Friday, February 12, 2010

You Know You're Back in Malaysia When:

  • You see that Chinese uncle with loudly sucking at his teeth, with a toothpick in his mouth
  • There is absolutely no sense of order as everyone just shoves to get on the Aerotrain at KLIA
  • You see cars zipping past you eventhough you're already going at 120 km/h
  • Cars are parked illegally, then double-parked, and clogging up the roads
  • The foodstalls are still crowded at 12:30 AM, with people and stray dogs
  • You see all manners of modified cars sporting decals of equipment they clearly do NOT carry (I'm not sure why having a DOHC sticker on a clunker of a car does anything)
  • You get your first case of travellers' diarrhea only 14 hours into your visit
  • Your buttcrack feels sticky again just 2 mins after your shower (and no, it's not from the diarrhea)
  • After a meal, all you have to do to get the bill is to use the usual pen-writing-in-the-air gesture or circle your index finger. The last time I did that in the USA the waiter brought me another cup of coffee.
  • Suddenly it doesn't feel out of place to say Aiyah, Alamak, or KNNCCB (well, maybe it should be for this one)
Not that I'm dissing Malaysia/Malaysians or anything like that, it's just that I'm guilty of many of the above (ask my wife, she'll tell you I do Number 1 very well). Also there's something very comforting to be back in the midst of such familiarity. Ah, it's nice to be back.


Blogger pilocarpine said...

welcome back to Bolehland...

9:06 AM  
Blogger vagus said...

Thanks, Pilo. Hope you're with your family for the new year. Happy CNY!

4:41 AM  

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