"JaN's LittLe TrAveL JoUrNaL" janettepang's Profile
I am currently in Scotland although I'm originally from Malaysia.
Through my my travel pages in VT, I hope I can share bit by bit my travels with you so that you may somehow benefit from whatever little experience I have so far ;-)
The Chapters below will be constantly updated to reflect the latest 'things' that I have been up to & include the latest sights and sounds that I have been exposed to.
Therefore, check back often if you'd like to see the latest happenings & lil' "adventures" ;-)
Feel free to drop me a comment or send me a mail now & then.
Hope you enjoy your visit :-) 'Jumpa lagi!' (See you again!)
Being born Malaysian Chinese, I suppose it was only natural that yours truly was somehow coerced into putting on a cheongsam to represent the Chinese ethnic group of Malaysia, at the Malaysian booth for this International Fair up in Aberdeen, Scotland. Fellow 'victims' were also dressed appropriately to reflect the two other primary ethnic groups in Malaysia - in Indian (saree) & Malay (baju kebaya, songket) traditional costumes.
We were there to share local knowledge of the country to the various visitors (primarily Scottish & English, although many other members of the international community - African, American, etc. but mostly European; were most surprised to see the endless variety of delights that the country can offer to its visitors, unheard of & unknown to them till then due to the shadow of popularity that Malaysia seem to fall under its more world-reknown neighbours of Thailand & Singapore).
You may find more pictures of myself, my friends & some visitors to the booth HERE
The Malaysian Association of Aberdeen organised an Eid Celebration in conjunction with the Muslim Eid Mubarak (Hari Raya Aidilfitri, as it is known in Malay).
Due to the multi-ethnicity of Malaysia, it is usually celebrated together by all cultures and ethnic groups in Malaysia (e.g. just like Chinese New Year & Deepavali - the Chinese Buddhist/Taoist and Indian Hindu festivals, friends from different cultures visits and celebrates with friends who observe the festivals).
There was no exception to the case albeit being thousands of miles away from home on the other part of the world.
Here in Scotland, Aberdeen, the Malaysian born Chinese, Malaysian born Indians, the Malays, other Scottish and International friends joined in to celebrate the Eid.
I even dressed in a traditional Malay costume for the occasion - a relaxed 'Baju Kurung' for those 'relaxed & less formal' events. The President of the RGU MSAA, Andrew, also dressed in the traditional Malay 'Batik' which is suitable for both relaxed/less formal to more formal events.
It was almost a chicks party!
Well, considering the male to female ratio of the CCPA, it was understandable, I suppose ;-P
But it really looked like a Benetton event - a good mix really; from India, China, Malaysia, Italy, Germany, and of course Scotland! ;-)
And it came with results for an unplanned experiment - the only folks who was capable of looking drunk & turning red from just drinking 1 bottle of low content alcohol was the Chinese females - not only from China, but even Malaysian born Chinese female!
We have a Chinese phrase to describe how myself & the 2 other girls looked like that night - "monkey backsides"!
Ma Cameron was indeed a nice place to have a gathering like this - it was rather large I must say (I thought it was just a small pub before I went there but it was really spacious), with the right kind of ambience, & a good crowd :-)
We were blessed again with snow this year, yay!
Bibs (Bibi, my West Highland Terrier) and I are big fans of snow (can't help myself, being born & raised in an equatorial/tropical climate with no experience of 4 seasons growing up until I was first introduced to it when living first in Japan, followed by Scotland).
Anyway, when snow's around, Bibsy is bound to be bouncing about the garden to try and get lost amongst the snow, hahah ... I on the other hand, simply love the feel of snow and the interesting crunching sound it makes when I walk on fresh snow :-)
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