Shit Miao Says

as a Sarawakian..

P/S: typo. I meant lightning not Thunder.

and some of them actually believes it.. not sure my bluffing is too good or they really trust me. hahaha but it was fun.


For my non Malaysian readers, Malaysia is separately into 2 parts, the East and the West. The West is the Potato shaped peninsular above Singapore. The East part is on the Borneo island.

The west Malaysian always have this weird imagination or thought that the East Malaysians stay on trees. I have no idea where they got it from, never in the history of East Malaysia that the people here stay on trees. =.=  Even the Borneo natives don’t stay on tree houses but stay in long communal house.


Nevertheless, the question, “Do you guys stay on tree houses?” always offended most of the East Malaysian. I’m actually quite okay with it tho and play along with it hahahah.

Then Haru made me speechless when he asked…

which makes no sense. Haru, you are drunk. Go home!!



  • Irvine
    August 21, 2013 - 9:52 am | Permalink

    What? Seriously Haru told that? How cute and creative the question he asked is!! XD

  • August 21, 2013 - 9:59 am | Permalink

    Exactly! Haru is super drunk.

  • PolarBear
    August 21, 2013 - 9:59 am | Permalink

    Actually this all start with the imaginative thinking from Avatar movie. 😛 nahh… since i was a child lots of people think east malaysian stay on trees… thankfully i’m part of east malaysian too, so i quite laugh at west malaysian whenever they asking/thinking east malaysia silly.. 😛

  • haryz
    August 21, 2013 - 10:19 am | Permalink

    where the ideas come from?? try check out the tourism ads. that’s how..

    • August 22, 2013 - 7:50 am | Permalink

      hahaha but they no show treehouses just trees XD
      what to do, our rainforest really famous

  • August 21, 2013 - 11:50 am | Permalink

    HAHAHAHAHAHA !!! Your blog post never fails to make my day.. thanks Jian ^.^

  • celine
    August 21, 2013 - 1:23 pm | Permalink

    hahaha, some of my foreign friends actually think this way too, but they thought the whole of Msia is like this lol. I have to tell them, nono they are just like SG, but a little more messy >.<

    • August 22, 2013 - 7:52 am | Permalink

      hahahah same here i have foreign friends thought the same thing.
      I need to tell them Twin tower is in Malaysia/KL, they thought it’s in Singapore

  • August 21, 2013 - 1:48 pm | Permalink

    yup.. Some of my relatives can’t imagine i studied in UNIMAS. East Malaysia is almost the same as West Malaysia.

    • August 22, 2013 - 7:52 am | Permalink

      hahahah biasa lar tu XD i have some west friends who studied here also say that

  • August 21, 2013 - 10:08 pm | Permalink

    No way, you can’t trick me! Hehe…

    Nice story though 😀 It would be great if it were true. Modern treehouses and tamed boars for transport…no pollution!

  • chiest247
    August 21, 2013 - 11:42 pm | Permalink

    eh, even those who live in west malaysia can get very imaginative with fellow west malaysian…when i say i’m from pahang they woulld ask if i see a lot of elephants and what would me and the villagers would do when elephants attack the village..when i said i’m from the east of pahang, near the sea they all think i live in a fishing boat

    • August 22, 2013 - 7:54 am | Permalink

      hahahah i have a Pahang friend kena for the Tiger question, they all ask her got Tiger, see Tiger before or not etc.

  • August 22, 2013 - 12:38 am | Permalink

    I am now a fan of the tamed boar. I demand a tamed boar badge nao! And give it a name! LOL. (Hogwart)

  • Colby Chong
    August 22, 2013 - 4:13 am | Permalink

    but i have never thought East Malaysian stay on trees, i’m not normal?

    • August 22, 2013 - 7:55 am | Permalink

      hahahah normal.
      Usually those who seldom google or old people will thought of that

  • August 22, 2013 - 7:36 am | Permalink

    Hari Ini Dalam Sejarah, if you’re into ol’History…
    you would know coz. of WHO commented that line “people of Borneo/East Malaysian” lived on tree tops”.

