Tropical Expat moved to Tropical Expat.com

Tropical Expat has moved to Tropical Expat.com I have moved the blog to a paid for site so I could have more control. At the same time I gave the blog a new look. And a few more features, like auto-translation.  The old blog remains, and contains the bulk of older blogs. This is because I could not successfully migrate all the blogs to the new site. Some blogs are just as relevant now as when I wrote them. On the new site I have updated some blogs, and am in the process of updating more.

Please subscribe to this new version. The menu on the right on the new site has a button to subscribe. The remainder of this article is a copy of the About page on the new Tropical Expat.

 retirement abroad where one finds such an idyllic beaches

What does it mean being a third culture kid?

Introduction

Tropical Expat intends to be a blog about retirement abroad – in Penang. About living here, and travelling using Penang as a base. And why one would choose Malaysia for retirement.

Retirement abroad

This blog hopes to cover what retirement abroad in Penang is like.  And to give some useful information for those living here, or considering doing so. This includes activities and trips one can easily make. Either local trips, within Malaysia, or abroad. It also includes dealing with problems and dealing with the government. In addition it covers simple everyday experiences and events.  It is meant to provide information that is helpful and / or interesting.

Penang is getting better and better – changes since 2012

Penang has changed since I started writing this blog in 2012.  Apart from ever worsening traffic, all changes I can think of have been positive.  And even traffic improvement solutions are in the pipeline.  Being six years old, this blog is a bit of a historical record.  For anyone considering retirement here, looking at these changes can help in evaluation of Malaysia and Penang.

Most blogs written about Penang are about food – mostly about restaurant evaluation.  It’s unlikely the web really needs more coverage of this topic.  However there were many things I wanted to know about Penang and Malaysia, and couldn’t find on the web.  I hoped to help others with this by writing this blog.

Main blog topics – travel in Malaysia is most popular

You’ll find a menu near the top of each page: Photos, Retirement, Life in Penang, Health, Travel in Malaysia, Travel outside Malaysia All blogs are in one or more of these last five categories. Photos is a little different as it is a gallery of photos showing the best of Malaysia.

Travel in Malaysia is the most popular blog topic by far. This is relevant to both residents and travellers. Many retirees actually travel quite a lot.  Retirement abroad has many aspects, and I do cover other important topics. But here are some of peoples’ favourite travel blogs.

There are over 1,000 blogs. In some respects the information changes constantly, and in others very little, if at all. As I gather new information I either update older blogs if need be, or write new ones.

Events in 2018 that affected life in Malaysia

In early 2018 the Malaysian government came up with fake news legislation. So I put the blog more or less on hold to see what happened.  Truth was determined by the government, and the government was enforcing this legislation.  Blogging had become too dangerous, even if what I covered was not political and not meant to be controversial. It was always possible to inadvertently write the wrong thing.

A new coalition won government in May and they promised to repeal the legislation, and soon passed the repeal in the lower house of parliament. I started blogging again, and passed my 1,000th blog.  There has been a glitch because the opposition coalition controls the upper house of parliament. They recently blocked the repeal of the fake news legislation.  The new government appears to be allowing free speech. Even when the criticism is of the government or its members.  I feel safe to continue writing.  Malaysia has broader free speech than many Western countries now.

And the future of retirement abroad

The future of retirement abroad looks bright. Because of demographics and the changing political and economic situations in English speaking countries. The future in Penang also looks bright. Penang provides a good lifestyle, convenient location and a low cost of living for anyone considering retirement abroad. Ever more people are travelling. I have moved the blog to a paid for site so I could have more control. At the same time I gave the blog a new look. And a few more features, like auto-translation.  The old blog remains, and contains the bulk of older blogs. This is because could not successfully migrate all the blogs to the new site. Some blogs are just as relevant now as when I wrote them.

 

On this blog’s busiest day, 0.0000035% of the world’s population read it.

living in MalaysiaIt’s fun to see what expats in different countries are up to, as well.

