Selamat Pagi! Apa Khabar? Nama saya Abbi 🙂 Okay, okay, I’ll stop. I know most of you don’t understand what I just said. If you do, you are AMAZING! Comment down below what you think I said. Now, as you may have seen from the title, today’s topic is MALAYSIA. That little language intro was Malay, the language of the Malaysians.
I’ve gotten this question asked many a time– How is it like to be a Third-Cultured Kid in Malaysia? In this post I’m going to try to answer it best I can. First off, you’ve got to know where in the world it is. I remember once hearing someone say, “Malaysia? Oh is it in California?” Seriously? No judging, but I found it more hilarious than annoying. XD
Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country occupying parts of the Malay Peninsula and the island of Borneo. It’s famous for its tropical rainforests, beautiful beaches, and. . . GOOD FOOD. There is only one season–SUMMER–which makes it hard for this autumn loving girl. I’ve seen all the sides of the sun by now.
Nonetheless, living overseas in Malaysia for over 12 years has been a great experience. It has had its challenges–uncertainty and frequent transitions/moves–but we’ve managed to pull through.
Malaysia’s ethnicity is a mix of Chinese, Indian and Malay. So, a ton of culture. Their food reflects that, too. Malaysia food is–HANDS DOWN–the best food. EVER. Mostly because it’s a happy mix of INDIAN<3, Malay, and Chinese dishes.
In addition, the price is cheap. Actually, everything here is cheap and affordable compared to other countries. You can get this dish for as low as RM 1 which is 25c (a quarter!) The low prices are especially a benefit for a 7 people family like mine.
Malaysia holds some of my favorite foods and… one of my least favorite. I’m looking at you Durian. (Durian is a spiky fruit. One could describe the taste as onion, garlicy, cheesecake. You either love it, as most Malaysians do, or hate it. ) I’m of the minority.
The beaches here, if you find the right ones, are breathtaking. The sunsets add to the effect.
For me living in Malaysia never really seemed like anything out of the ordinary. It was always just, what I thought, a normal fact about me. For you Americans, it felt as normal as living in Michigan or Texas, or wherever you live. But when I meet other teens who have never been outside of their home country, never dreamed of experiencing what I experience. . . It fills me with awe and a feeling of gratitude. Gratefulness for Him who placed me here for such a time as this. For my parents who provide for our family and make our home possible. I know I will always look back on my experiences and memories here with amazement. No matter where I end up living in the future, Malaysia will always hold a piece of my heart.
Thanks for reading! I would love to hear your insight, comments, or questions. 🙂 Comment down below what you think I said in my Malay language intro.