Leading a Lucky Life in Penang, Malaysia

My wife Lisa and I are not wealthy. Yet, as I sit in my office gazing out at Penang Hill and the Penang Botanic Gardens, I realise how incredibly lucky we are to be living in Malaysia. We have an amazing lifestyle here. Lisa plays tennis four times a week at The Penang Sports Club—at 64 cents per game it’s ridiculously cheap—and The Penang Swimming Club, a 5-star facility, is my gym of choice...

My Two Move Overseas Regrets

I’ve been living in Malaysia since early 2010. I have two regrets. The first is that I didn’t make the move sooner than I did. The second is that I didn’t attend an International Living conference before making the move. Moving overseas is a big decision and it makes sense to get all the help and advice you can. When my wife Lisa and I first arrived in Penang, we had to figure...

The Best Diving in Malaysia

One of the things that Malaysia is known for is its diving and there are a plethora of excellent dive locations around peninsular Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo for you to choose from. The best dive sites can be found in the south-eastern region of the state of Sabah, on the island of Borneo. On the other hand, the easiest to reach dive sites are on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia...

My Very Own Island For $2,000 Per Month

The smell that greets me as I stroll past the grocery shops is a mixture of fresh vegetables and spices; cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, wild garlic, ginger and onions. It’s particular to Asia and exotic. The church bell is chiming behind me—one of the oldest in Malaysia—and the azure blue sky is cloudless. It’s just another beautiful day in Penang, the island that I refer to as “my island”...

Exploring Ipoh

Just a two-hour drive south from Penang, along the Federal Highway, is the old mining town of Ipoh. The city, the capital of Perak state, was once the world’s largest producer of tin and immigrants flocked here in their tens of thousands to seek their fortune during the 1920s and 30s. And, during the boom times, many found it.

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