After seeing some shocking images from Thaipusam online I decided that I would go experience it first hand. I wanted to learn about the culture and what inspired the acts of devotion I saw. These acts included putting metals spears through faces. So I went to Malaysia for the first time by myself. I knew no one there but I’m an experienced traveler and do my research before getting on a flight. This was a great opportunity to kill 2 birds with one stone since visiting the Batu Caves was on my bucket list.