My Superb Experience in Malasia – I Loved it!

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Abdiqani Abdillahi Aden

9/23/20192 min read

Studying abroad in Malaysia was one of the most defining moments of my life and it really opened my eyes to the fact that there is a world out there. I’d say it made me a more independent and curious person, as well. Studying in a foreign university also gave me the opportunity to make a lot of new friends, not only Malaysians but other exchange students from all over the world.

I have changed in so many ways, but at the same time found out traits about myself that have always been true. I have become more confident, less stressed, and more aware of the things that truly matter in life. Malaysia is a melting pot where you can get in touch with nationalities from literally everywhere. I cannot even count the number of people I met from different countries. Learning about their culture, country and religious background has broadened my horizon and made me a more open-minded person.

Malays, Chinese, Indians, and many other ethnic groups have lived together in Malaysia for generations. All these cultures have influenced each other, creating a truly Malaysian culture. The largest ethnic groups in Malaysia are the Malays, Chinese and Indians. In Sabah and Sarawak, there is a myriad of indigenous ethnic groups with their own unique culture and heritage. Most Malaysian are duo lingual maybe trilingual and sometimes even more. They can speak multiple languages such as English, Malay, Mandarin, Tamil, Cantonese, Hokkien, Hakka and more. Of course, there is a culture shock, and being so far from home can be scary, but living in Malaysia can be such a wonderful, beautiful, colorful experience which is absolutely worth it.

The capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, itself is a massive city, full of shopping centers, museums and cultural. There are lots to do there. The iconic PETRONAS twin towers stand tall over the whole city and are a great focal point! My top tip for anyone arriving in Malaysia is to get a Malaysian phone straight away. They are super cheap and really useful. When I first came to Kuala Lumpur, my friends and I went to the Times Square shopping center, which is a massive shopping center near to the size of Bluewater shopping center in Kent. I got separated from my friends due to the elevator doors shutting very abruptly and quickly. Then, with no working phone, it took me a long time of hanging around the exit waiting for my friends to find me, which eventually, they did!

Malaysia is food amazing and there are plenty of delicacies you have to try when you arrive in this country. Talk to someone who has been abroad in Malaysia and one thing they`ll say for sure is that they are missing the food. The place I was regular at wanted was “Mamak”. “Mamak” is usually an Indian restaurant or food store where you even find it by the roadside and operate 24 hours that serve delicious food. The food that I should not want to miss is a flatbread that cooked on a flat large pan called “Roti Canai”. There there are also a variety of dishes such as the national dish `Nasi Lemak` which is a rice dish with chicken, egg, peanuts and vegetables and such as “Roti Telur” which simply means an egg is added into “Roti Canai”. These Roti usually serve with some sauce called “Dal”. You can go to the “Mamak” restaurant at any time of the day.

All in all, I have experienced things that I would have never been able to do, had I not taken this opportunity. I have made friends that will last a lifetime and developed certain skills and independence that only traveling can give you.