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What’s it with ‘Warm Water’ in Malaysia?

This is my last night in Alor Setar, Malaysia. Throughout this 15day trip, I have been amazed to find that whenever I asked for water at a restaurant, I was given ‘Warm Water’. For heavens sake, this is a warm land as is at this time of the year! The why the hell am I asked whether I want to have warm water? The thought has quizzed me and till now I do not have an answer. If you have one, then do let me know.

The experience on the business front was good as expected, but on the food front it was a challenge. At most places the menu was in Malay and the people serving understood little or no english. I guess therefore just out of frustration I would speak to them in either Hindi or Bangla ๐Ÿ™‚

Now here was a place where I found ‘Ice Coffee’ on the menu. I thought, hey here is my chance to drink a known drink. This is what I got –

Hot – Black Coffee covered to the brim with Ice!!!!! Wow! Did not have a choice but to ask the person serving us to take it away with immediate effect!!

The expriences with food too were adventurous to say the least. As it was a challenge to understand the menu, it was a safe bet to order something that had chicken. And then order it day in and out… ๐Ÿ˜€

With the onset of the holy month of Ramadan, we realised that the office was canteen was not going to serve any food during lunch. Another experience. I did not feel the hit much as I am not a lunch eater, but my colleagues did looked a little dazed by the end of the day. It was a challenge for them to stuff themselves up at breakfast, as they knew that the next sqaure meal was hours away! For lunch, it was liquid diet – coffee, coke, water and the kinds. For anybody travelling to smaller towns in Malaysia during Ramadan, be sure you get enough food during breakfast! Overall the food hasn’t been too bad. It tastes more or less like South Indian food.

Overall the experience has been great, with the trip to a nearby island of Langkawi being the highlight. If you are in Malaysia do visit this place. You can take a picture anywhere on this island.

I am off to India tomorrow afternoon, I will remember this place for

  • the clear skies
  • warm water at the restaurants
  • the great view of the ocean at Langkawi
  • honest people
  • bargaining at the street bazaar
  • not knowing what’s that interesting thing being cooked on the streets
  • the revolving restaurant
  • the Petronas towers
  • the coffee (that did not taste too good) at Starbucks
  • driving a Proton 1.5 WIRA (shift gear) through Langkawi
  • walking for kms as we did not know the way across the river


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