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Last minute Malaysianised Korean touring Kuala Lumpur

16 Jan

Anyong!

During my last week in Kuala Lumpur, I did all the touristy things I could. I had 17 years to take photos at the tourist attraction places, but I hardly did. I was moving from place to place to capture every single moment in my camera that defined Malaysia. I was moving from KLCC to Pavillion to Bangsar, to Publika, and many more to take photos and eat last minute Malaysian food. I ended up spending heaps of money but it was totally worth it.

KLCC - Petronas twin towers during the day

I finally took a photo of KLCC – Petronas twin towers during the day

and at night too

and at night too

Char Kuey Teow

Had some Char Kuey Teow

and some Hokkien Mee

and some Hokkien Mee.

went to SS2, Petaling Jaya for some Durian

Went to SS2, Petaling Jaya for some Durian.

Had the real stuff inside the durian

Had the real stuff inside the durian ohhhh yeahh

Took a photo of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building  located in front of the Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square). The last time I was here was like 15 years ago during my school trip.

Took a photo of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building located in front of the Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square). The last time I was here was like 15 years ago during my school trip.

Chicken rice

Had some chicken rice,

and more chicken (from Nandos)

and more chicken (from Nandos)

and more chicken!!!! (from  Wong Ah Wah, Jalan Alor)

and more chicken!!!! (from Wong Ah Wah, Jalan Alor)

and not forgeting the fried rice from this same shop (Wong Ah Wah)

and not forgetting the fried rice from this same shop (Wong Ah Wah)

Sour Plum Lime Juice

and the sour plum lime juice too to cool myself down!

I went to Pavillion too

I went to Pavillion too,

and Paradigm mall. Bumped into DJ Goldfish and managed to take a photo with him!

and Paradigm mall. Bumped into DJ Goldfish and managed to take a photo with him!

Ate some jjamppong (Korean seafood noodle soup) from Buldojang in Sri Hartamas

Downed some jjamppong (Korean seafood noodle soup) from Buldojang in Sri Hartamas

said goodbye to my 20 year old TV

said goodbye to my 20 year old TV,

Played some congkak before I gave it away

played some congkak before I gave it away

Arranged my soft toys and took a group shot before I donated them

Arranged my soft toys and took a group shot before I donated them

Treated myself a good brunch meal at Yeast cafe, Bangsar

Treated myself a good brunch meal at Yeast cafe, Bangsar

Cappuccino at Plan B

then went on to have some good coffee at Plan B, Publika.

Bak kut teh at Kee Hiong, SS2

Almost missed out on eating this Bak kut teh, from Kee Hiong in SS2

Had some typical Chinese food; tofu at Fong Lye, Sri Hartamas

Steamboat at Suki-Ya at Paradigm mall

and some steamboat at Suki-Ya at Paradigm mall

Cooked a meal together with my friends

Cooked a meal together with my friends

also had Hoegaarden with pistachios and cheese

Chilled at my friend’s house. Had Hoegaarden with pistachios (I absolutely love these), belcube cheese and crackers

Said goodbye to my collection of Dolls before I   donated these too.

Said goodbye to my collection of Dolls before I donated these too.

Had More Malaysian Foood!!!

Had More Malaysian Foood at Publika!!!

I wasn't long before I had to say goodbye #onmywaytolcct

But it wasn’t long before I had to say goodbye #onmywaytotheairport

Sitting in a cab and seeing the last night lights of Kuala Lumpur made me cry a little on the inside. I could not believe that I was leaving. I had lived more than half of my life in Malaysia. I donated almost all my furniture and almost all the little things that I kept since I was young. I told myself that I wouldn’t need it and it would be of better use to kids in orphanages.

I was staring outside the cab window into the darkness and watched each and every streetlight we pass by. I felt numb. I couldn’t concentrate nor could I hear anything. Somehow, my mindless brain led me to the plane. I really don’t remember what had happened to me that night. But right before the plane took off, I remember I had a flashback of all the memories I had while I was in Malaysia. The moment the plane was off the Malaysian soil, I realized that I wasn’t dreaming. I had finally left Malaysia for good.

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What a Korean in Malaysia really means

16 Jan

Anyong everyone.

