyes.

  • we picked up Nick’s sister, Marit, a week ago. She’s traveling with us for a while.
  • we left our Kuala Lumpur home, took a bus to Melaka where we stayed for a couple of days and are now in Singapore.
  • in a few days we fly to Indonesia and we couldn’t be more excited!
  • ever since Thailand we have been spending a lot of time together, which we love but we’re ready for change. We are looking forward to spending a lot of time with some great people in the next few weeks. Monday we’re meeting up for sushi with the lovely Julianne from Curious Jools and her boyfriend Deepan.
  • we were interviewed by the amazing Steph and Tony of Twenty Years Hence. They asked us about our love of food and why we eat mayonnaise with our fries (because it’s frikkin’ awesome).

The next part of our website is almost done, making our website more of a portfolio. Our blog will be moving to blog.sparrowinspace.com. We’ll let you know when this is going to happen!

What are your plans? Do you have something planned this summer? Or tips on what to see in Indonesia? Let us know!

Tea, Millipedes and the Kindest Man We Ever Met

highlands2highlands4highlands8highlands10highlands7highlands9highlands12highlands13highlands14highlands16highlands17highlands18highlands19highlands21highlands23highlands24highlands25We had such a great time in Cameron Highlands. We needed to refuel our energy, breathe in some fresh air and get a good fix of nature before committing to Kuala Lumpur for a month and a half. Plus Cameron Highlands has relatively low temperatures which is great after half a year of Asia’s humid hotness.

There is so much to see and do in Cameron Highlands, our highlights were visiting tea plantations, strawberry fields, cacti, bee farms, millipedes (they are my worst fear together with caterpillars), frogs, turtles, butterflies, spiders and a lot of jungle.

Tea and me are best friends and we have been so for years now. It’s the first thing I drink when I wake up and the last thing before I go to sleep. Seeing how tea is grown and processed was great. The tea factory filled the air of the surrounding area with a scent of a flowery black tea, it’s the only thing you smell when arriving at the plantation. I stole a tea leave and I’m drying it between some books so I can hang it on the wall of the house we one day hope to live in.

Not before long we had seen all we wanted to see in Cameron Highlands and we made our way to Kuala Lumpur where we still are now.

So far Kuala Lumpur has been great, our creative juices are flowing. We are creating, inventing, thinking, discussing and dreaming all day long. Work has never been this good. We are finishing up projects and starting new ones and we are doing what we love. Everything has been so well. Until yesterday.

We like to think we are positive and happy people and nothing will get us down. Until something happens. We go from ‘don’t worry be happy’ to ‘when life gives you lemons, you sit and sulk at the bus-stop’. We had just found out Nick’s MacBook needed to be repaired and he won’t be able to use it for about a week. A week! In the busiest month of our lives. We have clients piling up, projects to finish, projects to start

We left the shop quite upset and sat down at the bus-stop. There was an old man waiting. Not wanting to talk because we were to busy feeling sorry for ourselves, we didn’t say anything to him. He didn’t care and started to talk to us about where we wanted to go and which buses we had to take, what was the best place to exchange Euro’s, and where to go for shopping.

He stopped every bus and asked if it was going to our destination anyway, even though he could tell us exactly which bus we had to take. When our bus arrived he got on the bus with us and paid our bus-tickets before we could politely refuse. We were in shock. This is the greatest random act of kindness we have ever experienced and even though it was only 1RM (about €0,25) bus-tickets it meant the world to us.

Has it ever felt like a stranger knew exactly how you were feeling and went out of their way to make you happy again?

Places We Love: The Mugshot Cafe

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Have you ever ever ever thought the best place to eat home-made fresh greek yogurt would be Malaysia? No, me neither. And yet I found myself sitting in The Mugshot Cafe in Georgetown, Penang, in awe of their yogurt. As the owners of Mugshot cafe were so kindly to explain, they make it themselves  Jesse and Tristan believe it’s best to only have a few things on your menu that are really good. This means they only serve bagels and yogurt, both incredibly tasty.

If you’re not feeling bagels or yoghurt, you can go next door to The Rainforest Bakery (which is owned by Jesse’s family) to get your sugar high. Or, as we did, 0ur daily bread fix. It’s Asia, good bread is rare. We spent a week and a half in Georgetown and we dropped in almost every day for a cup of coffee and most of the time, some yoghurt. We saw a lot of people doing the same. These guys have a special way of making everyone feel at home.

They’ve got plans to turn the unused upstairs area into a hostel. We’re really curious what the future is going to bring for this place, and we’ll make sure to keep an eye out. We’ll be back!

Through our Eyes // 02


  1. Penang national park
  2. turtle found in Cameron Highlands
  3. Nick completely stuffed after the biggest & best dim sum breakfast ever
  4. on our way to watch a movie in Georgetown
  5. Cameron Highlands native scorpions
  6. walking in the jungle
  7. jungle orchid
  8. Georgetown

We have arrived at our new home for the next couple of weeks, Kuala Lumpur. So far the weather has been changing every couple of hours. From rainstorms to burning rays of sunshine and everything in between.

Kuala Lumpur will be work mostly. We love getting up in the morning knowing we can spend all day working. Downside of all this work is a lack of exercise. I think we’re going to find a gym and work on that. We are looking for a comfortable place to work, thank god there are a few coworking places in Kuala Lumpur. I’m writing this from Paper + Toast and we will be checking out some more places before we decide where we want to hang around for a month.

It just started raining outside. On rainy days I really miss having our own house. I miss just walking around the house with a cup of tea in my hand, singing along with good music, watching movies in our own bed, lighting on some candles at night and eating home cooked food. Some people travel around the world for years and years at a time. I don’t think we could ever be like that and I don’t think we want to be like that. There is too much comfort in having a place that is truly your own and we want to settle down eventually and make some bebes.