Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Kuala Lumpur, etc.
Hi, I am Marthe but most of my friends call me Marta. I am an international Project manager, but also a curious traveler from France - and a happy foodie recently relocated to the brilliant Kuala Lumpur!
When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?
The food scene here is incredible, and is a real passion for most of the locals. Since the variety of bars and restaurants is so wide, I decided right from the beginning to make a blog / guide about the good places, the ones with a special sparkle – and that you should definitely try!
Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?
All my blog posts are about places that I love and would highly recommend to friends. But ok, ok, if you want me to choose my favorite ‘favoritest’ of the moment, here it is: Tate bar in Intermark. It’s a gentlemen’s club, one of the latest addition of the B.I.G group, and I find it quite unexpected in KL.
Tell us about the ways your new life in Kuala Lumpur differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?
Living in Kuala Lumpur is a great experience, and the people make it an even better one. I am very touched by the general kind attitude and open mind of the locals. Even though there are some political tensions, the harmony between Indian Malay, Chinese Malay, Muslim Malays and expatriates is a real life lesson. I also love the fact that you can travel anywhere easily thanks to KL being such a big hub!
Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Kuala Lumpur? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?
I believe “expect the unexpected” could be a good hint on what… to expect in KL. Regarding the changes in my preparations, maybe I would put more emphasis on the safety – behind all this modernism and loveliness, KL can be a bit dangerous (lots of bag snatching. Lots!)
Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?
With the funny and prone to laugh Malaysians, this happens every day, lah!
Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Kuala Lumpur?
- Don’t forget your shades, bikinis and sunscreen. It is very important here – parties at swimming pool, beautiful sunny weather most days, etc.
- Try to learn Bahasa, the local language – even though most locals speak really well English, they will love it if you can exchange few words in Malay
- Explore the food scene – it is unbelievably rich in KL!
How is the expat community in Kuala Lumpur? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?
KL has a lot of expats from all around the world, ad it’s quite easy to find like-minded people. InterNations gathering is a perfect place to meet people (friends!) in amazing locations, along with locals.
How would you summarize your expat life in Kuala Lumpur in a single, catchy sentence?
Leaving the dream!