Should I Stay Or Should I Go? (It’s Not Just a Clash Song)

Should I Stay Or Should I Go? (It’s Not Just a Clash Song)

Well shit. That didn’t go as planned. I should be writing this from Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. The big city that was calling our names. The place to wear heels, eat glorious food (not just street food) and get our big city fix. We were planning to...
Step Back in Time in Penang’s Most Eclectic Heritage-House Airbnb

Step Back in Time in Penang’s Most Eclectic Heritage-House Airbnb

Have you ever wondered what it was like to live in a refurbished shophouse of yesteryear Penang? Well, Mark and I got the chance when we were invited to stay at 29 Ceylon Lane, an Airbnb in the heart of George Town. Since living in Penang, I’ve often imagined...
2020: a Look Back & a Look Forward

2020: a Look Back & a Look Forward

I had high hopes for 2020. And now that it is over, I can look back and say it was a year of learning. Some of it was good, plenty of it was terrible, but all of it was eye-opening. I’m glad 2020 is over, but I’m not that mad about it. It taught me a lot,...
Abroad at Christmas as an Expat: Finding New Ways to Celebrate

Abroad at Christmas as an Expat: Finding New Ways to Celebrate

A lot of people choose to be abroad at Christmas. But as an expat, celebrating Christmas abroad is part and parcel of our lives. Sometimes it gets lonely, and people get the holiday blues, but I think adopting some new traditions and blending them with the old ones is...
Realities and Struggles of Greek Life for an Expat

Realities and Struggles of Greek Life for an Expat

Welcome to My Expat Interview Series. This is an insider’s sneak peek at the truths and realities of expat life. Not just from my point of view but from expats around the world. They are sharing their stories with the dreamers, the movers, the curious. You! This...
Living in Penang – Pros and Cons of My Island Life

Living in Penang – Pros and Cons of My Island Life

There is no such thing as a perfect place. I would know since I’ve lived in three US states and six foreign countries. But since moving to Malaysia in 2013, we’ve learned all the living in Penang pros and cons.   If you read my last blog about culture...
5 Stages of Culture Shock (AKA 5 Phases of the Expat Journey)

5 Stages of Culture Shock (AKA 5 Phases of the Expat Journey)

Did you know there were actual stages of culture shock? No? Me neither. And I have a degree in cultural anthropology. So that’s embarrassing. Clearly, I’ve forgotten more than I remembered from my hazy college days. Anywhoooo, so yeah. 5 stages of culture shock-...
Living in Croatia: What Life is Like for an American Expat

Living in Croatia: What Life is Like for an American Expat

Welcome to My Expat Interview Series. This is an insider’s sneak peek to the truths and realities of expat life. Not just from my point of view but from expats around the world. They are sharing their stories with the dreamers, the movers, the curious. You! This...
Lessons I’ve Learned from Living Abroad

Lessons I’ve Learned from Living Abroad

We’ve been living abroad since 2013, and while I may be a slow learner, I’ve picked up a few things along the way. My expat life has been full of what the f*cks, challenges, tears, and laughter. But above all, it’s been enlightening, and I wouldn’t change a thing. So,...
Reasons to Move to Another Country: 34 Expats Tell Their Stories

Reasons to Move to Another Country: 34 Expats Tell Their Stories

What encourages people to move to a country? Love, work, culture? A better lifestyle like us? School? There are so many reasons to move to another country. And unless you are new around these parts, you’d know that we moved for a lifestyle change. To escape the...
Healthcare in Malaysia – Everything You Need to Know

Healthcare in Malaysia – Everything You Need to Know

Sadly, for most Americans, affordable healthcare is a joke. And top-quality, affordable healthcare is even more laughable. It’s one of the reasons some people move out of the country. It’s not why we moved, but it’s certainly a benefit that healthcare in Malaysia is...
Q & A Sesh with Your Girl in Malaysia (Me)

Q & A Sesh with Your Girl in Malaysia (Me)

Every week I get loads of emails asking about moving to Malaysia and expat life. I get it. I was in your shoes once and wished I had a girl on the ground. So here I am — your fave expat in Malaysia (or most likely your only expat in Malaysia), ready to help you...
Easiest Countries for Americans to Move to RIGHT NOW

Easiest Countries for Americans to Move to RIGHT NOW

Let’s be real… America is the eye of a shit storm right now, and who knows when things will change. Like millions around the world, we watched the debacle – I mean the debates. Also, like millions, I have never felt more uncomfortable, more anxious, and more...