Posts Tagged ‘Kuala Lumpur’

Makanan (Food, Malaysian Style) 2014

June 30, 2014

You can’t talk bout Malaysia without talking about food.  Malaysian cuisine is as creative, as colorful, and as diverse as the Malaysian people are–not to mention tasty!  But…let’s let the photos do all the talking.

* With Cafe Owner

Ah…. The joys of street food!

* Fried Fish

Fresh fried fish with all the trimmings

* Satay Meal

Satay and Iced Lemon Tea

* 4 at Pewter Factory

Lunch at the Selangor Pewter Factory Cafe with the Sri Utama staff

* Local cuisine

Stopping for a side of the road treat on a hot, steamy night

* Lunch at Dato's

Lunch at Dato’s

* Salmon Salad

Cappucino and Salmon Salad at the Pewter Factory Cafe

* Local Fruit

Local Fruit

* Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak – Coconut rice, with chicken rendang, sambal, anchovies, peanuts, egg & cucumber – A breakfast favorite!

* 3 students eating

Student teachers enjoying the long Friday lunch at Selangor Pewter Factory Cafe, across the street from Sri Utama

Steamboat

Steamboat

* Dragonfruit

Dragonfruit

 

Bukit Bintang: The “Star Hill” Section of Kuala Lumpur (February 2014)

June 30, 2014

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You have to visit Bukit Bintang at night.  It’s a busy hot-spot full of locals and visitors bustling between good restaurants and great shops.  This is where the night life is!  So the group took advantage of the weekend to visit the famous Pavillion Mall, still decorated for Chinese New Year.

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Amazing Pavilion Mall

 

We're not in Kansas anymore, Toto!

We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto!


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P. Ramlee Street is named after a famous Malaysian actor, singer, and director whose movies put Malaysia (and Malaya, its former name) on the map.  There’s always so much going on in Jalan P. Ramlee!  But to get to that section, we had to take the crowded monorail. Watching Chase squeeze his 6’6″ frame into the monorail started us all smiling, and we soon had the whole car giggling with us.  But Chase, as usual, took it in stride.

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No matter where we go, we always seem to end up at the Petronas Towers. At the top of this photo, you can see the famous towers, always a beautiful beacon for everyone in KL.

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Jungle Adventure, February 2014 – Di Dalam Hutan

June 30, 2014

Ok, so it’s been a few months since we’ve been back. We’ve finished the semester and these student teachers have graduated. But we’re all still reminiscing about the adventures that we had just a few short months ago in Malaysia! Here is our story about one hot Saturday afternoon in February, when this group of student teachers decided to experience the jungle.

Ready for A Jungle Adventure!

Ready for A Jungle Adventure!

Now you may think it’s odd to have an ATV park in the middle of the jungle. But it’s there–the rock says so–and it’s truly IN the jungle.  We’d heard all about it.  We had to experience it first-hand. We got loads of directions from friends at the school on how to get there (all of them different).  Finally, we piled in the van and found our way in to the jungle.

a Jungle village

Village at the edge of the jungle

The further inside the jungle, the narrower the road....

The further in, the narrower the road….

We cautiously eased our van up the ever-narrowing jungle road, hoping to find the much talked about ATV Adventure Park.  And, finally, just when we thought the road was about to end, there it was.

With the motto “Respect the Jungle!’ the group was off on an adventure.

See you later!

See you later!

And what’s a jungle adventure without a little drama?

f Lost in the jungle

Lost in the jungle!

With two secondary science majors on board, they insisted on having the full jungle experience.

Jungle river swim… Is there anything more refreshing?

Back home, several hours later, these adventurers were washed and refreshed and ready for another adventure–this time on the town!

Paige, Rachel, Amanda, Chase, Robin & Mitch: All cleaned up and ready for more!

2014 New Year Lions Visit Sri Utama

March 9, 2014

Chinese New Year is celebrated for 15 days. On the last day, Chap Goh Meh, Sri Utama was visited by two mischievous New Year Lions and their entourage–to the delight of all!

Close-up Lions

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The children enjoyed the prankster’s antics, as he taunted us and teased the lions.

