Paradise Found: Koh Lipe, Thailand

Koh my God. Look at this slice of heaven! If you’re like me, you’ve probably daydreamed about finding a mythical tropical paradise with empty beaches surrounded by sparkling aquamarine water. But every time you’ve looked for it, you’ve instead found yourself on a trash-strewn patch of sand wading through a sea of loud Chinese tour…

Exporting Your Pets From Malaysia

8 Simple Steps to Export Your Pets from Malaysia If you’re moving from Malaysia, of course you’re going to take your pets with you. They’re part of your family, and family always sticks together. Not to mention that they’re depending on you! Last year, I rescued a dog here in Malaysia and exported him to…

Importing Your Pets to Malaysia

How to import your pets in 8 steps Few things make a house feel like home more than having your furry family members there with you…or having their hair on your toothbrush and everything else you own. So of course, you’re going to bring your pets along with you when you move to or from…

Oktoberfest…in Penang?!

My friends, prepare yourselves for the party of the year: Oktoberfest in Penang. Block off October 21 and 22, 2016 on your calendar (and October 23 for hangover recovery), charge up your cameras, and grab your lederhosen and dancing shoes for a wild, memorable event. Who would have ever thought that one of the best…

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,…

Hungry Ghost Festival

When: August 3-31, 2016 Where: Various locations throughout Penang – (refer to schedule and location list below) When the clock strikes midnight on the seventh month of the Chinese lunar calendar, the gates of the afterlife crack open to unleash ghosts unto the land of the living. For a period of one month every year,…

Ancient Ruins and Modern Fun in Siem Reap

Experience Awe and Ahhs in Cambodia Standing on the rough, giant stone slabs of a 1000 year-old Buddhist temple, a shiver may run up your spine as your finger gently traces the delicate arm of a dancing girl carved into an archway. When your eyes sweep across the expansive complex, taking in the tree roots that…