Beautiful Malaysia

The view from outside our training room was simply breathtaking

Unlike India, I have no problem answering the question “How is Malaysia?” Malaysia is beautiful. Great infrastructure , lovely scenery and awesome people.

One World Hotel – Petaling Jaya

The hotel we arrived at is One World Hotel located in Petaling Jaya a city about 10 Kilometers from Malaysian Capital City, Kuala Lumpur. It is impressive to note that in Malaysia, cities have websites. See for example, Petaling Jaya’s fully interactive website complete with a  link to their Twitter account and a Youtube channel. How cool is that! Can you imagine Mombasa City Council tweeting? I can’t imagine. :) I can imagine. I can imagine because that’s where the world is headed after all. NyeriOnline can attest to this.

I digress.

Back to the hotel.

If you follow Football news then this name may ring a bell. It is the same Hotel that Chelsea are staying during their pre-season tour. I am told that Arsenal were staying in the same hotel last week. Ahem! But do I say!

One world Hotel is a busy Hotel. Our hosts in Malaysia had had to make reservations for us for twin-bed rooms as there were no other rooms available. When we checked in at the hotel on 28th of June, it was fully packed but fortunately, they managed to get two rooms for us,my colleague and I, before the usual check-out time of 12:00 noon.

The TV greets you

The first thing you notice when you get into your room at One World Hotel, is that the TV greets you. That’s right. It knows you. I am not a TV person but this was one TV I couldn’t ignore.

This TV, knew my name.

And, forget the TV, the general manager acknowledges my presence too 😛  Yeah right.

The Country

Malaysia has a population of approximately 28M. It is a mornarchy which basically means they have a King and Queen who are just ceremonial but they also have the Prime Minister who does all the work.

Putrajaya

Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia but it is Putrajaya city that is the administrative capital of Malaysia.  Now, Putrajaya city is a spectacle. It was planned and built by the Government from scratch.

It is said to be the best planned city in the world.

I found that appaling. I mean, a country where the Government spends time doing things for the people it serves instead of stealing from them.

When I came from Malaysia I came home to stories of people narrating how they had heard on Churchill Live that

once, immediately after indipendence we, Kenya were doing so much better than Malaysia that we loaned them money.

Cry my beloved country! What happened? What happened?!

Their "Thika road" . Not to worry, we are on the right track too... :)

The People

Malaysian population consists of three main ethnic groups : Malays, Chinese and Indians. Malays are by law, muslims. The Chinese and Indians can choose whatever religion.

Malay is the official language but English and Chinese are widely spoken.

Strangely we did not meet any black person during our stay there, apart from Eric, a friend of my husband, who at hubby’s request, graciously picked us from the Hotel one evening and took us (my Kenyan colleague and I) shopping . God bless you Eric!

Eric(left) and my Kenyan colleague Joseph

But more importantly, no one was looking at us strange because we were black. I can describe Malaysians as warm, friendly and business savvy.

Shopping

Malaysia is a shoppers’ paradise. They have got these huge malls, like four times the size of Westgate. In the evenings we’d take a cab to Kuala Lumpur and spend time shopping and Window shopping at the malls. Whenever you asked how much an item cost you’d do some quick math to see how much that was in Kenya Shillings. 1 Malaysian Ringgit is equivalent to approx.  30 Kenya shillings which tells you that they are way ahead. Malaysia is the 29th Largest economy in the world.

Malaysia is known for electronics. In fact there is a whole mall(huge as they can be) in Kuala Lumpur that just deals with computers and all other devices.

And they are abreast with the latest technology, those people. You get an impression that everyone has an iphone!

And just because, I got myself a white sexy iphone 4 that I am going to be paying for for months on end I will not even let my own kids touch.

MyVi

No, I did not leave out tz (and forget to put a space bar after My). hehe.  Myvi has for the last five years been Malaysia’s best selling car.

Myvi is a small car. What Vitz is to Kenyans, MyVi is to Malaysians. Only in Malaysia they drive their little car with pride, because it is proudly Malaysian.

A brand new Myvi costs around 50,000 Ringgit. I’ll let you do the math.

Who run the world? Girls

Beyonce should have shot the video of her hit song Run the world (girls) in Malaysia. In Malaysia it is women who run the town! You sit in traffic and on your left and right are women driving powerful cars or even Myvis. But of note is that it is mostly women who are on the road.  At the offices it is women who are Chief Finance Officers and ICT managers. But Mostly, Chinese women.

The younger ladies can be seen walking in groups of two or three looking all empowered and clad in hot pants, at the malls buying the latest ipads and iphones.

The food

Oh, I loved the food in Malaysia!  Whether chinese or Malay it was yummy. Unlike in India, Malaysians don’t shy away from meats.

