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    Posted: 26-Jan-2008 at 06:57
13. The Dutch traded Manhattan Island for a spice island in Indonesia
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  Quote Suren Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26-Jan-2008 at 08:53
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11. The island of Penang in Malaysia was the main distribution centre in the world for the Opium trade.
 
12. The traditional SE Asian New Year is in April. It is still celebrated in Cambodia, Lao, Thailand and Burma. Traditionally SE Asians mounted road blocs stopped people and splashed water on them and gently put talcom powder on their faces. Then the Thais went berserk and discovered water guns, then water cannon, then icy cold water barrels. Nowadays for the duration of the festival gangs stand on street corner and pickup trucks full of water and cannon prowl the road, anyone is fair game In in Thailand 2007, 506 people were killed and 5,500 injured making it the most dangerous festival in the world. Most were killed by drunk drivers or motorcyclists knocked over in traffic by water cannon. Burma, Lao and Cambodia under Thai influence are quickly adopting water cannon.
 
 


When does your new year exactly start?
Persian new year is  at march 21st. I believe Chinese new year start at Feb.
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8. Thailand was the first country on Earth to enter the Bronze-Age 3,600 bc, the site at Ban Chang has the oldest Bronze artifacts on Earth. Thai Bronze was superior in quality to the much later Mesopotamian Bronze and the Thais taught the Chinese how to make bronze.
I don't know the exact details but I remember I've read that this allegedly oldest Bronze Age site was disputed and more recent datings were suggested.
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 10. Korat in Thailand is the place of the world's first rice production. Today Thailand is the world's largest producer.
 
Thailand is infact the world's largest exporter of rice.
 
World rice supplies are expected to be tight in 2007, but despite this ample supplies in Thailand will allow it to widen its lead as the worlds largest exporter.
 
 
14.THE largest undivided leaf in the world, Alocasia macrorrhiza, comes from Sabah,Malaysia. A specimen found in 1966 was 3.02 metres long and 1.92 metres wide.
 
 


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13. The Dutch traded Manhattan Island for a spice island in Indonesia

That's not true, Manhattan (or rather the entire New Netherlands) was traded for Suriname.
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Lapu Lapu was a muslim and not a worshiper or Bathala. 
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  Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28-Aug-2008 at 18:12
14.THE largest undivided leaf in the world, Alocasia macrorrhiza, comes from Sabah,Malaysia. A specimen found in 1966 was 3.02 metres long and 1.92 metres wide.
 
tht leaf .. i believe it should have smaller species
 
 
some species we can eat.. asam pedas keladi.. yummy
 
 
but .. u cant touch this plant as it makes u itchy... Tongue
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15. Batak religion is found among the Batak societies around Lake Toba in north Sumatra. Marco Polo wrote in 1292 that the Batak ate their parents when they became too old for work, and Raffles in the nineteenth century stated that for certain crimes a criminal would be eaten alive.

http://philtar.ucsm.ac.uk/encyclopedia/indon/batak.html

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16. Open House Tradition. The open house or rumah terbuka tradition is unique to Malaysia. The open houses are usually held during major festivals and celebrations like the Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Chinese New Year and Deepavali.
 
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17. Singapore was part of Malaya or nowadays known as Malaysia. From 1963 till 1965.
 
18. Penang Bridge is the longest bridge in South East Asia
 
 
19. 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. The magnitude 9.0 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake triggered a series of lethal tsunamis on December 26, 2004, with over one hundred and fifty thousand fatalities, ranging from those in the immediate vicinity of the quake in Indonesia, Thailand and the north-western coast of Malaysia to people thousands of kilometres away in Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and even as far as Somalia in eastern Africa. The death toll from this event makes it the deadliest tsunami in recorded history. Source: http://www.important.ca/tsunami_history.html
 
20. Orangutans only can be found in rainforests on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra.
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  Quote Voskhod Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12-Oct-2008 at 03:31
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3. Malaysia runs the last apartied system in the world. Chinese and Indian Malays are considered second class citizens and descriminated against by the law. They are denied education by quotas and economic rights.