The New Year Clown with the Kindergarten classes

The New Year Clown with the Kindergarten classes

Chairman of Sri Utama, En Hassan, jokes with the Clown

Chairman of Sri Utama, En Hassan, jokes with the Clown

Mr. How with a New Friend

Mr. How with a New Friend

If you don’t feed the Lions the Ang Pow (the red envelope with Lucky Money inside) they will try to frighten you into it!

Prof Gina feeds the lion

Prof Gina feeds the lion

But Pn Noorita is not afraid!

But Pn Noorita is not afraid!

Finally, the group makes the presentation of fruit and well wishes to the Chairman of Sri Utama.

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And a good time was had by all!

2014 Wilkes Student Teachers Celebrate the Year of the Horse at Sri Utama Schools, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2014 Wilkes Student Teachers Celebrate the Year of the Horse at Sri Utama Schools, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Year of the Horse

February 23, 2014
The gang amidst the New Year action

The gang amidst the New Year action

It is just wonderful to be over here during Lunar New Year.  Everybody gets off work, and the shops have great sales.  Restaurants and packed and generally, there’s a lot of hustle and bustle.

Hustle and bustle of New Year

Hustle and bustle of New Year

Long Chinese Lanterns

The only problem for us was that ALL of the cellphone and sim card places were closed because they were owned by Chinese Malaysians, who were busy celebrating the New Year traditions with their families.  So it took us about 5 days until we were able to phone our relatives back home.

Classical Chinese music

Classical Chinese music

Entertainment in the shopping centers

Entertainment in the shopping centers

Meanwhile, we certainly enjoyed the sights as Kuala Lumpur welcomed the Year of the Horse!

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Selamat Datang! Welcome to Malaysia, 2014!

February 17, 2014

We finally arrived at Sri Utama School in Kuala Lumpur, after leaving our homes about 48 hours earlier.  We had had a great flight, but we were glad to be at the end of that long journey.  This was January 30, 2014, on the Eve of Chinese New Year.

We were greeted at the airport by Wilkes alumn Nicholas Barno, who now works as a teacher in the Johor Bahru Sri Utama School.  Nick took us to meet the administrative leaders of Sri Utama, and they took us out for roti canai and teh tarik– all time favorites in this country (and what we will probably miss a lot when we come home).  Kate McGurk and Becky Gallaher, also Wilkes alumni who work at the KL school, were there.  It was a happy reunion!  Have a look at this gang:

Whole gang

Above photo, from left to right: Nadia Hassan, Matthew Bryant, Nawwar Hassan, Gina Zanolini Morrison, Chase English, Rachel Gill, Nick Barno, Amanda Bast, Robin Sorber, Mitch Yamrus, Paige Trusty, Kate McGurk, Becky Gallaher, Omar Joseph.

 

Matt Omar Nadiya

Roti 3

Roti 3+

Nawwar, Nadiya, Omar & Matt

Paige ('14), Kate ('12), and Becky ('12)--Old friends together again.

Paige (’14), Kate (’12), and Becky (’12)–Old friends together again.

Thank you, Sri Utama, for welcoming us once again!

2014 Student Teaching Abroad: The 3rd Malaysian Cohort

February 16, 2014

Can it be that time again–so soon?

In the Fall of 2013, we selected six bright, talented, and lucky Wilkes student teachers to get ready for the third trip to Malaysia in January of 2014.  This experience is subsidized by Dato’ Fawziah Abdul Karim, the CEO of Sri Utama Schools in Malaysia, and our students spend the first seven-week placement at the Kuala Lumpur school.

6 new teachers

Our new student teachers!  Front, L to R: Robin Sorber, Rachel Gill, Amanda Bast;  Back, L to R: Mitchell Yamrus, Paige Trusty, Chase English

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New student teachers with two veteran teachers from last year: Nicholas Barno and Jennifer Earley, both from the 2013 cohort.

Lucky for us that we had several “old-timers” from the past two cohorts to assist with the orientation.  Nick Barno, now employed at the Sri Utama School in Johor Bahru, near Singapore, and Jennifer Earley both shared this privilege last year as part of the 2013 cohort. They joined us for one of the sessions.

