Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Jin, 26
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What do you do and why do you do it?

Used to be a bug-hunter in the e-commerce industry, but now you can ask me anything in Japan to the extent that I feel guilty for knowing Japan more than my home country (lol). I currently work in a Japanese Travel Agency based in Kuala Lumpur! Besides, I also translate between Mandarin Chinese and English for the site's contents, because I like languages and I can enjoy some little guilty pleasure when someone thank me for my translations, haha :D

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

This might sound unusual to many people, but I would usually loop a single song for a very long time until I get bored of it. If I had my heart broken, I'd most likely listen to this skate track titled 'Yuri on Ice' from the animated series "Yuri!!! On Ice". It is a very beautiful piece on piano. Another two that I'd listen to would be 'Epilogue' or '桜とともに君だけを。" by Yoshimasa Hosoya. The songs are actually character songs from the animated series TeniPuri and Tsukiuta, and Hosoya-san is the voice actor for the characters that sing the songs. I liked these songs because of their simple yet pain-inflicting lyrics, and also the singer's voice. ^^

Name some spots in Kuala Lumpur that are good for a Tinder date.

I want to be considerate, so I really think it depends on the date's interests! If we are talking about something unique, I think an evening date on a helipad at Heli Lounge Bar doesn't sound bad for the sunset, chill and have a nice drink. If dancing is something that you'd like, check out LindyKL for their Friday dance nights! Also, depending on your budget, Ohsum Mossum Terrariums also allows you to build aesthetic terrarium (you can keep them too!) with your date! Though personally, I'd love to eat at Ozeki and visit Kinokuniya, so I get my Japanese food while knowing what kind of books he'd like to know the kind of person he might be ;)

Who’s your hero and where in Kuala Lumpur would you take them out for a serious hang?

My close friends in my games translation group! They've always been there with me at my worst times, and I really couldn't imagine how I'd do without them. Most of them are actually overseas, so if they are visiting Malaysia, I'd take them to walk from the national museum, to the planetarium, Islamic art museum until the national mosque because those are what they'd like to see! I'd also take them to shop around Bukit Bintang and eat lots of food while laughing at the seemingly-ridiculous price tags in Isetan, and have a walk through pasar malams in Ampang or Connaught (in Selangor) for them to experience our night markets (and food)!

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

To be frank, I got my favorite pieces of clothing from a thrift store beside my parents' apartment in Selangor. Most of my dresses are bought online because regular Asian sizes don't really fit me, and some of the items in my closet are what my mom got for me (especially jeans). I also wear traditional Japanese clothings to certain festivals such as bon odori, where my yukata (summer kimono) is a gift from my Japanese friend, a houmongi (a more formal kimono) that I won from an auction, and a set of furisode that I was supposed to wear for graduation but it was apparently against the university's dress code lol.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Out of some's surprise, I'd actually say that it'd be the KLCC and Bukit Bintang area. It's an area that I go in and out very frequently despite people thinking that they might get robbed (because I wouldn't deny that there are cases where there were death occurrences due to robbery in the area) easily. I don't carry a lot of things with me, and with my build and being multilingual, chances of me being a target of robbery or scams are very close to a 0. I also think that the police are doing their patrolling around the areas well ever since ISIS existed, so I am definitely not worrying much on death caused by crimes or terrorism there.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Rather than saying about something that I'd love to do, it's more like something that I'd want to do. I really have been wanting to try bungee jumping in KL Tower! I really liked roller coasters and the ones I played in the Malaysian theme parks didn't give me the thrills I wanted. Unfortunately, when I voiced it out to my family, they were seriously concerned about my safety and were strongly objecting towards the idea, so I had to respect their concern as a typical good Chinese kid. Though I would really hope that they would change their mind someday and allow me to try some extreme stuff. :D

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Kuala Lumpur and where did you get it?

I don't think I have tried anything extreme in Kuala Lumpur, the most extreme thing that I did about food would be eating a lot of raw food in a Japanese buffet called Mitasu. I really ate so much that I was surprised at the amount I ate (and I was actually wondering if I could have more, even!).

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Kuala Lumpur that you particularly like?

