6 peninsular malaysians who moved to kuching tell us why they love it there _ cilisos – current issues tambah pedas!

We gotta admit, Malaysia is developing quite fast and our cities are becoming urban hubs. Fast food restaurants in canada But we are guilty of one thing… thinking that development ONLY happens in the Peninsular – or in snobby Klang Valley people’s case, just KL. Best seafood restaurants in houston #SemenanjungBubble ??

Sometimes, Peninsular people think of Borneo as rows of longhouses, Orang Asal, and jungles that can only be accessed by 4WD…but what some Peninsulites may not realise is that cities in East Malaysia are catching up with our develo-wagon, particularly Kuching!

So an international university wants to help you see the other side of Kuching

Yep. Best soul food restaurants in atlanta Welcome to Swinburne University campus, located right smack in the city centre.


Best seafood restaurants in dallas And of ALL the places in the world to have their ONLY international campus, Swinburne University from Melbourne, Australia picked… KUCHING.

Currently the Sarawak campus has about 4,000 students from over 60 countries, according to Borneo Post Online. Largest fast food chain in the world Like a legit, proper cosmopolitan campus – you might even feel like you are right in Melbourne itself! Besides its popular Business and Engineering programmes, you can check out their Computing, Design and Science programmes.

No wonder they wanted to show us ignoramus Peninsulites that this city is a great place to study (and maybe even relocate to for work one day?). Soul food restaurants in los angeles They felt you’ll definitely need some convincing… so we worked with Swinburne to find 6 Semenanjung people who moved to Kuching for various reasons and find out why they LOVE IT there!

1. An Astro AVP who left to join Kuching’s hipster cafe trend

If a taste of Melbourne’s coffee culture is what you want, guess what, you can do that right here in Kuching! Ok, it doesn’t look like a carbon copy of the famous coffee laneways down under, however you can definitely find a good cuppa in Kuching as it has the coolest cafes, hipster joints, and high-end restaurants.

From the time Ooi See Bee moved to the capital in 2013 from her native Johor Bahru, there was already an established F&B culture.

Adding to the ranks, See Bee’s Cloud-99 Ice Cream Cafe serves liquid nitrogen ice cream, another one of those urban food trends that the cool kids are very into right now. Best lunch places in san diego Don’t even get us started on the coffee houses there… coffee culture which is a growing trend worldwide is sweeping the city. See Bee has a friend who opened a coffee cafe called KopiCut, where people can get coffee (duh) and… get this… a HAIRCUT!!

“I find a hipster cafe called Wrong Place quite interesting. Best food places in san diego They use bathtubs and turn them into the furniture. Famous food in los angeles There are events like open mic poem sessions held at the cafe. Good restaurants in san diego China House, a cafe and restaurant has a room for live performances and also a room showcasing arts.” – See Bee

Six years ago, Vinod got his first experience of Kuching when he attended his sister’s graduation there. Best restaurants in san diego ca That’s the reason he chose to study in Swinburne, Kuching. Best mexican food in san diego There’s a different atmosphere compared to the Peninsular. Best food places in los angeles The main reason is because of the people… as you can probably guess, Kuchingites are way nicer, more accepting. Best lunch places in los angeles You just feel more welcome.

The second reason he chose this city is because of food – it’s easy to get good food anywhere in Sarawak’s capital and it’s cheap too! For example, a bowl of kolok mee only costs RM2.50, as a student, it’s very economical. Best indian food in chicago But what he didn’t expect was how the internet speed is very good in Kuching as it is in the Peninsular:

“Reaches 10mbps on a good day. Best lunch places in new orleans I don’t game, but let’s just say HD streaming can go without any lag.” – Vinod

Plus, Kuching is really growing, for example, when Vinod was there for his sister’s graduation, there were only one or two malls, but now every few kilometres there is a shopping mall (really big ones too). Best food places near me Plus they have TGV and GSC now, whereas during his first year, there was only MBO and Lotus cinemas.

