Escape to a Tropical Island (and Live on $1,500 a Month)

Thomas O’Neal had never been to Malaysia. In fact he hadn’t been anywhere in Asia, which made his sudden decision to move to the tropical island of Penang a brave one. Thomas has also found that Penang is a great place if you like the outdoors, walking, hiking, trekking or biking. “I plan on losing a few pounds here too, and I’m working on my tan as we speak.

Ipoh: The Friendliest City in Malaysia

A huge clap of thunder. And then the rain... It was my first day in the city of Ipoh, Malaysia and I had decided to take a walk into town. Queue an unexpected thunderstorm. Murphy’s Law dictated that no taxi was in sight. So there I was, standing under a tin awning outside of a mechanic’s shop when the owner beckoned me inside to wait out the storm.

‘Island Time’ and Country Clubs in Penang, Malaysia

I have a smartphone but it works differently for me here. In Sydney, it was a hip thing to have, and if I didn’t answer emails a nanosecond after receiving them I would get a call asking me why. Here, my phone is a device that connects me to people. Likeminded people who moved to Malaysia for the same reasons I did. And it doesn’t matter that I don’t have the latest phone or that I answer emails a day or two after they are received.

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