A Cell Phone Left Unattended …

What do you think will happen when a cell phone is left unattended in a busy cafe in the heart of the city? I’ve witnessed first hand that in Bangkok, it stays on the same spot where it was left on. What do you reckon if the same situation occurs in KL? 

Just last weekend, I observed a cell phone left unattended at CentralWorld in Bangkok. The owner walked from one end of the cafe to the other end, chatting with his friends for 5 minutes or so. I cannot imagine the same in KL. To begin with, we Malaysians do not even put our valuable belongings on table, let alone unattended.

I have often been asked, “where do you prefer to live?”, or some just plainly asked “which city do you like more?” Living a life in two cities, alternating between Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok automatically makes me an interesting ‘specimen’ to many people.

Many failed to grasp that I am no longer a tourist in the Kingdom. Many times I have been tempted to give a sarcastic response to “Wow. You can eat tom yum everyday.” Why can’t people understand that Bangkok is just one of the two cities that I live in? And no, I don’t eat tom yum everyday. Duh.

My vote goes to Bangkok

So … KL vs Bangkok … where do I prefer to live in more? Besides the obvious reason (family and friends in KL and bf in Bangkok), there is one clear reason: S A F E T Y.

Safety is of paramount importance to me, and for this reason alone, my vote goes to Bangkok. Bangkok is really a relatively safe city. Of course as with any other cities, it does has its share of safety issues. But all-in-all, it’s sooooo much safer than KL. I feel safe here, and I think that it’s important to feel secure and not looking over your shoulder all the time.

It goes without saying that in Bangkok, I can leave my personal belongings out, though I wouldn’t risk leaving them unattended.



Travel opens up a whole new world, which is cliche but true. I am a strong advocate for independent and solo travel. I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but now live in Bangkok, Thailand, resulted from a chance encounter in 2009 with my why-are-you-Thai bf. I am now split between two countries. One country for my bf, another for the family, for the occasional weekend together.