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Moving to Kuala Lumpur 2013

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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

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

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

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

kreecherlivesupstairs Thu 18-Jul-13 02:20:38

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.

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?

kreecherlivesupstairs Thu 18-Jul-13 01:07:13

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

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?

kreecherlivesupstairs Wed 17-Jul-13 01:50:06

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.

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.

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?

kreecherlivesupstairs Tue 16-Jul-13 01:10:10

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 00:25:45

Nice cheap car by any chance? smile

kreecherlivesupstairs Mon 15-Jul-13 07:04:43

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...

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

Ah. Sorry.

Is that sudden, the moving back plan I mean?

kreecherlivesupstairs Mon 15-Jul-13 01:17:00

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 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?

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.

kreecherlivesupstairs Fri 12-Jul-13 02:24:20

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 Thu 11-Jul-13 05:47:40

Ah, and things I would bring out with you:

DEET repellent, especially kids
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

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?

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?

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.

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

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.

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 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.

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