Category Archives: Life

What I Learned from Nearly Dying in Malaysia

Exactly 365 days ago on my twenty-third birthday, I was doubled over struggling out the hospital to return to my home in rural Malaysia when the nurse ran up to me exclaiming that they found a bed for me. Six months ago, the twentieth and […]

My Malaysian Swim Team

This is where I was in peninsular Malaysia throughout 2012: Being surrounded by many of the world’s finest beaches, you’d think that they swim more than they walk. But swimming doesn’t mesh well with Malaysian culture. Malaysia is a place where exercise is foreign and […]

Music Mix for the Flash Mob that Never Happened

Here’s the mix with some cool transitions and overlays that I made for a flash mob to drop in Malaysia’s capital city–which didn’t end up happening due to us touring Johor state like a rock band for two weeks (which also didn’t happen since our […]

Mid-Autumn Festival

Last week was the Mid-Autumn Festival, where Chinese folks eat mooncakes, light stuff on fire (see above: a floating lantern about to be released), and take an obligatory glance or two at the full moon. One of the teachers at my school invited Charlie and […]

Malaysian Knowledge

See the picture above? Those are all exam prep books, which consist of ~100% of the bookstore’s books. In my town of 160,000, there’s not a single bookstore with more than three shelves of non-exam-based books. And I have yet to discover a single quality […]

Parking in Malaysia

With a motorbike, walking in Malaysia has become utterly antiquated. In front of a restaurant: In front of the mall (I think those orange cones were meant just for me): On the sidewalk in front of my gym (not pictured):

Career Day

No, we didn’t have a Career Day at my school. My housemate Charlie and I had one for ourselves after school one night at one of the very few restaurants that doesn’t serve mee goreng (fried noodles) nor nasi lemak (coconut-fat rice) as their “specialty.” […]

Passport to the Rainforest World Music Festival

Here’s a short tale less about the destination and more about the journey. January: 30+ of the 50 ETAs book tickets to the Rainforest World Music Festival on a separate island called Borneo six months in advance. Thursday: Charlie, Janice, and I each bike from […]

Police Motorcade Escort

A few of the other ETAs living near Johor Bahru and I got an official day off from school to celebrate the grand opening of a library’s “Lincoln Corner,” a place where one can learn all about the good side of the U.S. of A. […]

Jungle Gym

The first time my roommate successfully drags me to the nearby Muay Thai outdoor gym nestled in the jungle (like everything in Malaysia), the torrential onslaught begins just as we were about to escape from the uber intense trainers who could snap my body with […]