In 2009 a lightning bolt of an idea hit me. Why live in a country where I couldn’t save a penny? Why not move to a place where I could actually save money and not give up any of the lifestyle I had become accustomed to? In most cases the simplest ideas are the best..
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...
From the best street food in Southeast Asia to its now world-famous street murals, here is a list of the top 10 things to do when you visit Penang for the first time. The Street of Harmony as it's known locally , its official title is Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling...
I happen to think that I'm one of the luckiest guys in the world. Not only do I live in Malaysia, a beautiful country on so many levels, but also I love what I do. I travel at will, pretty much at the drop of a hat. I've enjoyed complimentary meals and hotel upgrades along the way.
If you are thinking about taking a trip to Southeast Asia, and if you aren’t you should be, then here are the 10 most beautiful natural attractions that you can add to your Southeast Asian bucket list. The only people that seem to know about this stunningly picturesque island are Malaysians, and they’d like to keep it that way. Unfortunately I’ve been and I think it’s about time that we lifted the veil and told you about it.
More affordable air travel, mounting health care costs in developed countries, long waiting lists and an ageing world population have all contributed to a global explosion of medical tourism in the past decade—and Malaysia is leagues ahead in terms of its world market share.
Thailand is one of Asia’s most popular countries for expats. It’s safe, women can travel alone without problems, the cost of living is low, and getting a retirement visa is simple. But buying property is tricky. Which is why so many expats in Asia rent instead of buy. Renting is easy, affordable, and sometimes the only way to live in a country. Plus, if you want to move on and try out a new place, you just pack up and hit the road.
“Had we known how social this place is, how good the food is, how high the standard of living is, and how alike we are to the other expats who live here, I think I would have been pushing to move earlier.
“Even though I owned my own home and had worked hard all my life, I found going out and doing anything at home was prohibitively expensive,” says Cheryl Fankhauser. “A casual meal with friends, including a bottle of wine, would cost on average $80 per person."
I'm a very lucky guy to be doing what I'm doing, and there isn't a day that goes by when I don't remind myself of that. Sometimes I say it to my wife, too, but she already knows how lucky we are. My wife and I moved to the island of Penang in early 2010. A small island—15 miles long and 12 miles wide—on the west coast of Malaysia, Penang, which is connected to the mainland by a six-lane bridge, is just two hours' drive south of Thailand.