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Dec. 20th, 2004 | 09:49 pm
mood: hopefulhopeful
music: praying from the mosques

Today we woke up at 7 am to go and pray for Lesley's grandmother and other ancestors. This involved a
lot of joss sticks and candles, as well as burning "underworld money". The cemetery is quite a busy
place with a great deal of burning of things and praying going on.

After that we took a taxi to Bukut Jambul mall (taxi is 15 ringgit to anywhere on penang island, which
is around AU$5). As we were so early, around 10 am, virtually no shops were open.. only the book
store Popular, and a few others. Around 11:30 is when stores start to open up :) Apparently it is
the tradition to shop after work, so stores don't bother opening in the morning on a weekday. We had
roti chanai for breakfast (AU$0.25 for a piece of roti and some curry for dipping), as well as some
roti with condensed milk, a strangely interesting combination. The drinks (coffee with milk and ice =
kopi ice) cost more like AU$0.30

Lesley was sick so after buying a few pirated dvds (13 ringgit each, so around $13 for 3 dvds) we took
a taxi back home.

After that I made the mistake of saying that i was hungry, and was fed large amounts of rice,
chicken+mushroom, onion+egg, and something green, as well as some "orange juice", apple pieces and
some soup :) There is no such thing as "no" when you are asked if you want more food.. luckily the
feeder was someone outside the immediate family, so it is not so bad :)

There's one more story to tell - Penang customs! When we arrived in KL and transferred there was no
customs check, so we were checked in penang. Me and the 4 others (lesley, mum, dad, sister) brought
our trolleys full of suitcases up to the counter, which had 2 dark-skinned men and lots of open space
(and no visible guards). After a few words, they waved us through in the most relaxed and lazy way
you could possibly imagine, like they were enjoying a sunday afternoon at home.. it's hard to believe
that malaysia is serious about smuggling with that kind of attitude. They are certainly not serious
about pirated movies/games/cds, which are the norm rather than the exception.

So that is all for today.. lesley is still sick :( I'm hoping she will get better soon.
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date: Dec. 20th, 2004 12:04 pm (UTC)
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A great idea - love to hear what is going on.

Sorry Lesley is sick - food poisoning or flu or or or?

The printer is great, but the black ink is dangerously low - I'm about to learn how to refill etc.

Thanks again,
Love,
Paula

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