Hi there and selamat datang! 🙂
First of all, thank you for taking the time to drop by my blog. I really appreciate it. This is not my first blog, but I guess I can say that it is the first blog of a new phase of my life on so many levels. You’d have to buy me at least 12 Javachip Frappucino (venti, no cream) for me to explain what this ‘new phase’ really mean.
One of the main reasons I started this blog is to practise my rather appaling level of my mother tongue, the Malay language. Although I had 11 formal years of education in the language, I have not been practising it since I left highschool in 1998. Just in case you’re wondering, I am of Malay (mum)+Chinese (dad) parentage from Sarawak, Malaysia so we tend to speak a mixture of Sarawak Malay (local dialect), English and very (x100) minor Hokkien Chinese (if my grandmother or cousin comes to visit) at home. Sarawak Malay does not sound anything like the standard Malay that most Malaysians understand.
I only realised that I had (okay, still HAVE) a problem in speaking Malay when I was selected to be one of the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTA) to teach the Malay Language in the United States recently. The irony! I may be quite fluent in the standard Malay but I do find myself fumbling with my ideas when I have to write in Malay, having thought of them first in English, then translating them into Malay.
I think by now you must be thinking that if I am so keen on improving my Malay language, then why the heck am I still writing in English for this section??? (btw, I don’t normally use multiple question marks simultaneously but just to emphasize the intensity of the question okshutupaileen) Well, it’s simply because I haven’t got the confidence to express myself fully in Malay. So it is through this blog that I would like to practise penning down my thoughts in the language and I hope that you would help me along the way by commenting on the language structure/