Malaysian Chinese New Year

Earning Ang Pow while eating
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.

Boxing her up ready for the flight.
I still have to follow my instruction sheet for boxing up my bike even though I’ve done it so many times. Brain like a sieve.

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