Friday, December 15, 2006

Christmas in Malaysia


Christmas at Bukit Tinggi, originally uploaded by CharlesFred.

The previous Prime Minister, Dr Mahathir Mohammed called Malaysia an Islamic state and indeed the majority of the people here are Muslims, but this does not stop them celebrating Christmas. Not althogether in a Christian way with the Virgin Mary, Baby Jesus and the Seven Dwarves, oops!, I mean the Three Wise Men, but in an American way with Santa Claus, Snowmen, Christmas trees and an assortment of other characters, accompanies by various versions of well-known Christmas songs and carols. only exception was a poster advertising 'Tenors for Christ', a concert sponsored by a Chinese fundamentalist Christian who seems to own most of teh best rteal estate in downtown KL.

Christmas is everywhere.

Yesterday in Colmar Tropicale in Bukit Tinggi, the reconstructed French town in the mountains, where we took this photo. Later in the hell of Genting Highlands (4,250 feet above sea-level) at the New World Hotel, which at 6,000 rooms (all seemingly occupied) is the largest hotel in the world, where Santa Claus was dressed in blue!

And again today in all tghe various shopping centres we visited where Santa Claus had even turned into a woman with shapely legs and a mini skirt. In the centre at Bukit Bintang (s)/he was still in traditional red, but by the time we made it to The Curve, she was now dressed in green and had a double!

We had snow falling from six stories high into the lobby of the Marriott, where we had a delicious Italian lunch ay Shooks!. Real snow it was too, falling between all the white Christmas trees which were hanging from the ceiling, sometimes coming down in large flakes, at other times, small powdery flakes, while the sun shone through the roof. It was quite a surprise later to step out into the bright sunshine and heat on the streets of Kuala Lumpur.

Our last evening here, Aunty Nina cooked us a delicious dinner of prawns in a yellow cocounut sauce, petai beans in sambal, a mixture of herbs and greens from the garden, ikan bilis, some more prawns in another sauce, followed by durian and honey jack-fruit. Delicious!

Tomorro wa trip down to teh coast for lunch at a seafood restaurant, where we hope to be served by nice friendly Burmese (or Nepalese), followed by a trip to Port Dickson and then the airport for our flight to Bangkok. Richard's over-weight baggage charge will have increased somewhat from Wednesday due to his purchases, while I will struggle to keep below the 15 kg allowance, despite taking two full rucksacks on board... and then there is all the stuff we had left behind in Bangkok!

Labels: ,

3 Comments:

Blogger 张栋 said...

zd0905
hermes outlet
broncos jerseys
nike roshe run
mbt sneakers
oakley sunglasses, http://www.oakleysunglasses-outlet.us.com
toms outlet, http://www.tomsoutlet-stores.com/
raiders jerseys
nike trainers,nike trainers uk,cheap nike trainers,nike shoes uk,cheap nike shoes uk
ray ban outlet
ray ban sunglasses,ray ban sunglasses outlet,ray ban,rayban,ray bans,ray ban outlet,ray-ban,raybans,ray ban wayfarer,ray-ban sunglasses,raybans.com,rayban sunglasses,cheap ray ban
cartier watches
nike air huarache
chelsea football shirts
nhl jerseys
swarovski uk
bears jerseys
louboutin uk
chanel sunglasses
beats headphones
true religion jeans, http://www.truereligionjeansoutlets.us.com/
nike trainers uk
north face outlet
michael kors outlet, http://www.michaelkorsoutletonlinstore.us.com
mulberry,mulberry handbags,mulberry outlet,mulberry bags,mulberry uk
cheap oakley sunglasses, http://www.oakleysunglassesdiscount.us.com
cheap jordans
louis vuitton bags, http://www.louisvuittonbag.us.com/
nike air max 2014
nike air max
the north face outlet

05 September, 2015 03:00  
Blogger Zheng junxai5 said...

zhengjx20160531
nike outlet
cheap jerseys
jordan shoes
coach outlet
toms wedges
michael kors outlet
coach factory outlet
cheap ray ban sunglasses
kids lebron shoes
cheap oakleys
ray ban sunglasses
louis vuitton outlet
coach outlet
hollister clothing
timberlands
michael kors outlet
louis vuitton outlet
true religion outlet store
ray ban sunglasses outlet
coach factory outlet
retro 11
nike roshe run
ray ban outlet
michael kors outlet clearance
concords 11
coach outlet
instyler
coach outlet online
michael kors purses
michael kors outlet
oakley outlet
michael kors handbags
louis vuitton outlet stores
true religion outlet
adidas originals
nike store
oakley sunglasses wholesale
hollister clothing store
michael kors purses
nike free uk

31 May, 2016 07:58  
Blogger dong dong23 said...

true religion jeans
polo ralph lauren
hollister clothing
adidas stan smith
kate spade
michael kors outlet clearance
toms outlet
adidas outlet store
instyler curling iron
cheap ray ban sunglasses
coach factory outlet
designer handbags
louis vuitton bags
coach factory outlet
kate spade
jordan shoes
tods shoes
toms shoes
coach outlet online
adidas yeezy
coach factory outlet
toms outlet
louis vuitton
michael kors outlet
rolex submariner
michael kors outlet
beats headphones
nike free run
timberland boots
replica watches
louis vuitton bags
toms outlet
cheap oakleys
ray ban sunglasses
louis vuitton outlet
longchamp outlet
michael kors outlet
fitflops sale clearance
louis vuitton outlet
north face outlet
20167.1wengdongdong

01 July, 2016 08:10  

Post a Comment

<< Home

Locations of visitors to this page