I read in public, in Malaysia. So what?

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I currently live in Kuching. My poor time management and non-existent of washing machine used to draw me to one of those 24-hours laundry service.

While waiting for 40 minutes wash and 30 minutes drying session, books became my constant companion.

One time I brought along one of Lauren Willig’s and my brother to my laundry session.

“Stop laughing, people are looking at you”, my poor little brother told me.

Then I realised once again Willig managed to crack me up through her witty characters.

But I thought it was not just the fact I burst out laughing in public grabbed people’s attention, also the fact I had a book in between my hands caught their eyes.

Here in Malaysia, it is hard to see people read in public. When coffee shops in some countries are known for the place to read and drink coffee, but here no matter how trendy the cafes are, it has been turning into kopitiam. Loud conversation buzzed through the atmosphere.

In a laundry shop where the sound of the machines were almost inaudible (sometimes), I thought it would make a perfect place to read.

Nonetheless, I like to read in public. Sometimes it is the only way to disconnected myself from my surroundings, be it from the sounds of chatty atmosphere or tumbling dirty laundries.