Newsletter #05: Jim Thompson Mystery Solved?
Tea and Scone in Cameorn Highlands
Mystic Mountains of Malaysia

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Highlander Newsletter, Issue #06005 -- Jim Thompson Mystery Solved?
August 14, 2006
Greetings, fellow reader of Highlander Newsletter!

Jim Thompson Mystery Solved!

Surprised? Can we finally lay to rest the mysterious case of Jim Thompson? Well, hop on over to the pages and find out for yourself at:

Jim Thompson Mystery Solved!

I happen to bump into this thread while researching for information and collected the info. I kept it in my hard disk for quite a long time and didn't quite find the time to bring myself around to ask the author for permission for re-posting on my website. The month of June and July was really hectic for me running around to and fro working like crazy and attending seminars and so forth. Finally just last week I found some spare time and I contact the author for permission to reprint the excerpt, and he graciously allowed.

Even for an excerpt, it was quite long and I had to span it over a several pages. The author really did quite an in-depth research and the excerpt reveals quite a surprising amount of information too. And if that really whets your appetite for more, then if you are so incline you may want to purchase the full complete book sold in Amazon

Solved! The "Mysterious" Disappearance of Jim Thompson, the Legendary Thai Silk King -- [Amazon / external link]

Jim Thompson was quite a character, and he really loves the jungle; going on treks on some of the lesser known trails and path. Even for me, I would still prefer to stick back to the well trodden path less I need to be rescued by a bunch of Orang Asli trackers and coming out sheepishly and tired from a “lost and found” ordeal.

The perils of keeping fit

Unfortunately for me I have to lay off some physical activities for awhile as I somehow strained my left foot during one of my jog. I try to keep myself fit by running around the park near my house twice a week. Exercise is good for me because not only does it keeps my weight and cholesterol down but it builds up my body immune system too. I get sick less often and even if I do catch a bout of flu, it is much milder and the recovery is quicker. But this time around, I felt a sharp pain tugging under the arch and heel of my left foot cutting my little keep fit routine short much to my dismay. There was nothing much I could do but to hobble back home and try to nurse my sore feet.

A visit to a specialist doctor revealed that I had plantar fasciitis, which no thanks to my flatfeet which causes over-pronation while doing activities has now weaken, strained and inflamed the arch and causing heel pain at the same time.

Mystic Mountains

No matter. I’ll just rest awhile for now and hope for a speedy recovery and dream about a plan for an outing into the jungle sometime. Speaking about jungle trekking, Malaysia has many beautiful and of course challenging mountain that you can go for a hike. Check out the article of a group of Malaysian Nature Society trek to Gunung Benom at:

Mystic Mountains of Malaysia

Planning and organizing a family trip

And of course, if you are very good in planning and organizing, and I’m not talking about the office variety kind but rather the big family outing trip affair, putting together not only the disparate needs of each family member, but also using an unusual east coast route to Cameron Highlands? I must say kudos to Idil for taking up the difficult challenge not even the Amazing Race can compare. The route he chose is certainly one of those less traveled and I not talking about off the beaten track; just off the main highways and byways using roads which you not normally think about using. You will be hard press to look out those roads even if you were equipped with the latest JKR map. Find out how he did it here:

Idil's Light Hearted Cameron Highlands trip

Tea and scones

And lastly, after having tangled with a hectic Cameron Highlands trip such as above, head on over to your favourite café and have yourself a relaxing afternoon tea and scones with Devonshire cream. And where would that be? Well check out this page and found out just where you can find the best tea and scones in Cameron Highlands. And if you like to try your hand at baking those delicious scones, check out the scones recipe and see if you can do better!

Best Tea and Scones in Cameron Highlands

And that's it for this edition of the newsletter. Now I can go grab a hot cup of tea and figure out where I can have myself some nice hot scones (sigh!)...



P.S.: And as usual, if you know of any friends who might be planning for a holiday trip up Cameron Highlands, do them a favour and let them know about and forward them this newsletter! And if they are not going there? Forward it to them anyway! It might just change their mind!

P.P.S.: And for those who received this newsletter from a friend, why not sign up to receive the newsletter into your very own inbox? Sign up for the free newsletter at the Highlands RSS & Blogs page.

P.P.P.S.: If you like to send in some comments, well you can post them at the feedbacks page or just simply reply to this newsletter. Keep those comments coming in! I've received quite a number of favourable replies and I have posted some of them. Have a look at their feedbacks and comments.

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