Tuesday, February 08, 2011

In Colombo? How can?!!

When overseas, one tends to be more patriotic than usual. Surprisingly, but I indeed find it very true because we tend to compare the country we are visiting with the one we live in. For example, when I was in Colombo the 1st day, I had already experienced the way locals drive over there. I tell you ah, I almost had a heart attack when I sat in one of those tuk tuks. The way they weave through the traffic, I guarantee you that you can get the same thrill riding that roller coaster in Genting Highlands (which I have not rode before) except with the inclusion of the oncoming opposite traffic. haha...




Besides the weaving of traffic, creating a lane that is entirely non-existent, the drivers can't drive without a hand off the car horn. All the drivers in regardless of tuk tuks or sedan car drivers are driving with one hand on the steering wheel and the other on the car horn. Oklah, we admit that in Malaysia also we drive with one hand and the other hand busy texting on the mobile or holding our partner's hand (in which I have been guilty of once upon a time). But then ah, do you know that I hardly see any accidents even when they drive like a mad man on a one-lane-trunk-road compared to our supposedly sofistikated (sophisticated) four-lane-expressways.


See, got proof one!


Like a true blue Malaysian, I am still trying to find fault with the country. I mean, how can? How can Colombo be better than KL right? Then I look on the streets, trying to spot for rubbish, tissues and plastic wrappers and then I can proudly claim that in KL we have less rubbish than you na..na..na..nana... But then again, I was disappointed. Amazingly the Singhalese are quite clean and so far, I have not seen a single person throwing out their tissues from car windows or even the windowless tuk tuks. How can?!! Then, I think to myself - maybe they don't use tissues, they use their sleeves! Hmmph...



You can also see that even the public area, the beach near the Galle Face Hotel was spotless and clean. Try looking at our very own Batu Feringghi beach and you'll be surprise to find that Malaysians in general like to litter. This is one thing we all should learn from people in Colombo. Apart from dirty beaches, we are also quite famous about our filthy toilets. I mean, who would have not realise it by now? Even the ones at our KL International Airports still smell and some of the cubicles are out of order but I find the toilets in the Colombo Airport dry and clean. So embarrassing I tell you.. Doesn't this makes you wonder why?

People there are quite nice too. Most of them can speak English one ok?!!! Even the tuk tuk drivers can have conversations with us when he was busy honking and weaving traffic. Unlike some of our rude cabbies driving an air-conditioned-four-wheeler here, they don't even understand England!

So in the end, I give up lah. Don't want to compare already! How can? How can?!!! To make us Malaysians feel better, our food is indeed still the best lah! Even their String Hoppers a.k.a Putu Mayam cannot fight with ours lah! And they also don't have Bak Kut Teh and Char Koay Teow! I feel so much better already.


20 comments:

Anonymous said...

To a worm in horseradish, the world is horseradish.

Anonymous said...

did the spicy food made you loss weight? you didn't seem to have gained weight

suituapui said...

Malaysians will always be Malaysians...incorrigible.

KY said...

the drivers are like that in vietnam too. lol

eiling lim said...

Anon 12:29: Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

Anon 2:51: I think I gained weight.

STP: haha I think it has to do with the fact that we all have the never-mindlah attitude.

KY: yeah yiling told me the same thing.

foongpc said...

Thank God we Malaysians still have the better food!! LOL!

foongpc said...

Hahahaha!! Can't stop LMAO @ Then, I think to myself - maybe they don't use tissues, they use their sleeves! Hmmph...

foongpc said...

Really Colombo cleaner than KL?! OMG, we must really buck up! But I gave up on the toilet conditions in KL long time ago oredy!

Anonymous said...

you cannot say people don't use toilet paper. they flush the butt using water. this is environmental friendly

eiling lim said...

Foongpc: I think we're infamous for our toilets worldwide. But at least we eat good food mah hor? Hehe

Anon: I'm sure they use toilet paper!

Anonymous said...

Did you compare Ceylon tea? Teh tarik in Malaysia is using tea dust, the left over from tea leaf production.

Huai Bin said...

HAHAHA I love your comment about using the sleeves.

Yeah, their tuk tuks is really something else, love them, feel like it's quite a rollercoaster ride each time I get on. ;)

eiling lim said...

Anon: do you know that all the good ceylon tea are all exported out? So the ones you get in sri lanka aren't that great due to that.

Huai Bin: yeah it's a thrilling experience on a tuk tuk as long as the drivers know what they are doing!

Wai Lun said...

I like this posting of yours. So funny. Have been wanting to visit Sri Lanka for a while but a bit sceptical. Now that you have given such interesting comments, I think I will give it a shot after all.

Anonymous said...

where did they grow the tea? did you go to see the tea farms?

eiling lim said...

wai lun: Thanks. But it's kinda boring la after I stayed there for 7 days. But if you are traveling out of Colombo to other places, it should be ok.


Anon: No I didn't visit the tea farms.

Anonymous said...

You must be kidding that can't get good tea in Sri Lanka. How much single plantation orange pekoe you want to buy or drink?

eiling lim said...

anon: that's what i read and heard as the good teas are all exported out and not for consumption at the cafe or restaurants

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