It’s the last day of 2019 and this year has flown by! Last year we visited seven countries and the first six countries/islands are already planned for 2020. This means that we have experienced almost everything here in Malaysia for the first time, including Christmas and New Year’s Eve today.
This year’s Christmas is very different than we’re used to. Not surrounded by family, food, and gifts, but just the two of us. And in Asia, Christmas looks a bit different than in the Netherlands. First of all, it’s still more than 30 degrees here every day. Everyone walks around in their summer clothes and has to take shelter inside from the sun instead of the rain or cold weather in Europe. So we are not warming up in front of the fireplace, but are sweating in the sun.
Although not everyone here celebrates Christmas and everything is open, we still got quite well in the Christmas sphere. This was partly due to the decorations in the shopping malls. Some of them are even more elaborate than others. Huge Christmas trees, reindeer, performances of dressed up elves, fake snow (of course) and the Christmas music echoing through the speakers brought us in the Christmas mood.
The last thing that helped was that we had already set up the Christmas tree (also fake) on December 1st. Sinterklaas, unfortunately, did not come to Malaysia, so we might as well start with Christmas. With the new Christmas movies on Netflix, we got through this December month without a problem. We had a nice dinner in The Saujana on Christmas Eve and cooked ourselves on Christmas Day. That was quite a job, with a small stove where you can hardly put two pans next to each other.