One of the things I am most grateful for about my decision to work in Korea is the chance I have been given to visit countries I probably would have never had the money to see, at least not at this age.
One of these countries is Malaysia, my summer vacation destination in 2013. It remains one of the best trips I have ever taken. We were quite the awesome foursome: me, Adam, Juan and Ashley.
After a super eventful couple of days in Kuala Lumpur – on top of Malaysia’s already incredible food, we found Nando’s – we were off to the Perhentian Islands for some much needed bumming out. Our first mission was to find accommodation. Money-saving being a priority for us all, we settled on a place on the beach, with double/twin rooms for 35 Ringgits. That equates to about R100, or $9. The saying “You get what you pay for” has never applied so much. The “room” was basically a shed, with creepy crawlies everywhere and a roof just not equipped for the rainy season. Not to mention the communal shower with the broken door (I am certain I flashed a fair few innocent passersby) or the lack of flushing toilets. I was the
only girl in the foursome, so I absolutely refused to complain. But I was getting really tired of finding alternative peeing methods.
I got really lucky. On our third night, after seeing cockroaches on his bed and hearing rats scratching about, Ash declared that he had had enough. So off we went in search of accommodation a little less…gross. The one upside of that first experience was finding Mama Roti. Aaaaah, Mama Roti. She was a wonderful Malaysian woman who set up her little food stand early each morning.
For a maximum of five Ringgits (R16; $1) I could enjoy 3 huge rotis with some ridiculously good curry gravy. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water, and Adam and I regularly reminisce about Mama Roti’s wonderful food.
The rest of my divine trip to Malaysia passed in a wonderful laze. We went on a few walks, but the majority of our time was spent either on the beach or in a restaurant – which was just absolute bliss for me. I love exploring and seeing new things every day, but sometimes, doing absolutely nothing with great company can be so much better.
I was very sad to leave Malaysia, with its crystal-clear water, humongous monitor lizards, incredibly friendly locals and beautiful scenery. Hopefully I get to go back someday, to indulge in some Mama Roti goodness once more.