Happy 58th Independence Day, Malaysia!

“Merdeka! !مرديكا Мәрдека!”

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On the 31st of August, 1957, the glorious chants of this word echoed across the nation as the sun of the British Empire set upon the land of Malaya. It merged to become Malaysia in 1963 with the Bornean states of Sarawak and Sabah, and Singapore too (which left later and achieved its own independence). On this day, all states of the Malaysian peninsula are celebrating 68 years of freedom after more than two centuries of European colonial administration.

What does being Malaysian mean for me, an expatriate who spent most of his primary-school and teenage years abroad? I don’t know the exact meaning myself. There are too many things that set me apart from other Malaysians. Malaysia is not my home for most of the year. I would rather live as an expat than as a local in my own country. I detest speaking Malaysian-accented English, Malaysian tropical weather and the Malaysian education system. I am more fluent in (RP-accented) English than my own national language. I don’t add ‘lah’ at every other end of my sentence like most Malaysians do. Despite all of this, I am eternally bound to this country where I was born and raised, where all of my extended family members and a lot of my friends call home. It is a frequent marker of my identity wherever I travel etched on the cover of my passport. If I am asked “Where are you from?” I have no choice but to answer “Malaysia”, no matter how foreign it might seem to me… Continue reading “Happy 58th Independence Day, Malaysia!”

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015…

2014 – A Year of Change

Looking back at all the events this year that have happened, I realised that have gone through so much. There are always recurring periods of happiness, sadness, excitement, boredom, pain and healing. For me this year was marked with moving to a new country, graduating, entering a new school, saying goodbye to old friends and saying hello to old friends.
I don’t remember all of the events in my life very well. Too many things come and go, so it becomes difficult to keep track of cherished memories. Thankfully though, I am a regular Facebook user and from there I can go through and mark the milestones in my life.

Life events are represented with black-coloured text while blog-related events in dark green.
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Top 6 Favourite Filling Cheap Eats From Around the World

Having travelled to different places around the world, I was able to experience various exotic cuisines and dishes. I enjoy trying out foreign foods, and I enjoy it even more knowing that what I order would not cost me an arm and a leg. In fact, in a lot of places I visit, I would try to find the thriftiest options to satisfy my hunger. Not only you get to save money, but I also get to mingle with the locals, use some of the language I picked up and savour authentic local cuisine.
Here is a list of my top six remarkable foods that would leave a lasting memory of your travels in the country, without busting your budgets!