What makes us Malaysians

Idiosyncrasis which only Malaysian can identify with. This articles is wrote by Tan Koe Huai – Sunday Star. I like what it say in this articles , that was I like to share it.

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I may not like the government, but I still love Malaysia, tanah tumpahnya darahku. Malaysian are unique because we are a diversified lot and there are things, habits and feeling which only a Malaysian can understand. Here are some of them:

Our national language is Bahasa Malysia but conversation-wise, we find it more fun to talk in Bahasa Rojak. it is vry rare to hear a conversation like : Adakah anda memandu kereta ke pejabat hari ini? This sounds awkward. Malaysian will usually say, Kak, you drive ke office hari ini ke? When we want to invite someone for tea, we would say, Jom minum teh or Jom yumcha. when we go to food stalls, be it Chinese, Indian or Malay ones, they might not understand take away but they surely will understand ta pao. When surprised by something, we will not say Oh no, we will say Kadavale.

The most important thing during meeting is food! Sandwiches do not entice us during breaks in between meetings but karipap (curry puffs) and pisang goreng (banana fritters) do. Of course, there are always coffee and tea but we will make cham instead – a mix of tea and coffee.

Only in Malaysia do we have roti tise, roti banjir and roti tsunami. If you want to experience this, go to a mamak stall and order these different types of breads.

During dinner- whether wedding or corporate dinners with or without alcohol- Malaysians will toast by shouting ‘ yamseng’!

Then there are our sentence tags. When in doubt over something we ask Can meh? After trying out something and it comes out perfect, we say “Can lah”.  When asking for permission, it is “Can ah?”

Festive open houses are synonymous with satay. Whether is is held at a Chinese, Indian or Malay home, satay is a must-have item on the menu.

These are our Malaysian ways and I won’t want to have it any other way. I am a Malaysia and proud of it. Happy Malaysia Day..


Face Conflict Head-On

“Don’t be afraid of conflict.”

It’s natural to become agitated when you face conflict or disagreement. But when you think about it, conflict is a part of life. It’s inescapable.

Approaching conflict with a sense of calmness goes a whole lot further in making peace than getting all worked up.

Abandon the concept of winning and losing when facing a disagreement. Instead, think in terms of resolution. Be flexible.

When the other side senses that you’re interested in finding a solution, they will be much more agreeable. Rather than confrontation and conflict, you can work together in cooperation to find a solution that suits you both.

©Jane Powell – Meditations for Women

Today’s Affirmation:
I approach conflict with a sense of calm.

Don’t Let Another Wasted Day Slip By

“Step aside world, here I come.”

The world will step aside for a woman with clearly defined objectives and a strong desire to attain them.

No matter what your plan is to launch yourself toward success, the time to start is now. Not tomorrow, not next week or next month – now!

Don’t waste another day waiting for all the right conditions.  There will never be a perfect time to get started. The important thing is to take that first step and get started immediately!

Proceed with determination and don’t let fear, doubt or others stop you. Your path will become clear as you move forward.

©Jane Powell – Meditations for Women

Today’s Affirmation: I am moving forward with conviction. I’m fearless!

Make the Change You Crave

“What are you telling yourself?”

Positive self-talk is not about telling yourself that bad things in your life don’t exist or have not happened. It’s not about telling yourself life will be easy if you think the right thoughts. Self-talk is about self-awareness and recognizing how your thoughts affect how you feel and ultimately what you accomplish.

Your thoughts are your self-talk. And, they directly affect the way you feel. Since your feelings dictate your actions, it’s important to take notice of the chain of thoughts and events in your life.

This new  found awareness holds the key to making the changes you crave.

©Jane Powell – Meditations for Women

Today’s Affirmation: I am aware of my feelings and the thoughts they evoke.

End the Fight with Distractions

“Life is full of distractions.”

Does it seem like something or someone is always trying to steer you off track? You have a point of focus, an objective, or destination, then something comes along that captures your attention and points you in an entirely different direction.

Of course a certain amount of distraction can’t be avoided. The good news is there is something you can do to deal with these diversions and get back to being productive. The best solution is to simply accept them as inevitable, give them the attention they deserve, and then get back to the task at hand as quickly as possible.

Don’t let distractions upset you or derail your best intentions.  Remember that an emotional reaction is likely to cost you far more time and energy than the distraction itself.

©Jane Powell – Meditations for Women

Today’s Affirmation: I stay focused even when I’m distracted.

Are you chasing happiness?

“Happiness is wanting what you have, not having what you want.”

At first glance this sounds like the same thing, take a closer look, it’s not.

If you’re completely fulfilled by spending time with your friends and family because you really want to be with them then you truly want what you have.

On the flip side, if you drive the nicest car and have a huge house, and have worked hard to get those things, then you’ve been successful at having what you want.

When you have what you want eventually the feeling of satisfaction wears off. Once you get what you want the old wants are replaced by new wants and the cycle continues. True happiness remains at bay.Look around you, happiness may be closer than you think. It may just be a matter of changing what you value.

©Jane Powell – Meditations for Women

Today’s Affirmation: I want what I have.