It has been many months since I actually put the effort in to post a decent blog post. A lot had happened last year. On day 6322 , I left Malaysia for good. All the time I was there I never got a Permanent Residence in Malaysia as it was really hard for any foreigner to get. July 2013 came and I had to say goodbye to all my friends. I had lived in Kuala Lumpur (KL), Malaysia for 17 years and 4 months. KL was basically where I had grew up and I hardly lived my life in South Korea. Malaysia was like home to me.

I had so many memories that I will cherish from Malaysia. From since when I was a little girl, when I used to be so naughty and play computer games (Starcraft and Counter Strike especially) so much, going on school trips, talking about crushes to girlfriends, sleeping over at friend’s houses after doing movie marathons, going to prom, making trips to Korea in between and getting amazed by snow itself (yes I still do get amazed like how any Malaysian would), go to Korean school every Saturday, going to a Linkin park concert in 2003, seeing Desa Sri Hartamas being built,  going to Genting, Cameron Highlands, Lankawi, Redang and many more tourist spots, winning Prom Queen,  going to Singapore, going clubbing at Zouk, getting freakishly scared that I would fail a subject in Uni, karaoke-ing at red box, just yum cha-ing with friends, playing board games at friend’s houses, driving my Myvi around like a boss, going to Kpop concerts, going to Ipoh then Penang for food trips, going food hunting after looking at some tasty lookin’ food from blogs, watching japanese anime, getting addicted to Korean dramas and many more. There are so many overwhelming memories that I reminisce about which I miss.

Saying goodbyes to friends leaving Malaysia was something that I had been accustomed to. Since high school, friends left for overseas education and the Korean friends that came to Malaysia, usually didn’t stay as long as I did. They all left before me. I had always said it was going to be my turn every year. 3 years then became 17 years. This time it was my turn to say goodbye. A lot of my friends left to other  countries for a so called “better quality education”. After their studies, there weren’t many that came back. Those who did got into good companies, but surprisingly those who didn’t got into good companies too. For me it was different, I was pressurized to go back to Korea after uni to work. 

Malaysianised Korean versus Korean Koreans in Malaysia

Koreans in general are very proud of themselves. I am always proud to be a Korean. We very much are patriotic and are hardworking. My parents forced me to go to Korean so that I would not be a disgrace if I were to speak the language. It was embedded in my head since young that I must marry a Korean to keep the bloodline pure. But I know inside of me that they would love any race that I am going to marry, because they love me so much.

Two types of Koreans exist in Malaysia. The Malaysianised Koreans and the Korean Koreans. The way to differentiate them is Not all Korean Korean’s understand the Malaysian culture and they just hang around mostly with Koreans. They usually go to Korean restaurants to eat and the older one within the group usually pays for the meal. or sometimes you may see Ajummas (Korean aunties) fighting to pay the bill. Korean Koreans love fusion Malaysian food thinking it’s real Malaysian food such as restaurants like “Madam Kwan”. They speak more Korean and are obviously more comfortable using this language. A Malaysianed Korean however, like me, dutch pays (pays for own meal) and has more Malaysian friends rather than Korean. They may prefer to speak English more rather than Korean.

Another thing that distinguishes a Korean Korean is that they wear MLB (major league baseball) caps. You don’t only just see this in Malaysia. This happens like worldwide until it has become some universal fashion item. You know you see a Korean when you’re walking around in Mont Kiara, Sri Hartamas and Ampang and they’re talking really loud with their MLB caps and having some coffee at Starbucks, Coffee Bean or any one of the coffee franchises. Brands always matter to Korean Koreans. At one point in time, I even bought myself a MLB cap because I thought is was cool for awhile when I actually started hanging out with more Koreans. But that didn’t last long. I realised that I didn’t want to look like a stereotypical Korean. I am more open minded and my friends who are part of the idiosyncratic Gen Y generation want to be unique and special. Well I still do crave for authentic Korean food. Yeah, sure my mom is the greatest cook in the world but I do love going to eat Korean BBQ. I guess the most authentic restaurant that I have gone to is Bonga in Solaris Mont Kiara.

MLB Cap

MLB Cap. Koreans wear any cap that has that MLB logo at the back of the cap.

So why do Koreans come to Malaysia?