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The most popular – travel blogs in Malaysia

Most popular blogs – travel blogs in Malaysia:

The most popular blogs I have written over the past six years are travel blogs in Malaysia. About Penang, Langkawi, Kuala Lumpur, and travel by plane, train bus and car.

travel blogs in Malaysia

The blogs are ordered in the number of views, from the highest down. The top 14. These statistics are from my original Tropicalexpat blog. I have also updated and published some on my new Tropicalexpat site:

Penang to Langkawi by air, ferry; car, bus and/or train and ferry

Penang to Kuala Lumpur by plane, train, bus and car

Kuala Lumpur Sentral Train Station to Malacca by bus – AKA Circling Malaysia by rail (mostly) 2/4

A trip from Penang to Langkawi by car and ferry

Penang to Kuala Lumpur by night train – AKA Circling Malaysia by rail (mostly) 1/4

Penang to Kuala Lumpur by bus

From Penang to Singapore by train

Learning to drive and getting a driving licence in Penang

Malaysia’s Jungle Line; (Malacca to) Gemas to Kota Baru by train; AKA Circling Malaysia by rail (mostly) 3/4 ; late 2017 update

A trip from Penang to Langkawi by bus and ferry – mid-2014

Our trip to Langkawi mid-2014

Langkawi – some observations from my latest visit. And could I retire here?

Driving from Penang to Kuala Lumpur (KL)

Road trip to southern Thailand – driving one’s car from Penang to Songkhla – and parts north

And over the past 12 months – travel blogs in Malaysia again:

Malaysia’s Jungle Line; (Malacca to) Gemas to Kota Baru by train; AKA Circling Malaysia by rail (mostly) 3/4 ; late 2017 update

Penang to Langkawi by air, ferry; car, bus and/or train and ferry

Penang to Kuala Lumpur by plane, train, bus and car

A trip from Penang to Langkawi by car and ferry

Cleaning my air-con

Visiting Pangkor Island – 10 best things to do

A six day road trip around Malaysia – 1/6

Perhentian Jungle Trek

Road Trip – Penang to the east coast of Malaysia by car

Penang to Kuala Lumpur by bus

Learning to drive and getting a driving licence in Penang

A trip from Penang to Langkawi by bus and ferry – mid-2014

Driving from Penang to Kuala Lumpur (KL)

Malaysian Airlines mobile phone check-in and boarding works

So again – travel blogs in Malaysia. The past 12 months is similar to the longer term trend. But recently there is also more interest in Pangkor Island and the Perhentian Islands.

New Photo Gallery

lion dance in Penang for Chinese New Year

 

I have set up a photo gallery on Tropicalexpat.com featuring the best of Malaysia. So far I have photos of Penang, Perhentian Islands, Pangkor Island and Langkawi. In the future I will be adding Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh and Malacca. All places shown are easily and cheaply accessible by public transport, Grab Car, or, in the case of Langkawi, rental car. (Langkawi is tax-free, so cars are cheap.)

At some stage I will be adding a gallery of other nearby countries.

Missing durian already?

Are you missing durian already?  The season is over, sadly. However, you can still get the flavour.

I don’t eat in McDonald’s from one year to the next – but I noticed they have some durian desserts.

So I had a Durian Sundae.  I enjoyed it.  Another week I had the Durian McFlurry. I enjoyed that too.

I have written in the past about durian chocolate. Harriston Chocolates is still there at 68 Kelawei Road, Pulau Tikus.  This is another way of getting a durian fix.

And if you want to see a big durian – not a real one – click here.

An easy walk on Perhentian Kecil, idyllic eastern Malaysia

the beach at the end of the walk

When we were last on the islands, earlier this year, we did a walk in an anti-clockwise direction from fisherman village on Perhentian Kecil – the small island. Here is another blog on the village from last year.

This time we did a walk clockwise from the fisherman village.

I took a small backpack with shoes;  camera, phone, money in  a waterproof bag and a small bottle of water.  And I wore a hat and flip-flops.

It was a RM5 ride each in a water taxi from Abduhls or Tuna Bay Resort to the village. We embarked on the beach, and disembarked on the beach. Thus shoes weren’t an option, and we wore flip-flops.  Curiously the return fare was RM6 each, and we embarked and disembarked from the jetties on either side.

In May the anti-clockwise walk path was is poor condition, so we decided this time just to do a short walk clockwise, and if it was also in poor condition, just turn around and abandon the walk.  However, the path was in good condition, and will probably be well maintained as it leads to Alunan resort, and it would be in their interests to keep the path maintained, I imagine.  It was only a 10 minute walk, it turned out.

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