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13 Cheap Things to Do in Ipoh For Your Next Visit

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Ipoh. Pretty Ipoh. Foodie Ipoh. One of the top 10 Places to Visit in Asia, according to Lonely Planet. Just 2, 3 hours from KL. It would be a shame to skip this city.  Plus, 2017 is Visit Perak year 🙂

As a Klang Valley girl, I’m surprised by how much I like Ipoh. I lived here for a year, and here are 13 places, activities and food places that I can genuinely recommend for you to try out. These places are cheap to experience, if you don’t go overboard with the shopping and eating.

I assume you guys have Google Map in your phones. Under each recommendation, I added Google Map Search keywords that you can type in to find these places.

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Cost of living in KL or Ipoh – Which is more expensive?

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In this post, I broke down how I spent my RM3500 salary while living in the heart of Kuala Lumpur (PWTC area, to be precise). It remained one of my popular blog posts. I also wrote about the average cost of my meals (RM2.86) and how I managed to rent a master bedroom for RM150.

Some of you know that I moved to Ipoh 6 months ago, more or less. Even though I can’t make direct comparison with current data (1 year vs 6 months), I thought it would be interesting to show the breakdown anyway and how my living expenses have changed. I want to know which lifestyle allows me to save more money – a social worker in KL or a freelance writer in Ipoh.

Enjoy this table, with an analysis whether my spending in particular categories has increased or decreased.

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Recommendation: Halal + Affordable Chinese Food Court in Ipoh

Do you like halal Chinese food? Not ‘Chinese Muslim’ food (although that’s nice too), but Chinese food in general?

Let’s face it: ‘halal’ and ‘Chinese food’ rarely come hand in hand in Malaysia. The easiest way Muslims can have our Chinese food fix is through vegetarian Chinese restaurants.

But I actually found a Chinese food court in Ipoh that caters to the Muslim crowd! I’ve been here at least 3 times, and each time I’m impressed by the food and the price. So it’s time to pass on this knowledge to you guys 🙂

The food court is called Restaurant New Hollywood @ Vegas. It’s at Lorong Cecil Rae, 31400 Ipoh.

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Here’s the types of food they have plus pictures!

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Thoughts about moving to Ipoh

When I tell people that I’m moving to Ipoh, inevitably this dreaded question comes up:

“So what are you going to do in Ipoh?”

I’m going to be honest af right now- every time I hear that question, my heart beats faster, my mouth gets drier, and I smile (the type that doesn’t reach the eyes) while I say, “I don’t know yet, I’m still looking”.

Then usually they will give me like a “nevermind you’ll find something” and I’ll reply “yeah…” and just trail off awkwardly.

I don’t know why I’m not out and proud declaring that I’m going to be a full time entrepreneur. For goodness sake, I have a running online business called Kotak Koffee. I’m going to expand the business and make it reach new heights. Now I have more than enough time to dedicate to marketing it, and getting more products in. I could employ someone to help me with the work. Kotak Koffee has so much potential, and Ipoh is damn near perfect to continue Kotak Koffee’s expansion.

Click on the logo above to check out what I sell.. although the tagline is a dead giveaway

So why am I not … confident… about being an entrepreneur?

Never mind, I know the answer. It’s plain ol’ fear.

I’m scared shitless right now. I’ve always been a stable, predictable income kinda girl. I like surety. I love certainty.

Part of me is like, what if you fail?

Shit, what if I fail?

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