Today children we will be discussing dumb tourists, judgemental idiots, ignorant buffoons and whinging bitches.
Sounds like a whole bucket of fun eh?
Happy 48th Birthday Malaysia, we love you, even if some photoshopped ugly ho’s from Singapore don’t.
Fact (or Fiction) 1 – Taxi Drivers
Taxi drivers all over the world are dishonest, if they see you are a tourist (pretty obvious in my case), they will try and con you somehow, if it’s Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, they will just skip using the meter and charge you a fixed (inflated) price, which if you don’t know better, you won’t use.
Especially in Malaysia, they’ll even do it to locals, the Taxi’s are not regulated very well here so you can expect it. Just make sure they use the meter or don’t take the cab, that’s common sense, or if it’s rush hour, you won’t get a metered cab so agree on a decent price before getting in the cab.
In UK or Singapore or other countries that are strict on meter use, they will just drive you round in a couple of huge meters, add on some extra magic surcharges to inflate the price.Fact (or Fiction) Number 2 – Things in KL are not cheap
That’s true, if you go to Starhill or KLCC obviously, duh..
And it depends how you define cheap, you have to know what you are looking for and what the price should be. Proper shopping is found in 1 Utama, Ikano, Mid Valley and my Favourite for all things Sungei Wang (and Low Yat of course for I.T stuff and telecomms) definately NOT at KLCC or BerGAYa Times Square. There are bargains to be had for sure and things are pretty cheap here, I find them much cheaper than Singapore for example, of course not as cheap as somewhere like Vietnam or Thailand..Fact (or Fiction) Number 3 – Petaling Street Sucks
No shit? I know people from Malaysia, who’ve lived all their lives in KL who have never been to Petaling Street.
It’s a huge tourist trap, I do buy some things from there, but you have to be savvy, you have to know exactly what you want, and how much it should be. The quality of the watches is extremely high if you know which stalls to go to and what you are looking for. You have to be a pro in haggling and have a good eye for quality. Sunglasses are good and cheap, just check the lenses have the correct focus point, sometimes they don’t and they’ll subsequently give you a headache.
Bags/wallets etc are ok there, some are great quality, but most are following fashion, and they are ugly as sin.
You go to Petaling Street for the experience of Petaling Street, and to eat, some great food can be found in that area, it’s not particularly cheap, but it’s very good. If you shop there, shop with someone who knows the prices and when you have specific things in mind (I go there for my Oakley’s before diving season starts, I don’t want to pay RM800 for a real pair, then get it crushed by an air tank).Fact (or Fiction) Number 4 – KL foodcourts are more expensive than Singapore
This is frankly not at all true, if you eat in some low quality shitty foodcourt in the middle of KL, it will be expensive and bad, that’s just common sense.
If you go to a decent place like the foodcourt in SS2 you’ll get good food at a normal price (cheaper AND better than the foodcourts I’ve tried in Singapore).
The only food I find good in Singapore is the expensive stuff, like those hotel buffets and the ‘good’ resturants, there is some good food in Geylang too, but other than that, the quality of day to day normal food is so-so.Fact (or Fiction) Number 5 – KL sales suck
This is pretty much true, KL has sales every few months, so they aren’t massive, prices are just lower generally. Like I can get things cheaper in UK during sales than anywhere in Asia, because the sales are real sales. Singapore Sales are better than Malaysian fake pseudo-sales.
Not everything is 10% though, you often get 40-60% off during sales, but only on selected lines.Fact (or Fiction) Number 6 KL Fashion Sucks
Yeah this is true, if you go to Times Square or Sungei Wang to buy clothes, duh…Even Sg Wang has some decent shops, you just have to look, Times Square is just a disaster though.
KLCC has all the normal boring stuff, I suggest heading to 1 Utama, The Curve, Ikano or Mid Valley for better buys.General
In general, I can judge because I not a Malaysian, I don’t have a patriotic requirement to defend my country, because my country is UK not Malaysia. So why?
Because I live here, I know what it’s like, I’ve been to all the tourist places and the non-tourist places, I have been a tourist here and now I am no longer a tourist..
For me Malaysia is much better than Singapore, I don’t mind visiting Singapore but the people there are weird, I think it’s a matter of in breeding, it’s such a small country everyone must be related to everyone else in some way or another. The shopping is better there, but it’s freaking expensive, may as well go back to UK during sales, get better quality stuff for cheaper.
The food in Singapore in general is boring and of mediocre quality, unless you fork out a fortune to eat in one of the big hotels for ala carte or buffet, those are GREAT!
The public transport in Singapore is excellent, in Malaysia it’s virtually non-existent, but it’s improving, I don’t have a mile long restriction on owning a vehicle. I feel free in Malaysia, in Singapore I feel like all the citizens are dogs on leashes being pushed around into little boxes by the government. I’ve spent quite a lot of time in Singapore, staying with locals (Actually a Malaysian lady who married a Singaporean guy and moved there).
On another note I hate people that don’t stick to their convictions either, if you have a point stick with it, don’t pussy out.
This post is dedicated to Xia Xue and her post:
Seems to have lost her balls too:
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