14 fundamental differences between England and Malaysia

I've just spent two months in Malaysia studying Integrative Yoga and clean-eating my way through several locations in ASEA. As a half-Malaysian half-English girl, I feel it's time to share a few basic differences you should be aware of if travelling to Malaysia!

 

(1)

MALAYSIA
Your mother tells you to come and eat. You come and eat. Whilst eating, she continues telling you to eat. Eat eat eat. You finish eating. She tells you to eat.
“Enough already lah.”
“Okay. Want some veggie?”

ENGLAND
Your mother tells you to come and eat. You come and eat.


(2)

MALAYSIA
“Buy one free one.” If you're lucky, buy one free two!

ENGLAND
“Buy one get one free.”


(3)

ENGLAND
Drink from a bottle.

MALAYSIA
Drink from a plastic bag.


(4)

MALAYSIA
“It's 17 degrees in Genting! Best take 15 layers of clothing.”

ENGLAND
“It's 17 degrees in London! Best take off your jacket.”


(5)

MALAYSIA
“You're vegetarian, so you don't eat garlic or onion right?”

ENGLAND
“You're vegetarian, so you don't meat right?”


(6)

MALAYSIA

 (Image:  Amazonaws )

(Image: Amazonaws)

ENGLAND
Summer’s coming - best start using fake tan, don’t want to be pale.


(7)

MALAYSIA
Use this spoon for your cereal:

ENGLAND
Use this spoon for your cereal:

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(8)

MALAYSIA
Favourite sandwich filling? ICE CREAM

ENGLAND
Favourite sandwich filling? Maybe peanut butter.


 Image:  @aidvigo

Image: @aidvigo

 Image: @p enjualaaiskrim

(9)

MALAYSIA

“This is my auntie. She is the sister of the friend of the man whose son sells preserved limes on Jalan Orkid.”

ENGLAND

“This is my auntie. She's my mother's brother.”


(10)

MALAYSIA

“I'm going to the mall.” “How come?” “Lepak lah”

ENGLAND

“I'm going to the mall.” “How come?” “Need some new shoes.”


(11)

MALAYSIA

Go to a restaurant, call 20 dishes for 10 people. “Everything try”. Make it a group challenge to not leave a single morsel.

ENGLAND

Go to a restaurant, order a dish, eat your dish, stop when you are full.


(12)

MALAYSIA

You want 3GB/month data? Okay, here's 3GB but half of it can only be used between 12am-7am. (It's like Maxis is sponsored by Old Town or something)

ENGLAND

You want 3GB/month data for your phone? Sure, here's 3GB/month data.


(13)

MALAYSIA

What kind of salad do you fancy?

YOLO! Rojak. Everything boleh.

ENGLAND

What kind of salad do you fancy? Fruit or vegetable?


(14)

MALAYSIA

Hold your hand up to a car to tell it that you’re crossing now, whether he likes it or not.

ENGLAND

Hold your hand up to a car to say ‘thank you’.


Sometimes it's hard to know which option to take when you've grown up with both cultures. I've even ended up putting peanut butter on my jambu air. You just have to make the best of both worlds :)

Can you think of any more differences between British culture and Malaysia? Let me know in the comments or over on Facebook, and find pictures of my Malaysian-y English-y life over on Instagram!

Serena xo

 

 


 

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