On my way from the airport in Kota Kinabalu to my hotel, I had one of the most interesting brief chats of my trip. It was with a 30 year Malay taxi driver.
Here’s what I learned from this man in our short trip from the airport.
– He learned English by himself using only a Malay/English dictionary, the radio and his clients in about a year and a half. I find this amazing. Goes to show that if you want to learn English, with a bit of effort, it’s possible.
– He loves badminton, as it’s a very popular sport in Malaysia.
– He is married to a woman his age and they have two boys. The youngest is turning 1 soon. They will have a big party for his first anniversary.
– He has a 20 year old girlfriend. In order to manage that, he has a phone for work and his wife and a phone for his girlfriend. She is not invited to his son’s first birthday party.
I hope to meet more interesting people like my friend the taxi driver on my trip. They are the ones that make traveling worthwhile.