I spent the first part of Chinese New Year in Muar at Waka Lily’s hostel. Lily, who is one of the owners, invited me to her family home for her a meal and her aunties and mum were all kind enough to give me a red packet ‘Ang Pow’. I also ended up in one of the local news papers in an article about foreigners learning about Chinese New Year in Malaysia. Here’s the link:
I went to Penang Island to experience even more Chinese New Years Celebrations. Penang Island is the place to be for Chinese New Year – loads of things to see and do, lots of lion dancing, fire crackers, fireworks etc.
After Penang I went back to Muar to start to get ready for my next cycle touring adventure Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok. It’s been a long time since I’ve actually cycle toured which I was really looking forward too. Before leaving Muar I had one last look around the town and Lily and her friends were kind enough to have a leaving meal for me.
I finally waved goodbye to Waka Lily’s hostel, Lily and Bart who was doing Workaway at the hostel and who was the chief of entertainment – he had me in stitches especially as he has such a big smiley face. (Workaway is an international hospitality service that allows members to contact one another to organise homestays and cultural exchange. Volunteers or “Workawayers”, are expected to contribute a pre-agreed amount of time per day in exchange for lodging and food, which is provided by their host.)
I then jumped on my bicycle and rode to the bus station and put my bike on the bus down to Singapore. I was flying to Ho Chi Minh City from Singapore and I have cycled from Singapore to Muar before so I thought ‘nah’ I’ll save my legs for Ho Chi Minh.