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Hello from Kuala Lumpur!

Michael: This has been a pretty interesting week because we have spent it with my mom. It has been very nice to spend some time with her, but when you try to work and the other tries to be on a holiday it’s not that easy all the time. Anyway, we have done a lot of things and seen a lot!

Vietnam

As I told you in the last weekly update, we were most of the week in Phu Quoc, Vietnam which was a really good experience and also a little bit bad. More about the whole island in future posts. One thing I have to say that the people there were not as nice as elsewhere in Asia. The food was definitely the best thing tho! We even ate some frog and it was really delicious.

Phu Quoc, in general, is a really tourist-oriented island and they are building new resorts everywhere. They don’t seem to take that good care of nature and it’s really sad.

sao beach phu quoc

Malaysia

On Friday we flew to Kuala Lumpur. We have basically just eaten good food and walked around the city. We also visited the famous Batu Caves and today we tried the “Hop on, Hop off” bus which drives around in the city to all the main attractions. I’ve never experienced a thing like that before but it was actually pretty nice, a new perspective to the city!

We stay at Bukit Bintang in Fairlane Residence Suite* that comes with a swimming pool on top of the building and a gym that Lotta has been using every morning, and she loves it!

I have been flying the drone from the roof and it’s pretty scary when there are so many buildings and a lot of people on the street that I don’t want to hit with a falling drone! So far so good. Now we are about to head out to China town to do some cheap shopping and tomorrow my mom is flying back to Finland. I will fly to Sumatra and Lotta is going to Bali to enjoy herself for a week!

Hope you have a nice week!

Peace out.

-Michael

This is one of the most common topics that many women are wondering about when traveling to a Muslim country – how to dress properly? This topic was also very much on my mind when we planned a trip here, to North Sumatra. They live by the Sharia Law here, which is the most strict of Muslim regulations. I have repeatedly wondered if I even want to come here at all because I have had read and heard things about this place and religion.  But it was definitely a good choice to come because now I have much more experiences and new perspectives.

Therefore I think it’s important to travel to places like this to really understand what it is like. All the locals are very friendly and even when the religion is what it is, I have never felt unsafe (but I have never gone out alone when it’s dark). We’ve been here for 2 months now, so I can tell you a little about this place and culture, and share my experiences about what to wear as a foreign female. 

The dress code must be respectful of this religion. Local women must wear veils here but the western woman should cover their shoulders and knees, it is not allowed to wear a veil as a non-muslim foreigner. At first, I found myself a little bit uncomfortable when I left my room and had to wear covering clothes in this +30 degrees Celcius heat. Clothes, in general, don’t feel that nice on the sweaty skin here, but loose clothing is more comfortable in the heat. 

Luckily, at this homestay where we are staying it’s more free with what you wear. But when I leave this yard, I have to put some clothing on. Sometimes it feels frustrating when you just want to go to the restaurant close by, eat and enjoy the sun and get some tan, but you still have to put your clothes on. At first, this was annoying but I got used to it quickly. A sharong is really convenient because it’s light and it can easily put over the shoulders. 

Women must also wear clothes while surfing or swimming. Or at least it’s very recommended. For the first time, I went surfing just with a one-piece swimsuit but I didn’t like the gaze I got so after that I always wore my capri-length leggings and t-shirt. Most of the girls wear leggings/t-shorts while they surf. Shorts are also okay when you are in the water but as soon as you get up you better cover yourself.

Tips for females who travel to a Muslim country:

-Pack up breathable tunics or dresses (above the knee/maxidresses) which are made of lightweight fabrics. They’re nice to wear especially in the heat and they’re also nice looking!

-Surfing is best done with leggings (capri or full length) or sports shorts and t-shirt / long sleeve (also prevents sunburn!). 

-Lightweight long pants are a comfortable and good choice, preferably loose ones. The yoga pants are NOT good because they’re tight – people (local men) are staring and it doesn’t feel comfortable at all. Loose clothing is a better choice!

-A sharong is really convenient for its versatility. It can be used on the shoulders or as a skirt to cover your knees.

 

-Lotta