Studies. High school Koreans stress out about one thing. Whether they will do well in their College Scholastic Ability Test or CSAT (Korean:대학수학능력시), also known as Suneung (수능). This one and only test determines whether you can get in to one of the top universities in Korea. The top prestigious universities are called SKY; S for Seoul National University, K for Korea University and Y for Yonsei University. Here in Malaysia, A Levels, Foundation courses, American Degree Program (ADP) can get you anywhere in the world if you work hard. That is why Parents in Korea send their kids overseas hoping that they will become fluent in English and eventually get into prestigious universities overseas by taking the route of undertaking 1~2 years of college. Malaysia is relatively cheaper than other countries so this is why they come.

These particular group of Korean students that come over to Malaysia usually go to a Korean Church and home stay (renting out a room and living with a Korean family that provides meals) around Mont Kiara or even Ampang. The Korean Churches in Malaysia provide Korean food to Korean students and always provide food to take back in generous amounts. In addition to this, Koreans in general have this strong community and we have a sense of pride in ourselves. You can never be excluded from this community because Koreans do know the best place to get anything. The best Kimchi, best food, etc. and all Koreans need Korean Ingredients from Korea. Malaysianised Koreans still need to be part of the Korean community so that they don’t forget their Korean language. But the number of Koreans living in Malaysia is relatively small. If you are a Korean in Malaysia, you would know the world is small. That Korean over there walking by the street? They probably are your friend’s friend or a third degree friend. Gossip is big amongst Ahjummas. One simple action can turn into a completely different story. That is why Malaysianised Koreans like to avoid Korean Koreans sometimes.

Not all Koreans leave Malaysia after college. Some of them stay, and go to local universities or private ones (especially Nottingham and Monash University). Some end up going back to Korea to work, some end up joining the Korean conglomerates based in Malyasia, and some join companies that require the ability to speak Korean in their jobs. Finding jobs as a Korean in Malaysia is not that hard and the pay is usually more than the locals. Opportunities are what they get. Back in the days when the Asian financial crisis hit, there weren’t many Koreans living in Malaysia. Now it has become a land of opportunities for all aged groups of Koreans. It could be anything ranging from running restaurants and doing trading. We all know that Malaysia is still a developing country so there are opportunities for e.g. business concepts, products from Korea. Not only this it is a land where employment is relatively easier. I have seen some Koreans who know nothing about Malaysia who fly in to find a job or have explored the potential of starting a business in Malaysia.

Korean Expatriates are seriously everywhere because of the presence of well established Korean conglomerates such as Samsung and Daewoo. Tea sipping is a common sight by Expat wives together with their babies and kids. Malaysia is good for raising kids; it has far better relaxed schooling and the socializing element is there for kids compared to Korea. However you can see the horror on children’s faces when they hear that their father’s work contract has ended. These children are reluctant to leave because of the stressful lifestyle back in in Korea. They worry that they will not adapt so some moms end up staying back to take care of their kid for their education.

Encounters as a Korean in Malaysia

Pretty girls get it a lot, as well as female tourists. Hearing that kissing sound while walking past mamaks was usual. This sound represents a waiter trying to get attention. Sometime I would react by giving a sarcastic look and putting my hand up as a gesture for fun (I wanted to show people that I was boss-like). There was no point frowning and getting extra wrinkles on my forehead. Ordering food at mamak in Malay was normal. I have seen too many surprised Malaysians, until the extent that I feel immune to it and I don’t really ever react.

Malaysians are fascinated when they see a Korean. When a random Malaysian would come up to me to ask whether I was Korean, my immediate response was “Yes” and they would greet me by saying “Anyeonghaseyo” (a formal way to say “Hello” in Korean). I of course replied back the same thing. The next question they would ask is, “how long have you lived in Malaysia?”. I would reply them X amount of years and as the number of years became longer, they got even more amazed and I would tell them that I can speak Malay sikit sikit (little little) and they would just be stunned. I quickly end my conversation while they’re still stunned and run off to do my own things. But comments like, “wow you have good skin”, “I love your natural makeup”, “you’re so white and pretty”, did make my day. Little girls would occasionally come up to me asking whether I was Korean? I would smile back and reply “yes”. I just loved how I was treated in Malaysia. I was glad I was living in a country where people were good natured to Koreans. Nowadays Kpop and Korean dramas have had an influence on the younger generation. I have met so many people who have said that they love Korean things so much. I really love how the Korean culture has penetrated the Malaysian market. Everyone here knows the existence of Girls Generation.

