What brought you here?
I had been working in London for a couple of years, but wanted to try something new. Luckily, my company has a number of offices globally and the chance came up for me to transfer abroad. I’d never even considered Malaysia, I knew nothing about it. But then, what better way to learn about a place than to move there?
What was your first impression of Malaysia?
It was completely overwhelming; I arrived on New Year’s Eve after a 17-hour flight to a country where I knew no one, with no fixed place to live, withering away in the blistering heat, and then my taxi driver began questioning me about why I didn’t have a husband. Not the best start! But it doesn’t take long for you to sink into life here – I ended up spending New Year’s Day eating banana leaf curry out of buckets in one of the temples with a bunch of locals.
Made any exciting new discoveries?
Everyone always describes Malaysia as a ‘melting pot’ of cultures, but you can really experience it first hand on the many, many public holidays we have; watching the procession of Hindu pilgrims flow to Batu Caves for Thaipusam and celebrating Wesak Day at the Buddhist Maha Vihara were definite highlights.
What do you like best about Malaysia?
My favourite thing about Malaysia is that it never fails to surprise; it always keeps me on my toes. This might be discovering the best char kway teow from an unassuming little gentleman and his cart or wandering into a local karaoke competition whilst lost in Penang, but on the other hand, it might be when a pipe bursts down your road and you have no water for three days...it’s all part of the fun!
What are your hobbies?
I love being outdoors, so tend to spend my spare time hiking, running or travelling. Having lived here for almost six months, I feel I can put ‘eating’ as an acceptable hobby too! I’m also trying to get my colleagues to teach me useful local phrases, but at the minute I can only count to five in Bahasa and swear in Mandarin...
What would you put in a ‘Malaysia survival kit’?
A battery pack for your phone as being stranded with no access to Google Maps or Grab/uber if you get lost while exploring is not an enjoyable experience! I’d also make sure there were tea bags and fresh milk. If you’re ever having a rough day, a real cup of tea will always sort you out. EL
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