Langkawi, center of kindness
The world still surprises me and offers reasons to smile and to believe the humanity is not lost in individualism and negative feelings. Langkawi gave me several real occasions to see that people still love and care about each other. In this post I will not say anything about the beauty of the island (even if it really is gorgeous and has lots of stuff to do as you will notice in the pictures), but I will only tell you about 3 situations that showed me the beauty of its people.
The first one is about being human and helping others.
One day we booked 5 activities package at an adventure park (karting, horse riding, ATV and so on). We arrived there, but I was not feeling very well (some stomach problems, headache…), so after the first 2 activities I was just not willing to continue. What do you think was the reaction of the park manager? Not only was he continuously smiling, but he took us back to the hotel with his private car (free!!!) and offered vouchers for the other 3 activities and transfer to the park for any other day…he was not just human, he treated us like family!!!
The second one is about confidence in others.
Another experience that fully impressed me is the way we rent a car. We asked the same park manager how we could do it and he gave us a number to call when we decide. We called the next morning and one guy appeared at our hotel with his car, gave us the key, asked to give him a call when we finish, accepted that we leave the car at the ferry station (about 20 km from the hotel) and wished us a nice day! He did not even ask for our names!!! And when we finished the next day and called him to meet at the ferry, he just said “leave the car opened in the parking, with the key under the chair! Have a nice day!” We were shocked: who has still full confidence in strangers and can treat them like family? Apparently, at least Malaysians do!
Last story, even though I could still continue, is about being correct and having values.
As we were on the top of the Sky Bridge, I went to the washroom to wash my hands and forgot our goPro in there. I only noticed when we were already down and the cable car was already closed. I was trying to convince the cable car employee to let me up again or at least to ask her colleagues to check the toilet, when a group of young people came down with the go Pro in their hands, searching for us. They could have just taken it and put it in their bags and no one would have noticed, but they just didn’t. I almost cried of joy; not because I didn’t lose the camera, but for remembering how beautiful the people are…