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…

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,…

Acupuncture in Penang

Ah, acupuncture. Finally, proof that stabbing someone can indeed improve things. 🙂 Having had acupuncture in multiple countries, I’m happy to report that the treatments I get here in Penang are by far the most effective and least expensive that I’ve had anywhere in the world. And there’s no better place to get it than…

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…

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…