Malaysia

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

Apartments for Rent in Penang: What You Need to Know

Apartments for Rent in Penang: What You Need to Know

When Mark and I moved here, the hunt for an apartment for rent in Penang began on day one. We knew we wanted to live in Tanjung Bungah, but that's about it. We looked at 38, I repeat 38, homes. It took us 10 long,...

7 of the Best Malaysia Books to Leave You Breathless

7 of the Best Malaysia Books to Leave You Breathless

There are A LOT of Malaysia books out there. And I did NOT read any of them before we decided to move here. I'm not bragging about that smart move of mine, just being honest. But in all fairness, we decided to move in...

Moving to Malaysia? This is How to Pack

Moving to Malaysia? This is How to Pack

If you're looking for a complete packing guide for moving to Malaysia, this is not it. And there is a reason for that. You can pretty much find (almost) everything you want here, and certainly everything you...

14 Days in Captivity: My Life During the Lockdown

14 Days in Captivity: My Life During the Lockdown

I've been really struggling with whether to post or not. Does anyone want to read more about Covid-19, that f*cking bastard of a virus? Do you want to read about travel? Prob not. Honestly, it feels shitty either way....

7 Places to Visit in Malaysia in 3 Days

7 Places to Visit in Malaysia in 3 Days

Planning a mini-Malaysian vacay but not sure where to go? No worries – I've got you! Here is a list of the 7 best places to visit in Malaysia in 3 days. After living in Penang for 6, going on 7 years, I know all about...

The Best Festivals of Malaysia: How to Plan Your Trip

The Best Festivals of Malaysia: How to Plan Your Trip

Malaysians love a good party! Give them any reason to throw a celebration, and everyone will attend. There are so many festivals that it's hard to keep track. But fear not my friends. I've just made you the ultimate...

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