LIVING IN KUALA LUMPUR

Welcome to Malaysia. Diversity, Vibrancy, Intensity.

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.

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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.

Exquisite Encounters

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. https://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!


Gayathri’s favorite things in KL!

  1. Trekking at FRIM
  2. Jogging/Cycling/Spend the evening at Desa ParkCity
  3. Kayak at Titiwangsa Lake
  4. Watch a play at Istana Budaya or KLPAC
  5. Spend time at Publika especially when there are events or flea markets
  6. Sky Ride with Genting Skyway

Gayathri Danappal, Registry Executive

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Emily’s favourite things in KL!

CULTURAL

  1. Heritage Row (restaurants and shops set in historic row of shophouses)
  2. Islamic Art Museum

F&B:

  1. Limablas (Nyonya food)
  2. Restoran Shangri-La (Hawker station with local dishes in Damansara Heights)
  3. Sao Nam (Vietnamese food in Bukit Bintang)
  4. Nirvana (Banana Leaf rice in Bangsar)
  5. Luk Yu Teahouse (Dim Sum in Starhill Mall)
  6. Mei Keng Fatt Seafood (Chinese seafood in Ampang)
  7. ALIYAA (Sri Lankan food in Damansara Heights)
  8. Rubberduck (Cafe in Sri Hartamas)
  9. Feeka (Cafe in Bukit Bintang)
  10. No Black Tie (Jazz music / live bands in Bukit Bintang)
  11. Barlai (especially for drinks on Sundays in Bukit Bintang)
  12. Lantern Hotel (rooftop bar overlooking Petaling Street)
  13. Fuego (open air rooftop bar & restaurant in KLCC)

 

FITNESS / ACTIVITIES

  1. Lake Gardens (running + biking)
  2. Firestation Fitness (Damansara Heights)
  3. Organica (yoga + cafe + shop in Bangsar)
  4. KFIT (multi-studio membership so you can take fitness classes all over KL)
  5. Sports Bandits (young professionals, social sports intramural league)
  6. Orang Eire (Gaelic Football Club)

Emily Preiss,

Director of Admissions

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