Day 1: Being Tourists

Our first day in Malaysia was all about tourism by numbers. 97-272-88.

We began our day as tourists by taking the public transportation system. To our surprise, the trains were extremely clean, well managed, easy to use, and well air conditioned. The key here was well air conditioned! The first number, 97, is the average temperature pretty much every day in Kuala Lumpur. But this isn’t your standard 97 degree heat. This is an extremely humid, high UV ray, over 100 degree feeling heat. Basically, our team bonded immediately by sweating profusely from the first minute we stepped outside! But we’re getting used to it…

Our first stop was at the Batu Caves. The Batu Caves is a limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples. They are said to be around 400 million years old, and it is the sight of one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India, dedicated to Lord Murugan (as shown in the 140-foot statue pictured below).

Batu Caves

Rising high above the ground, the Batu Caves temple complex consists of three main caves and a few smaller ones. The biggest, referred to as Cathedral Cave or Temple Cave, has a very high ceiling and features ornate Hindu shrines. This brings us to our next number of the day. 272. To reach the Temple Cave we had to climb a steep flight of 272 steps – again, in 97 degree heat! Sweaty bonding continues…

After making it to the top, taking a number of selfies, protecting one another from the wild, bag-stealing (but cute and entertaining) monkeys, and engulfing ourselves in the breathtaking views, we headed back down and took the train into the center of the Kuala Lumpur. Here, we visited Chinatown, the famous City Center (think large flea market), and then made it to our last stop – the Petronas Towers.

Petronas Towers

These twin skyscrapers are a landmark of Kuala Lumpur, and were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004. And here is our final number of the day. 88. These towers are 88 floors and definitely a sight to see (and of course get a great team pic).

Towers as Team

Overall, great sweaty day of team bonding. We will definitely always remember our day of numbers as we head into our first week of work at Western Digital!