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Living in Malaysia for 5 Years

Updated on September 20, 2018
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Ahmed Alhaddad lived in Malaysia for the past 5 years and received his Bachelors Degree in a Malaysian University.


I have been in Malaysia for the past 5 years pursuing my Bachelor Degree and this article will cover many factors about Malaysia thus giving you an insight about the lifestyle of Malaysians and what goes around about :

  • Food
  • Weekends
  • Holidays/Vacations
  • Traveling
  • Spirituality
  • Shopping

Kuala Lumpur, Petronas twin towers.
Kuala Lumpur, Petronas twin towers.

This is a must photo to anyone who comes to Malaysia and visits Kuala Lumpur.

This photo was taken in 2015 and yes I was amazed because this was my early morning view.
This photo was taken in 2015 and yes I was amazed because this was my early morning view.


Food in Malaysia is amazing, there are no other words to describe the food. There are all kinds of food Halal and non-Halal as it varies from vegetarian and non-vegetarian.

There is the cheap food and the expensive depending on what you feel like eating and if your wallet allows you as the country is literally filled with all kinds of food.

Sri Petaling, Softsrve.
Sri Petaling, Softsrve.

You can find the same category of food in the same street and at the same time they all taste good therefore the only option is to eat from all of them depending on the day and how crowded it is.

Early morning Dim Sum.
Early morning Dim Sum.
Spaghetti and other western dishes.
Spaghetti and other western dishes.
Korean food.
Korean food.
Banana leaf.
Banana leaf.

As you can see from the photos above that there are many kinds of food and this is just the tip of the iceberg.


Depending on the time of the year weekends can vary as Malaysia will always be crowded and the level of crowd increases during special occasions. On weekends there are many things to do and what kind of person you are and what you personally prefer as the options are many such as going out with friends and watching a movie therefore realizing that there are many Cinemas in Malaysia and different kinds of Cinemas. If you prefer the night life then you would probably visit a night club or a bar to chill with your group while playing cards and drinking games. If you prefer to stay indoors then you can choose from the vast collection of malls no matter which area you live in as public transport in Malaysia really enables a person to reach most of the areas, but if you really do not like to leave the comfort of your home then this is not a problem as the internet in Malaysia is amazing and I have nothing to complain about it because I do not remember when was the last time a Youtube or Netflix video was buffering and game ping was always on point.

I was craving Juice one weekend and here I was.
I was craving Juice one weekend and here I was.

Holidays and Traveling Around

As a student I loved holidays and when holidays arrived a plan to travel is always available no matter the financial situation as this is the best part about studying abroad.

Yes I went all the way to Malacca to watch Mark Selby(Snooker Player Rank 1) play.
Yes I went all the way to Malacca to watch Mark Selby(Snooker Player Rank 1) play.

There are many places to travel to within Malaysia and nearby Malaysia. Within Malaysia you can go to Penang, Langkawi, Johor, Sabah, and many more, as for places near Malaysia you can go to Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, and many more Countries.

Bali, Indonesia.
Bali, Indonesia.


It is well known that Malaysia have 3 major races therefore the different religions practiced opens a new view and path for other people to explore and experience them. As the religions that you will mostly hear about in Malaysia are Islam, Christianity, and Buddhism.

If you like to explore and know more about those religions and their practices you can visit mosques, churches, and temples as the people in Malaysia will openly invite you and show you around but lets not forget that you will have to follow and respect their culture and religions decisions because you are a guest that is willingly visiting to know more and learn from this experience.

As time passes and learning more about any of the religions a person will be open minded towards the people and being able to join religious celebrations while really is a unique experience.

Buying Anything

Malaysia is a well known country for their night bazaars and shopping scene, anything you want to buy can be bough from pasar malam, online shopping sites, or shopping malls. Pasar malam is a great place to experience different food and buying cheap items such as socks or everyday necessities, online shopping sites have a huge collection of items therefore shopping is made easy in the comfort of your home.

Lazada an online Malaysian shopping site.
Lazada an online Malaysian shopping site.

Lazada is an online shopping site where you can buy almost anything. Lazada really made my life easier for the past 5 years in Malaysia as I have bought all kinds of things such as a keyboard, monitor, batteries, weighing scale, raspberry pi, mouse pad, and literally all kinds of things.

Pasar Malam is an amazing place if you love food as I would mainly visit to eat all night long and buy the small things I need. There are different areas that Pasar Malam is located but they focus on the same things and is basically the same but the size varies depending on the area.


After leaving Malaysia I miss everything about it, the food, the life, and basically everything. I will definitely visit Malaysia once again and I cannot wait for that day to come to try anything I missed out and travel to more places.

Lets not forget Durian.


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    • amdalhaddad profile imageAUTHOR

      Ahmed Alhaddad 

      2 years ago from Bahrain

      Thank you Alice! Stay positive, everything is possible.

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      Alice Voo 

      2 years ago from Netherlands

      Amazing article! Wish I can travel with you!

    • amdalhaddad profile imageAUTHOR

      Ahmed Alhaddad 

      2 years ago from Bahrain

      Thank you Liz, I myself feel hungry when I look at the food photos.

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 years ago from UK

      This gives an interesting insight into life in Malaysia. Your food pictures make me hungry.

    • amdalhaddad profile imageAUTHOR

      Ahmed Alhaddad 

      2 years ago from Bahrain

      Thank you Alexander!

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      2 years ago from Maryland, United States of America

      That first photo is incredible.


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