I was disappointed though that they didn’t serve bacon at One world Hotel. Only Halal, the said. For those who thought Halal is a Kenchic brand (I did :) ), then FYI, Halal means something that is permissible to Muslims.

One, Majiwater advises that Malaysian cuisine can be had at Sankara, Nairobi.

Drug free zone

Just before landing at Kuala Lumpur they warned us. They warned us that if anyone was found with drugs, they would be KILLED.

You are joking, right?

No seriously its true. Eric, confirmed this. He told us also that Nigerians in Malaysia had a reputation of drug trafficking.

In Conclusion…

Truth be told, in another life I want to live in Malaysia. It’s so beautiful, you just fall in love. Of note is infrastructure – the subways and all.

And everyone seems to be doing well…. There are no beggars on the streets….just awesome.

And this below; this is Petronas Towers, in Kuala Lumpur. At 88 floors, Petronas towers is the tallest twin building in the world.

Petronas towers

Did I mention that they have states in Malaysia? Oh, yes, they do. 13 of them.

Malaysia is like the states but without all the be-sure-to-always-hold-your-fork-on-your-left-hand pretense. 😛

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16 comments for “Beautiful Malaysia

  1. Millicent
    July 20, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    That is a Wao! experience you had right there. Beautiful country that.

  2. Wembe Wa Mugumo Tree
    July 20, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Mrs Mwiti,
    Great post thanks for putting it up!
    Did you say  there was once a time when Kenya was doing so much better than Malaysia that we lent them money? Well your pictures speak 1000 words,all of them too painful for me to articulate so i won’t. God bless Kenya and God bless Malaysia too

  3. July 20, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Thanks for the post

  4. July 20, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    My ‘To Somalia and back’ post is in the works. Thanks for sharing this. And you painted a pretty good picture.
    I’d very much like to go to that large electronic/computer/gadget mall you described and get lost in it.
    Now to wait for the pics. Hope you upload as many as you can.
     

  5. July 20, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I just burst out laughing at the thought of Mombasa City Council tweeting. Kwanza our mayor woi!
    Drug trafficking in Malaysia is a very very big deal. Remember what almost became of Donde’s daughter?
    I watched the building of the Petronas on Mega Structures some time and to date I don’t remember being so taken by a TV program.

  6. July 20, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    its really nice to, to read other peoples travel experiences especially africans. a while a go i set out to travel halfway around the world, and the information available was not so relevant to an african traveller and definitely encountered situations that weren’t covered in any lonely planet.
     

    • July 25, 2011 at 12:22 pm

      Hey Louis, what happened to your blog? I agree with you about relevant info for those traveling, especially non tourists.

  7. July 20, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Thanks Christine for the mention @nyerionline . Actually the world is in that direction. You look for what you want in the comfort of your house. The days of “kutafuta kwa yellow pages” are out. Nice stay in Malaysia, one magnificent city.

  8. droposunshine
    July 21, 2011 at 10:46 am

    aaaw aren’t you lucky! Now I have to add Malaysia to my long list of places I must visit *sigh*. Thanks for painting a pretty picture in my mind.

  9. July 21, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    True to your promise you managed to put this up, you paint quite a picture there I know I want to go there too even if for a weekend, I see for myself…
    Ps. Please remove that arithmetic spam protector, i don’t usually carry my calculator with me every time 😀

  10. July 25, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Nice article Christine, now I want to go to Malaysia! Your spam protection initially refused to accept that 9+10 is 19…or maybe it isn’t?

  11. July 25, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Thanks Ma’am for putting this post up. I once did a thorough case study on the Petronas Towers for my course work. Since then I’ve always wanted to visit Malaysia. From this post, I now want to travel there so bad. :-) Glad you had a wonderful time.

  12. wisegirl
    August 2, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    i feel like i just visited the city.very figurative description.wonder what it feels to behold such beauty.howz their tourism industry? can one plan for that destination?how does their currency compare with ours?how about seasons? any winter/summer….
    what about their education system?

    • August 5, 2011 at 5:00 pm

      Thank you wisegirl. The weather is mostly hot. Like Mombasa. All buildings are fitted with ACs. Their schooling system..they go up to class 6, then High sc. takes 5 years then 2 years in college or 3 yrs univ. Tourism, in addition to the few places I mentioned, like the towers, they have this huuuge Hindu god. I think its the largest statue or something…

  13. Eric Kimathi Buantai
    August 24, 2011 at 10:34 am

    wow…What a lovely piece…u nailed it …i love this Country that is why i have lived here for almost a decade now.

  14. Charles
    September 27, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Great work. Lack a website.
     
    Lwanga

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