- Life goes by incredibly fast. Carpe diem.
- I can be at ease anywhere in the world. It only depends on my mental state, the location is irrelevant.
- I don’t tan. I only stay pale or burn my skin.
- It’s not that great idea to travel to a country without knowing a word of their own language…
- …But if you have a local to help you, you can get away with that. Having a local show you around makes it a lot better experience anyway.
- The less you plan, the better. The most enjoyable moments just happened, they weren’t planned.
- Nature always beats any places built by people, no matter how extravagant, in beauty.
- Not all tears are bad tears.
- What has a red face in a Chinese restaurant? Me. Some foods, be it Chinese or sometimes Indian – or Thai – just burn my mouth.
- Expanding on that, Chinese food either doesn’t taste anything, or burns your mouth so much it doesn’t taste anything.
- Stimulation really doesn’t make you happy. I might have eaten all kinds of foods and enjoyed all kinds of pleasures, but ultimately any happiness I got out of it was related to pushing my comfort zone or to people around me.
- Malaysian people really like to talk about food. For me it’s merely sustenance.
- The Avengers fucking sucked. I unfortunately went to cinema to watch it in Malaysia and wasted couple of the precious ours spent there.
- Modern movies aren’t that good. No wonder I never go to cinemas. If “The Avengers” is considered good… Ugh, I guess I’ll just stick to the old classics from now on.
- If a Finnish anti-social kid can travel 10 000 km to the other side of the world without any major faux pas, it just proves that cultural differences aren’t that big anymore.
- People are the same everywhere, regardless of the race or culture. Only that they tend to be in a better mood in warmer climates.
- I’m extremely stoic and hard to get a reaction out of. At least in certain situations.
- When you’re away, you always have this glorified image of home in your mind. I realized this already while being there, but upon returning home I realized how much in fact I had glorified it.
- Starting a new habit in a unfamiliar environment rarely works.
- When you act through your intentions, no matter how scared you are, it still feels awesome.
- Putting yourself through discomfort improves you as a person and once the discomfort is over, you enjoy deeper happiness.
- Personality is very fluid and you can undergo a lot of change over the course of month.
- I still haven’t gotten over the fact that The Avengers sucked shit. Even after over a month since seeing it.
- Even all the great moments that happened are now mere pale reflection in my memory. Again, carpe diem.
- Only at the verge of losing something you fully realize it’s importance and meaning to you. It’s a cliché lesson to learn, but that’s one that I learned repeatedly.
- Asian TV is fucked up. Even more fucked up than European and American TV.
- Malaysian traffic is a free-for-all death trap. I’ve heard that there are worse places, but compared to Finland I’m fearing for my life every time in a car. And whereas in Finland seeing a car accident is a rare occasion, in Malaysia car wrecks are almost daily occurrence.
- 12 hour flights? Piece of cake.
- Travelling is not hard at all.
- But leaving someone you love behind is the hardest thing a person can do.
Archive - June, 2012
Today something a little lighter…
So here they are, 30 lessons I learnt in 30 days in Malaysia.
Hope you enjoyed today’s list. All the praise, abuse, and other comments below, I’ll be happy to hear anything.