Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Joanne, 42
Wife & Mother, Dog Person
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What are the Kuala Lumpur spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Hop on the "KL Hop-On Hop-Off bus". That way you'll get a tour of Kuala Lumpur to see the interesting spots around KL without spending too much.

What do you do and why do you do it?

I am a stay at home mom and loving it. Children grow up very fast and being able to take care of my children is a blessing as after these years they will grow up and live their own lives.

How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?

RM150 for a family of 5.

Which Kuala Lumpur shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?

Daiso. Almost everything in Daiso cost less than RM6.

Your all-time favorite musicians:

Andrew Lloyd Webber, Michael W. Smith, Don Moen, Amy Grant, Laura Story, Kim Walker Smith.

Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?

Desa ParkCity.

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

Royal Selangor Visitor Centre. If you are into pewter, this is the go-to place to experience pewter, both as a beautiful piece to be admired and as a craft. Don't miss the opportunity to participate in their workshops and create your own pewter masterpiece (requires booking).

It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?

If you feel freezing temperatures in Kuala Lumpur, it means someone has shoved you into a freezer! Unless you are in a building which is blasting its air-conditioning, all you need to do is carry a jacket along.

Your go-to brunch spots:

Craft Cafe, New Chapter by The Owls Cafe.

Which local creators do you admire?

Malaysian Cartoonist, famously known as Lat.

Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:

Family Mart - sandwiches, bakery bread, coffee, Oden, onigiri, hot and steamed snacks, salads, bento boxes, soft serve ice cream and desserts.

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James Lee