anyone here living in Malaysia?

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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...

BTW Barbie1, I am in awe of you...can't imagine being pregnant in this heat (though I know millions do it!), never mind traipsing round looking out property having just moved with young kids too! :-)

Thanks fatowl...all good so far (including the bus!) though have to keep telling the kids to drink more water in the day at school (get the impression that's a common theme?!). Not sure we'll manage the Halloween carnival; kids are set but I have nothing and with no car would be reliant on taxis (so we might just chill here as kids will be knackered after first full week with v early starts and couple long days with after-school activities). Had fun meeting some of PTA this week as I'm helping out at Xmas Bazaar and also tapped into ABWM for KLCC Park walk next week....if any of you guys fancy meeting up for a coffee (be great to put a face to a name after all this time!) do please message me!!

Kldragon Wed 29-Oct-14 21:02:09

We stayed in the Berjaya Langkawi resort last December and really enjoyed it . We got lucky and ended up being upgraded to the presidential suite so that might have something to do with it but we have also stayed in a premier chalet and that was really nice as well .

fatowl Wed 29-Oct-14 09:23:00

Depends on your budget really - the Andaman is lovely but will be pricey around Xmas.
We've stayed at the Sheraton, which has a nice pool but no beach to speak of - plus the rooms are a good way from the pool and they shuttle guests around on buggies- sounds fun, but a bit of a pain if you leave soemthing in your room and you get all ready with kids to go down to the pool and have to wait 20 mins for a buggy to turn up.
If you want budget the Seaview in Kuas town is OK, great for local food in the evening and has a pool, but you'd need to go out for the beach.

I hope your first few days at school went well Bonny. Enjoy the Halloween party if you're going (my dd is one of the 6th Formers "helping")

Barbie1 Wed 29-Oct-14 09:12:45

Hello kldragon

Yes my husband did come to your house, after viewing 28 houses over two days with two children and a bump I had a massive strop put my foot down and refused to do day three.

My dh liked your house, if I'm correct it was the one with a grea garden?

Still a little bit of work being done at the school but it's the Halloween party this weekend and they are pushing to finish the dining area and new playground in the reception bit.

It feels I haven't really seen any of kl. I've been too busy back and forth to the hospital.

We are just looking into booking langkawi for a break in dec. can anyone recommend a hotel?

fatowl Sun 26-Oct-14 01:32:30

The building work at the primary campus is finished but waiting for DBKL permits and paperwork before they can go operational.
The work at secondary is behind by a few weeks

Kldragon Sat 25-Oct-14 21:44:08

Congratulations on your new arrival Barbie . Hope you are settling in well. I think I met your Dh a few months ago when you were looking for a house he came to look at my house in Damansara (you were back in the hotel with the children)
have they finished the building work at Alice Smith yet? Does it look good what is the cafe like?
I am missing the heat of KL but not the Mozzies . I feel your pain Bonnyfit Tracy I would love to tell you it gets better but even after 2 years there I was still getting bitten to death. Also you will soon get used to the journey could take anything from 10 minutes to 2 hours attitude of Kuala. Lumpur!
I loved my time in KL and hope you both enjoy yours as much

Barbie1 Fri 24-Oct-14 10:48:28

Bony I would of offered you a lift after drop off but I have to take dc3 into hospital, hope the first day goes smoothly.

Have you found anywhere to live yet? The house opposite ours has just come up for rent. Only 10 mins from the school and easy commute for dh to klcc. Please let me know if you need any details smile

Barbie1, I'll taxi them there and back on Monday - school bus as of Tues all being well... BTW on the mozzy-front: I just keep joking that i'm just too darn tasty...keep hoping they get bored of me and move on (DH and DC's not affected - yet!)! ;-)

Barbie1 Thu 23-Oct-14 08:43:35

Bonny how are you getting to school on Monday? Glad you are still not put off by anything!

