Goodbye Jen, Hello Malaysia
Hi, its Henry here. As some of you may know, Jen has returned to the UK and I have decided to stay and travel alone for a while. Since it’s been so long since my last blog post, I have picked up the baton and will write some stuff…
I returned to Malaysia with some apprehension as it was to be the third time visiting the country in as many months. Upon arriving at the airport and as I made my way to Kuala Lumpur, I was lacking the usual feelings of wonder and excitement one gets when arriving to a new country. The sights, sounds, smells, people, cars, buildings and currency was getting all to familiar and I questioned whether I should have stayed in Singapore for a little longer or travel to a completely new destination. My doubts have been laid to rest thanks to the last few days as I have seen some interesting stuff around Kuala Lumpur and have grown to really like the city and the people.
Firstly, I believe I have stumbled upon what must be some type of world record. Upon arriving in the city, I quickly settled for the first guesthouse available and witnessed what could only be described as ‘the smallest mirror ever placed inside a bathroom’:
Still shocked about my remarkable discovery, I ventured out for a wander into the night and approached some music which was blasting around the corner. As I made my way towards the music, imagine my surprise when I saw some guys sticking two fingers up at me:
I then realised that these guys were not being rude to me, or trying to communicate that they too had seen ‘the smallest mirror ever placed in a bathroom’ – it seemed I had stumbled upon some sort of carnival:
The carnival had a great vibe with hundreds of people wearing colourful costumes who I enjoyed taking photos of. I had no idea what the carnival was about until near the end when an announcement was made – it was just an opening of a new shopping mall! The Malaysian’s sure know how to put on a good event, and I was lucky enough to witness another celebration a few days later.
I only managed to witness half of the performance but I am glad to have experienced the celebrations with the locals. Each Merdeka Day comes with a different theme but is usually oriented toward unity and harmony, as Malaysia has a large mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian citizens with different ideologies and religions living together as one. This is particularly what I like most about Malaysia and the picture below sums up the country better than I can in words: