about malaysia.

I was inspired to write a post about Malaysia since I wrote about Dubai and posted it in my facebook. (there is a comment from lovely Sakiinah for me to write about Penang ) and my meet up with Alina and Salwa last month, two Malaysian in Dubai, makes me feel, let me do it now 😉 


well ,, let’s try to remember and sum it up..

I went first time to Malaysia in 2005 to study my bachelor’s degree in Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) which popular with the title University in the garden and ranked as number two in Malaysia. *wink*

It was my first time going outside of the country, I was just too excited.

It was also my first time to live far away from my parents. I still can remember how my dad cried his eyes out when he letting me off from the departure area (which makes my tear drops too ) and…. if you met my mom, you will know that she’s too cool to act like my dad even i know she feel sad too X_x

my University is in Penang, which is 45 minutes by plane from Kuala Lumpur.  That time, No direct flight yet from Jakarta to Penang and AirAsia still operates from KLIA 🙂

First time i step my foot in KLIA , i feel like wow! it’s a nice airport ! to go to the gates with the train is just amazing 😉

the comparison here so far only with Indonesia and the differences that i notice while I’m living there

  1. in Malaysia i don’t find a tukang parkir , someone that will help you to park your car and then you give him some money.. (i don’t know now )
  2. there is no ojek , a motorcycle that you can ride as a taxi.
  3. you pay the bus to the coin machine and then take your receipt ( i used to pay the bus fare to the kondektur 😀 )
  4. while that time few bus still without AC but most of the public bus is with AC ( from what i heard ,buses now only rapid bus, KL and Penang)
  5. if you want to fill up your fuel tank, you have to get out and walk to the cashier and then you put the pipe and fill it to your car/motorcycle by your own (oh c’mon, dont be lazy!)
  6. it was my first time to know and realize that motorcycle can going through highway.
  7. it  was just too many scooters 😀
  8. I was staying in Dormitory , to use the coin washing machine to wash my clothes and to refill my water through the coin machine is hajimete . 🙂 
  9. going to Singapore and Thailand can be done overland . it’s just like going to another city. ~~~
  10. paying toll without queueing in the lane is amazed me .hehe
  11. there is sekolah kebangsaan Cina , i mean if in Indonesia, we have sekolah katolik, sekolah Islam, Malaysia they have this kind of school.
  12. bangsa there means race.
  13. and negeri means province not country .
  14. mm.. let’s talk about language barrier . While people say that Malay language and Indonesian is the same, I will tell you, it is not the same. at the first time, you will get confused and lost when u talk to them . it’s true . I don’t lie 😀 (especially when i first talk to Ed, with his kental logat utara X_x)
  15. duduk dekat mana ?  (???) in Indonesian: duduk is sit. dekat is near . mana is which/where ? so.. when i heard it first time i feel like.. hmmm…. hmmm… when literally it means where are you staying ?
  16. daripada mana ? daripada , in Indonesian, is like a comparison. let say ” lebih baik A daripada B , while in Malaysian somehow could means “where are you come from ?” .
  17. aku dan saya . I think most of Indonesian, including me, always use aku when referring to themselves, even when they talk to their parents. If in Indonesia, aku is already polite ,in Malaysia, you will get a selipar terbang on the face if you use aku to parents or someone older than you .
  18. seronok laa.. in Malay , it doesn’t mean you are doing something not right but it means it’s fun .
  19. senang je tuu. means that is easy. yes, senang in Malay means easy while in Indonesian, it means happy ^_^
  20. when you live there, under your consciousness you will catch the accent of malaysian English “it’s okay laaa”
  21. pusing campus . it doesnt mean your campus had a headache 😀 pusing in Malay means go/turn around.
  22. di dalam kereta means inside the car not inside the train .
  23. I get used to say “bas” instead of “bis” when referring to the “bus”
  24. nak makan apa? the questioner not calling you as her/his anak, but he/she asking you what do you want to eat ?  (nak in Malay language is mahu/want ) .

well,, after a while living there, I think I get used to the word pening to refer as a headache , bilik as kamar , credit to say pulsa and bestnyeee to say asikk banged! 😉

Life goes on. but somehow I miss Malaysia.. (esp Penang!)

I miss the delicious food. nasi lemak bakar burma road, nasi ayam madu especially from pelita, nasi ayam merah, ayam oyster , you get super duper tasty food with a good price.. nyumm..nyumm…

I miss watching cinema. I was a movie buff, now I rarely go to the cinema, Maybe I am too medit , kedekut and pelit but to pay AED 35 or AED 50 for a movie , i rather watch it on board when I’m flying with my cheap ticket (just wait another 4 months maximum to be available on Emirates ICE!)

I miss lepak after work . In Dubai , my life circulation will only be get up.work.eat.sleep.getup.work.eat.sleep. gooshh… I thought it only me but it happened to everyone here,,, Is it because of the work pressure that we feel so powerless when the work timing is over ?? I wonder…

I miss the friendliness of the people. period.

I miss paying the cheap rent . Seriously , rent in Dubai is as high as empire state building. thank God that my rent is not yet rise up . ( i don’t know next few months) but to pay AED 1500 not including electricity water internet and gas for a very small room without window (maid room) is just horrible ! not forget to mention shared with other 7 peoples in the house 😦 and to afford a comfortable big- fii window-room in a good location is out of my budget.

