anyone here living in Malaysia?

(69 Posts)
sanam2010 Sun 27-Oct-13 21:59:35

can we have a thread to get together British expats in Malaysia? am thinking of moving there with two preschoolers and would love to chat and exchange ideas about places, kindergartens, etc etc...

BraveMerida Tue 29-Oct-13 05:21:33

Is there a tutoring culture even within the british/international schools though?! Mine is so busy with homework and after school clubs, she wouldn't find the time to do any additional tutoring.

FatOwl Tue 29-Oct-13 05:28:21

Moving in two weeks within KL, using Royal relocations. Also got quotes from crown, Santa Fe and Asian tigers, I'm paying rm6700 with RR, a good 4K below the next quote, they were recommended by a friend.
I'll let you know how it was after we move, but impressed so far with them.
Crown wanted 18k!!!!!
I did ask if the 1 in front was a typo

BraveMerida Tue 29-Oct-13 05:54:02

Thanks fat owl for the recommendation....rm6700 is much more than i expected for a local move....better start making phone calls....

so hard in kl to know where to start when you need to find or do something ....can we perhaps keep this as an ongoing kl thread for all the where to buy, recommendations for etc. etc. queries.....maybe i'll start another thread....so fed up with the wild goose chases....WHITE School socks! That it ....where to find white school socks anyone?

BraveMerida Tue 29-Oct-13 05:55:22

Crown must ave mistaken your move as back to the UK rather than the other side of town!

FatOwl Tue 29-Oct-13 05:59:20

We do have a lot of crap to move - all the companies estimated around 100cbm (three kids, dh works from home, so all his work stuff - and he is a boarderline hoarder!)

I do always say you have to be a little bit psychic to live in KL- it's hard to find stuff out.
Do you know the Just Ask Justine FB page? She posts a lot of useful stuff and you can ask stuff like that- I'm chatting with a few other expats moving locally at the moment re moving companies.

https://www.facebook.com/JustAskJustineAboutKL?fref=ts

FatOwl Tue 29-Oct-13 06:02:47

Plain white school socks are always an issue. I buy them in bulk when in the UK, and visitors always bring me a pack out-it's their rent for staying - bottle of duty free and a pack of school socks each for the kids- standing family joke.

BraveMerida Tue 29-Oct-13 06:06:30

Yes, just ask justine pops up in my fb news feed....but I didn't think you could ask questions there like you do on a forum though...thought about it but didn't as I thought it might be intrusive to post on someone else's fb page maybe.....confused

BraveMerida Tue 29-Oct-13 06:07:57

And shows come and go without me ever finding out about them in time.....Hairspray is a recent one!

FatOwl Tue 29-Oct-13 06:16:41

Yes, I often find out things after the event. I tell you, psychic powers would be a great help

BraveMerida Tue 29-Oct-13 06:18:03

And where to find the psychic powers Lah?!

BraveMerida Tue 29-Oct-13 06:20:19

I will let you now of anything....I recently discovered all the wonderful concerts the Malaysian philharmonic orchestra do in the KLCC concert hall....will be checking those out for the family fun days from now.

sanam2010 Tue 29-Oct-13 08:20:09

Wow this thread is amazing, I love mumsnet!

FatOwl, anything you can say about St Christopher's School in Penang? Or what would be the best pre- / primary schools in Penang? My elder one would only be in preschool for a year before joining Reception, but I was also looking at keeping them in a kindergarten from 1-6 so both kids can be together (that's why I am looking at kindergartens more than intl schools as they would only take the older ones).

But I would still love to hear which intl schools you think are the best academically in Penang?

On the visa, I saw there are these new entrepreneur visas that require you to bring in about 300k ringgit, half of which you can spend in the first year. So it's a decent cash sum but nothing like SG which I think requires several million USD.

FatOwl Tue 29-Oct-13 09:44:38

I have to admit, I'm not as well up on Penang schools as those in KL or Johor.

Fairview and tenby are not great, run for profit and average/poor reviews, generally due to bad management and poor investment in resources (ie the teachers do their best)- it's not really what you expect for a fee paying school, but that is the problem when schools are run for profit.

St Christophers is a not for profit foundation, which is promising, as fees will be diverted back into the school. I can't find any specific reviews at the moment, but leave it with me and I'll get back to you.

I have a friend whose kids have just enrolled in the new Prince of Wales school. she is down in KL next week and I'll have a chat with her about Penang in general, if you have any specific questions.
She moves due to the cost of living in KL- her dh does short contracts in Korea and china

We returned to the UK from Malaysia a couple of months ago. For us, the constant threat of violence and kidnapping were the main impetus for our move.
We used Armstrong to ship our stuff back. Can't remember the actual cost, but it was certainly cheaper than others and all our stuff arrived seven weeks later intact.

BraveMerida Sat 02-Nov-13 06:49:09

I think I live in a bubble, I know people talk about threats of kidnapping and crime, but I just don't feel it iykwim......so difficult to judge whether it's real or perceptions.

BraveMerida Sat 02-Nov-13 06:50:35

Making mental note of Armstrong for the future.

Hope you are settling back into the UK fine kreecher.

BraveMerida Sat 02-Nov-13 06:52:08

Does ano have any acupuncturist or holistic therapists in kl they could recommend please?

There's no doubt my experiences with robbery were real. Machete to crack a car window is a tiny bit excessive smile.
Settling down well back in the UK. DD is living the dream. She is now a scout.

FatOwl Sat 02-Nov-13 12:10:47

Street crime is definitely on the rise

There was a kidnapping back in 2012 involving a kid at one of the international schools, but it's not as dangerous as say manilla.

How old is your dd? We do have scouts in KL

sanam2010 Sat 02-Nov-13 16:22:12

Kreecher, that's scary, where in malaysia were you based?

FatIOwl, would be great if you could let me know after talking to your friend. The Prince of Wales school
Looks very good, I think it is only secondary?

Sorry, didn't want to be alarmist. We were in selangor rather than KL. Our neighbourhood was supposed to be on the up. The prices were on the up. 10km away, the grocery shopping was much less.
Not sure about the crime there though...

LoopaDaLoopa Sun 03-Nov-13 06:18:26

Hi

I'm in KL with DH and DDs 2 and 4.

A few stories just this week of scary robberies etc. But it's important to remember it's a capital city. Scary stuff happens in London too.

True fact that Loopa. It just seemed that every other day someone was being mugged/robbed/raped in front of our flats.
We had a huge foreign student population if that's any explaination <doubtful>.
Possibly they were seen as worth robbing due to the amount of jewellry they wore and lap tops they carried.

LoopaDaLoopa Sun 03-Nov-13 06:29:29

Whereabouts were you, kreecher? And how was your return home?

Kota Damansara was our base.
Return home is/was great. DD has started at a brilliant school, she is able to go out alone and cycle to school etc.
DD did almost get me arrested at KL airport. We'd just watched a man without a top on be denied entry to the departures bit while the passport man checked my PP. Admittedly I do look like Myra Hindley in the photograph but it is still just about me.
DD told him I looked like a drug dealer. He gave me a very hard stare and asked for another form of identity.
That could have been because she wouldn't let it lie. Drug smuggler or dealer were the only words coming out of her mouth.
DH had gone through a couple of minutes earlier.

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