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HI, MY NAME IS MIRA AND I'M THE CREATOR OF THIS BLOG, TITLED *get to know MALAYSIA*. PLEASE TAKE SOME TIME TO READ THIS BLOG ABOUT MY WONDERFUL COUNTRY - MALAYSIA. I HOPE YOU ALL WILL HAVE FUN AND KNOWLEDGE FROM MY BLOG.




~MALAYSIA~

Malaysia is a warm and friendly country in southeast Asia. It consists of 14 states and 3 federal territories. Malaysia is situated on the line of khatulistiwa, that means Malaysia does not have four seasons (spring, summer, winter, autumn), but it has sunny days and rainy days throughout the year.




~MALAYSIA'S FLAG~














Malaysia consists of 13 States and the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan which is an island off the coast of Sabah over in East Malaysia.






~INTERESTING PLACE TO VISIT~

Have you ever thought of visiting Malaysia - the tropical paradise country in Asia? Although Malaysia may seem small, it actually has a lot to offer! There are many interesting place to visit here...






Perlis (the smallest state in Malaysia) :

*Perlis State Museum - If you're really curious about what's Perlis all about, why don't you visit this wonderful museum? In the museum, you'll learn all there is to know about this state which is situated high up in the map. Make sure to buy some souveniers! I'll promise you will never get bored here!

*Now, I'm sure all of you like birds. Well, to all bird lovers, why don't you visit this place - Bird Park. Here, you'll get to view unique and beautiful birds for your pleasures. And you can call the birds too. Wouldn't it be great?





Kedah

*One of the famous place to visit here is definitely Pulau Langkawi. Seriously, tourists must stop here if they visit Malaysia! Why is this Pulau Langkawi so famous? It's because here, there are Makam Mahsuri, The Field of Burnt Rice, Pantai Cenang, Pantai Kok and Tanjung Rhu. But I think the most popular place of all here is Makam Mahsuri. I'll tell you what it's all about. Well, this is the story of a legend of Mahsuri, who's been sentenced to death when she was set-up by her mother-inlaw. Her blood is white as it's to prove that she's innocent although it was a bit too late, after she died.

*Want to be a crocodile hunter? You can do so in Langkawi Crocodile Farm. Well, not hunt it, but you can watch these beautiful creatures closely and see how they sepnd their daily lives. There are about 1000 species of crocodiles here so I'm sure you won't waste your time coming here.




Penang

*Ever heard of Georgetown? It's tourist's attractions too as Captain Frnacis Light discovered this island a long time ago. Geogetown is connected to the mainland by the Penang Bridge. In Georgetown, you can do a lot of fun activities such as roading trishaws and seing street vendors hawking their wares, creating a colourful pictures.





Perak

*This is another historical state because here, British Resident J.W.W. Birch was killed in Pasir Salak, Perak. Here also lived Raja Maharaja Lela, the Malay chief who rebelled against British rule. Their hisrories can be learnt here and I can quote that it's extremely interesting.

*Pulau Pangkor is also situated in this state. Pulau Pangkor is a beautiful island where you can just relax with it's sandy beaches, clear waters and refreshing breezes. This is indeed for those who just likes to relax after being in the city for a long time.

*Do you know what's a 'Gua Tempurung?' It means a cave, located near Ipoh, a city in Perak. If you're the exploring type, I'm sure this place would be perfect for you! Here, you learn all kind of things about rocks. You'll be sure to be surprised.






Selangor

*Selangor's capital city is Shah Alam, a very crowded and busy place. There's also a wonderful architectural design of the State Mosque, the Masjid Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah here. You will definetly be amazed.

*Wet World Water Park is also situated in this state. There are so many slides, and I can guarantee you maximum of fun here. This place is especially great for kids as they can play all out here. Be sure to bring extra clothes!

*Another tourists attractions here is Kuala Lumpur, which is the capital city of Malaysia. Here also lies Suria KLCC. It is a shopping complex which holds Petronas Twin
Towers, a proud monument in Malaysia.

*Mid Valley Megamall is also located here in Kuala Lumpur. This place means one thing - shopping! At this Megamall, you can find everything you need, starting from food to clothes. This Megamall is also easy to find in Kuala Lumpur. So, be sure not to miss it!




Negri Sembilan

*Lata Kijang Waterfall, situated here, is a very popular place because in this place, you can go jungle trackking, experiencing beautiful nature, seing new types of animals and plants, and of course, having a blast at the waterfall. And if you're into fishing and hunting experience, this could also the perfect place for you!

*Gemas Railway Station, is in a small town of Gemas. It's a very famous place as it has a main west coast rail line running to the north and south of the peninsula, meets the line running to the north-east. That's the reason why there are many visitors in the town. So, why don't you try it? If you need accomodation, you can check this out
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Malacca

*If you're in Malacca, you simply can't miss not visiting A'Famosa! The short history of this historical place starts when Alfonso de Albuquerque and the Portuguese fleet under his command arrived at the shores of Malacca. After defeating the locals, he quickly built a fortress near the sea to safeguard his hold on the land. Until now, it's still here, as a symbol of presence of Portugis in Malaysia.