Malaysia's situation is complex. It's not clear-cut like the Apartheid system (where blacks can't walk in white areas and can't vote freely in elections). The Malaysian racial policy stems from the fact that, after independence, Malays, who mainly lives in rural areas, were the disadvantaged in society, compared to Indians and Chinese. Then successive UMNO governments put in laws giving ethnic Malays, as "natives" or "sons of the soil" preference in education, employment and so on. On the other hand, Malaysia has freedom of religion and freedom of speech (well, compared to, say, Vietnam...), and there's no major outbreak of racial conflicts. There's no racial segregation or overt hostility between ethnic Malays, Chinese or Indians.
Such a system is bound to have critics,  especially now that Malays is no longer the disadvantaged ethnic group they were 40 years ago, which is why you see so many people supporting Anwar now.


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@ Suren: Thai (and Cambodian and Lao) New Year is April 13. In Thailand the period between April 13 - April 15 is called Songkran.

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Originally posted by Voskhod

Originally posted by Paul

3. Malaysia runs the last apartied system in the world. Chinese and Indian Malays are considered second class citizens and descriminated against by the law. They are denied education by quotas and economic rights.


Malaysia's situation is complex. It's not clear-cut like the Apartheid system (where blacks can't walk in white areas and can't vote freely in elections). The Malaysian racial policy stems from the fact that, after independence, Malays, who mainly lives in rural areas, were the disadvantaged in society, compared to Indians and Chinese. Then successive UMNO governments put in laws giving ethnic Malays, as "natives" or "sons of the soil" preference in education, employment and so on. On the other hand, Malaysia has freedom of religion and freedom of speech (well, compared to, say, Vietnam...), and there's no major outbreak of racial conflicts. There's no racial segregation or overt hostility between ethnic Malays, Chinese or Indians.
Such a system is bound to have critics,  especially now that Malays is no longer the disadvantaged ethnic group they were 40 years ago, which is why you see so many people supporting Anwar now.


Star good explanation.
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  Quote Paul Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-Oct-2008 at 14:34
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18. Penang Bridge is the longest bridge in South East Asia
 

 



Bang Na Bridge in Bangkok is the longest bridge in the world. Over 8 x the length of the Penang Bridge.

Upon which I've travelled both many times.

Light blue touch paper and stand well back

http://www.maquahuitl.co.uk

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21. Polynesians are South East Asians.

22. Madagascar speaks an Austro-Indonesian language and was conquered by sailors comming from Indonesia 2000 years ago.

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  Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-Oct-2008 at 17:18
Originally posted by Paul

Originally posted by cahaya

 
18. Penang Bridge is the longest bridge in South East Asia
 

 



Bang Na Bridge in Bangkok is the longest bridge in the world. Over 8 x the length of the Penang Bridge.

Upon which I've travelled both many times.



so it was the longest bridge before Bang Na Bridge completed .. LOL
seriously.. i never knw about the bridge.. lol
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23.The Association of Southeast Asian Nations,commonly referred to as ASEAN, is a geo-political and economic organization of 10 countries located in Southeast Asia, which was formed on August 8, 1967 by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Its aims include the acceleration of economic growth, social progress, cultural development among its members, the protection of the peace and stability of the region, and to provide opportunities for member countries to discuss differences peacefully

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASEAN

24. The smallest country in South East Asia is Singapore..



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25. The Philippines was the first Republic in SE Asia, established in 1898 by Emilio Aguinaldo while tensions between the newly arrived Americans was reaching an all time high.

26. The Phillippines was purchased for around 20 million pesos from Spain at the end of the Spanish American war.

27. At the end of ww2 Manila was the most devastated city in SE Asia.

28. The Philippines has the longest running insurgency in SE Asia.

29. "Black jack" Pershing of ww1 fame made his career fighting in the Southern Phillipines.

30. They say Filipinos pioneered a 'bloodless revolution' in 1986 but that was actually the aftermath of an aborted coup de tat meant to oust the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

31. Filipinos aren't proud that Imelda Marcos owns the most pairs of shoe sin the world.
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28. The Philippines has the longest running communist insurgency in SE Asia.
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32. The Philippines is the largest predominantly Catholic country in SE Asia.

33. And no--we weren't discovered by Ferdinand Magellan. This is the new stance of our historians. We weren't discovered by Ferdinand Magellan. Though he was indeed slain in a battle against a local chieftain, Lapu Lapu.
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