How localized have I become?

I went to an international school so my accent fluctuates often. It is predominantly a congregation of accents, maybe 40% British, 40% Korean and 30% Malaysian. But my Malaysian accent and British English accent are interchangeable. If I were at a Market, I would immediately switch on my Malaysian accent and say ” mahal lahh, cheaper can la bolehkah?” meaning it iss expensive, can you give it to me at a cheaper price? I know how to bargain in Malaysia. Even my friends get surprised when they follow me around.

Did I feel safe in Malaysia?

I was always cautious, but not afraid. I was raised to always be aware of my surroundings. Walking in the opposite direction of traffic, parking my car near the entrance, rushing to the car and locking it and getting out of the carpark ASAP were one of the many precautionary steps I took to keep myself safe. Just watching all the social media news alone makes you feel scared but it happens everywhere in the world. You have just got to accept it and be okay with it. If you do, Malaysia is not that of a scary place to live in.

Would I ever go back?

My friends are there, I know my roads around KL and Selangor, and the food is absolutely brilliant there. Malaysia’s multiculturism allowed me to build tolerance for diverse range of international friends.

So that is a definite YES.

but not now. I am moving forward, I am progressing.

I left Malaysia for Korea to prepare myself to go to the city I fell in love with.

SYDNEY.

Korean food delivery in Mont Kiara!

15 Jan

Anyong again! Forget McDonald’s, or whatever pizza delivery!

Yes this is that special black bean noodles that Koreans eat in dramas. It’s called Jjajangmyeon (짜장면) which has been my favorite food since I was a kid!  I still remember gobbling down two bowls when I was in primary one of it and telling my mom, “I’m going to marry a Korean Chinese restaurant Chef who can cook me Jjajangmyeon everyday!.”

Jjajangmyeon

I don’t even have a decent photo of this because I always end up eating it right away because it looks soooo good and it does indeed taste delicious!

 Yes that is how much I love these noodles. This black bean noodle tastes completely different from the Chinese zhájiàngmiàn. It is sweet and oh soooo good.

 On weekends when you feel like a lazy bum, THIS is the stuff you have to order!

I usually order my Jjajangmyeon along with some Korean spicy seafood noodle soup called Jjamppong (짬뽕) and sweet and sour crispy pork called Tangsuyuk (탕수육) shown below.

Tangsuyuk Jjamppong Jjajangmyeon

Tangsuyuk on the left, with the sweet and sour sauce. You can mix it all together but I prefer to dip it in the sauce because I like my deep fried pork crispy. The middle shows the Jjamppong, and the noodles have to go in the soup before eating. And of course on the right is Jjajangmyeon. The other stuff on the far right are pickled radish, onions, and black bean sauce to dip it with, just in case the food is too jelak (Malay term used to describe that feeling you get when you eat rich and creamy food).

The restaurant I go to or order from is Buldojang (불도장) which is located at:
Level 1, Jalan 24/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur, Sri Hartamas, 50480, Tel: 03 62013201. (They do delivery around Mont Kiara)

I mean this is where all Korean’s go. Almost all Koreans in Kuala Lumpur know this place.

Durian in Seremban, Malaysia

28 Jun
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Mmmmmmmm. This is what I call AWESOME!

Anyong!!!!!!
Had durian cravings since last night so I just had to go hunt it down today!
I am really going to miss this when I leave!!!

Okay. It’s time to whack.

Haze in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

23 Jun
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Haze in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Anyong! So as you can see the haze is worsening in Kuala Lumpur. I have been trying to find the API levels for KL since last night but no newspaper is giving live/up-to-date API readings around the whole of Malaysia and the Department of Environment site that is supposed to have API readings is down is the closest that I could find but only has timepoints at 7am, 11am and 5pm. Singapore has theirs, but how come it is so hard for us living in Malaysia to get access to these kind of information?

