Many of us Malaysians fondly recall our childhood days spent frolicking in puddles and heavy rain, treating the floods in our neighborhoods as our very own aquatic playgrounds.
Those carefree moments were pure bliss, and it's only fair that newcomers to our land get to experience the joy of being Malaysian when the heavens open up, right?
Photo via Facebook (Penang Kini)
A heartwarming incident recently captured by the Penang Kini Facebook page perfectly embodies this sentiment. The page shared captivating images and a video that showcased a foreign man embracing the Malaysian spirit with unabashed enthusiasm. In the midst of heavy rains and flooding in Georgetown, Penang, on a morning in September, this adventurous soul decided to take a plunge – quite literally.
The accompanying caption humorously stated, "A foreign man was so excited that he was willing to swim and dive into (flood waters) in the Komtar area when it rained so much that the place flooded this morning (September 4). All kinds of behavior are coming out, no?"
In the images and video, the foreign man could be seen wholeheartedly immersing himself in the shallow floodwaters, relishing the opportunity to play and frolic as if he had been a lifelong resident of the area. His joyful antics were so infectious that passersby couldn't resist stopping to capture the heartwarming moment.
Seorang warga asing sungguh teruja sampai sanggup berenang dan menyelam di kawasan komtar ketika hujan lebat sehingga banjir di kawasan tersebut pagi tadi.. Macam-macam kelaku sungguh noo..
Posted by Penang Kini on Monday, 4 September 2023
To be honest, watching him have so much fun in the floodwaters stirred a sense of nostalgia in many of us. It's hard not to wish we could all join in and relive those carefree moments, even as adults. This incident reminds us of the simple joys that can be found in the midst of unexpected circumstances and the universal language of laughter and playfulness that transcends borders.
We hope this foreign visitor continues to embrace the Malaysian spirit and that his delightful adventure serves as a reminder to us all to find joy in the little things, no matter where we come from or where life takes us.