A while back I wrote a post about my childhood in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In the process I found some fun photos that I can’t resist sharing.
The first four years that I lived in Malaysia, I attended a British school called Alice Smith School. I have many fond memories of the school and I hope to visit the campus if I ever make it back to KL.
We had the cutest gingham uniform and wore sandals with socks. Long hair had to be tied up and we couldn’t have any jewellery. If going out after school in our uniform, we were required to behave, as the uniform gave us away as Alicesmithers. We carried our books, water bottles and lunch in a basket like the one I am carrying in the photo above. I always filled my water bottle in the evening and put it in the freezer for the night, to ensure that I had cold water during the school day!
Swimming – that was something I did every day at our condominium pool after school. When I was older, we joined a club that had beautiful pools, great restaurants, tennis courts and a golf course. I played tennis on the weekends. But a love for outside swimming pools has never left me.
Sometimes guests visited us from Finland. We took them sightseeing and showed them the specialities of Malaysia. Here we are looking at fruits which were unknown in Finland. I spot jackfruit and perhaps mangosteens, can you recognize any others?
We ate out every weekend, gladly discovering the culinary wonders of the Chinese, Indian and Malay cuisines Malaysia is known for. In addition, my father loved a western restaurant called The Ship – said to have the best steak in town. Inside, you could imagine you were actually on a ship, as everything was decorated in that matter. I always had the pepper steak with french fries. The restaurant still exists and has many branches around the city.
Even now, there are sounds and scents that transport me instantly to Malaysia and tug my heartstrings. The last time I went back was in 2009, so it’s high time I returned, don’t you think?
Where did you grow up? Let me know in the comments below!