According to the star API levels have spiked at 746 in Muar, Johor Bharu. Today the haze in KL seems to be worsening as the day progresses. For those who are asthmatic, please make sure you carry your inhalers… and everyone, please do drink plenty of fluids.

I just took another peek out the window and nooo wayyy am I going out today.

Have a good weekend everyone. 🙂

Where a Korean would go to have a haircut in KL

22 Jun

Anyong! So my friends always ask me where I go and get my hair done.. but the usual response I would give is.. ermm.. I went back to Korea a few months ago and got it done.  Of course I have tried going to local salons but every time I went, I remember never telling anyone “omg you need to go to Salon X because it’s cheap and worth it”.   Here in Kl, I find it  so hard to find someone who can give the right cut and style I want. I took a day off of work on Tuesday to run some errands and as I was driving along Solaris (솔라리스), Mont Kiara and I recalled my mom telling me her friend saying this one shop called “something pang” is good for their hairdressing skills. By the way you can never go wrong with comments from Korean Ajummas (middle-aged women).  This is usually how Koreans roll.

I then managed to find this shop called Hair Pang (헤어팡) on the first floor.  If you are at the coffee shop called “Dr. Cafe”, and you are facing towards the restaurant “Meat Works”, its about 10 o’clock your direction.

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Hair Pang, on the first floor in Solaris Mont Kiara.

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I saw the pricing, and it was not too expensive as I thought it would have been. 🙂

When I had entered the place, it was more spacious than I thought. The seats were new and everything seemed neat and tidy here.

When I had entered the place, it was more spacious than I thought. The seats were new and everything seemed neat and tidy here!

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By the way, I say this place is good for ajummas to come with their kids and get their hair permed.

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There were cute lil toys for kids to play with too!

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Comfy seats for when you’re getting your hair washed!

In total I paid RM 50 for my hair cut and they styled it too! Talk about good service!!  My hair is usually straight and having curly hair for a day was definitely a different look for me! Maybe I might consider going back and getting my hair curled. 🙂

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Got my hair styled ! 🙂 Yay!

Gamakichi in da house

17 Jun
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Gamakichi soft toy

Anyong! I was going through my old photos I took last time and here is what I found! A video tape, dvd player and  a PS2 along with Gamakichi soft toy in one single photo. I always wished I could kagebunshin no jutsu (shadow replication technique from the Japanese anime Naruto) myself to multitask. From memorizing the intro and ending songs ohhh I was soo into Japanese anime back then.

Nanja korewa (means what the.. in Japanese)!?!

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My blog posts are getting even more random.

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Well that’s me!!!

Mangoes Mangoes Mangoes!

7 Jun

Anyong! I just want to say that I L O V E mangoes. Mangos have been selling cheap recently (RM10/3.3USD for 3kg) and so I have been eating it EVERY single day. I bought RM50 worth of mangoes even though I knew that I could not tolerate too much of mangoes psychologically. The reason being is when I was a kid, I had mango allergies and then I grew out of it, but still I have this fear of getting rashes and hives.

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Mangoes!!!!

……….BUT after having it everyday for like a month ~ I seem to have really grown out of my mango allergies! Hooray! 🙂

I ended up getting more mangoes, and knowing that I could not finish everything, and everything was turning ripe too fast, I tried making dried mangoes. So here is how I did it.

Get rid of the skin

Step 1: Wash the mangoes and get rid of the skin.

Step 2

Step 2: Cut out the fleshy bit and chop it into slices (0.7cm thick).

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Step 3: Get any rack so that the below part of the mango is exposed too.

Step 4

Step 4: Place a fan directed at the mangoes (1M away) for about one full day. *You have to flip the mangoes once in between 🙂

Home Dried Mangoes

The final product: Home Dried Mangoes

For a few days in a row my house was full of mangoes. Throughout those days I was sitting on the couch staring at the mangoes as if I had arrived at a mango buffet. I did feast on a few… actually A LOT until I had gotten full and so I would then go place more sliced mangoes to fill the gap.

Well anyhow I did managed to dry quite some mangoes! 2 mangoes came up to about 100g of dried mangoes. I’ve stored the dried mangoes in the freezer to keep it for longer. I know this process is tedious, but its not that bad if you’re a mango lover because you can reward yourself by eating a few mangoes during the process. And I personally think these dried mangoes are AWESOME for snacks rather than the commercially dried ones.

