Hello everyone! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I’m so excited to begin the new school year as a sophomore. It feels great to be home. My summer has been enjoyable, and I hope yours was too. I spent three months back in Malaysia. Throughout the time I have, I was able to travel. I got a chance to travel to Japan for about a week and to Singapore for a few days! I also got a chance to explore places in Malaysia that I’ve never been to. Most importantly, I got to reconnect with my family back at home and my Malaysian friends.
Now, this summer for me wasn’t merely a break. A lot of what I’ve learned throughout my classes and experiences in Luther has changed the way I view my surroundings -- almost entirely. Things that I’ve never paid much attention to before back at home have become vivid in my eyes. For example, I became more fascinated with the linguistic abilities of Malaysians -- as almost all of us are polyglots. It wasn’t something I took notice to until I picked up Introduction to Linguistics in the spring -- and it was then I started appreciating this culture we incorporate into our Malaysian lives.
I’ve also begun noticing the racial issues and privileges some “races” in my country has. It’s never exactly occurred to me how much of a huge problem it is -- until I was taught so in my sociology classes. Some of the discrimination which we practice were thought as a ‘national humor’ to me, until only recently which I realize are dangerous in many ways to those who are being discriminated.
All in all, I’m more than grateful to Luther all the life-changing events it has brought in my life. I’m grateful that I’m able to be more aware of my surroundings and be more appreciative of it too. It’s simply amazing how the surroundings you’ve been used to for eighteen years of your life can change in a blink of an eye. Anyway, all seriousness aside, I would like to share with you guys a little bit of what I’ve been up to this summer!
I roamed the streets of Tokyo alone when I was in Japan. This solo-traveling experience was eye-opening for me. I woke up each morning with no agenda and nowhere to go, making every day an adventure for me discovering new, unique places as I go. As for Singapore, I traveled alongside my family friends. We went around shopping and spent a whole day in the Universal Studios of SIngapore. I’m glad I got to live it up for a bit in a theme park… and on roller coasters.
The best part of my summer was back in Malaysia. My mother and I traveled up to North Malaysia for a few days and we spent our fun in the sun on an island called Perhentian. Throughout our time there, we got to snorkel with colorful schools of fish and turtles! I also got a chance to go scuba diving and the experience was just bizarre! It’s definitely another world down in the sea bed. I got to connect with all kinds of marine life like clown-fish, swordfish, stingrays, bumheads, anemone, etc.
That’s my summer wrap-up! Let us know what your summer was like in the comment section.