Before I came here, I thought in Malaysia, a Muslim country, I would eat the traditional Malaysian food everyday, make friends with Malays, learn some Malay language and Muslim traditions, and even have a basic understanding of the Muslim Polygamy. However, what I have experienced here is more than these. Through the passed 40 days, I tried not only Malaysian food, but also authentic Indian food and Chinese food. Besides Malays, I made more Malaysian Chinese and Indian friends. As for the language, to my surprise, it seems like that everyone, Chinese, Malays, and Indians, can speak English very well. What’s more, besides Aiesecers, local people are all so nice and friendly, such as the security guards of our apartment, the waiters in restaurants, the free shuttle bus drivers, etc. Now to me, Malaysia is not only a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-lingual nation, as what books put in, but also a nation that foreigners, like me, can feel so welcomed and enjoy it.
As for the Urban Mapper Project, it is the best project that I have ever participated in. It aimed to strengthen residents’ awareness of a healthy diet and lifestyle through art in Kota Damansara PPR Seksyen 8. This project was a joint effort among AIESEC in Sunway, UNDP and #BetterCities. We worked with kids aged 8 to 12 and introduced the healthy food and habits to them. At the same time, with the kids’ help, we managed to map out the healthy and unhealthy food in that area. Despite the language barriers, we had a lot of fun with kids. What’s more, the staff from our partner organizations, UNDP and #BetterCities, are so professional and brilliant. I really learned a lot from them.
At last, I would like to thank all my friends that I met here: the most brilliant OC Team in the world: Michelle, Charmaine, Esther and Yih Foo, the most hardworking EPs (lol) from different parts of the world, Sam, Will, Kharisma, and Shimy, the most genius volunteer Jinn, the most handsome LCP Figo, and the most friendly EP buddies Su Zanne, Om, and Sitham. Without them, the project wouldn’t have gone so smoothly. And, I would like to give my special thanks to the coolest and the kindest interviewer in the world, Chee Lin. Without him, I could not have got the chance to meet all of these brilliant people and be a part of this awesome project. All in all, this epic summer is the best summer that I have ever had.