Thursday, April 24, 2014

Day 7 of Asia - Shoppers Pacman

currently: freezing. Man it's hard to please everyone when you've got to share the air conditioner.

I've been to KL enough times know to remember the great shopping places, this including The Mines mall south of Kuala Lumpur.

And while I love shopping in Malaysia, having other stores that aren't a Westfield brand like in Auckland, I can't help shake the feeling that I'm constantly being watched. Because I am being watched. Really closely.

Today, every time we went into a shop, we got welcomed (which was nice), and then they started closing in.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Day 5 and 6 of Asia - A grain of rice

currently: chilling under the air conditioning

So Day 5 was pretty uneventful as we did some family stuff, visited people, and physically recovered from all the walking and eating we did the day before. I'm still struggling to not fall asleep during the middle of the day, as I napped twice yesterday. I think I'm slowly getting better at it. That or I'm just eating way more sugar to compensate.

Anyway, we headed into the central city today for a little bit of touristy action. I found that above photo kinda funny - it's like Kuala Lumpur has a #sorrynotsorry attitude to all the construction that goes on. And trust me, it's a lot of construction. I don't think I'll ever complain about New Zealand's roadworks again.

If you love an indoor market, you'll love Central Market. It has the benefits of Petaling Street, but all indoors and air conditioned so you don't suffer in the 30+ degrees Celsius heat. Filled with little stalls of knick knacks, to souvenirs, to traditional clothing, everything there feels authentic Malaysia. Well most of it if you excuse the Chinese/Indonesian imported stuff.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Day 4 of Asia - The Buffet Strategy

currently: has sore feet.

It was a day of touristy things today as we made the long drive up to Genting Highlands, which (if you've ever read more than two posts on my blog) you'd know during my last trip we actually stayed up there in the resort.

This time however, the theme park of Genting Highlands is gone. Like really, gone.


They've currently closed the theme park to renovate and expand it for the Fox movie dealership. Meaning no rides for a while.

But there's still plenty to look at around Genting, without the outdoor theme park.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Day 3 of Asia - you know Easter exists?

currently: freezing but I don't want to bother turning off the air conditioning.

In New Zealand, Easter is a pretty big deal. Even if you're not a Christian, New Zealanders are happy to partake in the traditions of Easter - in the form of chocolate Lindt bunnies, giving kids Easter eggs the size of their heads, and then joining in the festivities of Easter Shows and Easter weekend sales.

In Malaysia, you could wake up and not even know such a holiday existed. You won't see many special celebrations, hot cross buns, or even a chocolate Easter egg. If you want to find Easter in Malaysia, you have to seek it out yourself.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Day 2 of Asia - The familiar and unfamiliar

currently: kinda itchy.

You know how in my last post I said I was debating between sleeping or eating or dunking my head in water?

I decided to eat in the end. Feeling in a horrible state with my headache and the heat, I went out and had an ice milo and ate dosa. Which made things a little better.

That's really one of the biggest differences between Malaysia vs New Zealand - the feeling you can eat at any time, any moment, and you can get food pretty much on every street. Also it's cheap.

It's only been three years since I was last here in this country, and I'm beginning to remember certain buildings and little quirks about being here. But of course, there's still plenty of new things to take in.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Day 1 of Asia - The Midnight Crusade

currently: so tired, and hot, and tired.

Once again, I'm back Asia. In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to be exact. And it's been a long day of trying to stay awake, which I've incredibly failed at. No matter how many times I do this trip, time differences do my head in. And the worst experience of time distance is when you're on a plane.

There are great advantages and disadvantages to taking a 10 hour midnight flight. One great perk is that being so tired, you should easily be able to sleep on a plane.

On the other hand, who can actually sleep on a plane.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Forget yoga, forget Zumba. It's therapy and exercise combined.

currently: listening to come classic Anberlin.

Are you emotionally frustrated?
Tired of bottling up your feelings?
Feel like running away?
Does the thought of going to a Yoga Festival to relax sound like the worst idea in the world?
Well have I got a solution for you that could change your life!

For the past few weeks, this has been me. Frustrated, exhausted, keeping all that tension inside and attempting to ignore those feelings. It's not a healthy lifestyle, and I'm not proud to admit it, but I've found myself at cracking point a few times.

It's hard to think of what that right outlet is to release all those feelings sometimes. I would read blogs of people who were eczema sufferers hoping to find thankfulness in my life. I've tried googling stuff about pilates or yoga to "find my centre" or whatever sort of crap they do. I even momentarily considered rejoining a netball team so I could have another round of being frustratingly pushed around in the back by the sweaty boobs of other females (this has happened more times you can imagine.)

But I haven't found complete solace in those solutions. However, on a walk home on one of my worst days, I had an idea which I think could be perfect for those like me who hate the idea of yoga, who can't really bare sweaty boobs, and just want to find that release.