Blog Posts - Living In Penang



Settling in Back Home

It has been about seven months since I left Penang to move back home to the US, so I thought I should write a note here. We have settled in to our new home in Upstate New York State in the US, a country like setting just outside of Rochester.We have...
by Retired in Malaysia on Sep 30, 2014

Goodbye Penang, Malaysia

By the time this post is read I shall have already left Malaysia and headed back home to the US. I will have left extreme heat for extreme cold, but with hopes of spring being right around the corner.For those who have been following my departure fro...
by Retired in Malaysia on Mar 2, 2014

MM2H Fixed Deposit Withdrawal

One aspect of moving back home that I was worried about was the withdrawal of my MM2H Fixed deposit. When I sold my house I went to the Ministry of Tourism's MM2H website to see what I had to do. It all seemed so simple, except for having to travel t...
by Retired in Malaysia on Feb 12, 2014

At Last Great Mexican Food in Penang.

With only a very short time before I move out of Penang I finally discovered a Mexican restaurant on the island. A few days ago a friend told me that a Mexican restaurant has opened in Tanjung Bungah at Hillside. Apparently it has only been open a fe...
by Retired in Malaysia on Feb 11, 2014

The End of an Adventure

About 6 years ago I arrived in Penang to start a new adventure of an American expat living in Malaysia. The country, the climate, the food, the customs and culture, and the food was all quite new to me. Everyone told me that I would get homesick imme...
by Retired in Malaysia on Feb 3, 2014

The Great Penang Turkey Shortage of 2013

I have lived in Penang for 6 years now and have roasted a turkey for each of those years, except for one when I bought an already cooked turkey, which was terrible. Every year I would buy my turkey from Cold Storage in Island Plaza, where they always...
by Retired in Malaysia on Dec 17, 2013

Gusto Cafe is Growing and Helping the Community at the Same Time

Many of my readers have read my previous posts regarding Gusto Cafe. My friends and I frequent Gusto as the food is great and the prices are reasonable. As I have said before it is the only place I can get an American breakfast and other American tre...
by Retired in Malaysia on Sep 24, 2013

Back to Penang After a Long Vacation

I haven't posted here for quite a while for a variety of reasons. Because of the extreme heat and humidity in the past few months I became quite lazy and didn't have the energy to write anything or even think. Then I returned home for a month long va...
by Retired in Malaysia on Sep 16, 2013

Hanoi and Halong Bay, Vietnam

One of the best things about living in Penang is that it is close to many desirable locations in Southeast Asia for short or long vacations. I have been to Saigon and the southern part of Vietnam a few times, but Kevin has never been. So a while back...
by Retired in Malaysia on May 31, 2013

Writing Retired in Malaysia and My Other Blogs

When I decided to retire and moved to Penang many friends asked me what I would do with all of my newly found time. I must admit that I didn't know the answer to that question. Once I moved here I really never became bored. I have my animals to care...
by Retired in Malaysia on May 22, 2013

The True Face of the Malaysian Expat Community

There are many expats who live in Penang and all over Malaysia, but there are also a great number of these people who, to me, live a disconnected life here. I was having lunch the other day with a fellow expat, who I don't often see, as he is taking...
by Retired in Malaysia on May 16, 2013

Should I Rent or Buy?

Many people who are considering moving to Penang or elsewhere in Malaysia ask me about where they should live or should they rent or buy. The answers to those questions really depend upon a number of things, such as affordability, security, location,...
by Retired in Malaysia on Apr 25, 2013

Happy Easter

HAPPY EASTER  I was in Cold Storage a few days ago and noticed the price of Easter candy. One would need to take out a bank loan to afford to buy the candies, which back home would cost a few dollars. I was discussing the prices with a woman...
by Retired in Malaysia on Mar 27, 2013

Finally the Rains Have Arrived

For the past few weeks I have not posted anything on this blog for basically two reasons, neither of which I had any control over. It seems that since Chinese New Year the gates of hell opened up allowing extreme heat and humidity to overtake Penang.
by Retired in Malaysia on Mar 16, 2013

The Downsides of Celebrating Chinese New Year in Malaysia

I live in an area of Penang, Tanjung Tokong, which is predominantly Chinese. Just about every business is owned by Chinese people and there are a large number of eateries serving Chinese food. Living in this area is great at this time of year especia...
by Retired in Malaysia on Feb 14, 2013

Happy Chinese New year

Courtesy of the US Embassy, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia CONG XI FA CAI I would like to wish all of my Chinese friends in Malaysia and back home in the US a very happy, healthy and prosperous Year of Snake. Last night...
by Retired in Malaysia on Feb 10, 2013

Something to Keep You Cool

For the past few weeks, here in Penang, it has been quite hot and very humid. We haven't had much rain lately, which intensifies the heat. It is winter back in the US and Europe and the weather is much different than winter in Malaysia. My brother Pe...
by Retired in Malaysia on Jan 29, 2013

Penang Fish Head Curry

For all of the time I have lived in Penang, I have seen restaurants and food courts advertising "Fish Head Curry", but I have never tried it. In the US when we order fish in a restaurant we usually get fish fillets or salmon, tuna steaks etc.. We don...
by Retired in Malaysia on Jan 24, 2013

BP Anjung Indah - A Thai Hidden Gem in Penang

Recently my friends and I had dinner at a Thai restaurant, which I had never been to or even ever heard of. One of my friends had eaten at the restaurant a couple of weeks ago for the first time and really enjoyed it. He suggested that we should try...
by Retired in Malaysia on Jan 14, 2013

An Exotic Must Try Chinese Delicacy - Stinky Tofu

A number of years ago I tried a rather strange food in Taiwan after someone dared me. It was called stinky tofu or chou doufu and it had a rather offensive odor. This is actually a form of fermented tofu. Recently my friend Kevin and my neighbors wer...
by Retired in Malaysia on Jan 10, 2013


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