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SE Asia Adventures: Part 5 - Kuala Lumpur & Penang, Malaysia
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Monday, 08 October 2012

Saturday 8 September – Kuala Lumpur

I arrived in Kuala Lumpur (KL for short) a bit after the scheduled flight arrival time of 00:20. I had met a great guy, Satri on the flight who works with Air Asia. He ended up giving me a lot of tips and helping me when we got to Malaysia. My Telekomsel SIM card synced up to DIGI as soon as I got to Malaysia, notifying me that I could use DIGI in Malaysia easily. Before I knew it I had bought a new SIM card for Malaysia from the DIGI counter and had another SIM card to add to the collection. Note: I had tried to use a "global" SIM card at the beginning of my journey but had not been able to call or receive calls and it was really expensive. Annoying to buy a new SIM card in each country, and not good for the environment or humans but it’s the safest thing for me to do.

I also got some money out of an ATM in the Malaysian currency, Riggit RM. I didn’t need to get a visa in Malaysia as long as I was staying under three months and had a return flight home. I just had to scan both my index fingers at the customs counter. Very easy process, especially after midnight.

I had been advised to only go in a taxi if I had bought a voucher at the taxi stand. So, with the help of Satri, I bought a taxi voucher to go to my hotel that was 50% extra due to being after midnight! RM 78.30 (approximately AU$26 – divide RM by 3). I arrived at Langit-Langi Hotel safely, text my Mum, heard from Vick - one of Dad’s work mates who is visiting his Mum in Malaysia at present - and went to bed.

Slept in and got a bit of computer work done. Checked out at 14:00 and walked around for a bit before Vick, his Mum Gnanma (pronounced “Yanum”), and family friend Sundrum picked me up. Vick was leaving to go back to his hometown Cairns via Singapore and wanted to meet me before he left. As my hotel was close to the airport, it was great that they could pick me up before Vick left. Here a photo (from Vick's camera on his phone) of Vick and I at the airport:


Upcoming Vegetarian & Vegan Events in South East Asia
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Incase you're not aware, I'm in South East Asia where I will be until mid-February 2013.

My friend Chindy who is the General Manager of the Indonesian Vegetarian Society (IVS) and the Vegan Society of Indonesia (VSI) - who I met in Yogyakarta has organised me to attend, speak and/or give food demos at the following events in Java and Sumatra, Indonesia in September and October.


Please come along and say hi if you're in the area!

My SE Asia Adventures: Part 4 - Amed & Nusa Dua, Bali
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Thursday, 13 September 2012

Friday 31 August – Ubud to Bunutan, Amed

At 15:30 we started our drive to Bunutan – just a bit outside of a seaside town, Amed. Jean Paul had got a great price from a local driver in Ubud: for Rp 385 000 (this is about AU$38 – move the decimal place 4 places) he would take the four of us (Jean Paul, his friends Elisa and Verena and myself) about three hours up North East to our new home for the next 2-3 nights. Verena and I had found the place on Agoda last night and were quite impressed with ourselves finding a bungalow for all four of us with a pool and so near the ocean.


My SE Asia Adventures: Part 3 - Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Thursday, 06 September 2012

Tuesday 21 August – Home Sweet Home & Rice Fields

Had a bit of a sleep in. There are a couple of vegetarian options available at Yuliati's House. I had the fried banana served with fruit and tea:


Ramona and Frank ended up changing from where they were staying to Yuliati's House for the next two nights.

My SE Asia Adventures: Part 2 - Java, Indonesia
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Tuesday 14 August - Jakarta

I arrived just after midnight in Jakarta with the tune of The Boys song from K-Pop group, Girls Generation in my head - the plane had this song on repeat as we boarded and exited the plane! My FaceBook friend, Angela met me at the airport and accompanied me in the taxi to my hotel, Onyx Residence, which took a long time to find. It was about AU$10 for the BlueBird taxi (the company that many say is the only taxi you should trust to travel) and the airport fees.

Go Vegan Essay Competition Winner - How Did I Become Vegan?
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Friday, 17 August 2012

One minute I was a young red-blooded, rugby loving, beer swilling Kiwi male and then all of a sudden – vegan.

Phill Spear is the winner of the Go Vegan essay competition run by Go Vegan in New Zealand.


My SE Asia Adventures: Part 1 - Bali, Indonesia
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Wednesday, 15 August 2012

I am off on a new adventure. This year instead of escaping the Australian Winter and going to the USA again, I have finally decided to go to SE Asia. I am going for 6 months in total and plan to go to Indonesia, Malaysia, then up North to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. Depending on the Visas I will stay for as long as I can in each country. I don't have much of a plan other than to catch up with friends, take some time out, continue to complete various books I'm in the middle of writing and to explore other cultures for awhile. Can't wait!

