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💛 I love SouthEast Asia. I’ve only lived in Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia but have visited all 11 SE Asian countries (especially the Philippines, where much of my family is from).
The other 7 countries are: Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Myanmar (formerly Burma), Brunei and East Timor.
🌏 If you asked me why I love this region of the world so much, my immediate reply would be: ʙᴇᴄᴀᴜsᴇ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ ᴘᴇᴏᴘʟᴇ.
☺️ Most SE Asians will smile at you being unapologetically who you are. No judgment. A lot of laughter. A lot of teasing. But no judgment. For example: laughing at karaoke doesn’t mean the locals are laughing at you. They’re laughing because they’re having fun. They’re laughing because you took the chance to get on the mic even if you were uncomfortable. And yeah, they could be shyly laughing at your unique way of singing 😉 but it’s supportive and joyful kind of belly laughter.
🙏🏽 The cultural rituals always intrigue me as well. Simple things that aren’t regarded as unusual. Like each generation that massages the shoulders (trapezius and back) of the elders. Family is naturally all together and much respect is shown for the elder generations. We eat weird chewy desserts with a base of glutinous rice flour or cassava or wormy jelly, and it’s all good!
🥢 Then there’s the food. Ohhh, don’t even get me started about the foods I love - though okay, if you really wanna know 😉 - my top 5 favourites include: Som Tam, Tom Yam Goong, Nasi lemak, Goi Cuon (Vietnamese fresh springroll) and adobo chicken.
💫 I could go on about my love for #SEAsia goodness.
🛫 But I’d love to hear YOUR best-of experience(s) in this region of the world. Did you laugh? Did you cry? Would you give it a two-thumbs-up? Or if you haven’t visited yet, are at least 1 or 2 of these 11 countries on your list of places to experience?
ᴡᴏᴜʟᴅ sᴜᴘᴇʀ ʟᴏᴠᴇ ᴛᴏ ᴋɴᴏᴡ! Let me know, in the comments👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽 at Malaysia