Monday 22 November 2010

Malaysia: Day 1

Here I am, finally arrived at Malaysia and having done a whole day's work already, even though my body still thinks it's only 8am. I joked with my headteacher C, the other accompanying staff member, that, having completed my duties for the conference, I could have arranged for my classes to hang out in the teleconferencing suite at school and taught them from over here. His laugh didn't convince me he thought I was joking.

The flight over was pleasant, in that I managed to sleep for most of it, although C was sitting in front of me and titled his chair right back which made movie viewing difficult. I wasn't aware anybody actually did that anymore; perhaps I'm just always fortunate about who is seated in front of me.

It is sunny today, which makes a nice change from last year, when it rained torrentially every day. We're in student accommodation which is going to take some getting used to, and something in the night has bitten or stung me, as my left forearm is swollen and red, though there are no visible bites. I slept very fitfully thanks to the jet lag, and at one point dreamt that my whole forearm was a mess of stings and bites that I couldn't stop scratching, so it was quite a relief to wake up and find it wasn't as bad as I'd thought.

There is no wireless access at college at present, and since tomorrow is a day trip up to the tea plantations of the Cameron Highlands, I'm not convinced I will be able to blog every day. I might have to do some sneaky post-scheduling. I am hopeful that I'll be able to share some pictures on Wednesday, though; and my Kindle is faithfully delivering my newspaper every day. Hurrah!

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