“It sucks when I tell my friends I’m studying in Kuching and they all say, ‘how’s it like living in a tree?’, but no, actually Kuching is way more developed than a lot of places in the Peninsular. Good fast food places near me I have been here for four years and things are changing as I’m living here.” – Vinod

3. The medical officer who chose to be transferred to Kuching for a… vegetable?!

Kok Sen Wai, 30, Medical Officer in the Psychiatric Department of Sarawak General Hospital

When Kok Sen Wai was studying for his A-Levels, he met a bunch of Kuchingites who would always bugging their Peninsular kakis to go ‘cuti-cuti Malaysia’ in their city. Soul food restaurants in miami There they discovered a particular vegetable which sorta looks like paku, called midin, that their tongues and stomachs fell hard for. Soul food restaurants in atlanta ga By popular demand from the Peninsulites, they ordered midin for EVERY MEAL.

“When it came to my choice of posting in 2011 after I finished medical school, I put Kuching down as my first choice. Soul food restaurants in atlanta georgia It’s mainly because of midin, I often tell people.” – Sen Wai

Midin, a variety of the fiddlehead fern. Good chinese food that delivers near me Image on food.good.is

Since he’s settled in, another kind of green has captured Sen Wai’s fascination… Sarawak’s pristine National Parks where urbanites can cabut to to relax, and just a short distance from the city (p/s: See Bee told us everywhere you go takes 15 minutes). Soul food restaurants in nj We know that Kuching is a metropolis and everything, but it is not completely devoid of places to see nature, thank goodness! Some of the places Sen Wai often goes hiking with friends are Kubah National Park and Bako National Park.

4. The Pharmacist who didn’t think Kuching was very different from the Klang Valley at all

Muhamad Azmeer b. Best lobster in atlanta Ahmad Shahruddin, 27, Pharmacist in Sarawak General Hospital

Eh, where are the cats though? Image from PPES Works (Sarawak) taken from Swinburne’s website

Azmeer’s friends’ reaction when he told them he was being posted to Kuching was all negative, negative, negative! But Azmeer was thinking the opposite , he felt that since he was still young, he should just go soak up the experience. Best lunch restaurants in los angeles He hasn’t regretted it since.

“My thought when I first stepped into Kuching, it was like, not much different compared to the Klang Valley. Best lunch spots in los angeles No culture shock, and in less than three months, I could speak Bahasa Sarawak and I’m learning Bahasa Iban and Bidayuh.” – Azmeer

And like we said, the city is also full of shopping complexes, about mebbe 10 of them, mebbe more, according to the official Sarawak tourism website. Famous restaurants in los angeles for celebrities You know la, we Malaysians love our malls. Famous restaurants in los angeles Currently, the biggest one in Kuching is Vivacity Megamall at 1.3 million square feet with 280-300 brands. Landscape wise, errthing is like KL – big bungalows, apartments, condos, semi-D etc. Best lunch spots in san diego Yes guys, they have proper tar roads and flyovers ok, you don’t need 4WD to drive around.

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Izzatie had visited Kuching in her childhood when she was 11 years old, though she says the Kuching of today is not too different from back then… in a way, it is slightly less modern than KL, as in there are not too many skyscrapers, BUTTTT it’s not too old school.

She can get all the necessities of city living there, like hangout and makan places! At the same time, it’s more peaceful and calm there… there are less distractions, so she doesn’t feel the temptation to shop so much, finding herself more attracted to nature and the outdoors instead of a shopping mall. Best restaurants in san diego What is it that makes Kuching such a peaceful place? Perhaps it’s the good traffic and polite drivers? Drivers there are really good at giving way to other drivers. Best restaurants in downtown san diego For example at a junction, they would let others go first, she told us. Best places to eat in downtown san diego Kuchingites are super friendly and helpful… Izzatie remembers this one uncle, they call him Uncle Liew:

“He would offer carpooling services for only RM5… anywhere you want to go, it’s only RM5. Best places to eat in san diego on a budget He was very popular among the students at Swinburne because it’s so cheap. Good places to eat in san diego If I wanted to go anywhere, I could call him and even share the ride with someone else, so I only pay RM2.50.” – Izzatie

Uncle Liew perhaps had a lot of free time and just wanted to help people out with transportation. Mexican food in san diego He was in fact popular with everyone in town, not just students. Best seafood restaurants in san diego At the time, there was no Grab and Uber coz the two services launched in Kuching around October 2016. Best restaurants in chicago il But now that they’ve entered the market, Uncle Liew will have “competition”, hurhur.

