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I have an opportunity to go to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for a one year studies. As I have never been in any Asian city, I would appreciate any info about:
Whatever you want it to be.
is a modern city with everything you can ask for. Its shopping ranges from Louis Vitton to IKEA. generally alot is cheaper than Western Europe.
Pubs, restaurants are all there in various shapes and for various tastes and wallets. Eat the local food and your wallet will be very happy. Malaysian cuisine is according to me the worlds best kept secret.
Malaysian Chinese speaks good English, especially the older generation their school was only in English. In general you get by quite well on English in the city.
Malay is however an easy language to grasp and it wont take long before youre out there ordering in malay using words like sotong, ayam and kopi kosong like it was your native language.
is a fairly liberal city with a mix of nationalities residing; Chinese, malays, indians, natives and SE
Asian immigrants. Add on all the expats and its a fairly interesting mix of people there and thats why you can find that small businesses that caters to almost anyone taste.
Supermarkets are there, oldschool markets as well.
Tesco and Carrefour are the two most common western supermarkets seen. Giant is a large chain of Malaysian supermarkets. They are like any supermarket in Europe.
stuff is everywhere, however it takes a little bit of time to understand how to order it. Its not upfront like it once used to be.
Its not top notch but enough for a year. I used to be a VIP Member in a club called Zouk and they brought in DJ
:s from all over Europe.
The gay/lesbian scene is mostly underground and its really not a rainbow city.
But there are plenty of nightclubs and plenty of bars and pubs that look just like they do in Europe; same Irish stuff with the same names.
Lots of small beercafes were the locals hang out, beer is much cheaper there but be careful and dont be cocky in the karaoke clubs if you ever go in there.
The Chinese organised crime syndicates are powerful and they have more than one westerner cry and wish he hadn't tried to be tough towards what he perceived was a small and tiny Asian.
Expat places tend to be overpriced for quite a few of the population though.
As a westerner you are very popular among the Malaysian Chinese ladies and the native ladies. In fact its one of the few places where you get to much invites. Be careful with the ladies though, the malay girls are not to be touched despite the fact that quite a few of them are very keen on you.
There are a few stories about Malay ladies dating westerners and being found out and that has meant commitments that perhaps wasn't expected.
Most of the uni girls are out partying quite a bit so you will enjoy your time there for sure. KL
is safer than almost every European city in regards to your personal safety.
Burglaries happens all the time though. If you rent an apartment you will see that they often come with bars for the windows etc. Make sure to remember to keep your valuables in safe locations and to lock etc always.
Often its the immigrants that do the burglaries and they scout areas.
Open, friendly and easygoing.
Certain corruption in more rural parts of the country.
Dont be afraid to venture away from Mt Kiara and the other expat ghettos. they are like gated communities and the people that live there hardly understands what country they live in.
Cars are expensive unless you fancy the local brands.
Best city you can imagine to use as a base for travelling. AirAsia will allow you to travel cheaply all over South East Asia.
Universities are soso. UM
, University Malaya is good some of the smaller ones are really not up to standards.
Great place to rent an apartment in, avoid western "gated communities" like the above mentioned Mt Kiara at all cost.
Certain taxidrivers are a lot more likely to try to cheat you. Most have arrived from another country to the Northwest (and it isnt Burma) and they are a pain to deal with. the best thing the Malaysian government has done is introduce mandatory visas for them.
Avoid drugs at all costs.
First to get the most of the opportunity and enjoy the place you must be open and ready accept that things are different in Asia.
Some things are great other are; well different. But Asia is a lifechanging experience if youre prepared to understand and listen to it.
Malaysia is like a miniasia. You will see the differences between ten different Chinese, malays, 25 different indonesian people, filipinos, burmese, karen and you nawhat we in the western with one name call Chinese etc.
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