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Monday, March 5, 2018

[Guest Post] Why Moving to East Malaysia Might Be Just What You Need

Graduated from medical school and not sure where to apply next for your housemanship?
Why not consider moving to East Malaysia? 
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You haven’t lived in Malaysia until you’ve lived with our easygoing brothers and sisters in the East. 

The moment you touch down and step out of the airport, what’s the first thing you think you’ll see? Trees? Mountain views? Exotic wildlife roaming the streets? East Malaysia is not what you think it is. It’s not an episode of Jumanji. (Have you guys seen the movie, though?)

Besides the higher shipping costs for every online shopper in this part of the country, there’s very little to complain about here. Keep reading and you’ll see what I mean.

  1. It’s easy to get around town to look for laksa (or whatever it is you like to eat)

 The cities aren’t that big and the congestion isn’t as bad. This means getting around to find places to eat is easier. As we all know, accessibility is a big factor when it comes to moving to a location you’re not familiar with.

 If you need an escape route from your everyday life, you’ll often notice that you’ll be a stone’s throw away from the beach or the forest. Time to get your dive on!

I heard the hours also feel longer here. You’ll have more time to do more things.

  1. You don’t need to sell off an arm and a leg to survive

The cost of living is more reasonable and causes fewer heart attacks. (Don’t quote me on the second part.)

The food here is also cheaper. And nothing beats the original Sarawak Laksa and Kolo Mee.

Fun fact: No matter what you order, you’ll probably get a bowl of clear soup to go with it. Including mee goreng mamak.

  1. The locals take chill to a new level

 It’s like everyone here grew up taking chill pills since they were born. You get what I mean, right? East Malaysians are generally more approachable, patient and laidback.

Remember how tolerance was one of the ‘nilai murni’ we learned in school? Here, you’ll see a Muslim food stall and a non-halal stall side by side in a food court, sharing their utensils.

“When I’m in KL, sometimes I get this feeling that I need to rush somewhere, even if I have nowhere to go.” One of my friends said this.

We should learn from the Sabahans and Sarawakians more. The people here always remember to play hard through song, dance and drink.

  1. There’s a whole city dedicated to cats

Is there anything more purr-fect? Kuching also has a cat museum to show you how much they love cats.

And if you get bored of the cats, you can just drop by one of the many national parks. There’s tons of different animal and plant species that you won’t see in the Peninsula. The orang utans are known to be friendly (definitely friendlier than the ‘orang KL’ that you pass by everyday).

Get ready for your new adventure!

Don’t forget to make a checklist of what to take with you as you enter this new way of life.
      Major appliances (like your fridge where you keep all your junk food)
      Your favourite clothes (we don’t have that many H&M’s here)
      Furniture (we don’t have IKEA here)
      Your car
If you need the help of a vehicle transportation service, [Link to: http://www.gmg.my/services/ ] GMG (Giga Maritime Group) is your one-stop freight forwarding solution to make relocating easier. GMG provides safe and seamless door-to-door collection and delivery services. With distribution centres at Port Klang, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching, you’ll have everything sorted out for you, from start to finish.

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I hope you have a good read. 
Till we meet again, 
xoxo

Disclaimer: This is a guest post. 

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