As fellow Malaysian bloggers are wishing Malaysia a Happy 53rd birthday, I am here too to contribute to the country where I was born.
Foongpc wrote about the 10 reasons why he love Malaysia, and I thought I will do something similar, though I'm not exactly sure if I can name 10, since most of my life is spent here in Singapore.
But here goes.
(1) Malaysia played a deep part in my childhood, as I will often spend school holidays in my cousin's place in Johor. It's something I look forward to, going to pasar malams, ordering food from the mian4 bao1 che1 (bread van) etc...
(2) Malaysia is a place that keeps my ego and competitive nature in check. Seeing the warmth and generosity of fellow Malaysians really makes my day. You do not need to live in a real kampung to have the kampung spirit. When it rains, we used to shout "Raining lor, bring in your clothes", translated from Mandarin. My mum still do that in Singapore, but neighbours will probably think she's crazy.
(3) The recent bus ride from City Square in JB had me waited 45 minutes on the bus before it finally moves off. Reason being that the bus driver collected part of his revenue from the fares, so it will make sense to wait as long as possible at the busiest stop. But still, inefficiency gives me the chance to slow down my steps, and look at the people walking to and fro from inside the bus. In Singapore, I'm always moving too fast to be smelling flowers.
(4) Genting is a place I visit a few times a year, not just for the casino, but also for the cool weather. And I'm still amazed how the Genting founder turned a barren mountain into a world class resort. Makes me proud everytime I see an angmoh tourist there enjoying themselves.
(5) Lovely beaches and island resorts. I went to Desaru beach when I was young, and the sand was so soft that I thought I was in quicksand. Scary for a little kid like me then! Malaysia boast some really lovely beaches, at least by Asian standards.
(6) Food. Be it Gurney Drive in Penang, Jalan Alor in KL or other inaccessible restaurants along deserted roadsides, I love the taste of our food. Seeing all those food entries from Witchy blog really emphasized the gourmet that runs in every Malaysian's blood.
(7) Air Asia. Homegrown company kicks the butt out of other Asian budget air carriers. But their uniform needs improvement, I like JetStar Asia's uniform better. *blush*
I can't think of anymore at the moment (not that there isn't anymore), and I don't wanna plagurise Foongpc's entry. He put up some other great points, go read yourself lah. =p
Malaysia, Truly Asia.