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Through this trip to Penang and Langkawi, we learned never to watch Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull at 12.30 a.m. ever again. One, wrapping your head around aliens and the fact that Harrison Ford and his alias Indiana Jones will never ever die in this franchise even though the rest of the earth was blown to smithereens at 2.30 a.m. takes a lot of work.

Two, if you do not know the way back home, and a couple of your friends have been asleep since the movie began, you are liable to be lost for up to 1.5 hours on the deserted streets of Penang and meet a host of Mat Rempits who look like they eat skinny Chinese boys for breakfast at 4 a.m.

Third, there may be a chance of being nocturnal as when you return to the hotel room, everyone suddenly becomes all energetic even though you have to wake up a couple of hours later to meet your friend’s aunt for a scrumptious McAllister Road breakfast.

I’m just saying…

We also learned that if you laugh hard enough and move fast enough, the photo taken makes you look like an over-sized baby needing a bottle pronto.

We also learned that we are messy and disorganized, just look at our hotel room. It only gets worse when we refuse to let room service come in.

We also found out that even though they did put that sign on the locked-for-good window, we still wanted to smash it open and look at the view without glass in our vision’s way.

I personally realized that when the cable car comes, and the doors open, but you feel the fear of heights engulf you, and you just wanna stay on the ground.

That is when your friends make you buy a ticket, push you into the car whether you like it or not, and make fun of you on the way up and down. Who knows, you might just reach 710 m or more with a little shove from your friends!

I also learned that when you are about to go on a speed boat, there is no use waking up earlier to wax your hair. It just does not work, period.

Your hair just gets blown everywhere, and at the end of the day, blown hair beats waxed hair roots down!

I also had no idea Yi Xiang was THAT tall.

Last but not least, is there a budding romance between two of my friends?

The million dollar photo deserves the million answer.

Finally, I had zero knowledge that there were still beautiful locales that could take all the crap in the world and make it all good in Malaysia. I mean, look at the view.

Why can’t the whole Malaysia be all sandy beaches and coconut trees?

For those who missed my holiday blog posts, the two parter is below.

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