It was so great to spend the fourth of July with so many Americans! I really love a lot of Anna's friends and we had a blast going to Pulau Kapas. Well, to be more accurate we went to Pulau gem, which is a really small island adjacent to Pulau Kapas. We had a little BEATIFUL beach all to ourselves. On our beach there was an amazing rocky hill island that grew the most brilliantly colored green grass I have ever seen outside of Ireland. So, of course we referred to it as "Ireland" and swam to the island and climbed around its incredibly sharp sea weathered rocks. It was definitely more painful than fun, but it was an adventure. We all had such a pleasant morning together and all came back exhausted.
The very next morning Anna had an English pen pal camp along with students from Gwynne, Sarah, and Michael's school. Altogether, there were 150 students and we had a blast. The camp was held at the beach and it happened to be an insanely hot day. Unfortunately, conservative Islam requires all girls to be completely covered. The only skin noticeable were their faces and hands. Could you imagine how hot that would be??? But, they were troopers and I only heard a few complaints.
The girls (Anna, Gwynne, & Sarah) did a great job planning all the events. We did an egg and spoon relay, sang "lean on me" with all the motions, the human knot, and spent an abnormally large amount of time convincing the students to introduce themselves to each other. I was amazed by how shy they all were! Especially, when their pen pal's were of a different gender. I'm talking chin quivers and profuse sweating... it was comedy. Ezra, one of the other Fulbright ETA's, was so funny when he had a little Malay boy in a headlock forcing him to have a conversation with his pen pal by making him and the other girl repeat Ezra's every word. I was so glad I could make it because I was able to help a lot and it was great seeing Anna interact with all of her students.
Well, still in Malaysia at the moment and I am so glad that I stayed! Its been great spending more time with Anna and I still had so much graduate school stuff that I really needed to sit down and handle. Other than Anna, I stayed for the fourth of July celebrations and to help with Anna's English camp.