As soon as I left Sydney airport, I went to the beach. It was good to breathe clean air again.

Despite its chaos and pollution, there are definitely things I miss about Bangkok.

China Man’s Beach in Sydney. Photo by Ada Lee


Being back in Sydney really puts the differences between Malaysia and Australia into stark contrast. There are the obvious things — like the weather and the style of driving. But there are other things, things you wouldn't think would be so different. After all, both countries are democracies, both have a royal family. We both have newspapers and news reporting and multicultural populations. However, there are huge differences in the media climate and culture of two countries that seem so similar.


There is nothing better to get you excited for returning home than hopping into a cab where the driver is watching a movie on his phone — as he is driving. Our last ride home from the office was full of surprises as the driver swerved across lanes in his attempts not to miss a minute of his favourite film. We put a stop to this quick smart and I arrived safely back at the apartment to enjoy my final night in KL.

Mr Tan, owner of the Eastin Hotel, praying at the alter behind his hotel.


With a short trip to Pattaya and some time on Dutch soil, the final week here has come to a close.

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The Sanctuary of Truth. Photo by Michael Dwyer


Thailand has a violent history. In 1351, Ayutthaya was built on slavery to become Thailand’s most prominent city. In 1767, it was torched and destroyed by the Burmese.

Today, Thailand continues to have a dark shadow of human rights abuses.

Took a day trip to the ancient city Ayutthaya. Photo by Ada Lee


Before coming to Malaysia, many people informed me it would be an easy first country to travel to, mainly because almost everyone speaks English as a second language. One of my colleagues further suggested that many people would actually consider English to be their first language. Considering I haven’t used my phrasebook or translation apps once, it’s fair to say, it’s been pretty easy to get around.

A group of Indonesian foreign workers Amanda and I interviewed for a story. Photo by Shaza Barbar


I see Thailand through eyes warped by my Australian–Malaysian upbringing. The art, the nightlife, the politics, the journalism practices are all filtered through my pre-existing beliefs.

A completely different type of art at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Photo by Ada Lee


About the Blog

Parallax records the experiences of final year students of the B.A. (Media & Communications) degree who have won competitive overseas internships to work in Asian, Indian and Latin American media organisations.