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I'm a Pom, but my best friend in Kuala Lumpur is Australian. He works for an Australian company so, inevitably, all his friends are Aussies too. This, in and of itself, is no bad thing. It does, however, mean that the amount of time I'm sober seems to be inverse to the amount of time I spend with him.

I'm not an alcoholic — I'm just an enthusiast. But that's why an invitation from my mate to go to the Westin KL's free-flowing champagne brunch last Sunday was both a thrill and, frankly an ordeal.

The idea is that you pay a set fee of RM198 ($80) per person and then you can eat and drink as much as you like between 11.30am and 2.30pm.

Restraint is a wonderful thing. Nobody else in the room seems to have confused "drink all you want" with "drink all you can". Our table is certainly the only one to have introduced a competitive element.

We rounded off the session with a shot each and staggered out into the afternoon sun in search of a dark bar to hide until such a time in the evening that a little slurring is more socially acceptable.

Of course, ultimately, you can only commend the Westin for offering the best morning out in KL. It's just a shame they let in all those Aussies!

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