It’s always a treat to take a week or two off for holiday, but when a long weekend comes around, it comes around for everybody - which means no backlog of emails, no work stacking up and plenty of family and friends to relax with.
Here are some ideas to celebrate Malaysia Day:
Eat Malaysian food for the next 24 hoursWhat better way to celebrate Malaysia’s multicultural society than savouring the diversity of Malaysian cuisine. Sometimes we may get so caught up at work that we wolf down our meals at the desk without taking a proper lunch break. Use the extra time off to explore local food or what Malaysians like to call a ‘makan’ trip with your family and friends.
Visit heritage landmarksLearn about Malaysian history by visiting popular heritage landmarks across the country. If you are experiencing a career setback or going through a creative block, you may find inspiration in uncommon sources. Explore the National Museum and Sultan Abdul Samad buildings in Kuala Lumpur, the Blue Mansion or the 290 year old temple in Penang, to break your usual routine and discover new experiences.
Watch an old Malaysian filmWe all look for inspiration in different ways and a good ol’ movie night always helps. Certain movies simply have a knack for lifting us up and inspiring us to do more and be more. Celebrate Malaysia Day by catching up on old movies with friends and families watching the famous “Bujang Lapok” films by the late P. Ramlee or anything from Merdeka. If movies are not your thing, then try a historic documentary instead
Go on a road trip with loved onesWe all need a break from our routine. It’s healthy and helps us press the reset button. Pack light and jump in your car with your best mates to explore explore hidden alleys in smaller towns, and enjoying authentic food along with beautiful sceneries. According to research, even planning a vacation has health benefits - showing a boost in happiness with the anticipation prior to leaving.