Breakfast in Thailand, lunch in Malaysia. Thanks to Asia’s generally condensed geography, I was able to meet my friend Rachel, whom I had met at a CS gathering in Paris in 2013. A bit of food poisoning got me down, but not down enough to keep me from exploring the food market that had been set up outside for the first day of Ramadan. It was my first experience therof in a majority-Muslim country.
We relaxed by her pool to this view before heading over to a speakeasy hidden in a mall. Quite an Asian experience, I think.
Gabe left for a day in Singapore the following day, while Rachel and I pampered ourselves, catering to my self-indulgent side — a facial, makeup class (Rachel is a professional makeup artist), and hair blowout later, we were ready for a dinner at a food+fish farm about 30 minutes from KL.
In this fashion, I welcomed my birthday — surrounded by more love, food, and happiness than I could’ve asked for.
Catching up with friends!
KL’s beautiful views
Experiencing Asian-Muslim culture during Ramadan
Favorite thing(s) eaten: Steamed bread and kaya ❤
-They drive on the left side of the road!
-Malaysia is a majority-Muslim country
-Plane is sprayed with disinfectant before landing, required by Malaysia — announcement on plane “cover head for fumigation
-They eat with fork and spoon, pushing the food into the spoon and eating off the spoon
-There are Malaysian-made cars! The most common brand is: Myvvi
-The Quran is most often translated into Malay, although some people do study Arabic
-Movies used to take 3-4 months to be streamed in Malaysia because of censorship; my friend joked that “50 shades of grey was ‘all white” and only 20 minutes long LOL”
-There are so many malls in Malaysia that they call the airport, “the shopping mall with an airport” — after passing through dozens of shops before getting to a terminal, you understand why that is the case..
-Yet to be determined, but my theory of why the ATMs I used don’t charge fees is because of the Quran’s verse on not charging interest/tithe for borrowing money
-Men in Malaysia can marry more than one wife ; max 4, but most likely are very wealthy, as whatever is given to one wife must be matched for the other