Why I Am Thankful To Be Living In Malaysia

Posted by : foongpc | Friday, October 2, 2009 | Published in


Am I glad and thankful I am living in Malaysia. No, I am not being patriotic. Neither am I professing my love for my country.

When the typhoon Ketsana hit Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia causing untold damage and loss of lives, I was thankful that Malaysia had never ever experienced such a devastating rage of nature.

When the earthquake struck Sumatra, Indonesia, many Malaysians felt the effect of the tremors but we were relatively safe. The earthquake was too close for comfort, yet we were out of the danger zone. I was thankful and still am.

When the tsunami smashed into the island of Samoa, it reminded me of the 2004 tsunami that killed more than 200,000 people in 11 countries on Boxing Day. I was holidaying in Singapore during the Christmas week, totally enjoying myself until I heard people talking about it! Was I shocked!

Although the 2004 tsunami did hit us too, it was not as devastating as those other countries like Thailand, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. Boy, am I glad I live in Malaysia!

There are typhoons, earthquake, tsunamis and volcano eruptions all around us, yet our country is considered safe from all these natural calamities. Did you know that Malaysia narrowly missed being included in the Pacific Ring Of Fire? Isn't Malaysia a blessed country?

Image from Wikipedia

So were all these the effects (although delayed) of the total solar eclipse that happened on July 22nd this year? We have already been warned of major earthquakes, typhoons and tsunamis to happen during or after the eclipse. Was it mere coincidence that the series of natural disasters that had just happened occurred in countries that were located in the path of the solar eclipse on July 22nd?

Will there be more to come? I certainly hope not!

But of course, these disasters are nothing compared to what some doomsday soothsayers are already predicting for the year 2012.

Meantime, I just keep counting my blessings and cannot help but feel how lucky we are to be living in home sweet home Malaysia.


(68) Comments

  1. Ice said...

    I've always been told Malaysia is the best! Because of its location. But if other "things" can be better like its location that would make thing perfect, isn't it?

    October 2, 2009 at 8:09 AM
  2. Anonymous

    I am thankful too!! :)

    October 2, 2009 at 8:43 AM
  3. iamthewitch said...

    Wow, 2012 doomsday??? That's eerily close!! Btw I'm looking forward to the Chilli's post! ;)

    October 2, 2009 at 8:47 AM
  4. CheaHSan said...

    Water is a good servant but a bad master..prevailed over the helpless.

    October 2, 2009 at 9:13 AM
  5. Borneo Falcon said...

    Wonder how long we will be save.

    October 2, 2009 at 11:05 AM
  6. [SK] said...

    yeah, i am always thankful for living in this comparatively natural-calamities-safe country..

    October 2, 2009 at 11:12 AM
  7. [SK] said...

    but from the image you've posted, looks like our country is inside the PROF area?? i think we would be slightly be excluded from that??

    October 2, 2009 at 11:13 AM
  8. [SK] said...

    i'll join you with the blessings and hope there will not be any disasters anymore..

    October 2, 2009 at 11:14 AM
  9. Robo said...

    Anyway, we have to thanks for anything that our country located in the Ring Of Fire and...still escape from the disasters recently! Just like what Borneo Falcon said, wondering how long we will be save....and are we the Lucky One at All time?! Hm...prepare...


    October 2, 2009 at 11:24 AM
  10. ladyviral said...

    For this kind of situation I am thankful too.

    So far nothing major is affecting us.. but would be the earth is changing. We would soon be getting four season? Would soon be having all this earthquakes?

    Or is this the destruction of preparation of a new world?

    October 2, 2009 at 11:43 AM
  11. Che-Cheh said...

    I'm thankful too. If you look at the world map, Malaysia is kinda like in a 'protected' shell... surrounded by other countries... except the South China sea area.

    October 2, 2009 at 11:49 AM
  12. manglish said...

    I totally agree with your Foong...it is really not that we are trying to show off our patriotism or professing our love for the country but seriously if we are to compare to other countries, we are so much better off in everything...and we are just thankful with what we have.....and i am quite skeptical about the 2012 thing....what do you think?

    October 2, 2009 at 12:10 PM
  13. HappySurfer said...

    Yes, we are indeed lucky in Malaysia. Lots of factors contribute to that. The Earth is dying for one; karma is another.

    We'll probably cross over Dec 21, 2012 but not without a lot more happenings along the way. Life goes on..

    October 2, 2009 at 12:48 PM
  14. ~Elaine Tam~ said...

