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Why you should move to Malaysia in 2016

By Lloyd Green

Good news! If you’re thinking of relocating to Malaysia — maybe to volunteer, work at an NGO, study, join a big company, intern or simply enjoy your gap year — now is the best time. According to the 2016 global Cost of Living Index report collated by Numbeo, Malaysia is the 29th cheapest country to live.

Despite boasting one of Southeast Asia’s most vibrant economies, Malaysia is an incredibly affordable place to live, retaining a Consumer Price Index of just 37.47. Remarkably, this is lower than neighbouring Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia.

 So, if you’ve just graduated, have the time to do something life changing, or are looking for that extra zest in life, why NOT come to Malaysia? We’ll tell where you get cheap food, eat out for less and rent a house for next to nothing?

What’s Cheap In Malaysia?

Johor Bahru is Malaysia’s cheapest city on the Cost of Living Index table with a CPI of 40.61. A one bedroom apartment here averages MYR1,325.00, while out of the city it drops to MYR833.33. JB also has the third least expensive McDonald’s combo meal in the world at MYR10, which is equal to $US2.50. In fact, Malaysia is one of the cheapest places in the world for eating out with Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur all polling in the Top 50 on the Restaurant Price Index list.

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On average you can get a meal at an inexpensive restaurant for MYR8 or $US2. Coffee is also cheap averaging $US1 in most places. Do expect to pay more at fancy shopping malls and outlets like Starbucks.

Is KL Really That Expensive?

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The cost of living in Kuala Lumpur is slightly higher compared to other Malaysia cities, but with a CPI of 44.48, it’s still 54 per cent cheaper than Singapore and has roughly the same CPI as neighbouring Asian capitals like Jakarta, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City.

You will likely need at least $US400 to $US500 per month to cover all of your expenses in KL, with a room to rent as low as MYR800 ($US200) per month. This price can vary drastically depending on your location, with a one bedroom apartment in the city averaging MYR2400 per month, while out of the city the median drops to MYR1200.

Kota Kinabalu is the cheapest city in Malaysia for accommodation according to Numbeo, with its Rent Index at 7.63 (37th in the world), compared to JB at 12.24 and KL at 18.55.

The cost of transport in Kuala Lumpur is very competitive with a one-way ticket using the LRT or KTM less than $US1. If you commute every day, count on $25 per month for transportation.

Get Me Out Of The City

Transport between urban cities in Malaysia is also affordable, ranging between $5 and $15 for a bus ride, depending on the destination. A bus or train ride can take you to the green mountains of Cameron Highlands or the heritage listed cities of Georgetown, Malacca and Ipoh.

For Ipoh, catch the train as Ipoh Railway Station is located in the centre of town, whereas the coach terminal is some 15 minutes away. The tickets are MYR25 to MYR30 and you’ll only save five ringgit if you catch the bus.

The bus from KL to Penang is the best option as it takes you directly to the island and within five minutes of George Town. Tickets at MYR37 to MYR42.

Flying to Sabah and Sarawak can be expensive, but Air Asia offers deals all year round. Right now you can fly from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan for $US16 with the airline.

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Staying Long Term

Most people can enter Malaysia on a Short Term Social Visit Pass, which can be obtained upon arrival at the airport. Normally, this visa is valid for three months, but the visa conditions vary depending on your nationality.

If you plan to volunteer in Malaysia for longer than three-months, you might wish to apply for a Professional Visit Pass (PVP). This must be requested by the NGO you intend to work for while you are still in your home country

If granted, this visa is valid for up to 12 months and can be renewed for another 12 months, but only after a three-month break in between.

Contacting Home

Internet and mobile packages are also relatively inexpensive in Malaysia, with a minute of prepaid mobile averaging RM0.26 and 10 Mbps Internet with unlimited data priced at RM160.

So, whatever it is you decide to do in Malaysia, your time here be an exciting time in your life, and a great chance to stretch your own limits and discover your potential!

Check out the Top 30 Cheapest Countries to Live in 2016.

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New array of dishes and breakfast menu from Mama Nyonya FOOD Restaurant, Tmn Molek

Mama Nyonya FOOD Restaurant (N1.52416 E103.78535) has a new array of dishes accessible started from this December 2014 onwards! Beside a new menu, they also offer Nyonya character breakfast today, we can perspective by some of a dishes below…

The grill new business hour also altered from 7.30am – 5pm (weekday) and 11am – 8pm (Fri and Sat). That means a breakfast is accessible on weekday usually and a cooking usually during a weekend.