6. Mexican food in los angeles The doctor who absolutely hated his transfer to Kuching… until he fell in love with the city

Dr. Best dinner restaurants in los angeles Sai Kishoak Menon, 29, Medical Officer in the Psychiatric Department of Sarawak General Hospital

Dr. Best inexpensive restaurants in chicago Kishoak in an Iban headdress with his buddy Collin Anchaya in Miri

As a medical student from a city filled with job opportunities, good social life, good food, and everything, Dr. Best cheap restaurants in chicago Sai Kishoak Menon thought he really had it all! Life was going perfectly, until one day, BOOM… POSTED TO SARAWAK!!

“Initially I told myself, ‘OMG, this is going to be a disaster and I might not have the opportunity to learn anything in my chosen field (psychiatry). I told myself, just serve your time like it was a prison sentence and then transfer as soon as possible.” – Dr. Best affordable restaurants in chicago Kishoak

But Sarawak turned out to be a very lovely ‘prison’ indeed, where the ‘prison guards’ were warm, welcoming and hugged him. Best lunch spots in new orleans His first experience with their famous Borneo hospitality was his taxi driver who charged him only RM35 despite driving and waiting around for him for HOURS. Best food in new orleans “Doctor datang tolong orang Sarawak, kamik tolong doctor”, the taxi driver told him.

Dr. Best chinese food in chicago Kishoak and his colleagues at someone’s house for Hari Raya

In less than two months, Dr. Best chinese food in chicago chinatown Kishoak made so many friends, MORE than he ever had back home. Best seafood in wildwood nj During Gawai season, he followed his friend Collin Anchaya to Miri to stay with his family. Best indian restaurants in chicago As soon as they reached Miri airport, Collin’s parents hugged Kishoak first before welcoming their own son. ?? They were so sweet because they bought their guest a new bed and a stand fan so that he wouldn’t feel hot. Best seafood restaurants in new york city It just brought him to tears!

“People here are really respectful, friendly, love to talk, and love to drink alcohol. Best cheap eats in chicago Everything they do it’s with a smile. Best fast food places near me Last but not least, Sarawakian women are really beautiful. Best restaurants near times square That’s one thing everyone can vouch for.” – Dr. Best seafood in miami beach Kishoak

Kuching seems to be like the Klang Valley… with a little more…everything?

There are the many things that Peninsular Malaysians have conveniently missed about our East Malaysian friends. Soul food restaurants in new york In fact, it doesn’t only happen to Kuching, even Sabahans feel the same. Soul food restaurants in newark nj Another person we interviewed who was in Sarawak for time, but is back in the Peninsular now said:

“Sarawakians say that West Malaysians tend to brag about themselves and criticise the Sarawakians’ way of life, and that’s the part they don’t appreciate.” – YJ Chong, 30s, Sales

It’s easy for city folk to think that they have it all, but when you really put things into perspective, it does feel like we don’t have one thing that really matters: heart. How to get free food from restaurants Kuching may be developing quickly, but they still have their Bornean warmth and hospitality, harmonious relations between the races, and traditional culture. Fast food restaurants delivery It’s really having the best of many worlds! All the kind of things that Semenanjung cities have lost… to the point that when folks from the West goes to East, it’s such an eye-opener!

Ironically, if you’re the kind of person who’s always stereotyped that place, once you go Kuching, you never want to leave, Azmeer laughed.

But how would one get to Kuching in the first place? Well, if you’re a student, we can think of one way…

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