In keeping with our Malaysian heritage, we’ve often resorted to using colloquial terms and expressions in our blog posts on Saya Seorang Ibu. However, we do realise that some of you readers out there may not be familiar with the Malaysian vocabulary.
So, we’ve put together a shortlist of Malaysian words and their meanings to help you navigate through the various shades of meaning imbued in our posts.
Also included on this page are titles/names that we use to refer to our family members and loved ones who are frequently mentioned in our stories.
Please feel free to let us know if we’ve missed out anything and we’ll be happy to add it to the list.
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Belanja: To treat someone to something; usually involves money. Most commonly used to describe the process of buying someone a meal.
FTWM: Full Time Working Mom
Jaga: Take care of.
Manja: To pamper/spoil; seeking attention/affirmation.
Pangsai: Hokkien expression. To poop or pass motion.
PTWM: Part Time Working Mom
SAHM: Stay at Home Mom
Sayang: (1) To love or soothe. (2) Beloved one.
SSC: Soft Structured Carrier
WAHM: Working at Home Mom
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DH: Dear Husband
DD: Dear Daughter
DS: Dear Son
Jamie: Susanna’s daughter
RJ: Hosanna’s daughter