Malaysia 2014: Day 5

15 05 2014

My last full day in Malaysia was the show, exactly opposite from my last trip in which I began with the show!  It was held at The School by Jaya One, which is not a school as we would think of it, but rather Malaysia’s first “enrichment mall.”  The show was a culmination of a four-weekend long event promoting rabbits as pets and show animals.  The mall sponsored the show as well as my travel expenses.  Along with the show, there was a rabbit petting zoo that allowed children to play with rabbits (5 minutes each, and the rabbits rotated in and out and given frequent breaks), a costume contest, crafts and snacks.  It was quite an event!  You can read an English article in a Malaysian newspaper that describes the event.

Rabbits entered in the show in display-type cages

Rabbits entered in the show in display-type cages

The show table

The show table

List of breeds present in judging order

List of breeds present in judging order

The awards table

The awards table

Rabbit petting zoo

Rabbit petting zoo

Another view of the petting zoo

Another view of the petting zoo

Arie and I judged the costume contest as our first task.  There were a LOT of participants and they went all out!

Costume contest participants

Arie and the costume contest participants

Our winner, a potty-training junior

Our winner, a potty-training junior.  She actually sat on the potty much of the time.

Second was this sassy girl, who proudly showed off her hat

Second was this sassy girl, who proudly showed off her hat

And our Sailor Girl was third

And our Sailor Girl was third

After this, the all-breed judging began.  I’m often asked “what are the rabbits like in Malaysia,” and the answer is that the majority are or are descended from American imports (and some European imports in the case of Dwarfs).  Overall the quality was very good.  It was a noticeable improvement from last year, as it should be!  It can take rabbits a generation or two to adjust to reaching and holding prime condition in a very different climate than that in which they were born, so perseverance does pay off!  It was clear that the American breeders had sent quality rabbits, the American judges had given constructive feedback, and the Malaysian breeders had taken that to heart.  As a judge, this makes me very happy!  There were several rabbits that were very good quality representatives of their breed, and I took photos of those who posed for them!

BOB Dutch.  Yes, this is from my line, all of the Dutch shown were descended from a trio I sold and/or a pair I housed before sending last year.  This buck had a fantastic body and herd buck potential!

BOB Dutch. Yes, this is from my line, all of the Dutch shown were descended from a trio I sold and/or a pair I housed before sending last year. This buck had a fantastic body and herd buck potential!

A very well-balanced little Dwarf Hotot who would be competitive in the US

A very well-balanced little Dwarf Hotot who would be competitive in the US

Midway through judging we broke for lunch, I had a couple of favorites.

Dragonfruit juice

Dragonfruit juice

Nasi goreng (fried rice).  Are you learning some food words?  They're most of what I have picked up.  Nasi (rice), goreng (fried), and ayam (chicken) are words that will get you a long way!

Nasi goreng (fried rice). Are you learning some food words? They’re most of what I have picked up. Nasi (rice), goreng (fried), and ayam (chicken) are words that will get you a long way!

A lovely Holland Lop

A lovely Holland Lop

Part of the Mini Rex lineup

Part of the Mini Rex lineup

Best in Show and Reserve in Show were both won by Beh and Yo.  BIS was a CN Netherland Dwarf doe, and RIS was a homebred English Lop.

Best in Show and Reserve in Show were both won by Beh and Yo. BIS was a CN Netherland Dwarf doe, and RIS was a homebred English Lop.

As owners and breeders Beh and Yo were helping to run the show, they had lots of help showing the English Lops, who seem to have a dedicated fan base!  Many of the rabbits who win top honors are imports, so everyone seemed excited that a rabbit raised in Malaysia was a top contender.  It was nice to see such a display of sportsmanship!

After the show, we went to dinner at a Chinese restaurant where the dishes were served family-style.  Is it similar to Chinese food served in America?  No, not at all!  It seems to be a cuisine that is very open to local interpretation!

Chinese dinner

Chinese dinner

My calves were still a bit sore from the stair-climbing adventures, so after the show Sook Chin took me for a foot massage.  It was wonderful!  The predominant type of massage is Thai, and it’s definitely different from Swedish massage back home.  Unlike the US, where a majority of massage therapists are female, every therapist I saw was male.  Some of the same techniques were used, but others were different and much more active than Swedish massage.  It was a little painful due to the soreness, but it helped.  The last five minutes or so were a shoulder and neck massage, and while the techniques were much different (seated and clothed vs. lying down and draped, lifted up by my arms rather than lying passively) I swear it did more in five minutes to loosen up my neck and shoulders than Swedish massage can do in half an hour!  It was a wonderfully relaxing end to the day!

I’d sleep in the next morning and then begin the trip back.  My itinerary had me overnight in Los Angeles, which was a wonderful break with a good night’s sleep in an actual bed!  It was good to arrive home well-rested and with my body on a somewhat local time, since setup for the National Dutch Show began just 36 hours later!

 

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