All year long I have been looking forward to Summer so I can finally take the vacation that I’ve been dreaming of for months! Ever since I was a child I’ve wanted the chance to visit Malaysia. But growing up with very little money our family wasn’t able to take vacations – unlike a lot of the parents of kids that I was around, my parents had to hold down two jobs each just to be able to afford the school I was in. But, finally, I’m riding in a car rental in Penang at nineteen years old with my parents accompanying me.
I knew they would want to come with me – my dad is half-Malaysian and has long desired to see his mother’s homeland for himself. When I was sixteen I made a promise that I would ensure that he would at least be able to say that he finally walked the land of his people so he might experience their legacy. If I could do one thing for my father, it would be this. My mother, for her sake, was simply happy that she was able to be with us on this wonderful experience. It’s not often a child has the means to give such a gift to their parents.
I worked all throughout high school at UPS while making some side cash online. I didn’t buy a car because of this; it was that important to me. While the rest of my friends were cashing in on getting some wheels, I was cashing in a on promise that needed be fulfilled. They wanted material goods, I wanted memories that would stick with my family and I forever. I know that sounds arrogant but it’s my philosophy that memories are infinitely more valuable than anything we can buy.Read More »