Sunday, July 12, 2015

On Leaving Malaysia

Wow. What a place. I really enjoyed my week in Malaysia, despite half of it being spent flat on my back due to injury.

Penang was such a mixture of cultures. Along with the Malay people, there were so many Indian and Chinese folks. I've never had better Indian food than what I ate in Penang. I got to observe Indians and Chinese talking to each other, and they used English as much as Malay. They call America the 'melting pot' of cultures because so many ethnicities come together and get melted together. I'd call the part of Malaysia I was in the 'salad' of cultures.  The different ingredients remain distinct, but mix together to create something more. There's no melting going on there.

I've got another 15 months on my contract here in Myanmar, but I would certainly not mind making Malaysia a future home. I speak the language, and that's a huge plus.

In part two of the journey, I chronicle my first full day in Penang. I visit an interesting museum, a historical fort in what was England's first permanent settlement in SE Asia, a dim sum Chinese restaurant and finally Batu Ferringhi, the beachside community on the northside of the island where I ended up hurting myself and had stay for the rest of the trip.


  1. America has been called "Melting Pot" in Europe as long as I have lived.

  2. As I've said before, I enjoy your videos! Thank you. Blessings, Lynn


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