My friends and I are actually not much of a drinker, so we don't really go out at night. Though I actually wanted to try going out and drink at a place with nice atmosphere, and there are quite some places that I'd love to try if my close friends are willing to go with me! I heard that Omakase + Appreciate and The Attic Bar are great places to try out, so I might actually try those places out if I could successfully drag them out!

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Kuala Lumpur? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

The most expensive meal I had (and could remember) would be in Celestial Court restaurant in Sheraton Hotel. It costs RM138 (food) + RM100 (2-hour free flow drinks, wine included) per person. The Chinese food are really nice and the ingredients are very fresh! On a side note, their chef, Ho Boon makes great soup too! Their dim sum chef, Chef Ken makes really nice dim sum, by far the best ones that I ever had! Though to be frank, Chef Ho is actually my uncle so I didn't pay the full amount, but it's definitely still not on the cheap scale but hey, the food quality is what you pay for!

What restaurant in Kuala Lumpur looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

I'd say that many mamak stalls in KL could look really crappy or ordinary, but local food are always great! Malaysians are generally very proud of their local food and because we are multicultural, we have so much of local delicacies! Just head to any mamak stall and order some roti canai (Indian food), or nasi lemak (coconut rice, Malay food), or char kuey teow (fried Chinese flat noodles) and enjoy the food!

Where can you get the best cocktail in Kuala Lumpur? Which one do you like?

Since I'm not much of a drinker, I can't really give an answer on this one ;_;

Where would you take your partner in Kuala Lumpur if you wanted to really pamper them?

It really depends on what kind of person my partner is, because I'm currently single. It is also depending on what I am pampering him for (and my budget during that month), ideally, I would actually take him to build a terrarium in Ohsum Mossum! I'd also hope to take him to some artsy or craftsy workshop for some fun, and The Craft Crowd is a nice place to have an art workshop! I actually happened to wanting to try Waltz, so maybe a dance night in LindyKL would be nice if he enjoys it too! Else, if we have a pet dog, I'd be taking him to CuBs and CuPs for a nice meal and some playtime!

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

As a Malaysian, I'd definitely eat durians as snacks! Though I know that many people from outside of Malaysia didn't like how it smells. Another snack that I am not too sure if one could get them in Indonesia, but I'd definitely recommend keropok lekor! It's my favorite when I was in school, I eat them on almost a daily basis and you can find people selling them around Klang Valley, especially near train stations! They are fishes, long and chewy (fried or steamed), and there are also the crispy ones. If you aren't a fan of fishes, dodol would be nice! It's toffee-like, sweet, soft and sticky, and I like them a lot too!

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Kuala Lumpur?

To be frank, Petaling Street. It was really nice many years ago and has all the Chinatown feel, but right now, many stalls are actually opened by immigrants from various countries, so I don't feel a lot of Chinese vibes from there anymore.

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Kuala Lumpur?

Banana leaf rice is a must-try in Malaysia, and Yap Kee is a nice place to go to! It has been operating for decades, but if you could manage to snag a seat during the lunch hour, you could really gain a truly Malaysian experience of banana leaf rice!

What are the Kuala Lumpur spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

The twin towers and KL tower! If you aren't taking a photo for both places when you are in Kuala Lumpur, it's either you are too busy to drop by, or you have no idea why you came here for. If you have a day to spare to understand about the Malaysian history, by all means please visit our national museum! Planetarium's along the way, and more spots to see as you gl along the road!

Tomorrow’s your last day in Kuala Lumpur. How do you spend it?

I can't really see myself leaving Kuala Lumpur unless I'm offered a job to work in Japan, so I'm assuming that I'm moving to Japan permanently in that case! If that's the case, I would visit my secondary school in the morning, bungee jump in KL Tower, then eating in Celestial Court for lunch, karaoke with my friends in Bukit Bintang and Mitasu for dinner buffet, then end my day with a nice drink at a bar that I might want to go, and head home to check if I've packed everything right before I leave KL.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

In the past I would say Tokyo, but I have fallen in love with Hiroshima. Not just because it is the hometown of the person dearest to me, but also because there are so much to see - a lot more than just the A-bomb site. There is Onomichi for cats and relaxed, anime-esque scenery and ramen, there's Fukuyama for their castle, a rabbit island, Mariho's night illuminations, and more! It is a very relaxing place that I could spend weeks in.

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