Just a few days ago, Maxis released a Malaysia day ad that had a very dodol sort of quality – It’s sweet, meaningful, and it sticks with you after you finish it. It can also make you feel guilty as heck… (after eating too much) Haven’t seen the video? Let us save you a google search:

 

Got some sand in your eye? Yeah us too…

Through two relatable characters, a father and son, a subtle comparison is posed between places in Malaysia and the expensive touristy places that are at the back of our minds, like Venice, Norway, or Paris. A scene that really made us feel sakit hati  was when Nazmi first told off his father for not being able to afford overseas holidays (but it seems the duo were fine afterwards la… dowan spoil the story. See for yourself!)

father maxis ad

Nazmi’s jolly and lovable dad tries his best to bring his son places, but can’t afford to bring him on overseas trips like the ones his friends post about

Of course, this is not the first Maxis ad we wrote about la. Back in May, Maxis had an ad called AI vs MI for Mother’s Day, which also had its emotional tear-jerking moments. Another throwback is to 2014, when both Maxis and Digi’s Merdeka ads were noticed by netizens for appearing to be similar  to one another, released merely hours apart by a remarkable coincidence.

The moment (around the two and half minute mark) Nazmi realizes—along with most of us—that we should count ourselves lucky to have all this natural beauty right in our backyard

 

Did you know that M’sia was once ranked the #10 most visited country in the world?

That’s according to the World Tourism Organisation in 2012, but recently that spot has gone to our neighbour Thailand.

Still, last year, there were more tourists visiting Malaysia than HK, Canada, Japan, or South Korea!

Checkout what Lonely Planet has to say about us:

“Malaysia is like two countries in one, cleaved in half by the South China Sea. While peninsula flaunts bustling cities, colonial architecture, misty tea plantations and chill-out islands, Malaysian Borneo hosts wild jungles of orangutans, granite peaks and remote tribes, along with some pretty spectacular diving…

Image from Lonely Planet's online gallery, photo by Anders Blomqvist / Getty Images

Image from Lonely Planet, photo by Anders Blomqvist / Getty Images

If there was one thing that unites all its pockets of ethnicities, religions and landscapes, it’s food. Between the Chinese-Malay ‘Nonya’ fare, Indian curries, Chinese buffets, Malay food stalls and Dayak specialties, with some impressive Western-style food thrown in for good measure, travellers will never go hungry here.” – Lonely Planet’s ‘Introducing Malaysia’

Here’s what some ang moh’s had to say about Malaysia, from a UK travel blog:

I visited Malaysia 2 years ago and loved it. The easy cultural mix was joyous to see, the people so kind and friendly and as a woman travelling alone for 6 weeks to feel as safe as I did was amazing. There were so many highlights I could not begin to choose the best – although as an almost non swimmer, the snorkelling in Tioman was certainly in my top 5 ! – Jill Parsons on statravel.co.uk

CNN Travel's list of 12 magical Malaysian rainforest retreats is pretty awesome... check it out!

CNN Travel’s list of 12 magical Malaysian rainforest retreats is pretty awesome… check it out!

Malaysia not only has the best food on earth but is now my favorite overall destination also. But you forgot the main reason and that is the friendliest faces on earth. Will be back very soon. – Nik Anderson on statravel.co.uk

So, not all of the good places to travel in the world are located far away! Some are just a drive away. We do live in a beautiful country although we’re not the most perfect (having bungled quite a few flags during the SEA games). So why not take a road trip to explore some of these breathtaking places during your Merdeka break? :)