Also joining the sessions were Stephanie Wilkie, from last year,  and Matt Duffy, who worked at Sri Utama on a 3-month contract during 2013.   Becky Gallaher, a current Sri Utama teacher at the Kuala Lumpur school home on Christmas break, shared stories and videos about the students and the school, to the delight of everyone.

Becky Gallaher, currently employed as an international teacher at Sri Utama in Kuala Lumpur, leads an orientation session

Becky Gallaher, currently employed as an international teacher at Sri Utama in Kuala Lumpur, leads an orientation session

Orient w Steph, Becky, Matt

Matt Duffy, former Sri Utama international teacher, Becky Gallaher, and Stephanie Wilkie from last year’s cohort, assist in the orientation

William and Victoria Morrison, family members of student teaching supervisor Dr. Gina Zanolini Morrison, came along to share their points of view.  Each year they have been able to join the experience in Malaysia and are eager to go back again during 2014.  We wonder what adventures await us!

Old friends were able to get together for an after-orientation dinner (L-R): Stephanie Wilkie, Matt Duffy, William Morrison, Victoria Morrison, Gina Z. Morrison, Becky Gallaher, and Amanda Coombs

Old friends were able to get together for an after-orientation dinner (L-R): Stephanie Wilkie, Matt Duffy, William Morrison, Victoria Morrison, Gina Z. Morrison, Becky Gallaher, and Amanda Coombs

William and Victoria Morrison join the orientation session

William and Victoria Morrison join the orientation session

Building Our Scholarship Record: Presenting at the Global Summit on Education 2013

January 9, 2014

While our student teachers were abroad, we felt it was a great time to help them get their feet wet by stepping into the world of international scholarship.  So they decided to assist in a research project and present their results at the 2013 Global Summit on Education at the Dynasty Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

GSE Conference March 2013

GSE Conference March 2013

Dr. Caroline Maurer, then the Associate Dean of Education at Wilkes University, came all the way over to KL present her paper on her research with the students.   The title of that paper was “Using Multicultural Literature for Global Learning” (Paper #103, available at http://worldconferences.net/proceedings/gse2013/toc/index.html).

Dr. Maurer and the Wilkes student teachers present their research on Global Literature to an audience of global scholars.

Dr. Maurer and the Wilkes student teachers present their research on Global Literature to an audience of global scholars.

These future teachers were poised and professional representatives of Wilkes University– true global ambassadors!

Wilkes University student teachers with an international group of scholars at the GSE Conference, March 2013

Wilkes University student teachers with an international group of scholars at the GSE Conference, March 2013

As a footnote, Dr. Gina Zanolini Morrison, the student teaching supervisor, also presented a paper at the conference about the link between Sri Utama and Wilkes University, entitled “American Teacher Trainees in Malaysia: Preparing Both Sides for Success” (Paper #40 available at http://worldconferences.net/proceedings/gse2013/toc/index.html).

2013 Jungle Trek

January 9, 2014

Before we get to the 2014 cohort of Wilkes University student teachers going to Malaysia, let’s catch up on the 2013 adventure.

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Of course we HAD to go into the jungle! We ventured into the jungle that is part of FRIM (the Forest Reserve Institute of Malaysia).  It was hot but so beautiful.  And very peaceful.

7. Gp on the rock

We followed the path deep into the jungle outside of Kuala Lumpur. We even crossed the high, hand-made suspension bridges….  Well, at least the most adventurous among us went up into the treetops!

Suspension Bridge

Suspension Bridge

What a wonderful connection to nature we experienced during that Sunday afternoon in March 2013.  Right, Stephanie?

1. butterfly on Steph's nose

Graduation & Alumni Night

March 8, 2013

On March 1, 2013, Sri Utama celebrated its annual Graduation and Alumni night at the DoubleTree hotel.  It’s sort of a graduation party and prom rolled into one event.  This year’s event had a red and gold color theme.  And a good time was had by all!

Faculty w: bagpipers

Officers and Faculty of the School Greet the Graduates

Bagpipers lead the procession--just like back home!

Bagpipers lead the procession–just like back home!

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L-R: William, Victoria, Amanda, Nick, Jennifer, Abby, Stephanie, Cartier & Gina

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Group Hugs for “We Are the World”

Heal the World Kick Line

Kicking Up Heels to “Heal the World”