It’s been 5 months since we moved to KL and looks like now we’ve settled and got into the pace of living in a tropical Asian country. I though I’d share my observations on ways life is different here than in Europe (imho, these are true to me and I can’t guarantee other expats feel 100% same).
- Rent is affordable and there are a lot of options – we live in Bangsar area and one bedroom apartment or studio is around $600 month, can be less
- Utilities are cheap, especially water (don’t have your aircon running 24/7 and the electricity bill will look good as well)
- Most of kitchens don’t have hot water tap
- Your food get’s bad faster than in Europe (my personal observation)
- Ants are everywhere – you get used to sealing your food and cleaning up right after you finished eating and cooking – ants find their way to food very fast. Even to the 15th floor :-)
- Having a washing machine and Internet pre-installed = fancy
- They don’t have centralised gas – either the stoves are electric or there’s a gas balloon (refill ~$10)
- Humidity – things get mouldy if you don’t dehumidify your house. I never realised I have so many organic things in my belongings ;-)
- This especially applies to your jewellery!
- Diversity – you can find pretty much any cuisine here in KL
- Eating out is sometimes cheaper* than cooking
- Wet markets are love (I shop for the week of fruit and veggies for less than $30. And if you know me, I eat a LOT of fruit and veggies)
* I mean street food and mamaks (my average lunch is $1-2)
- Traveling is cheap – thanks to the local low cost airlines you can get to, for example, Cambodia in less than $100 return
- Booking in advance saves you a lot of money (and I mean 10-12 months in advance)
- Men tend to stare at you more than at home. But when walking with your man by your side they tend not to
- Everything heals much faster (humidity?)
- Life fels more relaxed
- There is no winter
- You get used to cultural diversity and become more tolerant and accepting
- Getting your hair and nails done is very very affordable
Please feel free to add your observations in the comments below, I wonder what other people think of life in Asia.