9 Absolutely Free Alternative Hangouts During the Day

By Thong Jen Mee Jan 31, 2017 1395 Views

Plain roti kosong is your go-to favourite at the mamak, and it’s not because of ‘diet plans’.

Taking the bus even though that means you'll have to wake up at an ungodly hour of 5am just to piggy-bank an additional RM10.

Constantly having your weekday wardrobe pieces on a permanent rotation, strategic mix-and-match becomes a well-acquired skill.

If the above scenarios sound suspiciously familiar, then frugal must be your middle name. I myself have gone through the rite of passage to adulthood, and miraculously survived without burning a hole in my (parent's) pocket.

The secret?

You’d have to make frugality a lifestyle, not a mere occasional sacrifice. This ultimate guide is here to offer the latest hacks around the city that requires no money whatsoever, so get your buddies out for a day and try them all in one go!

1. KL with GO Bus Tour


"This bus takes you to almost everywhere in the city for FREE"

Satiate your neighbourhood wanderlust with the convenient GO-KL bus tour and experience sightseeing your very own city like a foreigner. Comprising of a four-route journey covering the usual tourist hotspots from KLCC to Pasar Seni, the pitstops also include various Monorail and LRT stations for you to hop off and navigate to your respective destinations.

Fully equipped with air-conditioning as well as free WIFI (yes!), rest assured you'll still be able to Instagram your whole journey from the comforts of your seat.

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2. Publika Monday Movies


"They call this the Hipster Mall"

Banish away Monday blues with the thought of treating yourself to two hours of satisfied contemplation through Publika’s weekly Monday Movies series. Join a crowd of film buffs and the occasional curious bystander as you seat comfortably in the open-air space without any obligations of purchase. Comprising of mostly internationally acclaimed foreign films, rest assured you’ll leave home feeling enlightened with some heart-warming flicks.  

3. RITMO LATINO Dance Lessons


"Puff your way to good health"

Your cheesy clubbing dance moves can hardly count as a dancing experience, so take things up a notch and actually immerse yourself in a real form of dance. RITMO LATINO Dance School at Wisma Cosway holds the occasional monthly free beginner’s class to give interested participants a taste of cultured dance. Ranging from seductive Salsa to traditional Bachata, you need not to worry about looking like an awkward penguin taking its first steps as you’d also be joined with many others with zero experience.

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4. Dance Pot


"Staying healthy with exercise"

Staying true to its belief that anyone can pick up dancing regardless of age, DancePot in Setapak differs itself from the other studios by generously offering free taster lessons for any of their scheduled classes. Offering a wide variety of choices from aerial yoga to the much sought after K-Pop dance, participants are limited to one trial per class, although you can opt for a different lesson the next time you come round. Simply sign up here and you’re well on your way of hustling some sweet moves like Rain (perhaps not that soon).

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5. Perpustakaan Raja Tun Uda


"Great place to kick start your brain juice"

Boasting an impressively enormous facade, the spacious interior of this public library does not disappoint high expectations. Located in the centre of Shah Alam, this building houses several reading sections differing by age, a 3D theatre, a dazzling assortment of meeting rooms as well as a gymnasium!

Membership is absolutely free, so simply head on to their official website, sign up and voila, you’re now the official member of a public library. If you’re still undecided, we suggest you take a virtual 360 tour beforehand and witness for yourself the impressive range of features and facilities this nifty library has to offer.

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6. L45 Bangsar


"Step in here and you'll definitely be in the mood to read"

Greeting visitors with a stern facade tucked away from the ever-buzzing streets of Bangsar, this unassuming neighborhood library may exude out a stark industrial vibe at first sight, but the interior environment gives out a completely different atmosphere.

Seemingly emulating one of the images from the trendy IKEA catalogue, it’s like an interior designer’s dream has come to life – books are cleverly stacked against slim metal cages whilst retaining its informal environment through the abundance of wooden elements. Treat yourself to a quiet reading session indoors or you can opt for the benches at the outdoor compound for some light discussion with fellow peers.

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7. Galeri Petronas


"Time to know about the main contributor to our economy"

It may be a common assumption that this gallery is solely dedicated to exhibit oil & gas related information, but rest assured that is not the case here. Exploring a diverse range of themes from local Malaysian identity to minimalist architecture, the well-planned interior with a clean setting suitably primed the place for intellectual mind-teasers and a peek at local culture.

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8. National Visual Arts Gallery


"Nation's Art Heritage"

For a taste of high society, head on to the immaculate National Visual Arts Gallery which is only a stone throw’s away from downtown Kuala Lumpur. Immerse yourself with the aesthetically pleasing architecture complete with contemporary exhibits that’s bound to intrigue.

A host to both local and foreign works, be sure to head over to their official website and check out their updated listings for available exhibits.

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9. Bank Negara & Art Gallery


"Travel back in time on the histiory of Ringgit"

Take a walk down memory lane on Malaysia’s history of money. Situated in Jalan Dato’ Onn, Sasana Kijang is one of the city’s secret gem mostly popular among tourists. Its contemporary design built from a structural combination of glass and titanium radiates a calming welcome vibe.

Plunge yourself into the heritage collectibles from around neighbouring countries with the Museum’s 6 awe-inspiring galleries, the Art Gallery, Numismatics Gallery, Ismlamic Finance Gallery, Bank Negara Malaysia Gallery, Economics Gallery and Children’s Gallery. Open daily from 10am to 6pm with admission at free of charge.


With a little bit of effort and determination, you’d certainly be able to find a chunky wallet even at the end of the month. Trust us on this when we say it’s indeed doable, all you need is a tweak to some lifestyle habits and you’re well on your way in filling up that bank account.  

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