5 things about Kuala Lumpur

1. Traffic

KL’s famous modern transport city with subway, skytrain, highway, urban freeway. Othersides, KL is a city in traffic gridlock and chaos. If you like to walk in KL, beware of drivers. They will not give way to you as other developed cities.

2. Vehicles

The train system in KL is fairly modern and efficient. Many of the lines do not interconnect and there is limited integration between the lines. The KL train system are: KL Monorail, Star LRT, Putra LRT, ERL and KTM Komuter. Lonely Plannet also instructs carefully how to get around on local transports. But you must note, people are moving using car and motorcycles, pedestrians are extremely rare. Some places both bus (not GoKL or Hop On Hop Off) and train are inconvenient.

Before traveling to KL, I thought I would be cheaper using public transports and I could save some, intended for exploring local cuisine. But no, I must use Uber and Grab, and sometimes taxi, to move between the city center and where I stayed (Le Yuan Residence – Happy Garden area) and vice versa. 1 RM every km and 1 RM every minute for waiting during peak hours.

3. Resident

Despite having fewer “official” languages, Malaysia is, in many ways, more multilingual than its neighbour Singapore. Everyone can speak the official tongue, Malay. Most people are fluent in English, which is a compulsory subject in school and is widely spoken in cities. A creolized English known as Manglish is used on the streets.

Malaysians whose ancestors came from India can speak their familial language in addition to Malay and English. Chinese Malays learn Mandarin in school, but most of them also speak other dialects (such as Cantonese, Hokkien and Hakka) at home or on the street. In big cities like KL, Penang and Johor Bahru, it is not uncommon to find Chinese Malaysians who can speak two or three Chinese dialects in addition to Malay and English.


4. Food & fruits

I made up a list of Malaysian foods to eat in KL: nasi lemak, satay, nasi goreng, Hokkien mee, Wonton mee, char kway teow, etc. Excepted Wonton mee, I was disappointed with the remaining dishes. I was expecting more. After that, my boyfriend and I decided to dine in Paparich to enjoy congee, Nando’s to relish chicken wings, Hong Kong’s restaurant to eat dim sum, Lot 10 Hutong or Low Yat food court to taste healthy Chinese soup, even Pizza Hut instead of local foods.

Malaysian fruits is incredibly varied, with those native to the country along with imported varieties, serving as popular between-meal snacks. The tropical fruits are available all year round in most supermarkets, but some are seasonal. Cheap and fresh.


5. Samsung

Low Yat Plaza is known as the electronic market of KL but no dirversity of goods. Samsung is the most sold brand and all items are expensive.

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