My Malaysian Experience...
Highs: Finding out how gorgeous the Petronas Towers are; the great shopping; how easy it is to get
Lows: Michelle getting mugged which sent her to the hospital; the rafflesia flower not being in bloom
in Borneo while we were there; not seeing many Orang Utans while at the Semenggoh Wildlife Center.
Best Moment: Watching the probiscus monkeys while at Bako National Park.
Worst Moment: Not only was it my worst moment in Malaysia, but I think it was one of the Top
2 worst moments I've ever had to witness - when my sister had just gotten mugged and got up with
blood all over her. The absolute worst was when she passed out in the hospital while I was alone with
her and trying to talk to her.
Smells: Food (whether it's Indian, Malay or Chinese - amazing smells!).
Sounds: Once again, another country with no horns honking; Chinatown vendors trying to lure you
to buy 'Gucci' or 'Prada'; Christmas carols in the malls.
Sights: The Sky Bridge at the Petronas Towers (free); the KL Tower observation deck (20
ringgits); Chinatown; many o' shopping malls; Chinese temples and colonial architecture in Penang;
the Thaipusam festivities; Semenggoh Wildlife Center (where there are Orang Utans); a longhouse.
Tastes: Gingerbread lattes from The Coffee Bean; satays; chicken rice (much more tasty than it
sounds); Chinese dim sum; tropical fruit (mango, dragonfruit, etc.); bamboo chicken; apam bilak (a
pancake-like thing sprinkled with sugar and crushed peanuts and then folded over like an omelet);
laksa; dim sum; umai (a seafood salad); lapis cake; rice wine; 'fish sticks' at a hawker stall; pupia
(almost like an Asian wrap); rojak (a fruit salad with prawn paste and crushed peanuts - sounds
disgusting but it's great!).
Purchases: A dress and four shirts from Mango; a couple pairs of flip-flops from Reef; a small vase
with stand (Borneo).
Street Food: Tropical fruits; pork buns; Indian food, Malay food, Chinese food.
Fun Food Finds: 'Kaya' - a coconut jam.
Western Companies Out Here: Where to start? McDonald's, Burger King, KFC, The Coffee
Bean, Starbuck's, Gloria Jean's, A&W, California Pizza Kitchen, Cinnabon and sooo many more!
Other General Info...
Visa needed? Nope.
Type of currency? The Malaysian Ringgit. About 3.3 ringgits are equal to $1 US.
Things Malaysia Is Known For: Borneo and orangutans; the beaches; the diversity in
ethnicities out here, this year being its 50th anniversary as a nation; I always think of the tourism ad
saying "Malaysia: Truly Asia".
Religion: Truly a bit of everything! Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Christian.