After spending two weeks in Bangkok, I was off to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to meet with my team located there. The weather was similar to Bangkok - ridiculously hot and humid. I adore my coworkers but overall comparing the two countries, I would almost say the people of Bangkok were more friendly in general. The people in Malaysia are very laid-back though and I loved how quick they were to share a story. Every taxi driver I spoke to was ready with something to share about their country, or their hometown, or the city, or where they would like to go in America (Vegas was the most popular answer to the question I never asked).
I can't vouch for Malaysian food, as I wasn't in a location where there were any stalls or mom-and-pop style restaurants, and the one restaurant I went to that promoted itself as Authentic Malay, I had sweet and sour chicken (hey China!) and a chicken satay (again with Thailand!). It was genuinely the best meal I had in the country, but was it really Malaysian? I was at a food disadvantage since it was Ramadan and my coworkers were not eating during daylight hours and my hotel was set off from the main part of the city. I will return in mid-September and we have food plans already in place.
FYI- if you want to lose any weight you might have gained on the first part of your trip, plan the latter part of your trip in a country that is fasting. Even though I had a coke with dinner each night and dessert almost every night, I still lost 4.5 pounds. Eating one meal a day is great for the waistline!
|The view from my hotel room - 25 floors up.|
|The view from my hotel every morning. The haze was out of control, caused by voluntary burning in Indonesia. People were not hanging outside much. The air just didn't feel right. Thanks Indonesia!|
|Reading the morning paper about the haze...note the box in the middle - personalized advertisement!! This particular cola company is advising you to buy their soda to "fight the haze." Ridiculous.|
|Hungry for corn but don't want to go to a restaurant? No problem!! Just head for the mall kiosk and get yourself some corn in a cup!|
|This was a breakfast option in the bakery and I think there was a typo on the sign. It should read: Sausage No Appetite. Cause this looks quite unappetizing.|
|Taking a moment with a friend behind a waterfall.|
|Clever garbage cans at the bird park! They had different bird trash bins all around the park.|
|MONKEYS BARING TEETH!!!!!|
|In a Muslim country, even construction workers stop and face Mecca to pray wherever they are at the time they need to pray. Note the grassy area between the roads - they just rolled out their prayer mat and took a moment (or 20).|