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| I've just returned from a vacation to Victoria and New Zealand, mainly for  |
| Dom to meet friends.  Now I remember why I left Australia for Malaysia -    |
| everything is so expensive!  You even have to pay extra for sauce with      |
| your meal (something that Malaysians, understandably, find bizarre).        |
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| But I can also see why Malaysians love it here.  Things generally are       |
| better maintained, and there is a bit more attention to detail everywhere.  |
|  Two trivial examples that struck me were the ability to get cash out at    |
| the supermarket (the brilliant idea that you don't give them money, they    |
| give it to you), and finding fast food menus prominently labelled with      |
| kilojoule measurements.                                                     |
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| Speaking of which, I enjoyed trying some Australian food that you simply    |
| can't get in Malaysia - and it wasn't the expensive stuff, but simple       |
| things like Burger Rings, Red Rooster (I mean, how good is that stuffing,   |
| and those thick chicken-salted chips?), and "parma" pub meals (ubiquitous   |
| in Melbourne, though I don't remember this being so common in Perth).  New  |
| Zealand has its own simple comfort food, like cheese rolls.                 |
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| Sometimes Malaysia tries too hard - emulating top-end Western models        |
| poorly, when it would do better to do the simple stuff well (they just      |
| opened a new liquid nitrogen icecream outlet recently, but just try to buy  |
| buy a decent barbecue sausage!).  So the occasional trip back home to       |
| Australia is a godsend, but boy does it burn a hole in your wallet.         |
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| (It didn't help that I used a RM100 note as a bookmark, then left it on     |
| the plane.  Oops.)                                                          |
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