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Kuala Lumpur: The Early Days

At this point I have been in Malaysia for 4 days.  The conference activities are just getting started, but I had a few days to explore the city (ie. shop) before the madness.  More on the madness to follow in another post, but I will say that my blogging about this trip is going to be in the form of photo blogs, because time to write in full sentences is tough to come by.  A recap of my pre-conference days:

The Market:  Justine and I went in with the intention of browsing for an hour then moving on. It swallowed us up for nearly 5 hours and when we escaped we had purchased many wonderful things…including furniture. We each bought a beautifully hand crafted wooden table (it collapses for transport).

Chinatown: All fake everything.  Louis, Gucci, Chanel, Prada, Ray Bands, Tiffany. Stalls upon stalls of less than authentic name brands.   That’s all I’ll say about that.  Chinatown is also home to the $20 massage.  I plan to indulge later this week.

The Vibe: The part of KL that our hostel was in was busy, it seemed to be a working class neighbourhood and people were friendly – protecting the foreigners from oncoming traffic.  Nobody really pays any attention to me (except when I get too close to oncoming traffic) which is a pleasant departure from what usually happens when I travel.

Other stuff: Malaysians are nowhere near as aggressive as people in markets in other parts of the world.  Most of the time they don’t even acknowledge you, and if you decide that you don’t want to buy anything, they simply wish you well and send you on your way.  A far cry from being grabbed in Ghana or even the Philippines where they were more aggressive.  The exception is Chinatown where every vendor wants to make sure you know that they have what you want to buy.

I also don’t quite know who is Malaysian who who is foreign.  There seem to be a lot of people from other parts of South-East Asia living and working here.

The food & weather: Delicious and hot.  Malaysians love them some 7/11.  There is one every 20 feet.  A few random American chains and of course McDonalds.

So, those were the days before the conference started.  I’m pretty sure that I’m still a little jet lagged, but confident that I’ll adjust just in time to come home.

 

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My Love Affair with Kente

I have been super busy and not blogging much lately, but I thought I’d share some pictures and of what I was up to this weekend.

While I was in the Volta region of Ghana (East of Accra), I went to a town called Kpetoe Agotime, known for its Kente weavers.  Kente cloth is traditional Ghanaian woven fabric usually worn for special occasions.  I had purchased Kente when I was in Kumasi, but the cloth in Kpetoe was so beautiful that I had to buy more.  I shopped on Friday but didn’t have enough money with me to buy all I wanted, so one of the weavers gave me his phone number and told me if I called him he would come in on Sunday so I could shop more – and shop I did!

I bought fabric from a store and also directly from the weavers.  The money from the items I purchased at the weaving center will go directly to the weaver who made them – that’s how I justified all the purchases.  I promised myself that I’m done buying Kente, but you never know!

Here are some pictures, and below the links to video I took of the weavers at work:

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Videos:

http://youtu.be/ci2cTWS-ZSY

http://youtu.be/mC5GkSucl0M

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