The mozzies love me too sad I've been an expat for years and never got bitten until we moved here...

fatowl Thu 23-Oct-14 06:28:13

Hope they have a good first day, let us know how it goes

Thanks ever so much fatowl! We plan to do some exploring further afield than KLCC sans car.....loving it all so far (though the midges/mozzies seem to be finding me particularly tasty even though I'm in the middle of KLCC, not heading out early am or dusk and using DEET repellent on exposed bits!) start school on Monday so looking forward to getting some time to myself! :-)

fatowl Wed 22-Oct-14 01:21:04

About 15 mins once you're on the train, but if you are travelling at rush hour you might have to wait to get on a train.
If it gets very busy it's not unknown for them to close the station for half an hour. (You'll get to live this kind of Malaysian logic!)
Rm2 is about right.
You'll want to think about getting a Touch and Go card- prepaid card you can use on the LRT, road tolls (TnG queues always shorter than cash queues) and most Car parks (midvalley is the only one I can think of that doesn't use it)

Hey peeps, can any of you based in KL tell me (roughly!) how long the LRT takes from around Ampang Park to Bangsar on the Kelana Jaya Line- surely not just over an hour as Google keeps trying to tell me (for only RM2.00? Can't be right, only 7 stops?! DH insisting it must be wrong!!)...ta!! :-) x

Oh my goodness Barbie1, what an absolute nightmare; congratulations though! You take care of you and yours; thinking of you....PM if you need anything and I'll try to help if I can; even if just a chat x

barbie if I may recommend something....have you considered traditional confinement?
Its a beautiful gift to a new mother. No so much for slimming etc but I found it incredibly comforting to have someone look after me after giving birth away from family and friends. It's one of those women only rituals that is truly soul soothing and you are lucky to live in a place where its available.
traditional binding/confinement

Barbie congratulations! sending lots of hugs. Take it easy and look after yourself! You went through something quite difficult there. Glad to hear its all good now but please do take time to process it all and pamper yourself.

LoopyLoopyLoopy Sun 19-Oct-14 05:58:05

Oh no, I'm so sorry to hear that sad Glad he's home now. We're leaving in December so just starting to get sorted but bit of a gynae problem means I'll be spending the day in the Pantai tomorrow...

How is he getting on weight and health wise now?

Barbie1 Sun 19-Oct-14 05:47:53

Loopy is was awful sad

Waters and membrane went at 2am...both kids in bed so we had to wake them and take them with us, had to stop for was so stressful.

No time for epidural so was put to sleep. Had to wait 8 hours too see him and was told it was touch and go.

Spent the last 2.5 weeks doing daily commutes for feeds and tests.

He was realised on Thursday. We are still under paediatric care and have to have a few more days in next week...

He was 33.5 weeks when born. We were very lucky he gave us the warning at 31 weeks and has that course of steroids for his lungs.

Least it's half term now so I can get into a routine before the school run starts again!

When are you off?

Sorry for derailing the thread blush

LoopyLoopyLoopy Sun 19-Oct-14 04:46:21

Wow Barbie, congratulations! Was it Pantai in the end? Did everything go ok? How are you now?

Barbie1 Sun 19-Oct-14 04:45:45

Welcome to kl bonny!

I've been here 7 weeks and had our baby nearly three weeks ago and have spent most of the time in nicu with him as he was born at 33 weeks...

We haven't real up explored kl up to this point, we have been to the zoo and the bird park and we totally felt like tourist!

If you need any thing please shout, not sure how much help I can be but I can try

Thanks Suria KLCC yesterday (doing the tourist thing!) and ended up getting a Digi SIM as we saw the store there...priority was a local mobile number in case of emergency/school contact. At least with a PAYG SIM I can always switch to another network to try so will look out for a Maxis store. At which point will this stop feeling like a lovely tropical holiday and reality kick in? ;-)

fatowl Fri 17-Oct-14 16:29:27

You need to take your passport to buy a Sim, from any of the Maxis centres. There is one in Midvalleey, bangsar Village, Bangsar Shopping Centre.

fatowl Fri 17-Oct-14 16:28:27

Maxis is the biggest and probably the widest coverage.
Digi and Celcom are the other two.

I would just get a Maxis pay as you go sim for now.
Unless you have an Iphone in which you have to go on a contract, and as a foreigner you have to pay a big deposit.

I have a Maxis contract on my iphone but I find I am using the phone less and less - I use Skype and Whatsapp, so I have the minimum contract and basic the basic each month.

Any advice on signing up for mobile phone service out in Malaysia? Trying to decide whether to just get a new SIM for my phone I brought with me or to sign up for a monthly contract (if there is such a thing here?)...Digi have been recommended but I'm floundering a bit! Be good to know I can be easily contacted when out and about, especially when the kids start school after half term.... Thanks!!

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