We’ve entered Malaysia at “JB” (Johor Bahru) and the coach takes the motorway that quickly brings us out of the city and into a ribbon-like built up area where I suspect various little villages are in the processing of merging together.
Sometimes there are patches of palm trees: not the tall lanky palms of some other tropical places I’ve visited but rather the thick stocky forms of oil palms with their super sized palm fronds and dense foliage.
Within a space of maybe twenty kilometres I see everything from ultra modern high rise buildings to traditional buildings on the edges of plantations on stilts, some look like work areas and others like living quarters , and the contrast of age and styles is an eye opener.
Other buildings bridge the gap between these two extremes, and slowly I build a picture of a country in transition where there are stark contrasts between rich and poor, rural and urban living, the upward socio-economic curve, modern and traditional.
We travel for a while but then, coming into what looks like an industrial area, the bus slows, makes a few turns down some rather run down streets and we find ourselves at our first stop…
Does this sign mean “Give Way” or indicate that we have Priority? …or something else? like “watch out, nine holes in the road ahead!” Any ideas?
After playing games on their phones it appears that most of the passengers have curled up and are sleeping… Mmm the modern generation (Ha! how old do I sound now LOL!!!) don’t seem to count looking out the window and drinking in the sights of a new country as entertainment. I really would like to have a courage to yell out loud “Come on people! you are on an adventure! Keep Up!!!!”