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.

Blog Expat: living abroad

Water pressure problems

Water pressure problems in our neighbourhood started about when the very long cool and rainy period ended – that is, about mid-January. In the eight years we have lived in our house this is the first time we’ve had a prolonged problem. You can turn on the tap and absolutely no water comes out. Or sometimes just a very weak flow. And, while it is never good, sometimes it is enough to shower properly. Although, mostly not.

Enter PBA

water pressure problems with PBA
Penang’s water supply corporation https://tropicalexpat.com/water-pressure-problems/

Forcing expats to leave? Malaysian Government Wants All But Highest-Paid to Leave

Forcing expats to leave?  Malaysian Government Wants All But Highest-Paid to Leave

Sihanoukville – a possible alternative

Forcing expats to leave? I came across this article today in Expatgo :

Malaysian Government Wants But All Highest-Paid to Leave.

And this article refers to another article:

Govt mulls stopping foreigners from skilled jobs below RM10,000 pay grade

Being retired, this does not directly affect me. But if this indicates a change of attitude towards foreigners, it does not bode well for the future.

http://tropicalexpat.com/electric-scooter-assorted-minor-matters/

Global cooling affecting Penang?

Global cooling affecting Penang?

Global cooling – or at least local cooling is happening.  Where I live it is getting cooler over the years.  How can I tell – well, I have a thermometer.

not so hot now

brrr

The climate in Penang now

The pattern when we arrived over 10 years ago was for a rainy season around April and May, or so, and then another rainy season in October, which was the coolest month.  After that it got drier and hotter until Chinese New Year and after.  What has happened more recently is that the October rainy season is starting earlier and earlier and lasting longer and longer  – and it being cooler through all of this.  So last year from around early September until late January this year it was rainy and cool.

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WordPress 5 update

My WordPress 5 update went quickly and smoothly. I was cautious, and waited over two months since WordPress 5 was released in the first week of December. After this time it should be stable. Making a staging area or a test site is just too much trouble. However, I did several backups.

WordPress, of course, is the site / program / editor that I use for blogging.

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