So yes. Let me repeat the process again.

  • Step 1:  Buy mangoes, wash and peel off skin
  • Step 2: Cut out flesh and slice mangoes (0.7cm)
  • Step 3: Place sliced mangoes onto rack
  • Step 4: Direct fan towards mango for one day (flip mangoes once in between)

As a side note,

Yes I have tried putting it in the oven at 85 degrees celcius to fasten the process because waiting 1 day is just too long.

Mangoes in the oven.

Mangoes in the oven.

BUT it did not dry fast and it did not end up tasting like mangoes!! Surprisingly it tasted exactly like sweet potato!

Gaming since I was a kid

1 Jun

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People say Koreans are all gamers. From N64 to PS2, game cube and wii, plus computer games such as starcraft, counterstrike, dota, quake, l4d were one of the many games I used to play. I guess my future hubby does need to beat my daddy in starcraft.

6246 days in Malaysia and counting

4 May

Anyong!
So it has been a little while since I have blogged. So many things have happened during the past few months. I have been making plans to finally leave Malaysia by end of this year. Yes it is a big decision. And where is my next destination to? Sydney, Australia of course, the city that has captured my heart with its fascinating scenery, cosy cafes and a relaxing culture. So after my December 2012 trip, I had made another trip down in February and my heart had already set foot and never turned back. Being back in Malaysia feel like a vessel that has lost its soul. WAIT. I take that back. Malaysia does have many things that I love except for that massive tension between different races that splits the nation.

Food.

What I love most about Malaysia is the food.
When it comes to food.
I would have to say I go ALL out.

Roti empat segi. Empat segi means 4 corners in Malay. It is the same as roti canai, but I usually order this at any mamak (chilled out malaysian restaurant) because God knows when they had prepared the roti canai, kept it and just heated it up to serve you.

Roti empat segi. Empat segi means 4 corners in Malay. It is the same as roti canai, but I usually order this at any mamak (chilled out malaysian restaurant) because God knows when they had prepared the roti canai, kept it and just heated it up to serve you.

Mango dragonfruit juice from Asia Cafe, SS15, Subang Jaya. This is sooo refreshing. Every time I drink it, I get amazed at how good it is!

Mango dragonfruit juice from Asia Cafe, SS15, Subang Jaya. This is sooo refreshing. Every time I drink it, I get amazed at how good it is!

Mee Raja from Murni's, SS2. This place is not exactly very hygienic but the food here is so good! Even if you're full and you go there to eat at like.. 2am, it still tastes so good!

Mee Raja from Murni’s, SS2. This place is not exactly very hygienic but the food here is so good! Even if you’re full and you go there to eat at like.. 2am, it still tastes so good!

Noodles with Char Siew and Wanton from Uncle Seng, SS15, Subang Jaya. You should request this with onion oil. It tastes a little bit like the Korean black noodles called Jjajangmyun, which is my fav food!

Noodles with Char Siew and Wanton from Uncle Seng, SS15, Subang Jaya. You should request this with “onion oil”. It tastes a little bit like the Korean black noodles called Jjajangmyun, which is my fav food!

Nasi Lemak Ayam Goreng from Village Park, Damansara Utama. Gosh this is awesome. This is by far one of the best chickens I have ever tried!

Nasi Lemak Ayam Goreng from Village Park, Damansara Utama. Gosh this is awesome. This is by far one of the best chickens I have ever tried!

Chicken Wings from Wong Ah Wah, Jalan Alor. I have been going here since 1996, and I remember at that time they occupied one shoplot and there were no air con rooms like they have now, but still, it was packed then. Not only are the chicken wings good, if you add the chilli sauce that comes along with it to the fried rice, it's just mmmmmmmmm. The kam heong la la, kang kong belachan, deep fried squid, buttered prawn along with some sour plum lime juice here are good too.

Chicken Wings from Wong Ah Wah, Jalan Alor. I have been going here since 1996, and I remember at that time they occupied one shoplot and there were no air con rooms like they have now, but still, it was packed then. Not only are the chicken wings good, if you add the chilli sauce that comes along with it to the fried rice, it’s just mmmmmmmmm. The kam heong la la, kang kong belachan, deep fried squid, buttered prawn along with some sour plum lime juice here are good too.

