Seratus Hari di Malaysia

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One hundred days in Malaysia! Say what?! Time has flown and flies quicker every day. I'm in a list making mood, so bear with me. The following will be 100 things, separated into groups of 10, that are somewhat organized thoughts about my time here so far. Enjoy!

Top 10 Things I Love About Malaysia
  1. My host family :)
  2. The food
  3. How ridiculously inexpensive the food is
  4. My classmates
  5. How the other YES Abroad'ers and AFS'ers here have become family
  6. Night markets
  7. Rainy days
  8. People that smile at me
  9. The welcoming spirit of people
  10. The diversity

Top 10 Favorite Malaysian Foods

  1. Roti Canai
  2. Satay
  3. Hainan Chicken Rice
  4. Lemang & Rendang
  5. Wonton Mii
  6. Nasi Lemak
  7. Nasi Goreng Cina
  8. Chapati 
  9. Char Kway Teow
  10. Clay Pot Rice
Top 10 Things I Miss
  1. Family and friends!
  2. Mexican food
  3. Sour Patch Kids
  4. Lucky Charms
  5. Seasons (especially Autumn) 
  6. High school
  7. My Church and Youth Group
  8. My beautiful cats and dog
  9. Dance (especially my TNT family)
  10. Pizza
Top 10 Things I Don't Love about Malaysia
  1. The Pizza
  2. Crazy drivers
  3. Throwing litter on the ground
  4. Public bathrooms
  5. Lack of toilet paper
  6. The smell of the fish section in the grocery store
  7. Gossip
  8. The ridiculous heat and humidity
  9. Seeing all the strays in the streets
  10. Poverty
Top 10 Things I Still Find Weird (But Good) About Malaysia
  1. Cats are everywhere. In school, in the doctors office, everywhere.
  2. Driving on the other side of the road
  3. British English. People pronounce Asia as Ayseea
  4. How everyone is fluent in at least 2 languages
  5. How lazy some people can be!
  6. The outlets
  7. The balance between Westernized aspects of the country and traditional culture
  8. There's only one main tv provider (Astro)
  9. Radio stations that play Call me Maybe followed by a slow dramatic Malay song
  10. The K-pop obsession!
Top 10 Malay/ Manglish words and phrases that have slipped into my Vocabulary
  1. Lah
  2. Boleh
  3. Faham
  4. Aiyooo
  5. "Can or not"
  6. Apa?
  7. Sayang :)
  8. Letih -_-
  9. Pedas!
  10. Sedap
Top 10 Malaysian habits I've picked up
  1. Calling everyone Auntie, Uncle or Boss
  2. Sleeping extensive amounts
  3. Twitter addiction
  4. Feeling weird if I don't have rice everyday
  5. Putting sos chili on everything
  6. Preferring to eat with hands
  7. Never using a knife to eat
  8. Showering 2-3 times a day
  9. Always being hungry
  10. Mixing English and Malay in the same sentence
Top 10 Differences Between my Malaysian School and my US High School
  1. Uniforms
  2. All girl's school here
  3. Lack of Substitute teachers
  4. You can buy everything from burgers to tomyam in the canteen
  5. No lockers
  6. A lot of the school is outdoors
  7. 40 students in a class, and you stay with that class all day
  8. 90-100 is an A+, not 97-100
  9. Teachers may switch languages in the middle of sentences
  10. Prefects
Top 10 Things I've Learned
  1. If you want something done, do it yourself.
  2. You don't know how strong you are until something forces you to find out.
  3. You don't appreciate what you have until you're 10,000 km away from it
  4. It's up to you to determine your mood from the day
  5. Some people have misguided intentions, and you have to deal with it
  6. Never lose sight of who you are
  7. Appreciate doing nothing, focus on just being
  8. It's impossible to be completely involved with two lives at once
  9. Not every day is going to be an adventure. Pay attention to the little things
  10. Never ever ever judge a book by its cover

Top 10 Questions I'm Most Often Asked
  1. Where are you from?
  2. How is Malaysia for you?
  3. Does everyone you know have a gun and drive a Mustang?
  4. Can take spicy?
  5. What do you think of the school?
  6. Got boyfriend lah?
  7. What do you do after school?
  8. Where have you been in Malaysia?
  9. Where do you want to visit
  10. Why are you here
Why am I here? Here is Malaysia, here is a second family and a group of exchange students turned family from all over the world. Here is a beautifully rich and diverse culture with beautiful, incredible people. Here is a school and a class full of friends. Here is Malaysia, here is home.

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  1. This makes me smile . More list please

  2. It takes a foreigner to highlight the little things that we Malaysians take for granted. Thanks Hannah. I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog. I hope you will bring back beautiful memories of Malaysia to share with your fellow Americans. :)

  3. hannah...more list please...enjoy reading your blog and googling it once a week to check whether or not you have posted anything new...i personally thought you're one lucky girl in the whole universe to ever experience this at very early age.. keep on writing and reading your blog make my day... :)

  4. Enjoy remainder of your stay in Malaysia and have a wonderful time.
    I know you will be a different American after you return home just like me, after I have stayed in US I returned home as a different Malaysian. We understand better every time when "ignorant people" have adverse views on the country which you visit and stay.
    Salam to you and your family and also Mlaysian family.

  5. Good list, Hannah. I wouldn't be able to list my fav food though cos there's just too many! oh and I actually laughed out loud at 'sleeping extensive amounts haha! Yep, guilty as charged but ONLY on some weekends when I'm able! :P
    hv a great day!

  6. Greetings to you!

    It's interesting to see someone from abroad to have so much interest in Malaysia.

    Do keep updates on your stay in Malaysia.


  7. if Malaysian schools adopt the US school systems.. more kids will try their best to skip classes... or even skip school..

    but with Malaysian School System (originally British School System). kids are ensured that they stayed at school the whole time.

  8. i have to agree on you about public bathrooms/toilets in Malaysia. its horrified! so u cant really use the phrase, " when u got to go, u got to go" here in Malaysia:)

  9. I've even interviewed caucasian tourists for my assignment. They said the same thing! they hate the public bathroom :p

    British english...because we were ruled/colonised by British :)

  10. I am malaysian..and i feel public toilet is the worst place i've ever been..Urggghh..

  11. Even me (a Malaysian) dislikes going to public toilets.
    I can give several nice public toilets though, only in KLCC, Pavilion, Gardens had the best public toilets by far..
    As you can see its in malls and in the city centre, others are blergh.
    Gardens had the best public toilets! so damn clean and big all for yourself ahahhahaaha...

    Nice list you got there! Nice reading too! Hope you had fun while staying here and be careful of robbers!

  12. LOL! Putting sos chili on everything. I haven't noticed this until she said so. Damn this "mat saleh" is impressive..

  13. you should try MEE Udang Kuala Sepetang..! hehehehhee


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