07.06.2009 32 °C
After 11 days in the heat of Malaysia’s tropical and humid weather, Dwaine & I have begun to adjust and acclimatize. Not only to the weather and these adjustments made, but also in light to a new and different lifestyle and culture we have been blessed to be a part of. In the melting pot of Malaysia the three distinct and different cultures have made themselves home. The Chinese, the Malay and the Indians are all working together, living in close proximity and yet still maintaining their heritage. In a short drive one can hear the loud speaker call from the Mosque announcing the Muslim prayer time, then see a large Christian church, pass by a busy Chinese Buddhist temple and sight a highly decorated Hindu temple off in the distance. There are also many Malay women that wear the traditional Muslim head covering in most places one goes. And with these cultures bring a vast amount of food choices lining most streets. From the spicy curries of India to the noodles of China, Malay food had incorporated much in its food design. Dwaine hasn’t stopped drooling or eating since we have gotten here (since he loves his spicy curries of Indian descent). Many of the places we have been to have reminded me vaguely of my time spent in China. The fresh food & meat markets to the full stalls of the Chinatown selling everything from “designer” handbags and sun glasses to sought after perfumes and kids toys. However, there are many other things here that allow us the comforts and joys of our home countries. There are air-conditioned shopping malls all over the place. There are movie cinemas at good prices and with English movies! And more importantly they have Krispie Kreme Doughnuts and McDonalds to keep us healthy and fit! To top it all off our most gracious hosts had some people over yesterday and celebrated with an old fashioned BBQ! Our hosts Christine & Inn have been wonderful to us and have showed us many things Malaysia has to offer. Last weekend they took us to a place called Maleka (about 2 hours drive away from Kuala Lumpur) to visit the town and to stay with Christine’s parents. We learned about rubber trees (which we learned Malaysia used to be the number one supplier in the world) and how they collect the sap, and about palm oil & its origins. Dwaine even sampled Durian (which I have tried previously), affectionately known as ice cream fruit, but many are unable to eat it due to its pungent smell and flavour. Christine’s father relished in Dwaine’s joy in eating their Malay food and we left with many requests for our return to their home one day.
We had intentioned to come to Malaysia with the idea of doing some sort of mission work, but it seems that it will not really be the focus of our time here at all. Instead we are enjoying just being in Malaysia, experiencing the culture and learning from and encouraging our brothers and sisters here. Christine’s sister also is currently living in the same house and their two nieces are staying with us for their two week school holiday. Last week we had the opportunity to go to the KL Zoo with the two girls and it was quite a nice day with lots of animals to see. Our days also include the greeting of Christine and Inn’s two dogs, Alert & Courage. They are part local dog, part Doberman and have lots of energy (and sometimes naughty). Dwaine and I have been having a really good time here so far and we have exciting plans ahead. We have decided to take advantage of some cheap airfares offered currently and we are journeying to Phuket Island in Thailand for 4 days. We look forward to seeing some beautiful beaches, riding elephants and eating lots of Thai food. Well, that’s about it currently. Overall, Malaysia is a very interesting place and to our surprise many many people speak English! Thanks again to everyone for keeping us in your prayers. May God bless you abundantly and graciously. Take care, Dwaine and Rachel