About 9 of us visited a grill on one of a dusk to try out a new dishes. Let me uncover we one-by-one…

*  Fish in brownish-red sauce
*  Itik Sioh (duck)
*  Fish beak soup
*  Portuguese character steam sotong (squids)
*  Battered eggplants in sauce
*  Itik Tim (duck)
*  Ikan sambal garing (Fried mackerel fish with Nyonya sambal)

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Fish in brownish-red sauce
– One of a special ambience that we can solemnly compute a sweet, sour, slight tainted and spicy-ness of a fish in your mouth. The authentic reduction of Nyonya mixture were good and we all like it!

Itik Sioh (duck)
– This was a initial time tasting this authentic Nyonya Itik Sioh out of Malacca town. The gravy was luscious and unequivocally went good with plain rice. The steep was proposal and succulent.

Fish beak soup
– The fish beak soup served with pickled veggie, fungus and chicken. Tasty and enjoyed a soup. The fish beak was prepared from tender by a restaurant, and it was fresh.

Portuguese character steam sotong (squids)
– Another Portuguese plate that we attempted out of Malacca town. The mixture were unique, sharp and sour, supposing a opposite ambience from internal Johor Bahru town. The squids were steamed to perfection.

Battered eggplants in sauce
–  One of a ‘very special’ plate we had! Eggplant prepared with bean paste, it was crispy on a skin and luscious inside. Unforgettable! All of us like it unequivocally much!

Itik Tim (duck)
– Another Nyonya signature dish, baked with authentic Nyonya recipe as home plate during a aged era, we were advantageous adequate to ambience it today. Appreciated.

Ikan sambal garing (Fried mackerel fish with Nyonya sambal)
–  The boiled mackerel fish was opposite from those accessible in a nasi lemak stall, it was unequivocally crispy and incense on a skin and wet inside. The sambal served with a fishes was a best combination!

They served a plain rice in a antique basket (correct me if I’m wrong) with a feel of abounding Nyonya touch.

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All a dishes adequate to palliate a Nyonya enticement for a evening. Satisfied cooking in a comfort environment, not to forget a accessible owners (boss and lady boss) that remind me of a Nyonya culture.

Beside a new dishes, they also offer a Nyonya character breakfast in a morning session.

Breakfast menu :-

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They also offer nasi lemak and other noodles that we didn’t take a photos.
Among all, we like a Nyonya mee-suah and Nyonya Lontong unequivocally much! This 2 dishes are unequivocally singular within Johor Bahru area.

As all of us rated, Mama Nyonya FOOD Restaurant is one of a value revisit grill in Johor Bahru.

* The above comments are formed on particular ambience bud, not associated to any blurb purpose.

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Christmas Menu 2104 from Menu Please Bistro, Taman Maju Jaya, Johor Bahru

Christmas is around a corner, have we motionless where to have your Christmas dinner?

Menu Please Bistro during Taman Maju Jaya is compelling a Christmas plate package for a “dinner on X’mas Eve cooking and lunch, cooking on a Christmas Day” on subsequent week.
We were advantageous to have a initial try on a Christmas package, and let me uncover what is all about…

The package is enclosed a starter, categorical course, dessert and their special recipe of several form of cold drinks.

Starter – Duo appetizers
Smoke turkey frittata and mini fungus soup
–  Frittata is an egg-based Italian plate enriched with additional reduction such as meats, cheese or vegetables.

Main march (choice of one)
Fish (RM78)
–  Pan parched salmon serves with pumpkin cream salsa and haricot vert

Duck (RM78)
–  Duck leg confit serves with delayed baked orange and crush potato

Lamb (RM88)
–  Australian lamb serves with healthy lamb jus and butter glitter chestnut

Dessert
Tiramisu
–  Popular coffee flavored Italian cake

Beverage
Cold
–  Double berries soda
–  Mango vanilla soda
–  Vanilla orange soda

Hot
–  Chamomile tea
–  Pepper packet tea
–  Jasmine immature tea

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Smoke turkey frittata and mini fungus soup

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Very special and singular appetiser we ever have in Johor Bahru. The frittata ambience with a few multiple of eggs, steep bacon, veggie and cheese. It formidable to report a tastiness until we try it yourself.

Pan parched salmon serves with pumpkin cream salsa and haricot vert

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The salmon was baked to perfection, a multiple of a cream salsa was great!

Duck leg confit serves with delayed baked orange and crush potato

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The steep leg confit was proposal and yummy, a beef forsaken off a bone easily, delicious!
We all like this special plate served by Menu Please Bistro and it’s tough to find a same plate else where around Johor Bahru for a moment.

Australian lamb serves with healthy lamb jus and butter glitter chestnut

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The braised lamb was proposal and succulent. It served with a lamb jus that extended tastiness of a dish, we will adore this if we are a lamb lover.

