I used to hate Mondays. I would dread waking up at the crack of dawn on Monday mornings, dragging myself to the gym and staring down the barrel of another grueling week at work. But since moving to Penang, Malaysia, I look forward to my new Monday morning ritual. I wake up as the sun is rising, jump on my bike and set off for a ride...
Randy and Swelaine Bartley moved to Johor Bahru in 2013, with an eye to opening a business. The couple had never been to Malaysia before, but they heard through the grapevine that there were opportunities for expat business there. At the time, 68-year-old Randy had already retired, but Swelaine wasn’t quite ready to...
The Malaysian island of Penang has had a colourful history. Settled by the Arabs and the British and later populated by large numbers of Chinese and Indians, all have left their mark. You can see their influences in the diversity of the local food-courts, a popular pick for hungry locals and tourists alike...
I’m sitting on the rooftop lounge of The Lime Tree Hotel, gazing out at an ancient fort which sits majestically above the fast-flowing Sarawak River. In the distance, the emerald green of the jungle holds my attention. It’s hard to imagine that an Englishman, James Brooke, crowned himself King of this State and that his family then ruled it for over 150 years. There was a lot of headhunting going on when he arrived and the tribes surrounding what would have then been a small fishing village would have taken some subduing...