It has been 49 years now, I wasn’t even born then. So, do I know and understand the feelings of finally being free, free from occupation or colonisation? Maybe not, but I know we take for granted of the freedom we have today.
I am sad to say this to you, but I don’t actually celebrate my nation’s birthday. I don’t even fly my country’s flag. So does that mean I am not patriotic? To me, I believe that everyday should be a special day. That means, we should never ever sell our nation to our enemies. Never ever betray our people & country. What’s even more insulting is burning your country’s flag!
But for your info, this year’s celebration is held in Kuching, Sarawak (cities across the country will take turn to host this celebration, last year it was held in the capital city). It’s similar to the parade in the US, with high school marching bands performing, cultural dances, floral parade, uniformed bodies, tanks & what not!
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So what did I do on this day? I went shopping. I guess most of us had the same idea, no one felt like staying home, hence the traffic jam and full parking spaces! I need an mp3 player cum voice recorder (for my master’s assignment), so I thought I should pay a visit to one of the malls. With the Merdeka (that’s independence to my foreign friends, I hope I got that right, unless my Malay sucks) Sale, the malls were packed. Shopping or even window shopping seems to be our hobby. We are well known to be great shoppers no matter which country we visit (we, as in my fellow countrymen). After I got the much needed gadget, I drove to the next fave spot of mine, IKEA. It took me 15 min to reach IKEA, but it took me half an hour or more to find a parking space! I was about to blow up, when I finally found one. So, you see, that’s how I celebrate this special day, go shopping!