New Year’s Eve | Kuala Lumpur Fireworks at Petronas Twin Tower

Although this is my 2nd New Year’s Eve in Kuala Lumpur, it’s the first time I ventured out to watch the fireworks at Petrons Twin Towers in downtown KLCC.  My expectations were quite low but honestly I had a great time.  Okay yeah, I stood in the wrong spot and I arrived so late I was in a horrible cattle call style queue where I was groped more times than I can count (a real first for me in Malaysia, I have never been groped here before tonight).  But all in all I had a fab time and would absolutely recommend this as the best place to see the fireworks in Kuala Lumpur.

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Petaling Street Wet Market | Penjaja Gallery Jalan Tun H.S. Lee (Madras Lane) 李霖泰菜市场

It’s a bit embarrassing to admit but when I first moved to Malaysia, I thought that a wet market was a floating market like you’d find in various countries around Southeast Asia and I tried to convince my friend Ramesh to visit one with me for a vlog.  He agreed but with a strange look in his eyes until he realised what I thought they were and then he was rolling with laughter … and it was pretty funny.  A wet market is simply a mercado or local market where individual vendors and farmers sell their produce, meats, flowers, and other goods.  The one that I recently explored is the oldest wet market in all of Kuala Lumpur, located in the central beating heart of Petaling Street.  Come with me for a quick tour of Penjaja Gallery Jalan Tun H.S. Lee, commonly known as Madras Lane.  You can buy live chickens there, pig heads (and every other part you’d want), oodles of fresh fish, and wildly exotic (to me) vegetables, and fruit.
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Never Again! Christmas in Kuala Lumpur at Bukit Bintang Parade

2016 was my first Christmas in Kuala Lumpur and boy-oh-boy did it leave a lasting memory … one that I hope to never repeat again for the rest of my life.  I was supposed to be at dinner with my friend Ramesh and his group of amigos but where I was staying at the time in downtown KL made it impossible to catch a Grab, Uber, or taxi because of a parade that I didn’t know what happening.  So I spent the evening editing video at the start and then Skyping with my daughter until midnight.  Right at the stroke of midnight I set out for a bottle of wine and this is what happened…. (more…)

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How Easy is it to be a Vegan in Malaysia?

The number of vegans around the world is still growing, especially here in Malaysia. To give you an idea, Rise of the Vegan revealed that in the US alone, the lifestyle gained a 500% growth in population from 2014. They sourced a study conducted by GlobalData that showed the expansion of veganism. Ethical eating was the main reason for the massive growth with most people feeling compelled to eat environmentally sustainable food. (more…)

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Vlog | Backstage at G.E.M. Kuala Lumpur Concert, Met Namewee

I went to my first G.E.M. show back in January 2015, right before I started working for her music label Hummingbird Music and helping to setup her first USA and UK tour.  A lot has changed since then and it was wonderful to watch G.E.M. perform this time in Kuala Lumpur, see her and the Hummingbird crew backstage after the show, and interview her for my first feature article in Malaysia (for the March 2018 issue of Esquire Malaysia). (more…)

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American Tries Malaysian Breakfast | Insider Tour Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur

Anyone who googles where to go and what to see in Kuala Lumpur ends up landing on a list with Petaling Street on it.  It’s a bright, lively, bustling area full of shops and food stalls that at first glance looks like a ‘must visit’ here.  When I first moved to Kuala Lumpur I asked my local friends though and every single person told me to avoid it like that plague because it is a tourist trap.  And for the most part I 100% agree, unless you go at 7am and walk a gastronomic food tour path!  This is my Local Breakfast Insider Guide to Petaling Street.   (more…)

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Vlog | Trying 7 Strange Malaysian Snack Foods

Every time I walk into my neighbourhood convenience store I discover oodles and oodles of funky and weird Malaysian snacks that I’ve never seen before.  Well, today I’m trying 7 of them, including a drink I shot video of  in a vending machine on my 1st day in Malaysia in February 2016 that made me giggle because of its name.  The one snack that scared me the most I actually really liked.  And one that I thought was going to be sweet and nice was the one that made me have my first-ever spit take on video!
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Amazing Service at Post Office in Petronas Towers – Suria Mall POS

Honestly, I had braced myself for a long ride!  I have been to countless POS offices (Malaysia’s federally-run Post Office) in Kuala Lumpur and while they are never frustrating, they are not quick experiences.  I seriously take reading material with me when I go.  This time I was equipped with my iPhone as entertainment and I was on a mission to send a ‘love box’ to my daughter at university in London. It’s a ritual of mine to send everything from almonds and knickers to beauty products and (this time) fun things like Hello Kitty slippers.  Well, I live around the corner from Petronas Twin Towers and Suria Mall and that is now my closest POS … so that’s where I went to send my package to the UK. (more…)

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From Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands by Car | Expat Travel Vlog

I’ve been a mega fan of road trips from the time I was a little girl and dad would drive us from Los Angeles to the Colorado River for week-long water skiing trips.  It was very fun!  Since then I’ve road tripped in Mexico (where I was shot at by bandits), solo in the Rocky Mountains, around a dozen countries in Europe with friends, and for a week alone in Tunisia just my daughter and I.  Now I’m going it solo again for the first time in my new home of Malaysia, from Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands.

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Top 5 Kuala Lumpur FOOD TRUCKS at TAPAK KLCC

In all the years I’ve been vlogging, this is my longest video, and for good reason. Malaysians LOVE foodie videos ;-). And given the popularity of street food and night market videos, and after about one year of eating from Malaysian food trucks at least every week … I thought it was time to share my Top 5 Best and Most Favourite Food Trucks at TAPAK here in Kuala Lumpur. These are my personal favourites that I visit over and over again here in KL.
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Attending Malay-Muslim Wedding Reception (Majlis Bersanding) | Kuala Lumpur Expat Life

After 18 months of living in Kuala Lumpur, I am so thrilled to have finally been invited to my very first Malay-Muslim wedding reception. Well, I had attended one last year for a short time but it was a spontaneous thing and I hadn’t actually known the couple (see that video here). This time, I’ve known the groom Kamal for close to a year and was wonderfully happy to meet his lovely bride Suhada and be able to take part in their lovely majlis bersanding. (more…)

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