Krushing it in Kuala Lumpur
Oh, hello there, strangers! I know it’s been 1,000 years since I’ve posted and I’m sorry for that. October in Kyoto totally sucked because I hated it there and never left my house so I don’t have much to share. We’ll just pretend it didn’t happen.
I’ve been here in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for all of November and it’s totally kicked ass! While I definitely spent most of my time inside our amazing apartment building with a pool and cafe and bar so I rarely left, here’s everything interesting I got up to:
One of my tracks was to learn how to make traditional batik prints! The practice originated in Africa, but has been part of Malaysian culture for hundreds of years. We took a workshop at Batik Boutique, a social enterprise that employs single mothers from the local area. Batik Boutique teaches them the technique, how to sew, and gives them fair wages, childcare services, financial education, and housing opportunities.
The boutique was founded by an American who previously worked in tourism and saw how difficult it was to find authentic Malay souvenirs. She started Batik Boutique as a way to solve this problem and give back to the community at the same time. Her story was amazing and it felt good to help a local cause.
The print process basically uses different methods of applying wax to fabric and using the negative space to paint with watercolor to create a print. It was so much fun! We each made our own journals and they all came out amazing!
So, Atlas is full of incredibly fit, active, and talented climbers. Spoiler alert: I am not one of them. I’ve never been rock climbing before. And boy, did it show.
I did the easiest route and completed it, but it did take me ages and I fell a couple times. I had so much fun anyway hanging out with everyone and was blown away watching them scurry up hundreds of feet on the side of a cliff without much trouble at all.
I spent that time narrating their every move from the ground and heckling the shit out of them. Luckily, they love me and think I’m pretty funny so…. sorry not sorry, guys!
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My next adventure was to go ziplining! I’ve been before in Fiji and it was incredible, but I think my expectations were set a little high, to be honest. This was an adventure park so there wasn’t much to see by way of views. It was more of an obstacle course than a proper zipline.
It was a big track and there were a lot of us there, and I think because we went on a weekend it was packed. So we had to go through training and then start one by one and it took f o r e v e rrrrrr to get started.
It was still super fun, though, once we got going and I think we all had a good time.
being a tourist around the city
This past weekend a spent a day with a few friends running around the city doing all kinds of touristy stuff. We visited the national museum, had lunch in Central Market, visited the world’s largest free-flight aviary, and stopped by the Petronas Towers. It was a blast!
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