As you know by now, I am currently in Malaysia, sitting, resting and sitting some more. It’s bliss. I loved this country from the moment I stepped off the plane, and it seems to be getting better and more interesting with every day. I know I am incredibly excited, but you know, I feel like I’ve earned that. My last few months in Korea were incredibly cold and
a little bit a lot tiring, and Malaysia for me was the light at the end of the tunnel. It really felt like I wasn’t going to make it at some points, and yes that’s very dramatic, but it’s also true.
Anyway, I wanted to document my first few days in Malaysia and tell you my thoughts so far. Please bear in mind that I am living in Kuala Lumpur, and this is a particularly cosmopolitan and international city. There is English everywhere, a whole bunch of different religions and of course, any kind of food you desire. My heart is so happy (my belly, too… My hips, not so much). Of course, there are other cities in Malaysia, and these would be (I imagine) much more Malaysian. Kuala Lumper, as far as I can ascertain, is sort of an island, without the water. You know what I’m saying?
So, first things first, the people here are awesome. So kind and helpful. I have been trundling my way through everything like a bit of a dunce, and everyone has been very patient with me. And this is even without the language barrier! I didn’t weigh my bananas at the supermarket, and so had to go and do it with a whole line of people waiting behind me (not my finest hour). However, everyone was quite forgiving of the silly white girl (I think). I also take a while to count the beautiful, colourful money, and I seem to go in the wrong direction a lot. I love this place because there are already so many different types of people here, so it sort of seems like everyone lives and lets live.
Another thing? The food. Drool. Seriously, the food here is not playin’. It’s intense and amazing and I love it. Gavin is particularly fond of the nasi lemak food stalls near our house, in which you can get a plate of nasi lemak chicken, rice, sauce, veggies) for something like 5 ringit ($2.50). Plus, it’s delicious. Our apartment is next door to a very fancy complex, so I have been lingering around there and trying out the different food joints. Of course, everything is a liiiitle bit different to home (Australia), but that’s because it’s Malaysia, and not Australia (just your regular geography class over here).
As I write this, I am sitting in a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (authentic, I know) in Sentral Nu Mall, which leads me to another thing I love: the malls. Because it’s so humid and hot here, it seems that a lot of the shopping and hanging out is done in the malls. I know this is a very Western, touristy perspective, and I am really open to trying out the more authentic, down-to-earth street restaurants and shops, but I just haven’t been here that long. Plus Gavin is at work as we speak, and I don’t feel comfortable doing those things by myself (at least not at first). As cosmopolitan as this place is, I’m still eliciting a lot of stares and unwanted attention, which is understandable (I’m very white) but still not desired. And so I shall sit with my iced americano and feel pretty proud of myself for doing so by myself!
What else? Our apartment is amazing, again not really “authentic” Malaysian, but hey, we’re still paying our way. I am thinking I’ll do a little apartment tour for you guys when all of our stuff is packed away. The view is pretty incredible, as are the pools (yes, there are multiple pools).
That’s about it for my initial impressions, I’ll be sure to update you as I go along. Overall, I get the vibe that Malaysia is a very inclusive, open country, and I really like that. I feel really comfortable here, although obviously I’m still settling in and don’t know much about anything. But I’m learning! I have faith that I’ll fit in yet… even if I do still stand out.
That’s it for now! See you next time,