As an Other Expat living in Kuala Lumpur, whenever there is an opportunity to try something new, there are a few things we have to consider, and unfortunately, the reality of it is that they’re not all pleasant.
Will I be able to afford it?
How about transportation, and who can I go with?
And the most unpleasant one: Is my race or skin color going to be an issue?
When hiking in Kuala Lumpur, fortunately, race is not an issue. It’s one of our favorite pastimes here at Other Expats because not only is it mostly cheap/affordable (free), it…
Feeling homesick, lonely or just bored in Kuala Lumpur? Whether you’re new in town or have been here for a while, these are all common “ailments” of Other Expats like us. If you’re feeling this way, here are a few reminders and tips to make your stay here a little more enjoyable and comfortable.
GET TO KNOW YOUR HOSTS
Still one of the best things about Malaysia is the diversity — there are 3 main ethnic groups here: Malay, Indian, and Chinese. …
Thinking of a job change? If yes, and if you’re an Other Expat, go ahead and capitalize on the things I’ve learned as an Other Expat myself.
I’ve been on both sides — in my previous life job, I interviewed candidates, many of them foreigners, for various positions in the company, and I’ve also done the job hunting circuit as a “skilled” worker and foreigner.
Here are some tips to make the entire process less daunting for you.
IDENTIFY YOUR SKILLS & STRENGTHS.
Before setting out to do your job search, do a thorough update of your CV — highlight…
If you’re an Other Expat like us, you have likely hit the wall of confusion that is filing your income tax in Malaysia. While there are some of us fortunate enough to have an efficient HR department who takes care of everything, many of us still have to rough it out and do it ourselves.
We at Other Expats know the challenges you can face as an expatriate come taxes time — there is little easy-to-comprehend information online in English about how, where and when to file your income taxes, most of the government employees give us very general information…
Kuala Lumpur is a great destination for many things — the wide variety of local food, the amazing Petronas twin towers, the sights and many more. It is not the best place to be if you’re an avid cyclist.
The number of cyclists has grown in the last couple of years as more people recognize the health benefits of riding, without putting excessive strain on your body. It hasn’t reached the point where a lot of people ride to work however.
Many people I have talked with cite the hot weather, and the lack of showering/changing facilities in their offices…
If you’re Nigerian and you’re resident in or visiting Malaysia, or you’re a foreigner who for some reason wants to visit Nigeria, the place to go to is the Nigerian High Commission on Jalan Ampang Hilir in Kuala Lumpur. I recently needed to renew my passport, and getting information about what is required was a difficult process. Here, we’ll walk you through the steps and requirements to get your passport renewed in Kuala Lumpur. If you’re in a hurry, you can just jump to the registration requirements.
The Nigerian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur is an interesting place…
Welcome to the Other Expats podcast! What is the Other Expats podcast about? Why are we even doing this? Listen to find out.
On the Other Expats podcast, we’ll be talking about a wide range of subjects, from fun ones to subjects that I may not even be comfortable talking about. We’ll be featuring guests (expats and locals) who can contribute and provide more information about things relevant to the other expats.
If you have something you want to talk about, or there’s a topic you want to know about, send us an email or call or text to let us what you think and what challenges you’re having as an Other Expat in Malaysia, and we’ll try to work it out together.
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