Week 34: Terengganu Week 2! (And the Holi Festival!)

March 20-26 Our second week in Terengganu! Monday morning we went to Ziq Bakery and Cake, the bakery factory of one girl’s temporary host family. We decorated cupcakes, which was fun! Of course none of ours turned out as beautifully as the professionals’ did, but they tasted pretty good. Afterward, Ying drove Anna (Hungary), Grace…

Week 33: A Tropical Island and a Week Full of Adventure!

March 13-19 Why did I choose Malaysia? Well, I’m not entirely sure, but a significant part of my decision-making process was based on Google Images searches for “Malaysia beaches” and “South Africa beaches” for my tied-for-first-place choices of countries I could choose for my scholarship. I decided on Malaysia because geographically I can never be…

Week 31: Track Meet and a Wonderful Weekend In Ipoh

February 27- March 5 Monday I didn’t have to go to school! I had just finished two weeks straight of nearly daily school sports, and the following three days I had a track meet. I somehow woke up at 7 am so I spent a few hours attempting to fall back asleep (eager to make…

Week 30: A Lot of Sports, with temple prayers in between

February 20-26 Be prepared for a lot of sports narration. (If you are looking for information about Malaysian culture, I suggest you scroll towards the end or check a different post because this week was composed almost entirely of me doing sports. 😂) This post has a lot of writing since I don’t have many…

Week 28: Thaipusam!

Febuary 6-12 On Wednesday I went to the district cross country competition along with 23 other students from our school (6 in each age/ gender group, Under 15 and Under 18). After a six kilometer run through a kampung (village), along a road, and through more kampungs, I won fifth place! This qualified me to…

Week 26: Gong Xi Fa Cai/  Happy Chinese New Year!

January 23-31 We had our school merentas desa/ cross country race, and I got first place for girls!   The run was a nice 6km trail through a  palm oil plantation and kampungs (housing areas). It was nice to run through this pretty scenery, but still challenging. I saw a huge (probably 5 feet long)…

Week 25: Kuala Lumpur, More Ponggal, and Meeting the Prime Minister

January 16-22 On Monday after school, Amma, my host brother, aunt, and I went to Kuala Lumpur. While Amma was at an event, Anne (brother), Periamma (aunt), and I went to the Petronas Towers and KLCC. Before this, I’d only seen the lit up towers from a distance, and they always looked so beautiful and…

Week 24: School and Ponggal Festival

January 9-15 This was the second week of school, and we settled into our classes— the same subjects as last year with mostly the same teachers.  Amma was admitted into the hospital on Tuesday due to a recurring condition. She was in the larger hospital in a different town for three nights, but eventually recovered…

Week 23: Back to School and the Final Funeral Prayers

January 2–8 I was really not looking forward to going back to school (who would, after a lovely 6-week summer vacation in December!?) but once we were back, it was much better than I expected. This year Ibe and I are in Form 5, the equivalent of senior year, following our classmates from last year. …