Mei, as well known as Ciki, and I known each other for a long time. Not that we hung out in person, but we talked almost everyday on twitter, share everyday life and support each other’s blogs. Everyone knows her on twitter. She’s one of the nicest and brightest tweep I know. And I think we got much closer because Ciki and I are sharing the same time zone, since a lot of bloggers in our community is from Europe of America. 🙂 Anyway, over the years, we had two chances to meet, but one time, the plan got interrupted by North Korea, and I couldn’t extend my ticket when I visited Borneo because the cubic farm didn’t let me. Well, next time!

Because of Mei, I really got to know KL better; especially food-wise. She’s one of the leading food blogger in Malaysia. After two visits to Malaysia, I truly understand why there are so many great food bloggers in the country; because their food is genuinely so.good.

Now, let’s see what Mei has to say about her home: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


1. Which character is the best to describe Kuala Lumpur? For example, I would say Seoul is both historical and modern. What do you think about KL?

Chaotic yet organized. Modern yet traditional.


Putrajaya Mosque Malaysia at night

Putrajaya photo credit Z17R0


2. What is the weather like in Kuala Lumpur?

This is how the termometer reads. Scorching hot – then Warm and humid – then torrential Rain! LOL


3. You live in Kuala Lumpur quite a long time, correct? Do you feel like home?

Definitely home!


4. Street food of Kuala Lumpur. What is classic and what is your favourite? When I was there, Satay was my one and only favourite but because of you, now I know there’s plenty more great food.

Oh, too many – Nasi lemak for sure, but here are my favourites!
nasi lemak bungkus

nasi lemak photo credit umami


5. The most famous landmarks if Kuala Lumpur. And do you like any particular place better?

The Petronas twin towers! The Putrajaya bridges!
Petronas Twin Towers

Petronas Twin Towers photo credit storm crypt


6. If I want to enjoy night time, where should I go and what do I do? If you like the nightlife

Changkat Bukit Bintang has loads of pubs and restaurants. If you like some place high, i.e. cooler in temperature and the thrill of the casino, try Genting Highlands. And if you like something quiet and scenic, Putrajaya by night is awesome!


7. How much do you pay for a cup of coffee?or a cup of tea?

At the traditional coffeeshop – RM1.50. At starbucks RM8 !!


8. Where is your favourite and secret hangout place?

Can’t tell you. It’s a secret! LOL. I like the National Library in town.


9. If you can invite anyone to hang out at your city, who would that be? Someone from novel, in the movie, or from the past?. Who would you invite?


From a novel – Murakami or Stephen King;

From the movies – Ryan Renolds coz he’s hot or Will Ferrell coz he’s funny;

From the past – Michelangelo or Florence Nightingale, or William Shakespeare!


10. Which transportation is the best way to wonder around the city?

By car. If you own a car, that’s probably ideal. Everything is widespread here and pretty impossible to walk from the suburb of Petaling Jaya to the heart of the City in Kuala Lumpur. Not to mention the fact that if you choose to walk for more than 10 minutes outdoors, you will be drenched in sweat. Yes, it’s that humid! The LRT and monorail are also pretty practical to use, if you are located in central KL.


11. Any religious habits?

Malaysia has many different cultures, so is there any important tips about religion? Malaysia is a multi-racial society. Live and let live I say. Since almost every religion advocates tolerance, we should learn to live that way, correct?


The most memorable sign.


12. If you are traveling to Kuala Lumpur, you are not going out without… ( )

light cotton clothing and a camera!


13. What do you think about ‘the best’ and ‘the worst’ about living in Kuala Lumpur?

the best – food! the worst – traffic!


14. If you are taking a day trip, where would you go near your city?

The historical town of Malacca. Good food and amazing historical buildings. Plenty of good photography opportunities here.
Malacca Waterfront

Malacca photo credit Neosis


15. Would you share your secret tip about your city for travelers?

Well, since most everybody speaks English, it’s easy getting around Kuala Lumpur. There is no secret formula to having a good experience in my city. Have an open mind to the food, people and culture and don’t set crazy high expectations. That way, more good things will come to you. Oh, that and carry a map;)



About This Week’s Sister: 

Mei is an avid traveler, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, who enjoys writing about her travel and gastronomic experiences. In her words: “It all started out a couple of years back as a means to journal our travels and related photos. However, because we enjoy eating so much (as do other Malaysians) this blog soon took on the form of a food blog: Cumi & Ciki is a Malaysian food and travel blog. The name is derived from a popular educational television puppet show for Malaysian children in the 70s and 80s. This is the tale of the two traveling, eating, thrill-seeking monkeys from Kuala Lumpur. Food and culture go hand in hand. We feel that in life, we need to enjoy what we do, have passion; cultivate a sense of curiosity about the world.

We hope that this is conveyed through our travel and food blog Cumi & Ciki blog.

Alternatively check out our adventure blog

Follow Mei on Twitter.



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10 thoughts on “Runaway to Sister’s City: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Mei”

    1. Glad Mei mentioned Malacca. I loved that town. I’ve seen Mei traveled to Malacca few times, and of course, she brought the best food of the town!! Ah, Malaysia!

  1. Great interview with Mei. Yes, Malaysia do have a great cuisine we can boast upon. But Cumi&Ciki is probably the best food blogger around.

  2. Awww.. thanks Amer, you are too kind! And Juno.. you MUST come and visit sometime before the year end.. sooo many thing we want to take you to eat and see:)

  3. Wow!

    Great post and photos. I’m a big lover of KL, had the chance to go there twice while leaving in Vietnam. Many people don’t have much to say about it but I found it very varied, very welcoming and it had a mountain of things to do aside from the usual shopping that it get’s tainted with.

    Go to the hotel bar opposite the Petronas Towers, what a spot that is for a few beers. Not too expensive either!

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