My Malaysia

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By Lloyd Green I sit here on the plane leaving Malaysia after eight months. An experience quite unlike any I have ever encountered. Malaysia is a country where the more you invest, the more you get out of it. You could be forgiven for thinking Malaysia is embodied by KL’s global reputation — its bright […]

The other side of Malaysia

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By Lloyd Green Like in any country, life away from the city is different. In rural Malaysia, village or kampung life is another beast. The Malays and Orang Asli here still practice their traditions, maintaining the old lifestyle of their people. It is completely different from the lifestyle in the city and you can see […]

Exploring Rural Malaysia

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By Lloyd Green There’s so much one can see when exploring the maze of highways that connects rugged and rural Malaysia with the social and cultural hubs of Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Kuantan. I was fortunate enough to explore the regions of Kampar, Gua Musang and Raub in September and October last year, celebrating Hari […]

6 Best Things About Volunteering in Malaysia

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By Lloyd Green Volunteering in a foreign country can provide an experience like no other. It can open a plethora of opportunities and harness a personal growth not attainable in most situations. So if you have the time to do something life changing and are looking for that extra zest in life, why NOT volunteer […]

The simple life

I must admit it was quite a new experience for me, a city kid through and through, to be boarding a train heading to the rural areas in the northern state of Kelantan for my first homestay experience. As a young adult relishing the comforts of a modern world, I wondered how I’d fare in […]

Life Lessons in Rural Malaysia

As city dwellers, we are used to demanding for things to be done “yesterday.” We are so used to listening to the scripted customer service dialogue at fast-food counters that we’ve learned to tune it out. We are used to the mass-produced “nutrition” in polystyrene boxes. And no matter how much we “communicate” on our […]

Homestay Seterpa

The silent whisper of ripening paddy fields swaying gently in the wind greets visitors, as they step into Kampung Seterpa. Running barefoot, a small boy pushes his small tricycle across the beaten footpath at the edge of the paddy fields. A rooster crows loudly, breaking the deafening silence.