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Friday, 14 March 2014

Almost Home

 I'm in my last class for the transition course and ill soon be taking that long glorious four hour drive back to my home county. I wonder what I will think about on the way home... the decisions i've made, what i've accomplished, how much i've grown... not to mention the feeling i'll have knowing that certain things are over, that certain things that I used to hate are behind me and that i'll no longer have to deal with them.  It feels surreal almost, the things i've known/done for the past eight years aren't in the books anymore.  I know the change and the transition will surely be difficult, but I have the right guidance and contacts to make this smooth.

not too much longer !  see you guys soon



also....

if anyone reading this is on the MSG program, please hit me up and i'll talk to you about the checkout process and the requirements you'll have to meet.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

My Journey Pt 3 - Malaysia "Truly Asia"

My ohhhhh my.... where do I even begin.  


First off I want to let all my dive buddies know that you will not be in this one.  I'm saving my diving adventures with you guys for another post. 

Malaysia is by far  my favorite country that i've visited.  There are so many great things about this country, so many that I honestly cannot explain.  The vibe from the locals is so warm and welcoming... and thats quite hard to understand because Malaysia is a melting pot, so to speak.  You don't need a visa to enter the country, so there is diversity.  It took me a while to figure out who were malaysians, who were indians, who were "malays'... the learning experience there overall was just amazing.  I can honestly say that I would  move there if I could land a good jurrrb....  "Monkees - AHEM"

Their way of living is a pace that I'm comfortable with, its so busy, but yet it isn't at the same time.  The only thing about Malaysia that I had a hard time getting used to was the weather.  I love the four seasons and my favorite is the fall, but Malaysia is hot and humid pretty much all year...annnnd they have some pretty impressive storms.

I don't want to make this too long because I have a ton of pictures, but I hope you can get a better understanding of what Malaysia is like.  

Friends from Malaysia -  Living in your country for a year was truly the best experience of my life.. i'll be seeing you all again !

one other thing... I traveled  to China, Indonesia, Malacca- Malaysia and Tioman Island- Malaysia... these are going to be in another posting.

This is Malaysia, Lah ! 

                                       This is the KLCC Pertronas towers... this is Malaysia's famous landmark. These are still to this day, the tallest twin buildings in the world.  This first one is a picture I took when Thomas and I were grabbing some food.



I believe Pin took this photo


Ok this is one of my first time meeting the local friends... Pin and Vera.. also we have Kenny, David, and Thomas... This was a Latin festival we went to... 


This is Mr. Thomas Lew .. 
sorry this first pic is blurry... but whateves




dos mas de la fiesta latina




this is more of the gang


I visited Sunway Lagoon with a couple of my friends... David and Kat


I really enjoyed this place.  Very cool area to visit.  




David and Kat


check out the epic falls in the back


We went on a "jungle trek"





Phillip and David... good guys ! 



This is Kevin... he is the adventure expert.  Sadly this great guy lost his life a few months ago trying to save someone from drowning.

May you rest in peace, my friend.


Phillip again

Planking is still cool



Check out this video of the trek


it's time for ya to meet Pin... shes one of my best friends and she made my time in Malaysia

Pin and Vera... I believe we went for Indian food this day.


One of our favorite things to do in Malaysia... Batik painting.  We spent A LOT !!!! of time creating works of art as seen below.  This was a typical saturday / sunday... going for a snack, then painting, then lunch, maybe shopping, then dinner


This is the lovely ladies the owned the painting shop



This is what our table typically looked like




Meet Megan ... she also has some skills

"Vera also has some skills, but I dont have a photo"


I often found myself bugging Pin while she was at work



This was the day that I left for my scuba diving trip to Indonesia.


Our local guards were the best !  breaking some bread with these fine gentlemen

well Tanderon (?) chicken and Naan



This is how the Naan is made... they will flatten out some dough, put somce cheese / spices or whatever, then nead it some, then flatten again and slap to the side of the pit.  Once its finished you will wrap around the chicken or just dip in the sause of your choice.


Here is the chicken



and you can also get some good coffee

This is how I drank mine at work


We found out where rubber comes from...

rubber trees  (Phillip taking his photos)

pssstttt... did I mention that this guy is also a fellow bubble maker



Meet Katelyn all knowing... she got certified too !


and she bought me these awesome gifts for my birthday 


night out... David and Katelyn


Pin, Megan, Katelyn

We were at a bar called the library


Meet Raja... she was my cook in Malaysia

I believe she was opening Christmas presents here


This is Raja dressed to impress.. also Chan, he was one of our drivers





This is Fawzy, he was one of my favorite drivers


trying to look sexy



ok... so Pin made it fall in Malaysia for me.

one of the nicest things anyone has ever done.  I don't have pics of it, but she also turned on Jonny Cash and downloaded a fire crackel/pops sounds







I also made some funny photos of us





Went to a bird park 



Turned the place into a haunted house


Kat and I went to a concert and I seen this guy... let me remind you this hasn't been around in a long time... but here this guy is wearing it over 10,000 miles away.  It was surprising to see


Tried some Luwak coffee... basically cat crap (reference the movie The Bucket List)


Celebrated New Years with these beautiful people


Visited this place 





anddddddddd i made about four of these...


I also want to give a shout out to Rachel and Hannah !  it was a pleasure meeting you guys as well !  I don't have any photos of us, or if I do I cannot find them

Sorry this is quite long... but I appreciate you stopping by.  Malacca, Tioman,  Beijing China, and
Bali Indonesia is coming soon