If you ever stay in Dubai, you will know how we struggle here just to make friends. good friends. maybe again , because of the pressure and everyone is just busy to cope up with their own Dubai life . (I’m lucky to know and have some angels with me , I thank God for them)

Last but not least, I would like to say thank you to everyone that reading it and thank you for all my friends that around during my stay in Malaysia, be it in Pulau Pinang, Cyberjaya or Kuala Lumpur . I seek forgiveness for all mistake and sharp words. Love you all ❤

this time : ロンドン #UKcountry number 14.

it is so not in my list (the 76 things i want to do before turning 30 -list. ) but im glad i went there. I went there 3-9 september 2014.

i went to ロンドン with Xuefang Guan , my lovely chinese friend.

budget : 5000 – over budget : 5700 dhs. 

we bought oyster card for 45 pounds valid for 7 days .

the surprise today :       DSC02273  i need water !! lol 😛

we stayed in holiday inn express, Wimbledon. we paid around 3100 dhs for 6 nights. (divided two) it takes 1,5 hour from Heathrow to our hotel, and when we arrive, we request for the front room with the view, (just to find out that it is so much noisy that we couldn’t sleep and then request to change room on our 2nd night X_X) we should listen to nigel (the receptionist)! 😀

about 1 hour later,we went out from hotel to find some food and look around, we ended up in saintsbury, and eat in the cafetaria in front of it. (i forgot the name 😦   another one thing that surprise me is the opening times of shops there


imagine,, at 2000 ! so much different with Dubai, even Jakarta/ KL.

day 2 ; 4 september ::: buckingham palace , i never think that buckingham palace tour will be cost almost our entire day , i should bear in mind that it is a HUGE palace, lol…

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after buckingham palace we went to A&V museum , national history museum, harrods then we go to Soho to have some food .we ate in princci ,italian restaurant  おいしい い !out of 10, i will give 8,5 to this restaurant 🙂 onaka ippai desu yooo ^.^ after that we walked through the leicester square area and entered national potrait museum, i bought a london tote bag there for 10 pounds. ❤ it..

day 3 ; 5 september 2014 ::: today our route is london eye – tate modern – shakespare’s globe and around.




love her singing dont look back in anger . LOVE.LOVE.LOVE it somuch!

we just keep walking till we were in borough market and i can see the shard.  we had our lunch in itsu . i like the concept of the restaurant, it’s nice. im giving 8,5 😉  for our dinner we went back to leicester square and decided to eat in korean restaurant named corean chili , just beside underground station. the taste of the food was sooo – ,, sigh.. I’m upset and xuefang was more upset* maybe because our expectation is high on the restaurant. out of ten, i think 6 is enough.

day 4th ; 6 september 2014 .. meet claire !!


lunch at Jamie’s union jack covent garden 

i bought shirt from ben sherman and charla of Dr. martens :* alhamdulillah,, thanku Allah.. O:) two brands which i always dream of having ~

♣♣ we forgot to ask the VAT – tax refund form from the store, otherwise we can get at least food money for 5 days in Dubai 😦

surprise of the day : toilet inside the restaurant there is like public toilet,that everyone can use it, no complaint from the staff /warning on the door itself >=<

hyde park


While I love to visit here, I need to find my own spot, my own environment where I and my creativeness thrive ( i forgot from where i got this words)

arsenal and tower of london

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i bought a cap in the tower shop for abdee ❤

we had our dinner in la tasca , victoria.

day 5th ; 7 september 2014 ::: British museum , masjid in goodge street , sherlock holmes museum  , regent’s park.

today, i managed to put one Quran in one of masjid in london. the name is muslim league world, it’s only a square and not that big, you can miss it if you don’t really pay attention.

hope whoever read the Quran, i will get the good deeds from it even if i am already dead O:)

♦ how to go there from British museum ; turn right from the museum on to totenham court road n turn right – walk for 4-5 minutes from goodge street , it’s after tesco and pizza place ♦

baker street ~~~ the sherlock holmes museum price is 10 pounds.

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we drop by in regent’s park  and on our way back to hotel we stopped in elephant and castle -had our dinner in wetherspoon the rockingham arms , we ordered the traditional british food (it’s the name of the menu)

day 6th ; 8 september 2014 :: Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio and Camden .

how to get there ~ we took the tube and stop in Euston ,the overland train from Euston to watford junction for about 18 minutes and from watford junction we took the HP shuttle bus for about 15 minutes . the bus fare is 2 pounds return. we need to keep the ticket with us,for the coming back.

surprise today : it’s my first time to wear seat belt on the bus . 😀

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uncle Idrus suggest me to go to camden if i have time.

So here I was, in camden  . It was 6pm and was already getting dark when I reached town .


we ate in sushi salsa, before heading back to hotel. quite a journey ~ thanku Uncle !!

day 7th ; flying back to Dxb with Emirates A380 ♥

surprise again ; NO immigration out of London , woww.. amazing.. hehehe

~~ for the food expenses , we spent 8-17 pounds each time we eat.

ありがとう ございます!!domou arigatou gozaimashita xuenechan for the amazing one week london escape, forgive all the minus and annoying behaviour ,, :*  DSC02902


  • Tapera , my colleague from zimbabwe eating “salak” and he said it’s like pineapple with ginger… X_x
  • that moment when you answering a passenger question mixwith arabic and japanese.. lol..