This post isn’t going to be easily comprehensible because of the many random thoughts I am choosing to reveal.
Most disgusting moment thus far: realizing that women in China don’t care to close bathroom stall doors when taking a leak.
Most fat moment thus far: all of today. Family members honestly try to overfeed you. I ate everything I could have possibly wanted to eat in Malaysia and Singapore combined.
Happy 50th Birthday to Malaysia (prior to 1957, Singapore and Malaysia were combined as Malaya)
First Malaysia’s government tried to move the capital from Kuala Lumpur to Shah Alam. That first project failed. Now they are trying to move it to Putrajaya – where one streetlamp costs $10,000. I’m pretty sure this second project is in the midst of failing. What a waste of money – the government could have done more for its people.
When you encounter Malaysian beggars, you almost tend to stop sympathizing with Canadian ones. I only say this because I’ve encountered 3 in one night market – all could not walk because of missing or deformed limbs. Apparently, there is some sort of syndicated operation where someone will pick these beggars up and deposit them at busy areas for them to collect/beg for money. Once the rush is over, the beggars get picked up again and share their gains with other beggars in the group – and the group mastermind of course (who is an able bodied person). Would you give these beggars money? Think about it. There are many pros and cons to any decision, no matter how you look at it.
“True” Malays are preferred by the government in M’sia. They are to be put at the top of large organizations – i.e. sometimes, a Malay must be a CEO. They also get incentives to start businesses. Other ethnicities do not. Especially Chinese-Malaysians. There is underlying conflict.
The streets are really dirty here in Malaysia. and smelly.
I really hope I don’t talk like the Singaporeans and Malaysians when I come back. As in I better not get used to speaking without pronouns, nouns, etc and using “lah” way too often.