Port Dickson 22nd January


Our internet had run out, so we needed another trip into town to top it up, which was not as straight forward as you would have thought, and took Dave half an hour to sort out.

I took the opportunity to go the indoor market to buy more fruit, and take photos. Thie above picture is dried fish piled high.

This is raw meat, unwrapped and bloody.

Chicken for dinner anyone?

The mix of cultures is most obvious when you look at how the women dress. The Moslems wear  a hijab, a loose headscarf that covers the hair, neck and chest, but not the face, or a dupatta, a looser scarf.


There is also another head covering that  is made from a knitted stretch cotton that is tight around the head, then the scarf goes on top. I tried one on to feel what it was like. It was horrible, like a very tight polo neck jumper that gets stuck when you pull it over your head.

A knee length dress is worn, with another skirt underneath., or sometimes trousers. These are usually polyester, and are so hot in this climate.

Some of the more liberated women just wear the headscarf with jeans and t-shirt.

According to the Muslim religion men’s and women’s clothes should not look the same, women can wear jewellery, but men can't, clothes must not be transparent, or show the curves of a woman’s figure.

It was good to see a few bright colours, butterflies amoungst the moths!

The Indian women wear shalwar [baggy pants] kameez, [a tunic], or at least the tunic over jeans. This outfit is traditionally worn by both sexes, but I haven’t seen any men wearing anything traditional here from any culture, they all seem to have swapped to western dress.

I haven’t seen anyone wearing a sari or a choli, the tight blouse worn under a sari that exposes the midriff.

 Many of the women  from all cultures are wearing western clothes entirely, but very modestly, no short skirts or low necklines. Usually trousers, or jeans, rather than dresses.

The Malay and women dress in a modest, modern western style, jeans and knitwear are very popular, in spite of the heat. Also they mainly dress in dark colours, which seems illogical.

Looking in the shops there is a dearth of light cotton clothes, or even viscose, which is quite cool. It’s mainly thick polyester, which is so uncomfortable in this heat and humidity.

I’m wearing a thin cotton shirt and trousers, but even they cling to me in this humidity.

Our taxi driver Radjit points out some men coming back from the mosque, Friday is the Muslim’s holy day and work stops from 12-2 so they can go and pray. The men are, mostly, dressed traditionally, to my surprise, in a  full length striped sarong, shirt and white cap. The sarong is cool for both sexes, much cooler than trousers or shorts.

We are leaving for four days in Cambodia on Monday, and spent tthe day sorting out hotels and flights. After Cambodia we will fly to KL, then Penang and Langkowi.