It’s that time of year where I have to take the 3 hour bus ride and 8 hour plane ride to Malaysia, as we’ve done every year since I can remember. I’ve always loved going overseas. Not the transportation part, but the part where I get to escape the country.
It’s funny. I didn’t realise how much I needed to until last year, when we were unable to go to Malaysia for unlucky reasons. I had spent the majority of summer trapped in Melbourne, longing to be in the Malaysian heat with the relatives.
So here’s three things I am definitely looking forward to in Malaysia.
Malaysian food is delicious. There’s no denying that. There’s nasi lemak (coconut rice with curry and stuff), roti canai (a type of bread), satay (which they make really really well) and bahkuteh (a kind of soup and meat thing). And although you can find Malaysian restaurants pretty much everywhere, they never make it quite the same, or as cheap, as Malaysia does.
Malaysia even makes amazing Italian food, cooking pasta in their own little Asian style way. Seriously. Even the Pizza Hut there tastes better. I mean, sure, their way of cooking is majorly oily and unhealthy, but as long as it tastes good, I’m not complaining. It looks like there’s a couple of unwanted kilos heading my way.
Grandma lives in Malaysia. Grandpa lives in Malaysia. Poh Poh and Koong Koong live in Malaysia. All the aunties, uncles and cousins live in Malaysia. Pretty much everyone does except for my family, which is kinda random actually. So every year for a month, we get to see the relatives, who spoil us with presents and buy stuff for us.
On my dad’s side pretty much everyone is obsessed with wifi. Whilst in the house, every single person can be guaranteed to be on a device. Grandpa even owns portable wifi, which means we can use the internet in the mall, which they visit literally every weekend. Grandpa is cool.
On my mum’s side we usually stay with my uncle in his huge air conditioned house. Yeah. It’s pretty comfortable.
I can’t say I’m that close to any of these relatives, but I do enjoy talking to my cousins, kinda. There’s one who’s my age, so it’s cool seeing what life’s like for her, being like me but in a different culture.
Malaysia is honestly so much cheaper than Australia! I’m planning on getting myself more summer clothing, some nice sandals (with wedge heels), cheaper polaroid film and everything I can find that I like really.
But I reckon I’m just most looking forward to the idea of escaping the country. I won’t be in the house I’ve been stuck in for much too long, watching TV or doing whatever it is I do. I won’t be looking at the same roads and houses every day, seeing the same people when I meet up. I won’t have to worry about meeting up at all. I’ll be in a totally different country. It’s a little like disconnecting, although I’m most definitely not sacrificing my phone. That’s still going to be checked all too often, using Grandpa’s wifi of course ;).
Now how am I going to talk without sounding like a complete bogan? Stupid Australian accents.