12/12/09 – 12/13/09: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Wait, did we ever actually leave the States? After talking to my parents on Skype yesterday morning, we caught the second half of another Cavs victory on ESPN. We then walked around a park where we enjoyed a Coke and saw a bunch of deer.
Two games of bowling were next on the schedule, of which Zhou and I each won one.
We followed this snacks at Auntie Anne’s and Krispy Kreme, dinner at Papa John’s, then drinks at 7/11 before using the computer and heading to bed.
Looking back on the day, I found only three clues that led me to believe we weren’t back home in America:
- We watched the Cavs in the morning. I’m pretty sure Lebron is not a morning person.
- The waiters at Papa John’s were nicer and more attentive than those at a Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.
- It felt like it was 90 degrees out. Fortunately the thermometer here said 32, so it must be home.
Oh, we’re actually in Malaysia. Today we got dressed in our backpacker’s best to watch the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.
We bought tickets two days ago at the deeply discounted student price of 15 ringgit apiece (~$5), but we used up our 40 ringgit savings by purchasing fancy shoes and a collared shirt. You see, as aficionados of both harmonics and people named Phil, we knew we needed to look good at such an event. (Either that or we were forced to dress up or be kicked out.) I bought a red collared shirt (it was only coincidence that it happened to be Sunday), and also a pair of the shiniest black tuxedo shoes I could find for under $7. Zhou picked out some stringy heel things that were two sizes too big. Everyone check out how good we looked:
The show featured two famous Malaysian pop singers as well as the Malaysian Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, and it cultured us deeply. (It was the first time I’ve ever watched something in a foreign language without the help of subtitles.) I can safely say that Zhou and I are both much better people for having seen it.
Thought of the Day: I usually like my Neutrogena face soap because it keeps me clean and clear like Jessica Simpson, but when the weather’s cold it becomes this flubbery gelatinous goop whose only goal is to escape my hands before I wash my face.
Picture of the Day: The Petronas Towers look pretty cool all lit up at night. They helped guide us home from some mysterious spot that definitely wasn’t the park we were searching for.