Getting a Wellness Check in Penang, Malaysia

Wow, getting a check-up in Penang, Malaysia is a pretty eye-opening experience! The medical lightsaber wielded by one particular doctor certainly made my eyes pop out, but more on that later… Not only are health evaluations here a fraction of the cost than in California (where I’m from), but it’s also the most comprehensive one…

Finding Fulfillment in Penang, Malaysia

One of the most frequent questions I get from recent transplants and people thinking of moving to Penang, Malaysia is: “What do you do with your time?” When you move someplace new, you have a chance to make a fresh start. Whether you’re retiring here, working as an expat in Malaysia or retiring early and…

Top 5 Relocation Hacks To Help You Adjust Faster

Tricks to Make Living in Malaysia Easier My husband and I love living in Malaysia. But coming from the US where we had unknowingly become addicted to Amazon and other conveniences that don’t really exist in Malaysia, it took some time to figure out workarounds. To save you the frustrations, I’ve come up with our…

Malaysian Hospitals: Incredible, Affordable Care

  While freeing an endangered sea turtle from a discarded fishing net, I learned three key things: Some fish can be real assholes. The Malaysian ambulance and hospital system is incredible and amazingly inexpensive. My awesome friends are able to find humor in painful situations, and they take great footage for future laughter. (No wonder…

Cost of Living in Penang

Thinking of moving to or retiring in Penang? This is how much it costs to live here. It’s really no wonder why International Living ranked Penang as #6 in their roundup of the “10 Best Places to Retire Around the World in 2017.” Our friends keep asking me if they should retire here, so this…

3 Perfect Days in Penang

Visiting Penang and want to experience the highlights of this special island? Having lived here for a while and explored much of the island, I’ve developed a list of must-try experiences that will give you a great feel and taste for the buzzing beehive that is Penang.  You can totally bang this out out in…

Malaysian Oddities

“Wait, so Buddha was a Nazi?” an Australian tourist asked her friend when she came face-to-face with this pink statue at Penang’s Kek Lok Si Temple. (That made me laugh so hard that I fell into a hibiscus bush). To Westerners, Malaysia has a few head-scratching quirks. Some are perplexing and a few are frustrating,…