Best Places to Live in Malaysia for Expats, Digital Nomads, & Retirees

Best Places to Live in Malaysia for Expats, Digital Nomads, & Retirees

Malaysia is known for its fantastic food, diverse culture, gorgeous landscapes, and incredibly warm-hearted locals. All that is great when you go on vacation, but you need that and more when deciding to move to a new country. Unless you are prepared to pioneer or want...
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...
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...
How to Get to Tioman Island: The Easy Way

How to Get to Tioman Island: The Easy Way

Tioman is one of those islands that people dream about. The lush hilly interior pours into the crystal clear sea in an idyllic paradise. No one is on the beaches, which adds to the rustic and remote feel. I think some of the reason it feels remote is that getting to...
How to Get to Perhentian Islands (Notes from the Road)

How to Get to Perhentian Islands (Notes from the Road)

It all started with a 5:30 am wake up, which I was NOT happy about. As much as I want to be a morning person, I am not. I especially don’t like waking in the dark – that seems totally wrong. But we had an east coast Malaysia road trip planned, and we weren’t exactly...
Cheong Fatt Tze – Blue Mansion: Should You Stay There?

Cheong Fatt Tze – Blue Mansion: Should You Stay There?

The other day for our 17th anniversary, Mark and I decided to do something different, and the Cheong Fatt Tze Blue Mansion Hotel was calling our name. We’ve been there a zillion times for the tours, the food, the bar, but never to stay. So, we brought our bottle of...
Unique Places in Penang (that are Not in the Guidebooks)

Unique Places in Penang (that are Not in the Guidebooks)

I may not be Malaysian, but after living in Penang for nearly seven years, I think I qualify as a local when it comes to certain things. I can drive in two lanes at the same time and not look in my mirrors once. I can eat durian like a champ and use the term...