Monday, August 31, 2009

Hari Merdeka

Hari Merdeka is the Malaysian Independence Day. Thanks to Adrian, Lisa, Michael, Nunda and Nesh I got to get a little taste of Malaysia's 52nd. We originally had hoped to watch some fireworks at KLCC ( but the government had decided to dial down the celebrations this year (the official reason given was due to fears of the spread of H1N1) so the fireworks at KLCC were cancelled. Instead we went to one of the local night clubs (The Beach Club) to celebrate with a different type of fireworks. Its been many a year since I had gone clubbing and probably be many a year before I do again, but the most important lesson learned was: stop after the first bottle Vodka.

Like New Year's the celebration started at midnight with a countdown and we had polished off about 3/4 of the Absolut by then. No pain and still relatively steady hands as the picture on the right proves. Then came the second bottle. My own fault. I'm the one who ordered it. Had to have a little sit down around 2am and wait for the worst of it to pass. Vaguely remember a lovely girl asking me why I wasn't dancing. Tried to explain over the din that I couldn't even stand up at that point. Alls well that ends well. The room stopped spinning around 3am and all of us made it home safely none the worse for the wear. Might not have learned much about Malaysian Independence, but did get a reminder why moderation in all things is always a good thing. No worries. I'll forget by the next time the occassion presents itself.


  1. You LUSH! (never mind I know you do this every 3 or 4 years, tops)

  2. Hmmm ... you might be on to something Anonymous. That seems about correct. In which case the next one should be for the big five-0.

  3. Well now that that's settled...and I also know that the 'comment' section is in good working order; I'm glad you're enjoying yourself, Andrej, getting to see a little bit of the world, having fun! (Wow--nearly two bottles of Absolut--I'd have passed out;you must have inherited that strong Latvian constitution)!

    Hope these horrific working hours don't wipe you out. Enjoy your diving, which should be coming up soon (right)? and don't forget to write and tell!



  4. Thanks Irena. For the record. There were six of us. One didn't drink. Two sipped. The rest of us took up the slack.

    On Sipadan Island at the moment and having a great time diving. Easily the second best place I've been to for diving. And saw a giant Manta Ray today on the last dive. Computer speed is real slow over here. More details when the opportunity presents itself.