Week 13: Deepavali!

Selamat Hari Deepavali! Diwali valthukkal! Happy Divali! Deepavali was this week, one of the major Indian holidays. It’s known as the festival of light, and it’s famous for lots of lights, kolam, murukku, Open Houses, cookies, and angpao gifts of money for students. We had a Deepavali celebration on Wednesday after school put on by…

 Week 12: Three Months In!

Three months already! Looking back, the time has flown by, but it also feels like I’ve lived here for ages. I’m homesick far less frequently now, and I don’t cry very often anymore. I don’t really crave America as much. (But I do sometimes, of course) I’m usually able to understand conversations in Bahasa Malaysia…

Week 11

Sunday night we went to My Gopeng Resort, where we spent the night for our AFS Perak chapter delayed orientation. The next morning, we went whitewater rafting! The jungle was beautiful and it was so fun. We jumped in and got to swim in the river a couple of times, also jumping off of/ attempting…

Week 10

  Ibe’s 18th birthday was this week! A few of our school friends thought of having a surprise “birthday party” during school for her! They told me about it and pooled money together to buy a small cake, and we brought in balloons, cups, drinks, candy, cookies, and other snacks. It was so thoughtful of…

Week 9

25 September- 2 October An exciting week filled with the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival and an amazing tour of Hindu temples in Seremban. Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival/ Moon Festival! This harvest festival celebrates the moon and involves making offerings, playing with lanterns, and eating mooncakes.  More info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid-Autumn_Festival I remember learning about this in my US Chinese class,…