Malaysia, a truly multi-cultural country

When I first met my hubby more than ten years ago, he wasn’t sure where Malaysia was and thought that it was a rural country, covered with jungles (not entirely wrong). In recent years, Malaysia has been making headlines so I’m sure that most people have at least heard of it but mainly for the wrong reasons – the disappearance of MH370, the assassination of one of the Kims from North Korea, 1MDB’s fraud scandal, etc. So I decided that it’s time to promote some of the positive aspects of my home country.

When I think about what’s unique about Malaysia, the fact that it is multi-cultural is the first thing that comes to mind. Due to the British colonization, Malaysia is made up of three main races – Malay, Chinese and Indian. Depending on where you are in Malaysia, the degree of diversity and integration varies. I am a Malaysian Chinese who grew up in Kuala Lumpur and attended a public school, allowing me to fully enjoy the diversity of my country. Here are a few examples of Malaysia’s uniqueness: Continue reading

A Malaysian Chinese New Year

I’m about to go on a 1.5 week vacation – it’s my annual trip back to Malaysia to spend time with my family during Chinese New Year, which falls on the 28th of January this year. I won’t be actively blogging, but let me share with you what I’ll be busy doing instead.

Chinese New Year is all about family. I have a big extended family which makes this time of the year even more festive. My mother is one of nine siblings while my dad is one of six. Nowadays, we tend to celebrate Chinese New Year with my mother’s family as my dad’s siblings are based in a different part of Malaysia. In the run up to Chinese New Year, my parents will be busy cleaning the house and preparing for the festivities by buying food and drinks which will be served to guests. Continue reading