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…