Selamat datang! Welcome to Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia. This multi-ethnic metropolis is world renown as a tourist destination and home to the Petronas Towers, one of the tallest buildings in the world.
I arrived in Malaysia on Thursday after 4 days in Singapore, and felt immediately at home. The feel here is rather relaxed, yet still similar to home in many ways. On arriving here I have made friends with a whole lot of the Aussie exchange students. We have been busy exploring the city, the culture and the cuisine - all of which are fascinating.
The weather is hot and humid, and everything except beer is really cheap. There are a number of massive shopping complexes within 5 minutes walk from here, and food, clothes, bedding, plants and TVs have all been picked up for next to nothing. Our apartment is 25 floors up and looks out Southward over the city (beautiful at night with all the lights). My room is the smallest and has a great view of next-door's wall :P
My housemates Damian and Bridget are awesome, and we hang out a lot, as well as with the students across the hall (all Monash Aussies). We've been in to the city the last two days to get our bearing and check out what KL has to offer. The best experience so far has been viewing the entire city and surrounds from the Kuala Lumpur Tower, which is set on a hill surrounded by forest, but still within the city centre. The city is very open and scenic, although not entirely clean. It is a little fiddly to get around, but a great taxi driver known as Uncle has been very helpful.
Much has been happening, hence the late blog (sorry), but so far it's a little hard to put it all into words. O-week starts in the morning, and but we are hoping to skip most of it and go diving at Pulau Perhentian (paradise) before classes start in a week's time. We're hoping to get a whole bunch of people to go with us.
I decided to do a little running tally for the trip, and will give an excerpt each week:
Birds of prey seen5
Random Aussies met~7
The curries, satays, rotis and mango rice have been great, but the best food this week was black pepper crab in Chinatown, Singapore. Unfortunately I don't have room to fit in the rest of my Singapore visit). Tune in next week to hear (hopefully) about a week of diving amongst turtles and sharks :D ..