Visitors to this blog are mostly comprised of people who have made up their minds about leaving Malaysia for 'greener' pastures. Although outwardly, they look for more information for their research to help them make a more informed decision, inwardly, or maybe subconsciously also, they are actually expecting to find information that will help them reaffirm their conviction. In other words, only the information that are in line with their preconceived notions. They have more or less decidedly concluded that they should migrate elsewhere for the sake of their children's future.
Of course, I set up this blog to be of service to readers who need more information. But at the end of the day, there is no substitute for first their hand experience. As much as I want my readers to take the information gathered and presented here seriously before they make the move, I know it is not possible.
Some experiences and insights can only emerge after we have lived outside Malaysia for a certain number of years. Likewise, what I experienced two years into my life in Australia (ie. 2006) is very different from my experience in Australia up to 2017.
The best I can do here is to present all that I know to readers so that the information they will be reading is multifarious enough to help them make the most informed decision possible. Ultimately, they need to think for themselves or even go live in Australia or any other places for a while before deciding to burn their proverbial bridge or buy a one-way ticket - although the term 'one-way ticket' has become less relevant today considering how much our world has shrunk.
Wherever you live, it is always good to adopt a global mindset. A friend told me, Australia is where he lives, but the world is where he works. Dr Marc Faber lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand but he can read the pulse of the world economy like the my GP reads mine. The idea is to never limit ourselves to one geographical corner.
Education (eg. our knowledge in technology, of the world and personal finance) is the great equalizer here - not the city we live in. Now is the time that matters. Make the most of now right here. Who really knows what the future will hold for Malaysia, Australia, Timbuktu or wherever? Timbuktu, by the way, is a real place which still exists today. In its prime, it was the city for top scholars worldwide.
We cannot change the past, just as we cannot foresee the future. The only thing we can do is to make the best of now. If we are in Malaysia, Malaysia is what we make of it.
Success is how we define it. What success we will have in the future depends on how we think NOW and what we do NOW.
In that sense, Australia Good Meh is not so much about helping readers understand more about the migrant life in Australia but rather encouraging them to find, for themselves, their purpose in life. Myself included.
Whatever we do, whether it is migrating to a different country or deciding on which restaurant to have our dinner tonight, we are doing it in pursuit of our happiness. Hence, I hereby wish you and your loved ones a wonderful and happy 2017 ahead!
Oh by the way, everybody wants a piece of the future. But nobody wants to pay attention to the good things the present has to offer.