IOI City Mall in Putrajaya
- Lots of malls
Malaysians love their malls. They are all over the place.
- Highly air conditioned
Malaysia is much more air conditioned than Cambodia or Vietnam. This is generally a nice thing.
- Materially comfortable
I’m not really sure what drives the economy here, but people seem to enjoy a comfortable standard of living. At least the people I’ve met.
- Lots of high rise buildings and condos
The skyline is littered with tall buildings with more under construction.
- Linguistically diverse
As far as I can tell, almost everyone here is bilingual. English and Malay are the two dominant languages, with English being the lingua franca. Various types of Chinese and Indian languages are also spoken.
- Toilet paper on the outside
For some reason, the toilet paper is sometimes on the outside of the bathroom stalls. So you have to estimate what you’ll need before you go in. I’m not sure if this a Muslim thing or what.
- Good food
The food here is very tasty and cheap.
- Credit cards are widely accepted
Credit cards are accepted at most places, even for smaller amounts. I appreciate this because I prefer to use plastic over cash.
The pork section of Jaya Grocer in Mont Kiara
- Hold the bacon
Because of Islam’s prohibition against pork, the other white meat is generally less available. In some grocery stores there is a separate pork section where you have to pay for your items before you leave into the main area. Some restaurants even advertise themselves as “pork free” to appeal to Muslim customers .