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This is James

This is James

Hi, I’m James.
I like to describe myself as “just a dumb kid from Dundee, Oregon”. Why, you ask?
Originally from Oregon, I’ve lived abroad since 2008 and relish the personal experiences that I have gained. I never imagined that one day I would walk on the Great Wall, or be crushed in the crowds that are Times Square on New Year’s Eve, or to play the Old Course. I feel fortunate to have been where I’ve been, to see what I’ve seen, and to have done what I’ve done.
I grew up tagging along with my parents as they played golf. I must admit that I was more interested in hitting daisies then golf balls and was much more proficient at it. But golf has pretty much been in my life for as long as I can remember.
While I am still probably better at hitting daises than golf balls, I enjoy golf. I enjoy the challenge of the game, the beauty of the courses, and the camaraderie the game fosters.
I don’t have a static bucket list of courses to play, mostly because it changes every day. I’m also not really interested in playing the world’s top 100, although I won’t say no.
I’m just a guy who wants to play the most interesting golf courses the world has to offer. Interesting, as defined by, well, us.
I’m really looking forward to teeing up the next chapter of my life- even though it’s not all quite known.
But, is it ever?

This is Menekse

This is Menekse

Hi, I'm Menekse.
Born on the 1st of January, I possess some of the typical characteristics of a Capricorn. Impatience, stubbornness, an inclination to know-it-all, love to follow rules. But I am also reliable, loyal, responsible - and very very persistent and strong-willed. That's pretty much my nature.
I have a lot of patience when something is important to me and when I want to achieve something specific. Even if it takes forever. The only thing which is probably untypical for a Capricorn is that I prefer the sea over the mountains. I am not crazy about mountains like they say in Astrology about Capricorns. I love the ocean. The smell of the ocean. The sound of the waves. And I love the moon and stars.
In the past, my parents and I used to spend our summer holidays in Turkey, our home country. At that time, I thought there is no other place in the world with such beautiful stars. Or so many of them!
But I am a curious person and love to travel! And I wanted to see more of the world then just Nürnberg (my birthplace) and Turkey to find out if there are other places in the world with such starry skies.
So, I became a travel agent ... in the hopes of being able to travel more and explore new places. But believe it or not, working in a travel agency is an office job, which putt (hehe) me behind a desk rather than in an airplane. Nevertheless, over the years I have put together a beautiful collection of starry skies.
But my thirst to see more, to experience more and to travel more is not satisfied.
I love life. And the world. And the older I get, the more I want to break out of my own characteristics. To explore the world and to just roll with it. I want life to teach me. To show me places. And to tell me stories.
But how? And, can I do it? Why don’t you tell me?
Follow me on my journey called life.
Follow me as I go “Puttering around the World“…

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  • COFFEE ANGEL
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Yesterday we wrote that the coffee shops here in Georgetown are like heaven.
And today we have proof! 😊
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  • BUT FIRST COFFEE .
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Since we are traveling full time, we have to watch our budget and don't often go to coffee shops. But now we spoil ourselves here in Georgetown ☕
This city is already beautiful in itself, but, oh my! These coffee shops!! We feel like we're in heaven!
And since we caught a cold and are too tired to do much...well... coffee drinking it is!
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Do you love coffee and are easy to please with a cool coffee place and a good tasting coffee?
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  • While we were in the Cameron Highlands, we met a very interesting gentleman who told us that we should visit Taiping. On the way to Penang, neither of us had heard of Taiping, but we had time and thought why not!
Taiping is a nice little town that doesn't  have much but it does have a truly great zoo and night safari, where we were able to see a Malaysian Tiger!
Taiping is also known as Malaysia's rainiest place, but we didn't see any!
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BTW, we stayed in a #container hotel while there, as we're really interested in something like that some day 😄
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Do you prefer tiny houses or container homes?
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  • IPOH WOW!
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We saw this sign often while walking through the streets of Ipoh. And can only agree! The city has so much to offer to the traveler. We simply loved the architecture and all the streetart. 
After sunset the streets became empty, there was a refreshing breeze that added to the tranquility.
If you plan on going to Ipoh, be prepared to be wowed! .
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  • Pst...did you know that Ipoh has beautiful streetart? And it can easily compete with Georgetown!  Our slow travel brought us to Ipoh and we enjoyed strolling through its streets. One of the nice things about Ipoh is that there aren't as many tourists. During the evenings we had the Mural Lanes all to ourselves. .
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Would you change your travel plans to visit a place that wasn't on your itinerary?
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  • "Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience." ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
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  • BUCKET LIST GOLF .
Ranked in the worlds top 100 golf courses, the West Course at TPC Kuala Lumpur was definitely on our list of courses to play. But what surprised us was how great the East Course was as well. Add the spectacular customer service and it made our days danceable!!
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Read about our experience at TPC Kuala Lumpur on our website at https://www.putteringaroundtheworld.com/tpc-kuala-lumpur/
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  • JUST DANCE
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Being a full time golfing travel couple or a traveling golf couple has been  the best decision we have ever made. We have been on the road just over 200 days now and are enjoying life and doing the things we love.
Having opportunities like playing golf at TPC Kuala Lumpur just makes us...wanna dance dance dance!! .
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We'll upload the full video on our website when we have better internet connection 😊
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  • GRIP IT AND... Sometimes a tee shot feels right before you even swing and you just know that it's going to be hit on a rope.
How often do you get that feeling?
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  • PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT .
The magnificent West Course at TPC Kuala Lumpur is consistently ranked in the top 100 courses in the world by Golf Digest.
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While having fewer bunkers than it's sister course, the West Course definitely has its share of trouble. 
But when you hit shots like this, who cares!
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