|View from our pool (lights blink) twin towers in the foreground|
We started today (first day of the lunar new year) at a carnival the National Museum. From a newspaper article we learned that it was part of the museum's exhibit "Beads for Beauty." The connection was subtle, and we visited the bead exhibit almost as an afterthought. If you are in KL before 15 February go see it. It is interesting and free. The exhibit included beaded garments, headdresses, and shoes - items produced and worn by different ethnic groups. A person in a ceremonial costume was wandering about the carnival (a
traditional dance, and a fashion show promoted an upcoming exhibit at the Textile Museum.
The monkey in front of the wood carver took two weeks to make. The piece he was working on at the carnival will probably take a month. While we watched the only tool he used was a chisel.
|Horses everywhere. These will be sold off with|
the proceeds going to charity
|Temporary carousal with horses - a case of|
mall one-ups man?
|Capturing the wonder|
UpDate: And on the 2nd day of the lunar new year we walked to a friend' house for coffee, cookies, and conversation. A week earlier the couple' families gathered to bake love letters, a major project, and other cookies.(Their description of the baking marathon reminded me of times when we visited Mingjai in the US and sat around talking and making dumplings.) We talked with three hours - we shared stories from our travels and they told us tales about notorious Malaysians.
And on the 3rd day we went to a lunch at the home of a Malay friend. Not your typical Malaysian meal - roast chicken, mashed potatoes, assorted steamed veggies, and coleslaw. Not Asian but delicious. A guest asked what the occasion was - the answer "Chinese New Year." A major topic of conversation was Malaysia's current religious/political tensions. There are diverse opinions and beliefs despite the perspective pushed by the powers to be. Later we all went to the home of a Chinese family for cookies and glass noodles with fungus. A lot of conversation - the most amazing one was on death customs. Including Googling to learn how heads are shrunk. We had left home at 2 and returned at 9.
Today is the 4th day and again we are awed at the potential of Malaysia to bring people together and not in a superficial way. People talk about things that matter and embrace their common humanity