017: MALAYSIA TRULY ASIA!

As the manmade bird came to a stop, I still could not believe that I was about to step into a whole new world; amazingly different from the one I came from. Somewhere in my head, I knew that this was a dream. I was jolted back to reality by the heavy hot air that made my breathing a pain for a little while before my nostrils adjusted to that climate. To say that the heat was too much would be an understatement; it felt like death and I remember wondering what I had put myself into! This quickly changed when I got into my cab. The cool air in the car (thanks to air conditioners), pillows to make my ride as comfortable as possible and sweets (lol) impressed me. I also appreciated the fact that my cab driver was very friendly; this gave me hope of better days – I had read many racist horror stories before my trip.

From the airport, I was greeted my magnificence of palm trees which were organized like soldiers ready to go into battle. Seeing that my first few minutes in this new country had been great – well apart from the heat – I was sure that my next few days would be better. I had no idea about the shocks that would later paralyze me.

One thing that I appreciated the most about this beautiful country is the hospitality of Malaysian people. The country itself is made up of diverse cultures from Indians, to Chinese to Malays and there are different religions all in one country. The weirdest experience I had was being stopped by strangers who would ask me to take photos with them. I would also find random people touching my braids smitten by the beauty of the art #blackgirlmagic.

As a food lover, I was excited to try out the different cuisines that Malaysia had to offer. Being a fan of Indian dishes, I thought that the Asian cuisines would reflect that and lo and behold! I got the shock of a lifetime. Well, the food was not bad but I found it a little too bland for me. I am a sucker for spicy food so that did not work out well for me. There was a lot of seafood and rice, which is eaten quite widely in the country. I am grateful to GGMUN for taking us to an Indian restaurant where I was able to truly indulge in my food obsessions – if you have not tried tandoori chicken with mint sauce or fish methi, you are missing out on a lot in life! I would say that this was my highlight of the trip because food and I are one aye!

Kuala Lumpur is a beautiful city and almost every corner of it is a tourist destination. From Petronas Towers, Central Market where you could get souvenirs, KLCC Aquarium which is one of the largest in Asia, Bukit Bintang where you could shop till you drop, Batu Caves Hindu Temples with the tallest statue of Lord Murugan. There are lots of places to visit and if you would be planning a trip, a simple search on the internet would guide you and save you from being overwhelmed when you get there. My personal favourite place to visit was the Batu Caves, which houses Hindu Temples. I have some kind of fascination with the Indian culture and I was glad to have experienced this facet of the culture.

Overall, I would say that had a great experience in this country and I would definitely go back in order to tour places like Langkawi. This is a country that you cannot say no to; it calls to you repeatedly. I am glad that I was able to have this wholesome experience in this magnificent country. Now I can’t stop singing Malaysia truly Asia whilst still wondering how the sun can rise at 8am!


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