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10 Reasons NOT to visit Malaysia

Being a born and bred Malaysian, I sometimes take my country for granted.
As mentioned in this post, my parents (usually my mom's initiative) used to
organize family trips during the school holidays. 
I have to say, there are so many beautiful sites I've not had the chance
 to visit yet and I hope to do so soon.
But what's with the title then? Well, thanks to a writer who decided to use
 a similar title, I was curious to learn why he felt that way only to discover
 that he was just being cheeky.
pretty much sums up the best about Malaysia in his story
which I've included below. I couldn't have written it better myself. 
Read on to find out why you should NEVER visit Malaysia. Oops, I meant absolutely SHOULD!


1. MALAYSIA HAS THE WORST BEACHES. EVER.
This beach is obviously not where you want to spend your vacation. Pulau Besar, Mersing.

An unhappy scene, also Pulau Besar, Mersing.

Disappointing shades of blue. Salang, Tioman Island. 2. MALAYSIAN PEOPLE AR…

Jellyfish vases

I've had my fair share owning a mini aquarium with guppies when I was a kid. They never lived long despite our best efforts to feed and clean the aquarium regularly. We might have even been guilty of overfeeding.

Aquariums always give me a sense of calm and I love looking at the huge ones with all kinds of exotic sea life. I don't think I have the discipline to maintain any sort of aquarium so when I saw art pieces by Satava, they excited me. However, their prices got me grounded again hahaha.

Satava Art Glass produces an array of stunning hand-blown and solid forms in glass. Their work is well known and appreciated throughout the world. Their amazing Jellyfish in glass have worked their way into many people’s hearts and homes. Satava hand-blown vases, depicting beautiful natural landscapes, have made many a person melt.



1. This particular jellyfish sculpture has a beautiful ethereal translucent dome. Under the dome is a brown and gold band with an array of colorful tendrils d…

Family Reunion in Ipoh 2015

When I was younger and my paternal grandma was still around, my dad and I used to travel to Ipoh, Perak for the Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner which falls in either January or February every year. The Chinese New Year consists of two days off a year but Malaysians are known to extend their leave so that they can enjoy the whole week off.

As a kid, I enjoyed our 3-hour drive using the rural roads, passing kampung houses, rubber plantations and cows and chickens. There was just so much to see! We would usually leave in the wee hours of the morning to avoid the massive jams of families all heading to their home towns and arrive in time for breakfast.

The reunion dinner would take place on the eve of Chinese New Year amid much fanfare. The main highlight is the lousang or Prosperity Toss- a raw fish salad. It usually consists of strips of raw fish (usually salmon), mixed with shredded vegetables and a variety of sweet and sour sauces and condiments, among other ingredients. The festive m…