I just got back from my short trip to KLCC. Haven't been there for ages. Not since August 2004.
During the whole journey from/to my home town to/from KLCC, I started jotting down what I really thought about Malaysia through the eyes of a Malaysian in exile. These were what I wrote on my PDA in no particular order:
Note: Some of it are not really through my eyes but informations gathered from friends, relatives, 'newspapers' and my family.
1. Malaysians loves to stare. I took a photograph of a man at the coach station and he kept on starring at me. I had to slip away before he tore my digital camera into pieces.
2. The Karak Highway resurfacing program has been going on since July 2004. Wow! All these thanks to Datuk Sami.
3. Same issue with the highway around the Duta area.
4. Malaysians can't queue. Sorry. Malaysians won't queue.
5. The ladies here are really skinny. I mean really really skinny. They eat loads but they are still skinny. And they are not all sexy.
6. Malay ladies are hot! I never realised it but the ever changing society is bringing in liberal values to our Malay friends. Hurray!
7. The ladies here are very very fashionable.
8. Knowing our government I thought that they would attempt to ban 'FCUK' from French Connection billboards. But they did not. Which is a good thing.
9. The aunty-aunties here love high fashion. Spot the fake Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Burberry, Dior, Prada handbags etc among them.
10. They also (still) love to gossip. LOUDLY! Really really gets on my nerve.
11. The transport system in KL is not integrated. I blogged on this once many months ago on why KL needed to implement an integrated transport system like London's Underground or Paris's Metro. Sadly, the only thing integrated about the light railway system in KL is you have an option to purchase monthly tickets that allow full use on KL's separate tube lines.
12. The carriages on STAR lines are fitted with metal seats. Which are so smooth you could slide from one end to the other.
13. STAR and PUTRA, the two lines I took today was s-l-o-w.
14. Most expats tend to stick together. I have to mention that my observation was only limited to two meals at the KLCC food court.
15. Total lack of disability access in many public areas. A disgrace for a modern city and one this government should really take an issue in drafting a proper building regulation and making it a law for fairness to our crippled friends.
16. The proliferation of American style cafes. This has been going on for many years but I am still not so pleased about it. But KLites are lucky. You should see the number of Starbucks in London. Soon they be serving Starbucks 'beverages' in strip clubs.
17. KLites do not let people off the trains first. They just rush in like hamsters.
18. Shops here open at 9am, especially the ones selling books (for kids going to school) and mobile phones, and close at 7pm. Big shopping centers closes at 9.30pm.
19. Speaking of mobile phones, there are about one gazillion mobile phone stands/shops/mini-shops/cafe-like shops in KL. I am a gadget freak but even I couldn't stand the sights of them.
20. Prices of apartments around KLCC are probably equalvalent to prices of apartments in Canary Wharf, London.
21. People do not chat to strangers on public transport. This is actually a normal 'etiquette' in many countries transport system.
22. The area where my parents reside had power cuts FIVE times during my less than two weeks here. I was told that there had been no blackouts for a couple of month until I came by.
23. The issue of sexuality is still taboo in this country at least among the media.
24. Drugs are still illegal.
25. Businessmens and businesswomens constantly wear their full uniform (suit, ties etc) even on lunch breaks and in the sun.
26. I think roti boy is damn overrated.
27. Not many iPod show-offs seen today.
28. Beers are still (mostly) sold in coke cans. What light weights!
29. My former favourite fast food, A&W, is still operating.
30. Dance music CDs are confined in a separate room in Towers Record as though it were a deadly disease.
31. Malaysia politics is laughable. No wonder people here do not care.
PS: Observations are merely my own and are not indicative of the rest of the Malaysian population.