I can’t remember the last time that someone stood up on the bus to give me their seat in Australia. When I’m in Malaysia, it happens regularly. There, my grey hair and mature face symbolise wisdom and command respect.
If it weren’t for Lisa I would never have heard of International Living, never have started writing for International Living and I wouldn’t be appearing on stage at conferences from Las Vegas to Brisbane to talk about Malaysia and living overseas.
Altogether, we spend around $2,550 per month, but you could get by on much less than that,” says 56-year-old Christine Hakkaart of her and her husband Steve’s life in Malaysia.
Exploring new and exotic places was something Patti and Bob Jackson had long-loved to do, but the two-week breaks they were able to take off work just weren’t enough. “It would just barely expose us to the culture and lifestyle in the places we visited, not immerse us like we really wanted,” says Bob, 61.
The island of Penang, where I live, has more festivals than any other town in Malaysia. Over 500 festivals take place every year in Penang’s capital, George Town alone. That’s almost two a day! I love Malaysian festivals… the colour, the noise...
The sun glistens on the small waves breaking on the white-sand beach at The Penang Swimming Club. Coconut palms reach over, as if to get a better view. From where I’m sitting in the club, I can see a lone sea otter patrolling back and forth at the end of the beach, busily catching small Read more...
For expat Shane Cavillee, one of the best parts of his day is enjoying his morning coffee out on his balcony, taking in the ocean view. For the last five years, Shane and his wife, Candace, have called the tropical island paradise of Penang...
“My husband Mick and I moved to Penang one month after we retired and I haven’t thought about work since,” says Cyndy Fenner-Smith. “Here everyone is always out and about, it’s easy to meet up with people. We have more of a social life here than we ever did back home.”
After an exhilarating morning walk, Jim and Sharon Farquhar like to unwind on the deck of their ocean-view apartment. The couple have always been active, but there are so many opportunities to hike and enjoy the great outdoors in their new hometown that staying active is easy.
When my husband Mark and I decided to make the move overseas, one of the main motivations was money. I knew I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life working 80-hour weeks just to make ends meet. Don’t get me wrong; I like to keep busy, but life can’t be all work and no play.