*Years after years, the story of Hang Tuah lived. The legend of Hang Tuah’s Well says that this well is the dwelling place of this famous Malaccan warrior’s soul. Apparently, his soul sometimes is the shadow of a white crocodile that only holy ones can see. That's how the leegend continues until now. True or not, who knows?




Johor

*Ayer Hitam, located here means Black Water. This is actually a lovely town, as it is always bustling with vehicles and people. This place is well-known for its ceramic items such as flower vases, photo frames, jars, and other home decorative items. Amongst the famous local food sold here are prawn crackers, tapioca chips, and the all-time must-try 'otak-otak'. So, have fun here!

*Do you know that Bugis had set foot here years ago? So, to rememeber it by, here lies Muzium Bugis where you can see traditional costumes, sarongs, weapons, furnitures, cooking utensils, canons, old photographs and letters.






Pahang

*Among popular places here is Cameron Highlands. This magnificent, beautiful place has lots to offer too. This destination is different from others as it's very cold here. With that kind of weather, people there plants and sell colourful flowers, fresh vegetables and strawberries, the famous fruit there was in cameron Highlands. Those strawberries are simply delicious!

*Another pulau in Malaysia is Pulau Tioman, famous for its tropical paradise. If you're searching for a quiet and serene place, this is it! The clean water will just calm you down, and you seriously will just enjoy yourself and have a wonderful time here.



Kelantan

*How many times have you ever been to a fish village? If not many times, this is the perfect place for you as you can gain the experience of a fisherman. The places are in two well known villages, Kuala Besar and Kampung Saba. Here, you can learn how to catch fish at the sea, plant or harvest padi, tab rubber, make a fish traps and participate in traditional games like silat and sepak takraw. This indeed will make a joyous experience.

*Handcraft Village and Craft Museum also exisist here. They have a wide selection of handicraft items such as songket, batik, silverware and embroidery. There is a lot to learn about these traditional items here. You are sure going to love it.



Terengganu

*When we think about Terengganu, what pops out from our minds are beaches and turtles. One of the whitest beaches here is Pulau Redang. It's simply a wonderful sight to see. Pulau Redang is the place for undersea experience as they have rich coral beds and a lot of tropical fish. You can see even the smallest fish here. The crystal clear blue sea is a beautiful sight with its tropical aquatic fish.

*Rantau Abang is also a famous place in this state. That's because here, you can see there was a time when a great number of giant leatherback turtles came to Rantau Abang to lay their eggs. The experience of seing all this is absolutely not to miss for.






Sabah

*Are you an adventurous person? If so, I got this place right down for you. Monutain Kinabalu. The height if this mountain is 4095m. Although it's very hilly, I'm sure that you'll be fascinated by it's wonderful surroundings of nature all the way up to the peak.

*Another exciting place here is Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park. Here, you'll see marine creatures such as a good variety of marine life can be found, like scorpionfish, blue-spotted rays, cuttlefish, mantis shrimps and the occasional green or hawksbill turtle.




Sarawak (the largest state in Malaysia)

*This state contains a lot of tradisional behaviour of a lot of small quantity if races in Malaysia. For example, there are Iban, Bidayuh, Melanau and Orang Ulu as well as Malay and Chinese. Why don't you try to learn their customs? I'm sure you'll have fun!

*Batang Ai National Park is also a very famous place in Sarawak. This is the place for the world's most endangered species, the Orang Utan. It is also a home for many other protected wildlife like the hornbills and gibbons.







~RACES IN MALAYSIA~

We have three major races in Malaysia. They are Malay, Chinese and India. We have a lot of differences between us, such as religions and tradisional customs... But although we're different, we all live like one big happy family.




~MALAYSIA'S NATIONAL FLOWER~

Malaysia's national flower is hibiscus. Hibiscus are very pretty flower as it comes in different colours. Here, we have red (mainly), pink, peach and light yellow. The five petals of the bunga raya symbolise the Rukunegara (the Five Principles of Nationhood), while the colour red represents courage. Anyway, the hibiscus was chose as the national flower by Malaysia's first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman.



~LANGUAGES IN MALAYSIA~

The offical language in Malaysia is Malay language. It's well known by Malay people of course, but all the other races know it too! Besides Malay language, to communicate between one race with another, we use English language. The langauge has gotten more and more useful in Malaysia, especially when you're older.

Anyway, want to know some Malay words? I'll teach you a few 'basic' words...

Greetings :

1.Good morning - selamat pagi
2.Good afternoon - selamat tengah hari
3.Good evening - selamat petang
4.Good night - selamat malam

Numbers :

1 - satu
2 - dua
3 - tiga
4 - empat
5 - lima
6 - enam
7 - tujuh
8 - lapan
9 - sembilan
10 - sepuluh


~SCHOOLS IN MALAYSIA~

Surprisingly, schools in Malaysia works differently from a lot of countries..

