Cultural Uber ride from Port Dickson, Malaysia
We try to be true to our philosophy of always looking for the positive side of not so positive experiences. It does not always work, but this time in Port Dickson it did. After a disastrous first day, we kept our belief that something good was going to come out of what so far seemed to be a trip to forget.
This is the story of how an Uber ride turned our negative experience into the most cultural day we had in three months that we staid in Malaysia.
Cultural Farewell from Malaysia
After sleeping off our first “glorious” experience in Port Dickson, we made an effort to keep the spirits high by believing that there was something special in store for us, something positive that was about to change the course of events and turn our short visit to Port Dickson (and our last day in Malaysia) a memorable experience.
“We must accept fininte dissapointment, but never lose infinite hope.”Martin Luther King, Jr.
Good things come to those who have faith
Our adventure started with a stop in one of the many beaches of Port Dickson. We had great expectations, but while we drove toward Teluk Kemang beach Sharif explained that Port Dickson is no longer the town that James remembered from fifty years ago. He explained that the oil companies have taken over the region and the local government doesn’t do anything to preserve the coast because they need the local investment. James could not hide his disappointment at the sight of the once beautiful beaches, yet he felt the need to touch the sea that during so many years fed his childhood memories. I understood that at that moment he brought closure to a chapter of his life which had been so present for so many years.
Before dropping us off at the airport, Sharif made a detour to show us the Federal Territory of Putrajaya, a planned city where the government was relocated in 1999, while Kuala Lampur remained the country’s capital and where the king, the parliament and the foreign embassies are still located. On the way to, we drove by the nearby town of Cyberjaya, in the Sepang District of Selangor, a town developed twenty years ago, aspiring to become the Malaysian Silicon Valley and where the most important IT companies are establishing their base.
The highlight of the day was the visit to the Putra mosque in Putrajaya. It was quite an important experience as it was the first time we had ever entered a mosque and this one had a particularly sumptuous architecture and was so full of history and faith.
We stretched our time to the limit and made our way to the airport just on time. What started off as one of those episodes that are only good to tell, not necessarily to experience, developed into a very special day, full of history and culture. We cannot wait to go back to learn more about Malaysia.
Terima kasih (thank you) Sharif for sharing your knowledge with us and making our last day in Malaysia so educational and special! See you soon.
May the bliss be with you.
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