To complete one of my posts 10 Things about Paris to remember and to celebrate my 1 month anniversary living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (ok it is not much but for a frog used to his Camembert, Reblochon and the cold weather of Paris, it’s quite a feat!) I have listed my top 10 things that I already love about KL and that you might not know:
1- The hot weather! Even when it rains, having constant hot weather is fabulous. Don’t listen to people who say that you need seasons. They have obviously never lived in a warm country. I simply can’t stand winter and having sunshine everyday is heaven.
2- The total absence of dogs. Fabulous! As a former Parisian, I hate the tiny yappy ones that poo all over the French pavements. Well, so far in KL I haven’t seen any pet dogs, probably due to Islam that considers dogs impure. I am all for that! Enough of dog crap all over the place!
3- The fried garlic smell in the air just before lunchtime and dinnertime. If you don’t like garlic, avoid Asia! Thin sliced fried garlic is in every street, every dish and every breath of my wife… It is just to die for!
4- The passion of Malaysians for food. From a true Frenchman, I am telling you we are waaaayyyy behind. Malaysians eat all the time (minimum 5 times a day) and talk about the next meal they will have whilst eating a big plate of nasi goreng. Yum!
5- Purple Proton. For those who don’t know, Malaysia has 3 national cars: Proton, Perodua and Naza. Just try, it is worth the drive! In Paris, tour operators organise for tourists city excursions in the mythic, old 2cv. I’m thinking of doing the same here in funky Purple Protons!
6- Colourful Batik shirts worn by the ministers and officials. I adore it! It brightens up so much the politicians and daily news. I wish President Sarkozy could appear on TV in a Tahitian ‘Thomas Magnum’ shirt. It will surely boost his popularity!
10- Kaya and teh tarik: For those who haven’t tried, it is a must! Kaya is the super sweet local coconut jam to put on toast or to eat in puffs (equivalent of Nutella). Teh tarik is a super sweet beverage you get everywhere, at every function as well, it is tea mixed with condensed milk. Better train an hour on a treadmill after one glass of teh tarik, but it is absolutely delicious!