My Trip to Malaysia

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My Trip to Malaysia

My Trip to Malaysia

I visited Malaysia during Chinese New Year, a festival that lasts 15 days. During that time, the citizins put up red lanterns annd there were presents, dances, and parades everywhere. I also got to see a lion dance, another way to celebate Chinese New Year. Other holidays they celebrate are Labor Day, National Day, and Vang di Pertuan-birthday of the king. Ethnic and religios groups also have their own holidays such as Ramadan for the Muslums, and Deepavali for Indians. Muslum is the most popular religion.

In Malaysia, the weather is always hot, humid, and tropical. Temperatures normally stay between 7o and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. It may seem nice, but if your outside all day like I was, the heat gets pretty annoying. Not only is the temerature high, the average rainfall is also way up there. Malaysia often gets about 98 inches per year! Also, monsoons occur from June-September in the southwest, and from October-March in the northeast.

During my first tour of Malaysia, I learned that Malaysia is split up into 2 regions, West Malaysia and East Malaysia, that are seperated by the South China Sea. West Malaysia is home to Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, and Putrajaya, the center of the government. Also, the tree-covered Titiwangsa Mountains that run north to south across the region and the plains that go along the coastline are also important parts of West Malaysia.

East Malaysia is divided into 2 states, Sarawak and Sabah. In Sarawak is made up of grassy plains, while Sabah is filled with jungles and mountains. Sabah is also home to the highest mountain in Southeast Asia, Mount Kinabalu at an astonishing 13,455.

Did you know that Malaysia sells more rubber and palm oil than any other country in the world? I guess that is why that during my trips throughout Malaysia, I spotted lots of palm oil trees. Another thing is that about 1\3 of all Malaysians work as farmers, while others may work in tourism, electronics, or manufacturing. Also, as I found out when I tried unsuccessfully to purchase souenirs with U.S. dollors, Malaysians use ringgits to buy things, sort of like money.

The food in Malaysia was very different than what I was used to. Lots of meals were spicey, and I am not one who likes spicey food. Everyone ate lots of rice, and seafood and tropical fruits are also very popular. Some other popular dishes are Satay, which is grilled meat on a stick, and Nasi Lemak, that is rice cooked in coconut milk with dried anchovies and peanuts. Also, more often than not, Malaysians eat with their hands.

Sources:Pictures: World Book Online and Culture GramsVideos: You Tube


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