Because we move a lot and I’ve lived in many places, home has just become wherever we make it. But technically, I was born and raised for many years in Malaysia, and technically, that would be home. Having been away for almost half my life, I have become a tourist visiting my home country. It is a wonderful place and what I miss most is the food (and weather when it’s madly blizzarding here!).
While I was writing a guest post for my mom’s blog, I found some books I wrote and illustrated from when I was 6 years-old. And then I spotted this.
The Things About Malaysia! Just for fun, we’ll travel back in time and start with an introduction from 6 year-old Sharon. Prepare to be amazed.
Yeah, ok. I was neither a literary genius nor a promising artist. I like how I contradicted myself there. Trees will be green forever, not yellow. Then the trees were green and yellow. I got one thing right though, the weather is warm and the sun is blazing all year round. And I sure could use some of that heat right now. Not just heat, I would love a flaming inferno.
Because there is far too much to write about Malaysia in one single post, I will just talk about the two must-haves.
Coconut and Durian.
But first. The coconut.
The weather is unbearably hot and humid and there’s nothing like a good coconut or two (or 50 more) to feel cool and refreshed. And yes, no need for a glass, we drink straight from the fruit. We used to have a coconut tree in our backyard and I loved trying to climb the tree to pluck them. Even though I only got about a foot off the ground. I always wished I could be a like a monkey and climb it easily. Of course, my parents’ story is that I already was a monkey. Don’t listen to them.
Now for, the durian.
The King of Fruits, the best tasting fruit ever, and yet some people hate it. Fair enough, it is very much a love-hate thing. Some find the smell overpowering but I love it. If you’ve never tried it, then you really must. The smell does stay on your fingers (if you eat it by hand, which you should because it’s fun that way) and it stays for a while even when you try to wash it off with soap and water. A secret tip, wash your hands with water running from the skin and the smell will go completely. Weird eh?
We even have durian donut, which is the weirdest donut flavour I have ever come across.
And I don’t need to tell you, it was good.
People like to ask me how the national anthem goes. Please don’t. I may feel compelled to sing it for you. And then you’ll want to throw fruit at me and never come back!