Sang Har Mein, from Restoran Green View, The portion is humongous. Used to come here with my whole family when I was a little kid and I was like wooah when I saw those big prawns!

Sang Har Mein, from Restoran Green View, The portion is humongous. Used to come here with my whole family when I was a little kid and I was like wooah when I saw those big prawns!

Hokkien Mee from Restoran Ahwa, Jalan 222. Best best best ever hokkien mee that I have ever tried. Looks oily, is in actual fact only, but not jelak (Malay term used to describe that feeling you get when you eat rich and creamy food). I don't need any chilli padi or kimchi to finish to dish off!

Hokkien Mee from Restoran Ahwa, Jalan 222. Best best best ever hokkien mee that I have ever tried. Looks oily, is in actual fact only, but not jelak (Malay term used to describe that feeling you get when you eat rich and creamy food). I don’t need any chilli padi or kimchi to finish to dish off!

Char Siew and Siew Yoke from Restoran Golden Spring, Kota Kemuning. Never ever tasted anything like it before. The sauce with the rice that is given together with the char siew is just... awesome!

Char Siew and Siew Yoke from Restoran Golden Spring, Kota Kemuning. Never ever tasted anything like it before. The sauce with the rice that is given together with the char siew is just… awesome!

Mango Loh in front and Honey Dew Loh behind, from KTZ, SS2.  Don't  opt to choose the other Lohs because Mango Loh is much much better!"

Mango Loh in front and Honey Dew Loh behind, from KTZ, SS2. Don’t opt to choose the other Lohs because Mango Loh is much much better!”

Tamago mentai sushi from Sushi zanmai. All the other sushis are 'okay' but the egg with the sauce on top sprayed with a blowtorch is the best here.

Tamago mentai sushi from Sushi zanmai. All the other sushis are ‘okay’ but the egg with the sauce on top sprayed with a blowtorch is the best here.

Chicken Carbonara Fettucine from Chauteau de Caffeinees, Jalan Kamung Pandan. Funky tasting carbonora but gooood!

Chicken Carbonara Fettucine from Chauteau de Caffeinees, Jalan Kamung Pandan. Funky tasting carbonora but gooood!

  • Fresh gardenia bread toast along with the Fatty Crab (from Taman Megah) Chilli Crab sauce at the side
  • Bak kut teh from Kee Hiong, Klang. The soup here is THICK and NICE.
  • Dominos pizza’s classified chicken new york crust (I can finish one extra large pizza of this!)
  • Banana leaf rice from nirwana bangsar telawi
  • Super rings (love it even though i know its super unhealthy)
  • Satay, dim sum, chicken rice ball, kuay talam
  • Char kuay teow from Penang and Penang’s cendol the stall on the right! (I am sure most Malaysians will know where)
  • Mamak food: Indomee, Nasi Goreng, Tosai, Teh-o-ais limau, Roti bakar
  • Fruits: Durian, Mango, Mangosteen, SOURSOP!!

And the list goes on.

Soooo it has been 17 years and 1 month plus into being in Malaysia. I have to say Kuala Lumpur is more like my hometown rather than Seoul. All the lahs and aiyas and ffk ing (for those of you who don’t know, this is not f***ing, it is a Cantonese a term called fong fei kei which means if someone makes an appointment, and they don’t show up) is part of my routine life. Surprising I can switch on and off my slang depending on whoever I meet. So what accent do I have? Well I have lived in England too when I was young, so its neither Konglish (Korean English), Malaysian English, nor is it British English; it is a conglomeration of accents.

All those kidnapping and robbery incidents? It is happening everywhere. I am sure it been happening for a long time and it feels like crime rates are increasing just because we are now more aware of it due to social media.

I only have a few more months here and now only am I realizing how grateful I am to have lived in such a beautiful country with. Maybe I have been taking it for granted. I should start appreciating more until the day I go. Because who knows, maybe I will have an opportunity to come back here again,

Maybe I might regret not eating all that Durian I could eaten have when I could. 🙂
So Imma eat all the food I want from now on!!!