Let me explain :

First, as you all know, we go to kindergartens as our first school. Then, here, we go to primary school, starting from 6 years old to 12 years old. In primary schools, it's like Standard 1, Standard 2, etc. until 12 years old (Standard 6). In Standard 6, we have a very important exam called UPSR.. In the exam, we have to take five papers (Malay language 1, Malay language 2, English language, Maths and Science). And we'll try to get all A in the five papers - 5 A's.

Second, after finishing primary school at aged 12 years old, we go to secondary school. We go to this type of school until we're 16 years old. So, starting from 13 years old, it's like Form 1, Form 2, etc. And in Form 3 (15 years old), all of us have to take another important exam called PMR. This time, there are 7/8 subjects. Lastly, we have to take one more exam just before finishing secondary school which is called SPM at aged 16 years old. This is the most important exam of all as it determines our futures. In SPM, you have to take 8 subjects/more than that. And of course, try to aced them all!

Afterwards, we go to college or university before working.


~HARI RAYA AIDILFITRI~

One of the muslim's (religious) celebration here is Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

explanation :

Muslims celebrate the festival of Aidilfitri – popularly known as Hari Raya Puasa, in Malaysia – to mark over of Ramadhan, the holy month of fasting. It is a joyous occasion for Muslims! First thing in the morning, we pray at the Mosque. Starting that day, it's the month of Syawal.

Fasting during the month of Ramadhan is compulsory. Fasting is when Muslims are required to prevent themselves from eating/drinking daily, between sunrise and sunset. It is one of the five tenets of Islam.

In Malaysia, the period of fasting ends when the new moon is sighted on the evening of the last day of Ramadhan. If the crescent is sighted, the following day is then declared the first day of Aidilfitri, which is also the beginning of the month of Syawal.

Aidilfitri is celebrated for the whole month of Syawal, but in Malaysia, only the first two days are observed as public holidays. It is widely common however, to see Muslims taking the first week off from work. Of course, it's a school holiday by that time!

Usually, a lot of people on that day go home to their hometown to visit their grandparents/relatives. Normally, cities like Kuala Lumpur (the place where I'm staying) is quiet and kinda empty.

This is also a time to forgive and forget past quarrels. Asking for pardon is done in order of seniority. The younger members of a family approach their elders to seek forgiveness, to salam (Muslim equivalent of a handshake.

The usual greeting during Aidilfitri is “Selamat Hari Raya”, which means “Wishing you a joyous Hari Raya”. Children are given duit raya or gifts of money, in small envelopes. Goody!

Although the first three days are celebrated on a grander scale, many Muslims hold “open house” throughout the month. Usually, they would serve ketupat, which are the traditional Hari Raya fare and is often served with beef rendang (beef cooked with spices and coconut milk) and satay (grilled meat on a skewer). Other festive delicacies include lemang (glutinous rice cooked in bamboo tubes), serunding (dessicated coconut fried with chilli) and curry chicken.




Malaysia have been an independant country for 49 years now (starting from 31 August 1957). Throughout the 49 years, a lot of changes had occured. For examples, kids now can go to school to get educations, a lot of hospitals had been built, factories.. etc. Now, we have a lot of occupations too! All in all, 'Merdeka' had made Malaysia a better place to live in, because of modernization.

On that memorable day (31 August 1957), thousands of people had gathered in Stadium Merdeka to see with their own eyes about 'Merdeka' on the magnificant day. Why wouldn't they? They had been waiting a very long time for all this to happen! Independence - means no more being conqueer by any other countries, but Malaysia can now live freely and of course, independently.

Now, although it had been 49 years of 'Merdeka', Malaysians always remember the honourable man who had made this heppened - Malaysia’s first Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman. Thank you, we owe everything to you!




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~COMMENTS~

1.This blog is the BEST! It's very cultural too! (Lyn, Australia)

2.Hi, I'm Rose. This blog is very nice, and I'm glad I read it as now, I learnt almost all there is to know about Malaysia!! (Rose, U.S.A)

3.I just LOVE the glitters!! Oh, and I like Malaysia too. Maybe I'll go there one day for a visit!! Love it! (Fiona, Africa)

4.Good job, Mira! This blog is AWESOME!! Malaysia seems a wonderful place. (Johnny, California)

5.*get to know MALAYSIA* is really a wonderful thing to do. Mira, your country is sooo nice!! I would love to go there and visit all those places!! Ooh, and I just really, really love the decorations!! (Adrianne Luke, New York)

6.Hi, I like your blog! I refer to it for my school project.Thanks a lot, MIRA!! (Caroline, France)

7.Malaysia is great! I'll go there one day - yup!! Oh, cool blog, Mira. Way to show everyone how it's done! (Saerah, Singapore)

8.Your blog is simply AWESOME!! Five thumbs up for you! (Tod, Canada)

9.Hi everyone. I'm Lina. Mira, your blog is absolutely PERFECT!! I love it! (Lina, Malaysia)

10.Wow, awesome blog! Love it! (Aaron, U.S.A)




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