Week 20: Following the Funeral

12-18 December Following the death of my host uncle, we spent sixteen days devoted to prayers for the deceased. Before every meal, food was placed on the shrine as an offering and everyone sang prayers.  Before praying, my host brother (the head family prayer-doer) would light incense sticks, the jothi (a small flame on a…

Week 19: Experiencing an Indian Funeral

In the beginning of this week, we helped clean the Hindu temple in preparation for an appearance by a holy woman who learned all of the mantras by heart before she was ten years old. The lecture was in Tamil, so I couldn’t understand, but her singing of prayers was beautiful. Amma translated some of…

Week 18

I started off this week at the beach with my AFS Tapah friends Freya and Ibe. By the time the week finished, I was another year older.  While Amma was attending a course, Ibe, Freya, and I entertained ourselves in Lumut, walking around the town and to the riverfront/ beach, and swimming around in the pool. …

Week 17: Thanksgiving Abroad!

21-27 November This was our last week of school for the year! Since Malaysian schools operate on a calendar year, the month of November is for exams, and then December is a holiday! While Amma had a class in Ipoh, I walked around Little India.  I was in Ipoh again the next day, this time…

Week 16

This week brought more exams… and more beach! This weekend, Amma had a course in Port Dickson, so I stayed with a host aunt while she was at the course.  I got to spend a couple of hours at the beach! (With supervision) Sunday, we returned home.  And that’s a wrap for this week!

Week 15

This week I started school exams, and later went to the beach and to my host brother’s graduation.  We were invited to attend a huge Deepavali open house at a fancy hotel in Kuala Lumpur that was hosted by two government officials, including the Dato’ that Amma works closely with.  The MIFA Malaysian Indian Football…

Week 14

(I finished my week 13/ Deepavali post with a lot more pictures, so check that out if you haven’t seen it!) We were in Penang the beginning of the week, as we stayed with family for Deepavali. We visited a temple for prayers We had school again on Wednesday. Halloween was this week, so I…