Tiramisu

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Menu Please Bistro served one of a best Tiramisu within JB town. This was formed of my particular ambience bud.

Cold drinks
–  Double berries soda
–  Mango vanilla soda
–  Vanilla orange soda

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The reduction of these 3 cold drinks were exceptional, it’s a bid and a sorcery hold of Chef Jayson for a special gratifying season. Beside a cold drinks, they also offer prohibited Chamomile, peppers packet and Jasmine immature tea.

Among all a 3 categorical courses, we cite a duck leg. Because a plate is not common, and it’s formidable to locate a possibility that offer by a restaurant. And for a cold drinks, we chose a Vanilla orange soda – it was so refreshing!

Select your choices from a Menu, suffer a Christmas plate in Menu Please Bistro.
You might call a grill series 07-3360748 or whatsapp to their mobile series +60167388963 for reservation.

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Ratatouille La Gourmet – Tea room – Bar

Ratatouille La Gourmet (N1.54783 E103.74606) is located during a dilemma lot of Jalan Adda 3/1 in Adda Heights, Johor Bahru.
Few months ago, Ratatouille was a case in one of a food court situated in Taman Setia Indah. After several months of hardwork and bid by Chef Brian and a team, they successfully upgraded from a tiny case to a good famous grill in Johor Bahru today.
I dignified their achievement!

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Ratatouille comparison a white English thesis as one of their captivate of a restaurant, it’s also became a ‘first’ theme’s grill in my favorite list.
The grill yield a purify and neat opinion that unequivocally impressed! On a right side, there are some dining list for those business who cite healthy atmosphere though air-conditioning.

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Greeted by a accessible staffs once we stepped into a restaurant. we adore a deco unequivocally much! The area is atmospheric that yield a comfort and friendly dining environment.

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The windows during a both side have a white English tudor design, also choices for those diners who like to have window seat.

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There’s also a Victoria design’s lounge generally for those who suffer their afternoon tea and scones…

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The dining area is gentle for caf� and even a tiny organisation of friends accumulate around…

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I was proposal by a owner’s thought with a good pattern and a yield opposite forms dining tables for business to select their possess preference.

Our food served on list flattering fast…let me uncover we a delicacies one-by-one…

Appetizer :-
Escargot – served in half dozen, with garlic breads side dish.

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Nice cheesy ambience and a stuffing was not overly salty, always a good starter for your dinner.

Pepper steak.
Medium doneness, good prepared with peppers and served with crushed potatoes and ratatouille.

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I always like a beef of Ratatouille. Well cooking and a peppers turn was usually nice! If we are beef lover, we shouldn’t skip this!

Oxtail stew.
Whole oxtail being prepared for a dish. Magic cut by a Chef yield a loyal ambience of a tasty collagen within. The plate also served with potatoes, tomatoes and a good beef gravy.

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Garlic bread, crushed potatoes and broccoli as side plate for Oxtail stew.

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Beside a tasty chewy punch of a oxtail, we like a beef gravy unequivocally much! The collagen was proposal and fresh, we’re unequivocally enjoyed this Oxtail meal from Ratatouille La Gourmet.

Grilled Lamb Rack
Grilled shelve of lamb served with broccoli, ratatouille and a packet sauce. (serve in middle doneness)

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The multiple of a savoury skin and a proposal inside was marvelous! We took a time to ambience this tantalizing lamb shelve unequivocally slow…

Teriyaki Cod fish
Grilled cod fish showering with teriyaki sauce, served with broccoli, carrots and crushed potatoes.

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The uninformed cod fish with a Teriyaki salsa yield a ideal taste. It was luscious and good to have for a dinner. It was a bit honeyed for my personal ambience bud.

Dinner won’t finish though a desserts…
Ratatouille signature cheese cake

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The signature cheese cake was abounding with cheese though not overly sweet. Aromatic tiramisu was a favorite dessert for many of a patron in a area. Lemon sugarine pancake was a warn where a pancake doesn’t overly honeyed and good to have. According to a owners – Sherman, a Ratatouille Apple pie has a clever direct from a local, a special apple cake unequivocally stuffing after a categorical course.

The Ratatouille grill is also a ideal place for afternoon tea mangle with some cakes or scones, since of a special allot ‘Hi-tea’ area.

We will make a bid to dump by Ratatouille La Gourmet each now and then, not usually only pass-by Adda Heights area. It is a glorious grill for lunch, tea mangle and dinner, even suffer some beers in a evening.

Specially interjection to Brian and Sherman for a comfortable hospitality.

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