Colors of Malaysia
Hues of warm and bright orange was found in a pond full of koi, the fruits offered in the temples, the golden sand on Perhentian Island, the tips of the palm leaves, my henna tattoo and on my plate of honey & banana pancakes. Dark blue was the color of the sky the night it was lit up by fireworks during the end of ramadan, as well as the color of the sea the night I helped baby turtles find their way to the water for the first time. Red was the color of the cactus flowers, lanterns, tempel ceilings, the stairs leading up to Batu Caves and a beautiful vibrant hijab.
In 2016 I spent a month in Malaysia, a country that is a melting pot of different cultures. I swam with turtles, rainbow fish and sharks, I tasted freshly picked strawberries from the mountains, I visited temples and an elephant sanctuary and met so many kindhearted people. On my journey I saw and experienced so many new flavors, patters and colors. This country is a place where the warmth of the sun huggs your body in a unique way, the pithayas are sour and a place where sitting outside in the middle of the night eating a box of apricots is a synonym for tranquility. Lately, I have experienced the heaviest wave om melancholia which resulted in me digging up some photos from my roadtrip through Malaysia.
This is the spectrum of colors that Malaysia has imprinted in my heart.