This is Aika Nakagawa & her family where i stayed with during a cultural visit to Nihon Fukushi University, Nagoya, Japan in 2007. It was a 10 day visit which include a two days homestay program with a Japanese family as our host.
So, in return , Aika finally get the chance to visit Malaysia and come to my house for homestay. She worked hard for the next 3 years and did a part time job to get here so it really means a lot to me to receive her as my guest.
She stayed for 4 days which by the time she arrives and went back to Japan, she actually have two days to tour around Penang. So, we went to what was known as Jalan Harmony whereby one road have about 4 different monument from4 religion, Islam (Kapitan Mosque) , Christian, Chinese & Hindu Temple which happen to be the main religion in Malaysia.
After that, we brought her to Batek Factory and drop by the Feringghi beach for some pictures before heading towards Queensbay Mall which is the main reason she is here for after she looked kinda bored with the places i showed her LOL!
Anyway here’s 10 thing about her that I notice during her stay:
1) My first advice to her was to always be alert on the road esp in Penang, never ever expect any vehicle to stop and give way when you cross up to an extent that she have to look both way on a one way road. But she was confident to expect the drivers will behave the same situation in Japan that I had to continuously grab her hand every time we walk and cross the road.
2) Roti Canai is definitely her fave food, most of the breakfast she will pick is Roti Canai with Dhal sauce since her first curry was a bit too spicy for her.
3) Roti Tisu in Kayu Nasi Kandar is the best way to impress her since its the tallest bread ever made that even when she is already full,she still have room for it.
4) Cendol, she likes the taste & ice but finds the green thing as – scary! However, Rojak, jambu, Air Kelapa and anything with a medium taste is her least fave but she likes the variety fruit juice in Malaysia the most esp Pineapple Juice.
5) Laksa Sarawak compared to Laksa Johor, she prefers Laksa Sarawak which is a bit spicy than Laksa Johor. Meaning,her level of spicy is a medium spicy
6) Talking about spicy, she first thought that to eat Tom Yam is by drinking from the bowl like the Miso Soup before I managed to stop her from being shocked by the spiciness of Tom Yam. Owh she love Tom Yam so much that she bought Maggi Tom Yam back home haha
7) With her being used to Miso Soup everyday, its no surprise that she prefers soupy food compared to fried ones, a really healthy diet person, so foods like ,Tom Yam, Steam Boat & all should be on the list at least once a day with less rice because she is not used to Malaysian rice.
8) She will only buy on the first thing that catch her eyes (plus ‘kawaaii’ @ cute things only) despite my suggestion as a typical Malaysia to look around first to get the best bargain. Calculator & electronic dictionary is a must gadget by her side.
9) Surprised to see a lot of Japanese restaurant in Malaysia what more the price for shopping esp when I mention about the movie ticket price which cost RM5 in Malaysia but RM55 in Japan
10) More surprised to see a lot of Malaysians prefers to eat outside when in Japan, its rather expensive so they only eat outside for special occasions only so whoever eats outside often means they are rich. Couldn’t help to laugh when she ask why I don’t bring lunch box to cafe before explaining more about the living cost in Malaysia compared to Japan. hehe
p/s: she loves Kerang Bakar since its not available in Japan hehe
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Overall, she loves Malaysia and hope to come back again, this time longer & I’ll make sure she have a taste of Durian as well since that there weren’t Durian available anywhere at this time.
*sigh* I miss her already 😦