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Cultural Exchange- Malaysia

This lovely package came from Malaysia. I absolutely LOVE  getting these Cultural Exchange pacakges. It is so different from what you get online. From the net you get mainly touristy things but if a person puts some information together themselves, then it just seems more real, and of course much more individual.. and I love the personal touch of every package.

So this lovely Malaysian family introduced us to Upin and Ipin. I had no idea that these cute twins existed. We watched many episodes with my daughter on YouTube. Such a cute cartoon! You can see Upin and Ipin on the stamps in the middle and on the jigsaw. These stamps feature Malaysian folk games. What a lovely idea for stamps!

As Malaysia is a multicultural country people celebrate many different holidays. Like Eid al Fitr, Diwali, Chinese New Year and the Harvest Festivals, Gawai Dayak and Pesta Kaamatan. You can see a red purse here with some coins for Chinese New Year and underneath  it there is a greeting card for Eid. And I love this Chinese New Year decoration- it`s so pretty!

And have a look at this beaded pencil cover! Isn`t it beautiful! I had no idea what it was before I read the enclosed letter :) So I put our Peppa Pig pencil in there.

The Pepper Sweets were so yummy!

Together witha Malaysian flag, stamps and stickers we found a hibiscus colouring page and lots of info about this beautiful and interesting country.

And we tried yet another recipe!

Yummy prawn fritters.

As you can see we discovered another wonderful blog full of delicious recipes!

So we started our Malaysian evening by exploring the beautiful country

and watching some cute movies

followed by tasty food

and the best part is still to come..

the

game!

The lovely Malaysian family has enclosed description of FIVE games to play with kids.

And when I saw

CONGKAK

I had to give it a try.

But where to get this boat shaped block?

That`s right

an egg box!!!

So I needed a box with 2 x 7 little “holes” and two big ones. I took a big egg box and stapled two ends from another egg box to this one. Finally I stapled two ends of a lid to make two big “holes”.

Thats`t it!

For playing we took 96 little buttons but you can use seeds or marbles or pebbles or whatever you have got on hand. Click here to get the game instructions.

Or watch this video:

We all enjoyed the Kongkak game!

And now we need to figure out how to play

Galah Panjang

and

Konda Kondi

and

Batu Seremban.

Aren`t they just cute names!

I love the language!

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9 comments on “Cultural Exchange- Malaysia

  1. Carrie
    April 27, 2012

    Oh, how fun!! What a great way to learn about other cultures. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!! I hope you are having a fabulous week!

  2. Thanks for sharing what you have been receiving! I have linked your post on my facebook page

  3. Ladygardenia
    April 21, 2012

    Issand kui vahva. Ma esimest korda loen sellisest kultuurivahetus kirjadest. Malaysia siin Bangladeshis on v2ga k6rgelt hinnatud riik, enamus rikkamaid peresid k2ivad seal puhkamas ja paljud ka elavad seal!

    • mermaid
      April 21, 2012

      Ma just mõtlesin sinu peale, kui seda postitust tegin :)

      • Ladygardenia
        April 21, 2012

        Hihii, nii armas :)

  4. Kerli
    April 20, 2012

    Muideks see on üks mu lemmikuid mänge. Siin kutsutakse seda mängu Mancala-ks ja seda müüakse paljudes poodides. Mul ei ole aega praegu vaadata seda videot et kas seda mängitakse natuke teistmoodi või ei aga algust vaadates tundub küll et on samad reeglid :)
    Mõnusat mängimist :)

    • mermaid
      April 20, 2012

      On jah sama mäng. Väga lahe! See puidust alus ja kuulid on mugavamad, sest pesadest saab paremini kuule kätte.
      Aga vähemalt saame maigu suhu ja nüüd otsime päris mängu :)

  5. ritsik
    April 20, 2012

    Tõsiselt lahe! Markidest mängude ja retseptideni, midagi kogu perele.

    • mermaid
      April 20, 2012

      Jaaa.. ja lisaks on ka isiklik kiri ja fotod.. meenub kohe lapsepõlveaegne kirjavahetus :)

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