Every so often, a trend or two will take Malaysians to levels of obsession that make the news. We've lived through a lot, and we will live through more, but this is what's hot now!
Caution: There's a LOT of food in this list, because that's how we Malaysians roll.
1) Descendants of The Sun
Even if you're not watching, you've definitely seen pictures of the pretty cast all over your Facebook feed. The 2016 Korean drama series is the new obsession among young millennials in Malaysia, who tune in religiously to watch the trials and tribulations of a group of doctors as they navigate a war zone.
2) #cooking Hashtags
If you're on Instagram you may realize that a lot of your peers have suddenly been bitten by the cooking bug, and what follows is meticulously groomed pictures of their finished product, with a custom hashtag that probably has their name in front of the word "cooks". Ah, the things one does for Instagram.
Which brings us to flatlay pictures. Previously only done by fashion magazines and the like, but now everyone is a photographer, so you'll definitely be seeing items laid out flat on a surface in harmonious order, all for the sake of a good picture.
4) Milo Towers
Any Malaysian knows the simple understated power of a cup of Milo. Heck, it should be our national drink at this point. So when a cafe in Singapore started the trend, local vendors were quick to hop on board the bandwagon. Enter Hungry Bunch to the rescue, with their own version of it. Dare you try to conquer the Milo Tower?
5) Suami Tanpa Cinta
This local show is relatively new but is already trending on Twitter locally. Shown on Astro Ria, the Bahasa Malaysia series is getting rave reviews for being hilarious and the two main cast members - Janna Nick and Shukri Yahaya.
7) Cafe Hopping
If the other items on this list aren't an obvious indication, it is clear Malaysians are foodies. And the latest trend is finding new cafes to visit and what else - take pictures of! We certainly have some talented Malaysian foodies though.
8) Deconstructed Food
Since cafe hopping has become a typical weekend hobby, restaurants have had to diversify their goods. Enter deconstructed versions of all-time favourites. It's something hipsters love, for sure.
9) Salted Egg On Everything
Let it be known that 2016 is the year salted egg took over Malaysian stomachs. Salted egg on cake, salted egg waffles, salted egg croissants, salted egg yolk burgers. You name it, it's happening.
And with all those decadent food habits, one needs to detox. Provided the weather permits, Malaysians are known to wake before sunrise to locations like Broga Hill or Tabur Hill (and then Instagram the sun making an appearance). Who says we can't be healthy too?
Did we miss out any trends? Let us know what other things Malaysians are going gaga for!
This article was contributed by Thash Nathan.