14.08.2012 - 14.09.2012 30 °F
My time here in Malaysia has been less sightseeing, more about getting to know the local people and working within the communities. So I decided to get some volunteering work at SPCA (Society of Prevention to Cruelty to Animals). I was here for 2 weeks, working from 8.30am till 5pm Mon-Fri, slowly welcoming back the realties of going back to a 9-5pm work routine for my return back home. No doubt it was hard work (not mentally but physically) but with the great team of people I felt part of the family very quickly and the hours would fly-bi. I was not expecting the harsh realties of looking after strayed/abused cats/dogs
I did make time to see some parts of the mainland of Malaysia (The Island I will see at another time lol) and it is a beautiful country. My 1st stop was in KL where the great twin Petronas towers stand with a glowing city, high flying environment with the odd flashy tower blocks lol. Not many backpackers/tourist stay here for longer than 2 days….I was here for a week! Not because there is so much to see but it was more of a detox from the packing and unpacking.
I decided to go to The Perenthians islands (22nd Aug – 24th Aug) which are located on the East coast of Malaysia. There were two parts of the island Besar and Kecil. The most populated was Kecil the small island which was the cheapest for backpackers and for my budget. It had your white-sand beach, turquoise blue waters that boasted with marine life that reached close enough to the foot of the beach, all this was surrounded by a jungle-fringed interior that had no sign of high-rise buildings/no cars and no ATM machines which left me in a bit of a pickle lol but I managed to have just enough to get me back to the mainland.
Ok so Malaysia (well more so of the state of Penang) food has been noted to have received incredible reviews and a must-taste country. The hawker centres here just the same as they were in Singapore but the style of cooking different. There are 2 diff style of cooking. You have the Malay and the Chinese style. The Malay style has a more Muslim Indian cooking. I have been digging the Pasembur here – a mixture of meat/veg coated in a batter where you can select what you would like. The pieces get chopped up in little pieces and then covered by this banging sauce! There is also a dish called Murtabk which is a cross between a Paratha (fried chappati) and an omelette. Inside the Paratha there is an omelette that consists of either veg/meat filling. It is served with a curry. Looks like it won’t do anything for the hunger but it does fill you up. You then have the Chinese cooking. Lighter servings but the flavours of each dish have been incredible! My favourite has to be steamed fish with ginger. There is also the infamous Laksa but the tuna fishy smell of the broth does not do it for me. I did try out the Sczhen dishes very heavy in terms of peanut sauce but very tasty. I dig the selection of vegetables that look simple but the taste has always been fresh/zingy.
My time here flew by real quick that I actually over stayed by 1 day which was brought to my attention when I was crossing the boarder to my next destination Thailand.