I like to stay busy. It makes me feel purposeful and like I am making the most out of my time. However, like most I tend to forget to take my blinders off and savor the simple beauties around me. I decided the night before I was going to get myself out of bed and…
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Malaysia is stocked full of delightful people, gorgeous mountain ranges, crystal clear water, exotic cuisine, and so much more. Shout out to my college roommate and dear friend Yee Wen for the hospitality! Thanks to her and her awesome family I was able to be fully immersed in the culture during a two week visit. There isn’t anything sweeter than catching up with a good friend after not seeing each other for almost two years. Face to face communication really takes the cake in my book. Here is an overview of my favorite activities:
Yee Wen's family organized a taxi ride to take us from Alor Setar, Malaysia to Hat Yai, Thailand for festivals, food, & fun! Lucky for us, our taxi driver had a pal that worked in immigration so we mayyyy have skipped the line a bit. Crossing the border made me feel as if I were being herded in a group of cattle on a scorching hot day. Nonetheless, we made it through border security and I felt high and mighty getting another stamp in my passport. We switched taxis and made it to our hotel. We stayed at the Aloha Resort. It was a nice place and I was impressed with the bellhop. He sure was hustling in that heat!
After surviving five months of PA winter with barren trees, I was beyond ready to see green again. The trees had just started blooming right before I left, but either way I was on cloud nine seeing the beauty of the Cameron Highlands. Lush flourishing forests, wild goats, strawberry farms, cool breezes, & some delicious…
I spent a fair amount of time in Kuala Lumpur and seemed to only scratch the surface. With the Ler family living less than an hour away from the city, we ended up there several times. Most of our time in K.L. was spent shopping as we had a jam packed schedule of sight seeing the rest of the week. I may not be a city slicker but overall I could get in to K.L. I had more fun people watching than anything! It almost seemed more diverse than New York City! The city has some great shopping. From high end designers to kitschy tourist stops and everything in between. Here are my favorite activities from the trip:
One of the more eye opening things I did in Malaysia was touring the Blue Mosque (Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz) in Shah Alam. Selangor's state mosque is a stunning structure with Malay and modern influences. After attending a small Methodist church for my entire life, I felt like I had been embossed in an entirely different realm. I was blown away by the architecture of the building.