Moving to Malaysia from California has been an incredibly fun experience, and at times, perplexing. Since it was hard for me to find information about expat living in Malaysia prior to our move, and there aren’t a lot of online resources to help people figure things out when you’re here, I figured I’d help others by sharing what I’ve learned and continue to discover during this amazing expat adventure. As a professional magazine writer, I’m obsessed with diving into the details and finding answers to lots of important expat living questions, like: why does the dentist want to sand-blast my teeth?; how to drive several blocks without dying?; which way to face on a squat toilet and where in the hell is the toilet paper?; where you can buy both an eel and a bra in one glorious shopping experience? and where are some insanely awesome and cheap places to explore in SE Asia? Since I tend to stumble/bungle upon helpful, strange, fun and unique new finds each day, I’m happy to share them to make life a little easier for other expats and people considering moving here or retiring in Malaysia.
And yes, the photo below is how I envisioned expat life in Penang would be. Much to my disappointment, I do not have a monkey on my head 24/7, but I can tell you where to find friendly ones who are more than happy to rest their testicles on your shoulder. Let’s face it, if you’re going to relocate or retire in Malaysia, it’s best to do it with style and panache by wear wearing a monkey as a hat. Right?