    Ok...should be grateful for living in Malaysia....which free from natural disaster..but we are not lucky because of something else... =__="

    Anyway, thank god for keeping us safe and healthy *AMIN*

    October 2, 2009 at 1:25 PM
  15. foongpc said...

    ai shiang, yes if other things are as good as its location, Malaysia would be heaven on earth! Unfortunately, no countries in this world is perfect and neither is Malaysia. Still, I love Malaysia! : )

    October 2, 2009 at 1:45 PM
  16. foongpc said...

    mei teng, yes count our blessings! : )

    October 2, 2009 at 1:46 PM
  17. foongpc said...

    iamthewitch, 2012 is just 3 years away! But whether doomsday will happen remains to be seen.

    My Chili's post will be out next! : )

    October 2, 2009 at 1:50 PM
  18. foongpc said...

    cheahs@n, water is indeed a good servant but bad master! : )

    October 2, 2009 at 1:51 PM
  19. foongpc said...

    borneo falcon, no one knows! : )

    October 2, 2009 at 1:52 PM
  20. foongpc said...

    SK, yeah, the map shows Malaysia inside the Ring Of Fire. But in reality, we are very close and not really inside it. Cos we don't experience earthquakes and volcano eruptions : )

    Yes, hope no more natural disasters.

    October 2, 2009 at 1:55 PM
  21. foongpc said...

    robo, well, we will just have to keep our fingers crossed. I heard that in the end days, earthquakes will happen at unlikely places ie. places that are deemed to be free from earthquakes.

    And with the global warming, there is currently a change of weather pattern. Who knows, one day a typhoon will slam into Malaysia? *touch wood*

    October 2, 2009 at 1:58 PM
  22. foongpc said...

    ladyviral, this could be the start of a new world order, or it could be just a passing phase. We would just have wait and see : )

    October 2, 2009 at 1:59 PM
  23. foongpc said...

    che-cheh,yes, because of the location, we are safe from most natural disasters. We should really be thankful! : )

    October 2, 2009 at 2:00 PM
  24. foongpc said...

    manglish, yes we are indeed better off in terms of natural disasters. I am not too sure of other things, though. Still, Malaysia is a wonderful place to live in!

    I am not too sure about 2012 myself, although a lot of theories point to that date. Still, I find it hard to believe that humans will be gone so fast because if you compare to dinosaurs, they survived for millions of years! How is it possible we only survive a fraction of their time?

    October 2, 2009 at 2:06 PM
  25. foongpc said...

    happysurfer, yes we are! So you think we will survive beyond 2012? Somehow, I think so too : )

    October 2, 2009 at 2:10 PM
  26. foongpc said...

    elaine tam, well no country is perfect in this world. We just got to count our blessings, yes? : )

    October 2, 2009 at 2:11 PM
  27. Willie a.k.a Reptoz said...

    Agreed. We are blessed by other countries.

    October 2, 2009 at 2:37 PM
  28. khengsiong said...

    Agree that we are lucky.

    But as far as weather is concerned, I vote for California.

    October 2, 2009 at 5:06 PM
  29. manglish said...

    or maybe it is just a hoax so we heighten our consciousness ar?
    you know to scare us ar..hhhaha

    October 2, 2009 at 5:16 PM
  30. Tekkaus said...

    Guess what bro? That's what I have been reminding my friends about again and again and again and again! :p

    October 2, 2009 at 5:42 PM
  31. Tekkaus said...

    Malaysia is so blessed right? No matter what you said about Malaysia...you still can't deny that it is a safe place to call home. :p

    October 2, 2009 at 5:42 PM
  32. Tekkaus said...

    That's all for today Foong! I gotta prepare dinner now. Take care ya. Malaysia boleh! :p

    Have a great weekend bro. :p

    October 2, 2009 at 5:43 PM
  33. GagayMD said...

    hi foong!

    long time no chats..no updates..i was busy at school..huhu!

    how are you now?

    whew! just done reading the post! yeah! you're blessed to having Malaysia such safe place.too bad for us here in phils..

    anyway, see you at mine! take care! just a quickie comment this would be, i need to study for exam still. :)

    gagay, MD

    October 2, 2009 at 8:22 PM
  34. molly said...

    Yes, we are blessed. So, take care and enjoy!
    Happy Moon Cake Festival!

    October 2, 2009 at 10:29 PM
  35. wenn said...

    ya..count our blessings..

    October 2, 2009 at 11:18 PM
  36. Pete said...

    Real sad about all these disasters.
    Malaysia only got Political Tsunami!

    October 2, 2009 at 11:47 PM
  37. Foong Speaks Her Mind said...

    Lucky u didn't say it's because of '1Malaysia' or else I will feel the need to kick you. ;-p

    ~the sarcastic Foong~

    October 2, 2009 at 11:48 PM
  38. LifeRamblings said...

    East or west, home is best.

    October 3, 2009 at 12:06 AM
  39. LifeRamblings said...

    i guess all of us are shocked and saddened by all the calamities that's been happening lately.

