I don't want you guys to think that I'm NOT excited about going to Malaysia because I totally am. However, it seems so far fetched that I'm actually going to MALAYSIA of all places that it's little hard for me to grasp. It's not a normal vacation destination for many people but then, I suppose, Jonathan and I are hardly normal people. I don't even know that much about Malaysia. Strike that - I know NOTHING about Malaysia except that, I believe, the old TV show on PBS, 3-2-1 Contact (you remember the show, right? It had the original Blood Hound Gang?), had this whole thing on the equator and I do believe they mentioned Malaysia. Maybe something to do with rubber plants or something. I'm not sure. Yeah - that wraps up my knowledge of Malaysia. A fourth grader could have written a better report than that.

ANYWAY - the reason that we're going is that Jonathan's dad works for Western Digital and WD decided that it was cheaper just to move his mom and dad out to Malaysia than it was for them to keep sending his dad out there every time there was a problem at the plant. So since late this summer, Jonathan's parents have been living in Kuala Lumpur and that's where we're going to be going for about a week and a half or so. We leave at midnight on January 2nd and come back in the afternoon of the 14th. It's a 26 hour plane ride so Jonathan and I are planning on getting a DS for me, a DVD player for him, and a metric shit ton of batteries.

As for what we're going to do in Malaysia...I have no clue actually. One of our servers at work grew up in Malaysia and told me that the real place to be is far from the cities and into more of the country. The western coast is really urbanized and he said that one big city is just like the next. If we really want to understand and really see the country, we should get away from the urban areas. He said that the eastern coast is really a great place to be. There was mention of a train that would take us down the western coast further away from the cities - I'll have to look into that.

Next thing to think about: what do I take with me???