Moving to Kuala Lumpur 2013

(40 Posts)
ama29 Mon 27-May-13 10:20:59

hello! Just jumping on an old thread here and hoping you get notified? My husband and I and 5 and 3 year old are moving to KL in August, there is list to think about and it would be good to ask some pro's! Would you recommend just trying to find furnished property to rent and save the hassle of shipping? Or is unfurnished much cheaper? We will be on one teachers salary initially so we will have to to be fairly careful with what we spend. still confused about areas as well, we need to be near to MOnt Kiara for work. Thanks v much in advance for any help, if anyone ever gets this! X

ama29 Mon 27-May-13 10:21:51

Oh, I didn't reply to a thread at all did I! Opps

teddymummy Mon 27-May-13 14:43:22

Hi there. We are moving to KL in August too. So I am just bumping up this thread!
We are taking a full container with all our furniture because we have been expat before and I couldn't bear to start furniture shopping all over again!
We think it will be desa park city for our new home but are going to rent a short term apartment for a few weeks when we arrive.

suburbophobe Tue 04-Jun-13 20:07:05

I envy you. Spent time in KL - No, I know it's not the same - and loved it.

For an Asian capital it is quite laid back. People are lovely and friendly and helpful, there's very little poverty and there's loads to do.

I went up the Petronas Twin Towers, to the bird and butterfly parks, Hop-on/off bus, Chinatown, hung out at the terrace at Reggae Bar (meet loads of people), and just had a great time! Loved the Central Market, you can eat there too and had lunch in Harrods grin twice. Pimms, the lot.

Lots of great places to go to in Malaysia. Malacca, Pulau Langkawi and Tioman etc. when you get time off.

PoppyAmex Tue 04-Jun-13 20:10:55

Like suburbo I always made a point of stopping in KL when I was living in Sydney - amazing food, lovely people and surprisingly "familiar" aspects in terms of culture.

I'm sure someone who actually lived there will come along soon for advice. Good luck!

mizzledmum Thu 06-Jun-13 23:15:34

There's a few of us then! We're also moving to Kl in August. I'm hugely excited already. We're looking at Bangsar or mont Kiara to live; we'll need to be in a house as have two hounds as well as two dc to acclimatise. The city looks fantastic.

KLdragon Fri 07-Jun-13 04:46:51

Hi all. Well I am just into my second year here and we are still really enjoying it. We live in Bukit Damansara which is in between Mount Kiara and Bangsar so might be worth adding to your places to look I love both Bangsar and Mount Kiara and all the areas you have mentioned are big expat areas with good shops and restaurants Another place to look is Sri Hartamas which is in the same vicinity.
Teddy mummy I don't know a lot about Desa park city but I have heard good things about the school there and it is quite close to the Curve and 1Utama so good shopping and restaurants close by.
When we moved we shipped everything as my DH's company paid but we have an IKEA here and electricals are reasonably cheap so you could get by with a furnished I guess it depends how long you are planning on staying and what you are doing with your house in the UK.
When you come over make sure you Join the ABWM they have been great for me for meeting new friends and joining clubs.
Also make sure you stockpile umbrellas!

teddymummy Fri 07-Jun-13 17:19:51

smile at umbrellas! I did wonder about that actually!
Still looking at desa park, but will tell dh about the other places you mention. Need to be in the right part of town for the british school. Bskl. We are taking most of our stuff, but will top up with ikea as needed.
Really getting excited now, but will really miss my parents sad

teddymummy Fri 07-Jun-13 17:23:25

Kl dragon, what do you think are important items to bring with us from the uk? Kids school shoes, medicines, adult shoes, bras on the list so far...