    October 3, 2009 at 12:07 AM
  40. Pike-chan said...

    Geographically speaking, Malaysia is the best!

    October 3, 2009 at 1:18 AM
  41. Mariuca said...

    Hi Foong! I voted for MC edi...abaden! ;)

    October 3, 2009 at 2:50 AM
  42. Mariuca said...

    I hope we remain safe and sound here in Malaysia. :)

    October 3, 2009 at 2:56 AM
  43. eiling lim said...

    I feel that we are very lucky in some ways especially in the natural disaster department. But I'm sure that's a ll about to change since the global warming is happening and anything could happen to Malaysia too.

    October 3, 2009 at 11:48 AM
  44. Nick Phillips (15/03/1967 - 04/11/2022) said...

    Judging by the way things are going, it's only a matter of time when we one day will experience all those stuff too. I hope it's not in my lifetime though.

    October 3, 2009 at 8:54 PM
  45. Ken Wooi said...

    i think the 2012 one.. not real lah.. people are just make speculations.. lol.. =P


    October 4, 2009 at 10:44 AM
  46. Ken Wooi said...

    and yeah.. i feel fortunate that im in malaysia too.. out of the "danger zone".. =)


    October 4, 2009 at 10:44 AM
  47. jam said...

    I think that is one of a few reasons why I love my country.

    October 4, 2009 at 3:42 PM
  48. foongpc said...

    willie, yeah! : )

    October 5, 2009 at 4:05 PM
  49. foongpc said...

    khengsiong, you prefer the weather in California? I don't mind it here though especially when it is cloudy! : )

    October 5, 2009 at 4:06 PM
  50. foongpc said...

    manglish, maybe. Who knows? : )

    October 5, 2009 at 4:07 PM
  51. foongpc said...

    tekkaus,really? You remind your friends again and again about how lucky we are living in Malaysia? Yes, we are indeed blessed! : )

    October 5, 2009 at 4:08 PM
  52. foongpc said...

    gagay, thanks for dropping by! Will drop by your blog/s soon! : )

    October 5, 2009 at 4:09 PM
  53. foongpc said...

    molly, happy belated Mooncake Festival to you! : )

    October 5, 2009 at 4:09 PM
  54. foongpc said...

    wenn, indeed we must count our blessings! : )

    October 5, 2009 at 4:10 PM
  55. foongpc said...

    pete, haha! You are right! Malaysia's tsunami is a political tsunami : )

    October 5, 2009 at 4:10 PM
  56. foongpc said...

    foong speaks her mind, well lucky me! Haha! : )

    October 5, 2009 at 4:11 PM
  57. foongpc said...

    life ramblings, yeah the calamities just came one after another - shocking indeed : )

    October 5, 2009 at 4:12 PM
  58. foongpc said...

    pikey, yes we are at the best point on planet Earth. Are we really? : )

    October 5, 2009 at 4:12 PM
  59. foongpc said...

    mariuca, oh! Thanks for voting for MC. Keep on voting, yes? We shall bring her to No.1 spot! Yay!

    October 5, 2009 at 4:13 PM
  60. foongpc said...

    eiling, well we won't know what will happen in future, but meanwhile I am just counting my blessings! : )

    October 5, 2009 at 4:14 PM
  61. foongpc said...

    nick phillips, I hope it does not happen in my lifetime too! : )

    October 5, 2009 at 4:15 PM
  62. foongpc said...

    kenwooi, 2012 not real, mere speculations? Maybe. maybe not! Yeah, we are lucky to be out of the danger zone : )

    October 5, 2009 at 4:16 PM
  63. foongpc said...

    jam, yes I love Malaysia! : )

    October 5, 2009 at 4:16 PM
  64. Monica said...

    yes, I m thankful too!!

    October 6, 2009 at 1:38 AM
  65. Ciela said...

    Hi Foong! After the various disasters that have devastated my country, the Philippines, I think there are still much to be thankful for. Good for you people of Malaysia that you are spared from these calamities. But I can't accept that it's "KARMA"!
    For HAPPY SURFER, please don't give wrong interpretations. And most importantly, Don't misjudge!

    Thanks Foong!

    October 6, 2009 at 9:03 AM
  66. foongpc said...

    monica, glad you are : )

    October 6, 2009 at 9:14 PM
  67. foongpc said...

    beng gee, sorry to hear about what Filipinos have to go through! But yes, there are lots of things to be thankful for despite the calamities. Good to know that you think that way! : )

    October 6, 2009 at 9:16 PM
  68. Ayie said...

    i truly feel bad for those countries highly devastated by the calamities. In my homeland alone many lives were taken. I hope no more.... so many bad things happening.

    October 7, 2009 at 7:05 AM