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Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia






Malaysia is a first world country just desperate to get out of it's 3rd world clothing. Kuala Lumpur is Tallinn if Singapore was Helsinki (except warmer and smellier) But i was surprised at 1. how nice my KL apartment is and 2. what a great quality of life you can have in these poor hot countries for peanuts. My flat here cost 160k, same as a studio in a crappy part of London. But it's 1500ft2, with swimming pool gym, great views of the city, and walking distance to all the city centre things you need. It even has a servants quarters, where you can lock the person in there. Great for kidnapping children. My first night i had one of the best curries i've ever had (in the 'Passage through India' for $5.) Then the next night we had a night out in 'expat' KL with Iga (Interesting Girl Abroad) from Poland and the two Brasilians Natalia and Daniella. The first thing i noticed, that in the normal parts (we were round near the Golden Triangle crossroads), no one is drinking or drunk on a saturday night. It's a muslim country. Everyone just eats and drinks the amazing and cheap fruit juice. It may be connected to the fact that the toilets are disgusting generally (squat holes in the ground) Anyway we moved on to 'expat bar street' which is full of 'molly malone' style bar/restaurants. This is a nice part of town, but beer is expensive everywhere ($7 or 8 a pint) London prices, another reason why no one is drunk. Except here everyone is drunk. It felt like a hot Nimeta bar (Tallinn), where lots of vacuous expats drink away their empty lives and get seduced by little sweet chinese girls who are interested in Western men. The foreigners here seemed even more Ostracised than in Estonia - something i noticed in Japan too. Asian culture is way to different to integrate properly into, and no matter what, you will ALWAYS be a foreigner here. So hence the general shallowness that you get from a transient population - like in London, the empty heartedness was apparent all round. The girls were good company though thanks God, and making the most of their time there, so i suppose there is always the 10%. But of course in KL they may as well be lesbians, as all the guys attention are on the asian babes. Why have an opinionated western girfreind with a personailty when a submissive chinese girl will cater to all your needs and not ask questions? (guys who disagree, give yourself 2 months living in Bangkok and i'm sure you'll change your mind!) Personally im over yellow fever but still...

Ok next stop Singapore. I'm on the train today. I finally am beginning to feel alive again....

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