I am a Sarawakian. I grew up in an environment which is rich in different cultures. I have Malay, Iban, Bidayuh, Dusun, Kadazan, Penan and of cause Chinese friends. I made friends with them since primary school where some of their parents sent them to Chinese school. At school, they learned and speak in Mandarin, where I also got to learn some of their languages and cultures. We celebrated Hari Raya Aidilfiltri, Hari Gawai (Iban’s Harvest Festival) and also Chinese New Year together, welcomed them to our house and their house. Among my schoolmates, most of them were from impoverished life, where their families work on the agricultural field to earn a living. On the contrary, looking at my own life, even though I am not from a wealthy family, but I learn to appreciate what I had and be proud of it.
I had two Iban, a Malay and a Chinese best friends from primary school until secondary school. Four of us spent most of our time together doing homework, discussions, celebrate birthdays and outings. We do not feel embarrassed to be friends with each other. In fact, I feel thankful to them, culturing me to be more open-minded and accept different cultures easily. We care about each other regardless of our different cultures and races. I appreciated them for giving me such a wonderful and colourful moments. I think that a person’s growing environment mold your personality. That’s what I become who I am now.
Thank you Julie’s The Best of You to give such an opportunity for me to ponder what actually made me the best of me.