KLdragon Sat 08-Jun-13 09:21:25

You seem to have the key things we do have clarks for school shoes but limited choice , bras especially if you are in a larger size can be a problem Never had an issue with Medicine here but not ill often. Although I would stockpile mossie spray, cream etc especially with DEET in as I am bitten to death here. I use Elemis products which I can't get here so if you have a particular skin care brand might be worth buying. Other than that We have all the familiar shops here M &S, Debenhams even Tesco so I don't want for much and prices tend to be quite reasonable (although I was in Dubai before this so might have a slightly warped take on what is reasonable!) BSKL is a great school I have friends with children there and they love it

Campervan3 Mon 10-Jun-13 10:36:52

Hi, we are also moving to KL this August with 3 kids. We have looked at Desa Park City but our eldest is 16 so we need somewhere with public transport so he can be independent. Possibly looking at Bukit Utama initially until we find our feet and decide where is best for us to live. Any advice/comments?

teddymummy Mon 10-Jun-13 21:21:18

Hi campervan, good luck with your move. Are you going to do a short rental for a while, we might do that too. Have you found a good agent?

PurpleNeihu Tue 11-Jun-13 07:27:14

I have heard great things about living in KL. I am envious.

ripsishere Mon 17-Jun-13 01:57:07

Desa Park City is great. Not sure about the public transport since I drive.
One thing I would suggest is super plus tampons. My days of bleeding are a distant memory, I do have bitter recollections of trying to find them when we lived in Bangkok. Since then, I've taken an interest hmm
They are not available.

ripsishere Mon 17-Jun-13 01:58:54

One other thing springs to mind, if you got married or your DC were born in a country that produces a certificate in a language other than English, it would be worth having it translated (certified) before you arrive. Malaysia only deals in Bahasa or English <bitter experience>
Also, get a copy of your no claims bonus. You can use that when you come to insure your car.

teddymummy Mon 17-Jun-13 19:02:44

Thanks for that. Our container is arriving to be packed on 9th July. Getting ever closer!
Have stocked up on kids meds, deet insect repellent etc etc. bras and shoes done, just need to get kids school shoes to put in suitcase and then I think I'm ready. Oh and a few packs of my fave hair dye/ styling products. Am coming back to uk for Christmas so can stock up again then.

ripsishere Tue 18-Jun-13 01:25:49

I was just about to post about hair dye. A friend who was blonde is now blonde with dark roots due to the lack of bleach type hair stuff.

teddymummy Tue 09-Jul-13 13:39:09

Well the big day is here and all my worldly goods are this minute being boxed up. The container leaves here tomorrow!
KL here we come. Looking forward to our lovely new home and the challenges of a new life overseas.

KLdragon Tue 09-Jul-13 13:56:39

Good luck Teddy hope the move goes well. Good to hear about people arriving . At school we are busy saying goodbye to all those moving on so it's nice thinking about about other people coming the other way

MarjorieAntrobus Tue 09-Jul-13 17:41:50

Just found this thread. I'm in the UK for the summer right now but live in KL.

I have a friend who lives in Desa Park City. It has a nice quiet atmosphere so kids can ride bikes and there's a centre with restaurants etc. It's not too good if you don't have a car though, as too far out of city for LRT stations.

Also I recently met somone who lives in Bandar Utama. It's not the most typical expat area but probably will become more so now that BSKL has opened. Apparently there is a shuttle bus that links the shopping centres there (1Utama and The Curve (Ikea)) and Kelana Jaya LRT station.

As KLdragon says, join the ABWM asap. I have found it a great source of friendship, support, and occupation.

teddymummy Wed 10-Jul-13 20:09:46

We have a house in mutiara damansara so very close to the curve etc. can't wait!
What does ABWM stand for. What's it all about?

LoopyLooplaHoop Thu 11-Jul-13 05:43:21

Hi, I'm a teacher in KL and have been here for a year so far.

I wonder if anyone fancies a KL meet up at some point?

