Like my trips to Austin, I also had two opportunities of visiting the island of Penang on the western coast of peninsular Malaysia. First trip I had was for a week for a summit meeting for our project with Dell and the second was again for the Dell Penang Facility for deployment support.
It was in August of 2004 when we had this trip to Penang, my second entry to Malaysia after a very brief entry to Johor Bahru during my first trip to Singapore three months earlier. Also, this was quite an exciting trip that our colleagues in WeServ joked at us for having an Amazing Race-like trip that month. This was because two weeks earlier we flew into Austin, Texas and I flew back and forth to Los Angeles and flew back home to Manila to fly to Penang the next day. It was such a ride.
And so from Manila, along with 3 colleagues we boarded a Malaysia Airline flight to Penang connecting through the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, which I thought was very gloomy. We arrived in Kuala Lumpur around 7pm to connect to a 10pm flight to Penang. We arrived in Penang just before midnight and we had our first blooper in Malaysia. That is when our hotel driver walked us to our car, we all headed to the right side of the van. We were surprised that there was no door on that side only to remember that Malaysian driving is right-handed.