Category Archives: Kuala Lumpur

Meeting Meeta

  I expected it to be steamy and hot, deafening with the shouting of orders, the clang of metal spoons against cooking pots and the incessant pounding of pestle against mortar. What I found instead was a haven of calm … Continue reading

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Loving and leaving

Suddenly the days have become sunnier and the trees more glossy. The food has become more addictive and the cheap massages and pedicures more tempting. I’m sure you can guess why… it’s because we know we are leaving. Partir c’est … Continue reading

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That’s Malaysia!

It was ‘one of those weeks’. The kind that would have driven me to distraction had it not taken place in a laid back country where things go wrong, people break rules and old hands simply shrug and smile, saying, ‘that’s … Continue reading

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The shifting sands of the expat empty nest

It’s taken me almost five years to write about my empty nest. It’s a surprise, particularly to me, someone who has no compunction about revealing my vulnerability. It is five years now since Josh left home for university and seven … Continue reading

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The trouble with the tropics

I suggest men and the faint-hearted now look away… When we first arrived in Malaysia I’d look at the number of umbrellas that the Asian women used here when it wasn’t raining and hurrumph. How vain were they to protect … Continue reading

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Blue for the EU

June 25th 2016 It was a blue day yesterday. With Sam living in Berlin and desperately wanting Britain to stay in the EU and the majority of bones in my body agreeing with him, I spent the final minutes of … Continue reading

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Christmas in my suitcase

Jogjakarta? Yes, that’s right. It was a surprise to us too. This time last year the Javanese city known for its temples at Borobudur and Prambanan meant little to us. But it has come to pass that Joshua is on … Continue reading

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Ten Ticks in Two Days in Penang

It was our fourth trip to Penang in a little over a year but our first as tour guides. I derive great enjoyment from revisiting favourite places. I find that it is usually only when I take it upon myself … Continue reading

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Wanting to POP

It seemed like such a good idea at the time. Unbelievably, we are now officially half way through our time in Kuala Lumpur. That’s right. We have been here two years already. The tenancy agreement on our apartment was for … Continue reading

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When you have no words

Joshua, our 22-year-old has just taken part in an international Malay speaking competition and the experience for us, his parents, who have watched it happen, has been extraordinary. But before you stop reading and think this blog is just an … Continue reading

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