54 Things Every Malaysian Has Probably Done At Least Once In Their Lifetime
1. Complain about the weather
2. Going to the pasar malam
There's food, cheap slippers, random knick knacks, more food...
3. Drink teh tarik a.k.a. our national drink
We even have competitions and national championships to find the best teh tarik master in the entire country.
4. Half-boiled egg + toast with butter and kaya + kopi 'o' = perfect breakfast
5. Eat nasi lemak for breakfast, lunch, tea time, dinner, supper, after clubbing...
6. Eat banana leaf with your hands. It tastes better one.
7. Crave for Ramly burger in the middle of the night
Then purposely drive out to immediately satisfy your craving.
8. Hang out at the mamak 'til 3am to watch football or badminton
9. Drive for hours to another state e.g. Penang or Ipoh for one reason and one reason only - TO EAT
10. Eat freshly opened durian by the roadside
11. Eat cendol by the roadside
Rojak and laksa too!
12. Line up under the hot sun for good food
13. Queue up for hours (or even overnight!) whenever there's a new store opening or a new product launch
14. Queue up to pump petrol the night before the price goes up
15. Get stuck in a traffic jam
It's especially kan cheong when you desperately need to pee!
16. Take the LRT to KLCC
17. Go to typical vacation spots like Genting Highlands, Cameron Highlands, or Sunway Lagoon over the school holidays
18. Or famous islands like Pulau Langkawi or Pulau Redang
19. Take a tourist-y pic with the Petronas Twin Towers
20. Lawatan sambil belajar ke Petrosains
Also in the classic school field trip list: Penang Hill, Muzium Negara, and batik factory.
21. Celebrate birthdays at fast food outlets
23. True joy is when the Milo truck comes to your school for Hari Sukan
No one can make Milo taste better than Milo trucks.
26. Mess up the stars whenever you have to draw the Malaysian flag
"Teacher, can I just print and colour ah?"
27. Perform a colourful song and dance for school events
29. Cried watching Petronas ads
30. Learn how to play the recorder (probably badly) in school
Our apologies to our neighbours who had to listen to us practice at home.
31. Brush teeth by the longkang
32. Religiously buy Kuntum, Tunas Sains, and/or other educational magazines because they're (a) fun to read, and (b) actually teach you something
33. Running out after school is over so you can buy fried chicken or Paddle Pop ice cream before your bus arrives
34. Forced to attend seminars after school and/or on weekends to prepare for UPSR
This is on top of the many, many tuition classes you're already going for. :(
35. Learn how to cook Maggi at a veeeery young age
I learnt how to when I was six years old! #MasterChefJunior
36. Sneaking off to the kedai runcit and spending all of your money on Mamee Monster, Choki Choki, and many other unhealthy (but tasty) snacks
37. Chase after the roti man when you hear him ringing the bell
38. Get a haircut from your neighbourhood Indian barber
39. Collect random things like red saga seeds, origami stars, stones for batu seremban, erasers, Pokemon cards etc.
42. Read manga or comic books in Malay
43. Play badminton with your neighbours every evening using your house gate as the net
44. Park self in front of the TV every time there's a major badminton final to cheer on our athletes
This is also where everyone suddenly becomes badminton experts.
45. Pray that they win gold medals so we can demand for public holiday. :p
46. Wear traditional clothing only when it's a special occassion... or Hari Muhibbah in school
47. Go to a Raya open house
Eat all the rendang!
48. Pose with the decor when shopping malls go all out for special occasions
49. Wear a face mask because of the haze
50. Be late for appointments because the KTM is late or breaks down in the middle of the journey. #truestory
51. Try to explain where Malaysia is to a foreigner when you're overseas
52. Crave Malaysian food when you're overseas
53. Bring friends that are visiting from another country to eat roti tisu at Kayu
Their reactions when the server brings the towering structure to your table - PRICELESS.
54. And of course, get reeeaally annoyed when someone dares to imply that X country has better food than Malaysia
Malaysian food is the best. Anyone who says otherwise is SALAH.
What other local experiences do you think is just so #malaysianlah? Let us know in the comments section below!
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