    Long long ago, before most of us were even processed in this planet.
    Before social media existed. Words from the mouth of Westerns are worshipped – printed on newspaper, history books, probably even studied & stored in the libraries.

    In this case, a certain Royal member of X country in his 1st ever royal entourage to Sarawak. Find that during his visits to the Orang Asli “rumah panjang” (coz. it’s built on tree logs, rattan, stalks & etc) & decorated with 🙂 lovely human skulls & wore branded leather made of tree branch skin. Everything is very organic & raw to him. So to him it’s “Tree” esp. since it’s not a palace/stone house on land.

    (Actually cannot blame him, coz. they brought him there. He was young of course “culture shock” esp. in olden days. It’s like suddenly you jumped from the plane & landed in a remote Jungle in Amazon & met bare naked tribes who looked at you like you are some kind of Roast Turkey fallen from the sky.)

    Up until the early 2000, you can still “Google” these info. :D.
    Later, the same Royalty acknowledged that the “people of the trees” have advanced (aka evolved) to modernization & considered well developed. So his “old comments” were “removed/deleted” in order to preserved the “Goodwill between Commonwealth Countries”.
    Unfortunately, some major damaged done to human memory. So it’s time for YOU – Sarawakians to upgrade the Search Engines (LOL)

    • August 22, 2013 - 8:16 am | Permalink

      NotBadObama.jpg. that you know Google and history well.

      Hahaha Then again, not only for us to study but for those west Malaysian who are ignorant to use the internet before throwing that silly question.

      Oh, I’m into history but different history topic, more into Sarawak kingdom history and federation formation. But still, if only West Msian can use Google like you or even study the history out of the school book then this federation will be so much better place, the same goes to the Borneons.

  • Nada
    August 22, 2013 - 7:54 am | Permalink

    Oh? I never thought of “East Malaysian live in a tree house.” It’s kind of…bullshit. Where that coming from actually? People who have that kind of thought should be ashamed of themselves.
    But, wait. I would really love to live in Miao kind of tree house. With that waterfall and lift. XD

    • August 22, 2013 - 8:25 am | Permalink

      mostly from the old generation who don’t use internet much i suppose.
      I got this question from colleagues, university coursemates and seniors.

      but come to think of it, not bad right to stay on treehouses, you get fresh air, good view, got life somemore hehehe

      • Nada
        August 24, 2013 - 12:51 pm | Permalink

        Yup, very eco friendly.
        Really wish to live in that kind of style.
        If East Malaysia really have those, I definitely migrate there.

  • Tim
    August 22, 2013 - 11:01 am | Permalink

    Do the Malays travel via wild boars as well?

    • August 22, 2013 - 1:22 pm | Permalink

      I suppose you mean the Muslims as Malays are not the only Muslims in Borneo.
      We do have other alternatives of Borneo Pygmy Elephants or Giant wild cats but damn expensive.

      It’s haram to eat pork but as far as i know touching a pig is fine, as long as didn’t get in touch with the impurity from the animal soil. Maybe wear full gear to cover else need to do the ritual wash after that. heheh

  • Arkanos
    August 22, 2013 - 1:24 pm | Permalink

    “East Malaysians living on treehouses”? Isn’t that tad ridiculous? Then again, you can’t blame the older generations who have that sort of thinking. (Many indigenous races what!)

    I like the made-up story of yours though. Creative 😀

    • August 22, 2013 - 2:09 pm | Permalink

      Well true, since there’s no internet back then. Everything was from words of mouth. ^^

  • August 23, 2013 - 3:33 pm | Permalink

    They must’ve failed their history subject. Lol

  • kayy
    August 23, 2013 - 6:07 pm | Permalink

    It’s sweet potato. not potato =p

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