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Expats in KL

Kuala Lumpur

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I flew in to KL and was immediately struck by how easy the city is- the airport shuttle train and light railway were highly efficient, all the signs are in English, the traffic doesn't feel like a death-trap and the plugs have three pins.

The next day I was due to meet Naomi, who I've known since I was 12 and also trained at BSMS. She and her husband are in KL for his work but unfortunately got a flat tyre on their way back from a weekend away so we postponed our reunion. In the meantime my old housemate Josh arrived for his two weeks of annual leave, which he had decided to spend with me in Malaysia. Not only was I gaining a travel companion but his itinerary had been planned to the nth degree, meaning for the first time in months I would have to do absolutely no thinking about where to go or what to do.

Very kindly Josh's friend Rhian (who teaches at an international school) had invited us to stay in her flat and we went for banana leaf dinner with her housemate. This involves rice, dhal, fried veg, pickles, cabbage and various sauces being ladled out on to a banana leaf along with a curry of your choice, all for about £3. We drank 100Plus, a Malay rehydration drink that has been accurately described as salty Lilt, yet is strangely delicious.

We spent the next morning walking around the virtually deserted Lake Gardens, an oasis of calm in the middle of the city that reminded me of Central Park.

We met Naomi for lunch at a local market and later that evening met her and Tristan at Trader's Hotel Skybar, which has arguably the best view of the Petronas Towers as well as a half decent mojito. They took us for dinner at a local restaurant where a 70p masala dosa made me very happy indeed. It was lovely to be their first guests in KL.

The next day we took the train out to FRIM, a forest reserve with a dizzying canopy walk and scenic hike following the route of several waterfalls.

In the evening we opted for a different view of the Petronas Towers, this time whilst sipping cocktails on top of a working helipad that becomes a bar at night. There was nothing but an eagled-eyed security guard between you and a 35 storey plummet...

Early the next morning it was time to leave KL and the luxury of staying in a real home for the wilds of Borneo.

Posted by arianemeena 00:01 Archived in Malaysia

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Lovely to see you looking so bronzed and relaxed with Josh and Naomi in assorted exotic KL settings-was beginning to suffer from blog withdrawal symptoms after a few days!?

by jane waran

70p masala dosa! Mouth watering!

by Bala

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