I am both idealist and realist. For there is no point in ideals if they cannot be realised.
Jacob (Jake) Barrie Gordon

Jake Gordon

The Wedding Invitation

20 March 2001

Last time you heard from me, I was sitting in this same Internet Cafe here in Kota Bharu. Well, it’s now a week later, and here I am again after a week on a fantasy island off the East coast of Malaysia - the smaller of the Perhentian Islands - Kecil (I think), a beach there called Long Beach (such an ingenious name).

Well, let’s start at the beginning. After leaving the Internet Cafe a week ago, Lutz and I (some German guy) went back to our guest house - the RV Inn and had some free tea. Whilst there, the owner bloke - Hadi - talked to us, and invited me to a wedding on the Perhentian Island. Cool! Then, the friendly guy invited us both out to try some blue rice. Well… a free meal - would you say no? I didn’t, and nor did Lutz, so we went out and had perhaps the most disgusting food I’ve ever even contemplated putting near my mouth. I was assured it was vegetarian but to be honest it tasted like shit. The blue rice just tasted like rice, and it was with all this other weird stuff - and all cold as well. Well, after that, we went back to the guest house and played a game of Monopoly. Lutz had a cool chocolate monopoly majiggy and we got to eat the chocolate houses and pieces and stuff like that. Oh, and it was in German - not English. Three local girls then joined us for another two games and then I finally got to bed at about 2am.

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