My USA Adventures - The Book by Leigh-Chantelle out now
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Friday, 10 August 2012

I have a new book out, My USA Adventures:


You can purchase the Print book (ISBN 978-0-9808484-2-7) on the following websites:

Wholesale info on Ingram Books - for Retail Stores, Libraries, Colleges, Schools, Universities etc

What Do Vegans Eat? the NEW Book by Leigh-Chantelle
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Monday, 30 July 2012

My book, What Do Vegans Eat? is now out:


Here's the Press Release

You can purchase the Print book (ISBN 978-0-9808484-0-3) on the following websites:

Wholesale info on Ingram Books - for Retail Stores, Libraries, Colleges, Schools, Universities etc

Go Vegan - Vegan Essays wanted for New Zealand Competition
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Thursday, 26 July 2012

The fledgling New Zealand vegan outreach group, Go Vegan is running a short essay competition on veganism. Writers must be from New Zealand but the winning entry/entries will be publishing internationally including right here on Viva la Vegan!


Love Us by not Eating Us - Art as Activism Part 2
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Thursday, 19 July 2012

Following on from the success of my Papergirl art instillations and the original Love Us by not Eating Us - Art as Activism blog; plus the t-shirts and the immense positive feedback, I have some more of my photos with various animal friends, with lil' animal facts.  All photos are from animal sanctuaries, friend's animal friends and other animals I've met on my adventures.

This is Lily the pig from Our Place on Earth:


Be Kind: A Visual History of Humane Education - Online
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Wednesday, 11 July 2012

There's some wonderful art online representing the Humane Education movement of the late-19th and early-20th centuries entitled Be Kind: A Visual History of Humane Education.


Detail from Latham Foundation brochure, 1930s. Featuring artwork by John and Miriam Lemos. Collection of The Latham Foundation.

Most Popular Pinterest Boards from Viva la Vegan!
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Thursday, 05 July 2012

Pinterest has grown so much in the last 6 months to become a great place for sharing visuals of all types through social media interaction. Visuals are a great way to get the Vegan and Animal Rights message out. VLV! have quite a few different Boards and even more Pins on the VLV! Pinterest page:


The most popular Board is a tie with both the Vegan Food - Dessert & the Vegan & Animal Rights Events boards being just as popular as each other.

Top Five Blogs, Articles & Videos so far this year
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Sunday, 01 July 2012

This year is flying by so fast. A lot has been happening online at VLV! I hope you're able to stay on top of it all.

We've had some new Article writers to contribute their own take on Health (Mondays), Environment (Tuesdays), Animals (Wednesdays) and Fitness (Thursdays) from the vegan perspective. There's also been a lot of blogs and videos.


The Top Blog for the year so far is Vegan Fitness individuals wanted for Viva la Vegan for Q&As

The Top Article for the year so far is Veganism: Necessary But Not Sufficient by Vegina

The Top Video for the year so far is How to make Quinoa Sushi Rolls

How to make an 8-page zine from 1 sheet of A4 paper
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Friday, 29 June 2012

I've recently uploaded a new video onto the VLV! YouTube channel, this time it's all about 'zines.


Lunch at It's Rawsome Cafe, Maroochydore
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Last week I was finally able to make it up the Sunshine Coast to have lunch at It's Rawsome Cafe in Maroochydore after over a year of knowing about the place. Rhys and I had a great road trip adventure up the coast from Brisbane and here's some photos of what we ate.

We started with the Raw Nori Rolls AU$16 - Asian greens, sprouts, avocado with a tumeric, carrot and almond pate wrapped in organic Nori sheets:


Interview with The Holistic Health and Wellness Project
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Wednesday, 20 June 2012

I was recently interviewed by the lovely Claire from A Modern Zen Girl for her The Holistic Health & Wellbeing Project blog that features many articles on health, wellness and spirituality. NEW LINK on her Zenspiration blog.


Q&As from Leigh-Chantelle's Live ARZone Guest Chat
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Tuesday, 12 June 2012

I had a great time over the weekend taking part in the ARZone live chat. It was a really positive experience and had a great vibe. It was a pleasure to be involved. I received 14 questions from various ARZone members and I wrote over 7000 words in response to them. I had some great questions and some hard ones. I hope you like my responses.


Vegan Online and Retail Stores in Australia
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Thursday, 07 June 2012

In Australia we have a great range of vegan products and various vegan stores online and with shop fronts. Where once there was only the Cruelty Free Shop and Vegan Perfection, now we have over ten online and store fronts who sell only vegan products. You can now buy a lot of vegan goods in health food stores and in supermarkets but it's always good to support the vegan owned and operated ones! Here's a list of them:

The Cruelty Free Shop - Glebe, New South Wales AND Fitzroy, Victoria

Online. Shop Front in both Sydney & Melbourne


Dairy Milk Alternatives - Soy & Almond
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Wednesday, 30 May 2012

I have many how-to videos on the VLV! YouTube channel, two of them show how to make dairy milk alternatives using cruelty-free, plant ingredients - plus not harming any cows in the making. I have raw Almond milk as well as Soy milk videos that I hope you enjoy.



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