Unbelievably, Halloween has been, Christmas decorations and carols abound in the stores and for American’s it is time for a Turkey to be Presidentially pardoned and for people to be thankful. This is before too many then rush to the malls the following day (or should we say Thanksgiving evening) to push fellow citizens out of the way for that bargain flat screen TV. But we digress. This post is about what we are thankful for this year and as many know, we are writing this from Borneo, Malaysia.
Malaysia is a stunning country, and much more about it will be featured on this site. The nation has a gross national income of $8,770 USD per capita (2011), making it an upper middle income economy, according to the World Bank. Natural resources, such as oil and gas, can also be found on the island of Borneo. Yet, the discrepancy of wealth in Malaysia is still very much present. Many people live in luxurious penthouse apartments, while others live in shacks with little access to basic amenities such as clean drinking water, let alone their own kitchen. So it is easy for us this Thanksgiving to be thankful (especially since Alex is over his food poisoning!). Here is what we both wanted to share with you, our readers, who we are also very thankful for!
Alex: After my childhood years, and the thrill of opening presents subsided, Thanksgiving surpassed Christmas as my favorite holiday. I appreciated that the day was less commercial and the focus was on families getting together to eat good food and share quality time… and of course football! While it is unfortunate that I’m not in the USA today, I am very grateful to have the experience of visiting Malaysia. I am glad to be spending the day with my lovely wife and enjoying the sun, good food and incredibly diverse culture. And of course, it’s always important to be thankful for good health.
Bell: This isn’t a native holiday for me, but agree with Alex that it has a lot of good sentiment around it. So today I am thankful that we have been able to travel and experience these diverse cultures and experience just how wonderful people around the world, regardless of skin colour or religion can be. I am thankful to have a hubby who *mostly* accepts my crazy plans and ideas! And, that after 9 years of marriage we still know how to have a good time together.