LoopyLooplaHoop Thu 11-Jul-13 05:47:40

Ah, and things I would bring out with you:

DEET repellent, especially kids
Tampons/mooncup/both
Enough school shoes for the next year
Cotton clothes, lots of them (there is Debenhanms, DPs etc. here but more expensive than UK and local shops love their synthetics)
Frizz Ease
A kindle linked to UK credit/debit card (malaysian kindle extremely limited)
Bread machine
Coffee machine
Nice towels

I tried to organize that Loopy. It fell flat.
You sort something out in the next month, me and my DD will be there!

LoopyLooplaHoop Fri 12-Jul-13 09:02:51

Hmm OK, well we're moving house in 3 weeks so before then might be tricky, but will have a think.

MarjorieAntrobus Fri 12-Jul-13 10:58:56

I'm in, Loopy, but not back in KL till September.

Sorry, Kreecher, didn't see that you had suggested a meet-up. Was it a while ago?

AGES ago. I am not hurt nor bitter that nobody wanted to come smile.
It's all academic anyway, we are planning to move back to the UK in about a months time.

MarjorieAntrobus Mon 15-Jul-13 01:20:18

Ah. Sorry.

Is that sudden, the moving back plan I mean?

Yes. very sudden. So sudden in fact, DD is unaware and will remain that way till we are on an airplane on our way back to blighy grin.
Just got to sell the car and get the deposit back on the flat...

LoopyLooplaHoop Tue 16-Jul-13 00:25:45

Nice cheap car by any chance? smile

No cars are cheap here. You know that! I can't believe we paid the same for our Ploton as we would have paid for a Golf in the UK.

LoopyLooplaHoop Tue 16-Jul-13 15:43:11

I know, it's grim. We have some friends looking for a car though if it's a reasonable price?

Also we're moving if you're trying to get rid of any furniture?

MarjorieAntrobus Tue 16-Jul-13 19:51:48

We bought a secondhand rustbucket for the first two years. I was scared in case it broke down, tbh, which it did quite often. Now we have a Myvi on longterm rental. Much better.

It's a proton Wira, pale blue, normal number of miles (translated as I don't know how many), hatchback, grey velour (luxury smile) seats, CD player. We paid 16K for it and are looking for about 14.
It has been virtually rebuilt. New shocks, battery, A/C system, brakes, tyres..... you name it, we've had it done. We were totally conned when we got it.
Let me know if your friends are interested.
What sort of furniture do you want? we haven't bought a lot TBH, we've a microwave, worktop cooker, double gas ring burner and a couple of small Ikea tables. That's about it.

LoopyLooplaHoop Wed 17-Jul-13 11:22:08

I'll pass that on Kreecher, it's the right sort of price range I think.

Re furniture, we're looking for tables mostly - dining, patio etc. What size are your small ones?

How are you finding the packing up to leave beurocracy-wise?

Update, the car is actually on for about 10K so my mistake. DH tells me I don't listen. Proof it seems.
The tables are not great, they are worth about 50 MR each so we'll just leave them either in the rubbish room for the cleaners or take them to the church.
No bureaucracy so far, DH hasn't even told the school he is leaving. It's too dull to go into but they've destroyed his mental health so his get out letter is from a psychiatrist. Poor bugger. Still he's got me hmm

KLdragon Thu 18-Jul-13 02:16:00

Sorry to hear you are going kreecher hopefully moving on to better things. Really sad to hear about you Dh. Is teaching in KL a lot different to teaching elsewhere or was I just some particular personalities within the school?

Thanks. It was a general shit storm TBH. School was the biggest factor.
Policies and people.
The funniest aspect is it all came to a head while he was having a medical to buy health insurance because his school provision is so woeful.

xpatmum Mon 26-Aug-13 02:23:36

Hi ladies. Just seen this thread. We've just moved to KL too. So who's living here now and in what areas?! X

FatOwl Mon 26-Aug-13 07:38:07

Hi
I live in KL. I've lived there 10 years but I'm new to MN.
My kids are older now (18, 15 and 12) but the younger two have done the whole of Primary school here.
dd1 is now of to uni in the UK, just wrapping my head around that.
We live in Bukit Damansara

Welcome to all new KL people xx

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