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Five ways I’d want to interact with Malaysia

March 24, 2014

Every country has distinctive characteristics and these make it different from other countries of the world. No, I am not talking only about the high-rise buildings, monuments, and entertainment parks or similar other well-known man-made structures. To my mind a country becomes unique because of its people and how they go about in their daily lives. To know a country better, it is better to know its people and to know its people I would definitely love to interact or observe the different facets of their lives. So my visit to Malaysia will definitely include interaction based tourism besides visiting the world famous Petrona Towers, Sepang International Circuit, its beaches, nature reserves, restaurant and shopping malls.

Interacting with People 

Malaysia: Interacting with people. Cobbler on the street. Pic clicked by: Arvind Passey

Malaysia: Interacting with people. Cobbler on the street. Pic clicked by: Arvind Passey

In this age of internet we do tend to make online friends from different countries, we get to know a lot about their people through words but talking to people in person is always an exciting moment. Even the language barriers are overcome by using gestures and sign language. One gets to know more about the country from the people of the country definitely than the  officially published information. Learning simple words and sentences from the people in their language and attempting to copy the unknown accent usually brings smiles to both sides and seems fun.

Observing their dresses and to know about the drapes and their names and trying those, if possible, is one thing I always enjoy.

Talking to people of different professions gets us closer to similarities and professional difficulties that we face and how do people of different countries handle them. At times this kind of interaction leads to a very simple solution to a problem.

Interacting with Art 

Malaysia: Interacting with art. Graffiti. Pic clicked by: Arvind Passey

Malaysia: Interacting with art. Graffiti. Pic clicked by: Arvind Passey

To know a country better, I try to be attentive to the available hoardings, bill boards, print media ads, graffiti, street art and packaging of goods. These are very interesting to observe and give us more information of contemporary social and political scenario of a country, city, town or locality.

For me art is not confined only to the art galleries of any city or country but is available everywhere.

Interacting with faith and beliefs 

Malaysia: Interacting with beliefs. Faith. Pic clicked by: Arvind Passey

Malaysia: Interacting with beliefs. Faith. Pic clicked by: Arvind Passey

Malaysia too is a country of many faiths and beliefs like India. I would love to see and interact with people of different faiths and beliefs who are living in Malaysia happily and would want to see their places of worship and the various festivities that would take place during the visit.

Interacting with Public Transport

Malaysia: Interaction with public transport. Subway station. Pic clicked by Arvind Passey

Malaysia: Interaction with public transport. Subway station. Pic clicked by Arvind Passey

For a tourist, public transport of a country matters a lot. Public transport not only saves money for a tourist like me, it also gives me an opportunity to interact with people and feel the public life of the country. I have experienced during my visits to other destinations that the regulars on the public transport give me very practical and handy tips for tourism and sight-seeing and this may include information about not-so-known but excellent place to visit. Travelling in a public bus, train, or local train fully loaded with people is a lot more fun than to travel alone in taxi. I love to be just like one among the natives and experience the charms (or woes) of the public transport.

Interaction with Adventure and Sports 

Malaysia: Interaction with adventure & sports. Sepang. Pic clicked by Arvind Passey

Malaysia: Interaction with adventure & sports. Sepang. Pic clicked by Arvind Passey

My experience to sports is limited to Table Tennis that is a very safe sport. Malaysia is world known for its Sepang International Circuit. My visit to Malaysia will not be complete without the visit to this circuit. I would love to experience the ride in one of the Formula One racing cars if I could remain courageous till the time to step into the car comes!

 

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I am participating in the MalaysiaJao Blogathon Contest in association with BlogAdda.com.

 

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Sangita Passey
24 March 2014

 

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