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…

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! I recently rescued a dog here in Malaysia and exported him to the…

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,…

Georgetown Treasure Hunt!

  Want to spend a couple of really fun hours walking the streets of Georgetown, Penang to find some of its coolest street art and tastiest treats? And want to totally crush your photos and make all your friends laugh? Well, my friends, I’m here to help! My friend Jays and I designed a great…

Borneo Wildlife Safari on the Cheap

Have you ever heard the high-pitched, ear-piercing squeal of a stadium full of 11 year-old girls at a One Direction concert? That’s the approximate noise I make every time I see photos or videos of orangutans swinging on vines in their native habitat. To see them in the wild in Borneo – along with the…

Penang’s Ramadan Bazaars – Yum!

Isn’t it ironic that the Islamic month of fasting is all about food? Well, at least it is for those of us who descend upon the special Ramadan bazaars like a bunch of starving velociraptors. Throughout the month, the Muslim community sets up pop-up markets throughout Malaysia and sell some delicious foods that you can…

Rage Against the Latrine

Malaysian Bathrooms, Explained The first time you face this sight, it’s natural to contract sudden onset paralysis. So many questions raced through my mind during my inaugural squat toilet experience: Which way are you supposed to face? Where the hell is the toilet paper? Is that ladle for hitting intruders? What’s up with the hose? Isn’t…