Today is the first day of the lunar new year, a very big holiday in Korea, so it gives us a little time to fill in some of the blanks on what we’ve been up to.
In December, we spent two weeks in Malaysia; one week on the island of Langkawi and a few days each in Penang and Kuala Lumpur (KL). Langkawi was very relaxing with its tropical weather in contrast to the cold Korean winter. We’re not really beach people but the setting at the Westin, where we stayed, was quite nice and very restful.
Penang, although only a short 3-hour ferry ride south, is a different story. Known to some as the “Silicon Valley of Malaysia”, Penang is a bustling, energetic combination of manufacturing, shopping and high-rise condo construction with a primarily ethnic Chinese population. Intel is here, as well as lots of other high-tech companies and the area, like so much of Asia, is booming. Christmas is celebrated and carols could be heard in shopping malls, restaurants and hotel lobbies throughout the island. But, it wasn’t the frenetic, advertising-bombarded, in-your-face constantly kind of Christmas we’re accustomed to in the US. Different.
We ended our trip in KL, with a view of the Petronas Twin Towers from our hotel window.
That’s all for today. Happy New Year (the year of the rat)!
You can impress your Korean friends by greeeting them with “say hay boke-mahn he pah du say oh”.