Get lost in Malaysia Day 1

12/21/2015 Japhet 0 Comments

#JOTG: Malaysia Trip Day 1

No! I can't afford to get lost here. My only plan is to spend Christmas and New Year with my sister (www.clumsyclariss.com) and not knowing my whereabouts is not an option (I'm not really an OTG person). Hindi ako nakapag-papalit ng pera, although there are a lot of money changers here, I still don't want to over spend because I don't have a lot. This is my first out of the country trip so please excuse my ignorance. 



Feels just like home

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It seems to me that there's nothing really new with Malaysia upon my arrival. Although, it's fun to know that their sun sets at 7pm and rises at 7am, it still feels just like home. A more organized Manila I guess. The road is clear on a Monday night and I really wonder how or if they ever experience traffic jam liked  EDSA since they have lots of exit points. Oh well, di ko na ikukumpara. 


I think the only adjustment I will do is with communicating with their locals who don't speak english. Hindi naman ako kagalingan sa english grammar, but it's really tough

Comm Skills Eklavu 

My sister told me not speak "Mabaho" when I feel like saying it because they know what it means. She also said that they are well aware of "Mahal" (Expensive), so the whole time we are looking for food to eat, I was trying to avoid it. We are using our universal language Beki Lingo (Gay Lingo), which really comes handy ah. Hahaha!  According to our Malaysian diver driver, (yeah! he's a diving instructor according to him) Malay is very easy to study because you pronounce it the way you read it. And then there's a long moment of silence. 

Clumsy Clariss is now Grumpy Clariss

I insisted on Malaysian food when I am famished to death because of Cebu Pacific's delayed flight. And because I don't like to eat McDonalds or other fast food chains on our way home, my sister brought me to Malaysia's version of Karinderia. I noticed Dech (my sister clariss) talks in a different manner with the locals. She sounds so grumpy, but direct to the point and I feel like she's being rude so I compromised. She said it's normal so people will not look down on her especially when she is trying hard to speak their language. I still doesn't think it's a good idea until something that doesn't feel good happened to me. 

That thing called Patola

I was checking out some other foods while my sister is paying for our bills. I went inside a small canteen and ask how much a certain dish costs. Everyone starts speaking their language and I really did not understand a thing. I said "English Only Please" and everyone starts laughing. I feel so weird, but really feel like laughing with them too. Their laughter is contagious, but I just went out and pretended to be my sister's shadow the entire time. 

I badly want to learn their language and go back there, pero patola naman labas ko nun. Not a bad thing after all. I just felt soooo out of place so I walked my way out and let it go. Besides, this is their country and I am doomed to adjust or get lost. 

Let's see what will happen tomorrow. 

#JOTG

PS

If you have plans of going here, FYI:

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