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earn a degree abroad, volunteer in a needy community, work with the environment, experience a new culture through studying, experience a new culture through volunteering, meet new people, gain professional experience, change the world [somehow], adventure travel

  • From Kampala, Uganda
  • Currently in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Hari Raya with My friend's family. Location-Terrenganu, Malaysia

Culture is one thing that is dieing out in this diverse world so as an African preservation of a community's culture is is a necessity.

Recognize Culture

Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  |  Jan 15, 2011
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Eid al-Fitr is a widely celebrated day here in Malaysia. The Eid holiday normally lasts a whole week as families travel back to their home towns. This was my third Eid al-Fitr here in Malaysia. My friend (I will not disclose the name for personal reasons!) who I met through a rugby friendly match came up with this suggestion that I should go with him & his family to their home town (Terengganu) for Hari Raya (Eid al-Fitr). Being an adventurous person, I decided to consider his generous offer. Meanwhile I had to first consult with my mum because what ever I do, I have to keep her posted whether good or bad. Bottom line, she seconded the whole idea and off we went. My friends family welcomed me warmly and I surely felt at home. The journey was approximately 12 hours including all the stop overs. We reached the night prior to Eid al-Fitr so we just slept and in the morning we had to go for prayers. As part of the Malaysian culture, we had Nasi Dagang (Rice & beef delicacy). We went for prayers but people just couldn't hesitate to stare at me in mere amusement as they had never seen a black Muslim! I believe that I was the first black to walk the area of Besut (the town where we resided)! The people were really nice down there in Besut as they were so inquisitive to know where I came from and if there was Islam back in Africa. I never at any one time felt like an outcast, thanks to my friend and the entire family.I had planned on staying there for 2 days but I ended up living after 1 week. I visited various places with amazing sceneries and culture. I made so many new friends in Terengganu and we are still in touch till now. Places I visited included Kualar Terengganu, Besut, Dungun and many others. Visiting Western Malaysia enlightened me about the culture and norms of the country and I surely leaned a lot when I visited the famous museums. When you visit this place, you will understand that culture still exists in various parts of the world, not only where you come from! I thought I would share my experiences with all. Apparently, am pursuing a degree in Information and Communication technology in Limkokwing University of Technology here in Malaysia. I know this course is completely different from the career I want to pursue in future but I realized that I can change career after I do graduate after all! I want to be a social worker so I can change the world by helping the needy:)       

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