Kuala Lumpur: My home, it could be yours too!
There are many things one can do in KL.
Our school is right in the middle of the ‘green lung’ – parts of KL that are preserved. Driving to work everyday, there are stretches of green fields and old trees which are a rare sight in the heart of KL.
Flora & Fauna
Within 10-minutes driving distance of ASB is the Perdana Botanical Garden – built in 1888 – where you can see many types of tropical flowers, trees and plants – and also a herb garden. If you have been reading up on Malaysia, you would know how spices and herbs factored into our history centuries ago!
You can also camp, picnic, jog and bike around the botanic gardens, waterfalls and nature trails managed by the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), located about 30-minutes away (by car).
For a change in scenery, outside the city centre, you can go hiking around the Kota Damansara Community Forest.
The Kota Damansara Community Forest Reserve is a remnant of lowland mixed dipterocarp rainforest of 800 acres. At one time threatened by plans for clearing and housing development, the forest endures today, as an island of green amidst the urban sprawl because of its many friends and supporters.
Stage & Screen
The KL Performing Arts Center (or KLPAC) is an excellent place for a myriad of performances by local and foreign groups.
With an award-winning architectural design, KLPAC has not only been a home to the arts community and a foster home for foreign troupes but it has become the very lifeline that keeps the arts and cultural life in Malaysia breathing.
KL is packed with cinemas! This market is still alive and competitive – ushering in different technology to enhance that movie experience: from IMAX to D-Box (where the seats move!), and we even have a cinema with beanbag chairs!
Our cinemas also hosts multiple foreign film festivals (such as the European Film Festival) too!
Tunes & Tales
For local productions, do visit the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra conveniently located at KLCC…
…and Istana Budaya which hosts many local and international productions.
Another great place for a shot of espresso and culture is Publika! A mall with great grocers and eateries, Publika also hosts all kinds of events from Bon Odori to the Turkish Food Fair, Cooler Lumper and Cosplay competitions too!
JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: MALAYSIA & SOUTHEAST ASIA
For those interested in community work, there are soup kitchens you can volunteer at and also reading programs for underprivileged children you can participate in. In fact there is a website that helps pair up volunteers and NGOs needing assistance. http://beta.dogoodvolunteer.com
Want to explore neighboring countries? We happen to be the hub for the award-winning budget airline AirAsia; we are connected to cities across Southeast Asia and wider Asia. It has made our world a lot more accessible and allowed us to learn more about our own neighbors!
A favorite activity among locals is browsing at our Pasar Malam or night (malam) markets (pasar). If you love to walk amongst the locals, bargain with the locals, partake of our excellent array of fruit and just soak in some Malaysian atmosphere – check out a pasar malam near you!