homesick lagi

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so most of you should know being away from home is hard
being away from home for long periods of time is even harder
you miss out on soo much, weddings, babies, family time (and food!) – obviously in no particular order of importance 😉

I was teaching some high school kids yesterday
and one of them asked me, 

“what other languages do you speak besides English?”
(mind you this was probably the first time a kid has asked me this question)
“english and malay, malay is not exactly the most useful language tho”
“oh my uncle is malay”
I was so surprised that I asked her
“you mean, malay as in my colour malay?”
(’cause people do get confused between being a malay and malaysian and I would pretty much have to explain the whole races thing, how everyone is a malaysian but not everyone is a malay etc.)
“yeah! but am not sure where in malaysia he’s from. but malaysian food is soo good!”
“haha yeah we have really good food”

then another kid chimed in
“doesn’t ‘makan’ mean food in malay?”
(dude, this guy knows a word of malay, say whaa–)
“well not exactly, food is ‘makanan’. and ‘makan’ means eat. so if you want to say let’s eat, you’ll say, ‘jom makan'”
“jom makan makanan!”

and there I was, just in awe at how these kids are raving about malaysian food (which we get pretty often *shoulder brush)
but learning malay?
heck this is definitely a first

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this is also a food appreciation post (FAP) when one of my dear friends gave me thosai/dose which I haven’t had in such a long time! I inhaled it like a mothabawse 🙌🏼

so ye, homesick lagi

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