Tuesday, July 31, 2007

the fash packed...

... and went to malaysia. why is it that every time we visit our asian neighbors, we always end up feeling sad and depressed about the sorry state of our own country :-( malaysia has become quite the developing nation, pouring billions of ringgit into beautifying, expanding, progressing, nurturing, and yes, developing their country. and it's a long-term plan: by 2020, their goal is to be distinguished as a developed nation. we realized what it is: a lot of asian countries have a case of keeping up with the joneses. malaysia envies the way its next-door neighbor singapore has progressed and how it gets all the tourists and praise and world-wide media attention. and such a tiny country at that! so in malaysia, you get the sense that it wants to "become" singapore or at least become at par with it. we sensed the same thing in shanghai back in the early 90s—it wanted to become hong kong, and look at it now. meanwhile, we filipinos are so mayabang. we think, oh yah, those countries are so like this and like that, well, we're different, even if we don't have those paved highways, orderly traffic system, honest cops, clean streets, efficient service etc etc etc, at least we have the beaches, the malls, the beaches, the malls blah blah blah!!! let's start with the first thing one sees when one arrives in a foreign land: the airport. we took cebu pacific's red-eye flight (dep mnl 2100h, arr kul 130h!), so we landed at LCCT, kuala lumpur's low-cost carrier terminal. in other words, it's a bare-bones airport. that means no tube connecting plane to building, you have to walk down from the plane and drag your handcarry across the tarmac (parang domestic). but this small, "cheaply" made, warehouse-style airport is a million times better than our so-called international airport. more like nightmare-port! haay, but we've heard it all before, and we all have our own stories to tell. more tomorrow!

2 comments:

giselle said...

I love your blogs. hopefully i could write like this in the future. I haven't been lucky in the publishing company that I have applied for. though, i really want to work in a magazine. I love to write kasi. your blogs are so impressive, they're funny too.

details_later said...

Oy vey. We HAVE a new airport. But story of all our lives, it has sat unused for, gee, four years? Five?

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