this is the archive for the ‘in malaysia’ category:

tune hotel – hostel 2.0

(or, “how to stay in kuala lumpur for 10 euros/night”)

we’ve been looking for places to stay in kuala lumpur/singapore and since we are having trouble finding couches (ramadan starts today) someone suggested us the tune hotel, describing it as a “no frills hotel, that is for hotels as ryanair is for flights”. and you know what? it is exactly like that – except that it is made by airasia, one of our favourite lowcosts in asia.

the place looks neat and is just what we were looking for: a simple, chic and clean room to sleep without all the fancy stuff that we won’t use. i’ll let you know how it goes. :)

image by lynac on flickr.

“all meats are halal”

more more tea inn

malaysia, as we found out, is a young and beautiful country, well versed in the arts of receiving people. it’s one of those countries that is filled with curious details, that you could probably explore in countless days.

we toured a bit of the countryside in terenggannu, on the bus to and from the airport. wooden colorful houses on stills filled with and exquisitely detailed architecture. colorful dressed women working around. lots of food stands, with all sorts of dried food (and also some smelly fish sausages). men flocking to mosques with their sons on the backseat of their old bikes. people drive on the left side of the road. “all meats are halal” said the sign on the sandwich shop. and then of course, the sea and the sky. an insanely green and blue country.

malaysia is mainly muslim, and you can see the influences everywhere, from the mosques to the veils covering the heads of women. and yet, describing malaysia as muslim is a poor simplification. it’s more of an intense asian melting pot. chinese and indian people are also well represented and it seemed to me that besides malay, everybody could speak either chinese or english, which was brilliant.

there were lots of details which we could not explain (orange nail polish on girls and boys?) and others that our “asian background” made a bit more clear, such as the empty beaches and the snorkeling fully clothed (veil included). asian people don’t fancy getting tanned – the whiter the better around here.

mr. squirrel

in the end, the friendliness sticks out and i feel like we could definitely end up living in kuala lumpur in the next few years. who knows?



sugar = gula in malay.

gula in portuguese = gluttony.


tanned delusions

there must be a color named “malaysian blue” – if there isn’t, i think i’ll name it. it’s the color of the sea in malaysia, the impossible mixture of green and blue, unbelievably dreamy and beautiful.

sunny malaysia and a year older


the water was as warm and clear as promised. the sand was white and there were lots and lots of colorful fish swimming in amazing coral reefs. our week in redang island was short and sweet, but felt like a month away from shanghai.

malaysia caught me off guard in many aspects, but made such an impression on both of us that i can see us living in kuala lumpur in the future. what an exquisite mixture of people, architecture, colors, cultures, languages…

more on this soon. meanwhile, thank you to everybody who wrote or twitted me happy birthday! turning 26 on the beach and sharing the cake with impromptu friends was pretty neat. :) and now, on to another brilliant year!