Saturday, January 4, 2014

First Impressions

I guess since I can't sleep I will tell you guys of my first impressions of Malaysia (which they pronounce ..Malaayzeuh)

  • Hell... But not a sun beaming, skin darkening, back beating weather. It is more like just hot and humid. It is still rainy season here in Malaysia so we have seen a couple of showers. When it rains, you just let it be. In the USA normally when it would rain I would try and run for cover or duck and hide; You just embrace it because it actually cools you down.
  • ROYAL... Soooo my group of English teachers are living in a n reaaally nice hotel in the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur (or KL). We will be here for the next three weeks training before we move to our states where we will be teaching English. We have a rainforest shower, soft plush beds, cute comfy robes, and a banging view of the Petronas Towers

  • WONDERFUL PPL... I am going to be working with some GREAT fellow ETAs (English teaching assistants) this year. I have met some REALLY cool ppl so far from all over the USA. Everyone is sooo excited to be here and so friendly. Some of the places and schools: Alaska, New Orleans, New York, Texas, North Carolina, California, Washington, DC, and Kentucky; Spelman, Smith, UNC, Trinity, Centre college, UCSB, and GWU.
  • CRASH... So the people here drive on the opposite side of the road. The driver seat is on the right and you drive on the left. Needless to say my clumsy behind has almost gotten hit A COUPLE of times. Its sooo different. And I am sure that many do not abide by the rules of the road.
  • TIRED... I had sooo many flight delays and detours! I am officially jetlagged.  Also I skipped Friday. So I think Malaysia is 13 hours AHEAD of North Carolina time. So I left the USA on Thursday and got to KL on Saturday but technically in the NC it was friday night. We traveled through so many time zones that Friday was lost in transition.
  • I went from Charlotte, NC-------->Chicago--------> Beijing, China -------> KL, Malaysia.

  • RARO... (weird in Spanish) AS I was waiting for my flight to Beijing this old lady behind me just grabbed my bag and started pushing me....-___-. THEN the man two seats over from me on the same flight COULD NOT stay out of his NOSE during the ENTIRE flight (which is one of my pet peeves, seeing ppl do that).  My luggage got stuck in Hong Kong (and still is :( ).  For breakfast I had baked fish and potato wedges with apple juice.

  • Loaded... Apparently KL is the third biggest shopping destination in the world. There are SOOOO many luxury stores here. The stores range from Luis Vuiton, MAC, H&M, Coach Michael Kors, and Gucci to Auntie Ann's Pretzels, Forever XX1, Tony Romas, and Sephora. Everything is here. There are 17 different malls just in KL alone.
Getting sleepy again. Toodles for now =]

1 comment:

  1. So interesting already!!! Just finished reading this to my family, husband kids and all, and already we extracted lessons, questions and excitement to hear more!
    1. Wow, really, we pronounce Malaysia wrong? We need to all get that right.
    2. The fact that you just freely walk in the rain, naturalista, is AMAZING! I bet it is refreshing. We lived in New Orleans and that was some heat, has any of the ETAs from NO compared the heat and humidity to NO?
    3. The hotel sounds FAB and exotic. My prayer is that it only gets better ;-). Do you have a roommate? If so, where are they from?
    4. I was excited to read about the different places your fellow ETAs came from. My kids love hearing about different people coming together. Somehow it makes everything seem possible to them.
    5. You be careful out there walking and what not. LOL! We discussed the fact that they drive on the same side of the road as the Europeans. We wondered how has that impacted their culture? Has it modernized them?
    6. I'm sure your adrenaline and excitement are all going to factor into your jet lag. Will they give you some down time before training starts so that your body can get adjusted or are you going to just jump right in with training? How many hours a day will training be?
    7. What does their typical breakfast, lunch and dinner consist of? When do you expect to receive your luggage? What have you been doing for clothes?!
    8. What are the two biggest shopping destinations in the world? Paris and NY? 17 malls is A LOT! How large is the capital? Population and miles? Are the designer duds less expensive than in America? And to think you worried about not having enough of the MAC lipstick that you like ;-)

    Can't wait to hear more! Have a blast!