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Monday, February 29, 2016

Handling Stress and Loneliness when living abroad.

This ted x talk by Kelly McGonigal is absolutely fascinating because the science says that stress can actually be very good for us as long as we believe it is good for us. In addition it also proves the old saying that " a problem shared, is a problem halved!"

https://www.ted.com/Make stress your friend

So why am I sharing this message here. Well because being an expat in a foreign country can be very stressful and very lonely. For some their whole experience is marred by homesickness and seclusion not being able to integrate and make new friends. For others only the beginning of their stay is so until they find their groove and start to settle in after a major change. And for others the stress may come later, when the excitement of a big move starts to give way to some unexpected realities or boredom. In others still the stress comes when they actually move back home after several years away and find that they have changed so much that they no longer fit in to their old way of life and circle of friends.

You don't have to be an expat to experience stress or loneliness, this is not reserved solely for those moving around the world. That is why Kelly McGonigal's message is so important to help everyone stop the damages stress causes by changing our perspective on stress. Instead of " this is going to kill me", we need to realise that stress " is getting me ready to face anything that comes my way".

Changing beliefs and perspectives is something coaches are trained to do. So if you find yourself in a stressful or lonely situation and you need to halve your problem, reach out to a coach and let them help you face your challenges with support, encouragement and positivity.

You can find coaches all over the world via the International Coaching Federation:

International Coaching Federation

Here in Malaysia, KL you can reach out to:

Erika at Blueprintfive Ltd   : http://www.blueprintfive.com/
Tel: 0192212075

Anne and Jacque at Anne Munro Kua Transformations:     http://amktransformations.com/
Tel:+603-2169 7710

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Mother and Baby Expo at KLCC

For all mums and dads in KL, there will be a huge Mother and Baby fair this weekend at the KLCC Convention Centre. The expo runs from the 26th until the 28th of February 2016. As a new mum in KL I quickly discovered that a lot of people do their shopping for their babies and kids at expos and fairs. Why? Firstly, because of the discounted prices and secondly because some of the goods are not stocked in retail outlets. So if you are looking for something in particular that you haven't been able to find in any of the Malls, chances are that you will find it at the expo. Be warned though, these fairs are not for the faint- hearted. Expect a lot of people, a lot of children and crying babies and a lot of walking around. Best leave the family at home and go by yourself so that you can be in and out quickly.

Entry is free and doors open at 11am and shut at 9pm on each day.

For more information go to this link:
Baby Expo KLCC

If you miss this fair you can go to several others throughout the year at different venues in KL.
The next such fair at KLCC will be on the 27th to 29th of May 2016.

A great blog to follow with updates on what to do with kids and which baby expo is on when, is:


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Scottish Highland Games in Kuala Lumpur- inagural Event!

The Inaugural KL Highland Games 2014   09 May 2014

What an excellent day of fun and activities it was back in May 2014 and a very good reason to wear your kilt!
This great event for all the family will be hosted every year and is a must attend for those looking to fill their weekends with a new experience such as watching and cheering on:

Rugby tournaments
Bag pipe band competitions
Haggis Hurl
Shot put
Axemen Shop
Axemen Tree Climb
Hammer throw
Food stalls and much much more......

To keep up to date with future events have a look here:
Highland Games Website for Kuala Lumpur.

Where to buy curtains in Kuala Lumpur!

I didn't realise what a task it would be to find a shop that stocked good quality curtains that were not cheap looking and ghastly. I find that the Malaysian taste for fabric is very different to that of most western countries. The variety of material here seems to be very loud, very busy (too busy for my taste) and made from a lot of synthetic fibres. A good, hardy cotton or linen curtain thick enough to block out the light was proving very hard to find.

I am pleased to say that I have finally found a place with some great fabric. Most of their pre-made cutains are still not to my taste but that is alright because they provide rows of other fabric from which you can tailor make your own curtains. The only downer is they are on the expensive side so my next challenge will be to find a tailor who can make curtains at a reasonable price.

But for now here is the place:

Sarah Hughes @ Globe
185 Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, 50100 Kuala Lumpur,
Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2699 7115

Website: Globe by Sarah Hughes

It is near Sogo shopping Mall and curtains are on the 7th floor. The entrance doesn't look like much but
you will be surprised what you find on the upper floors!



Other stores to have a look at which have a smaller selection and only if you have no luck at Sarah Hughes are:
Macy in Ikano Power Centre right opposite the Curve Shopping Mall
They have other outlets around KL. Have a look at their website:
Home's Harmony: They have outlets in Publika and Plaza Damas shopping Malls, Mont Kiara.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Art and Craft Supplies in Kuala Lumpur.

If you are looking for any sort of Art and Craft Supplies in Kuala Lumpur there is a great store called ART FRIEND.

They stock everything from paint brushes, sketch books, easels, to beads.

Art Friend is located in two different malls:

The Gardens/Mid Valley Mall- Third Floor   (Open: 10.00 to 22.00)
Tel: 03 2284 777
The Curve- Second Floor  (Open: 10.30 to 21.00)
Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03 7722 2211

Forest Research Institute of Malaysia: FRIM are looking for Volunteers!

 Kepong Botanical Gardens

All you plant lovers out there who have some spare time on your hands are very much in luck!!

If you are interested in:

  • Volunteering whilst working outdoors
  • Learning about the diversity of native plants in Malaysia
  • Be part of conserving one of the most beautiful parks in KL
  • Learning how to conserve, propagate and maintain tropical plants
  • Planting trees
  • Meet some like-minded people who care for the planet...........

Then FRIM is where you want to be!

They are currently looking for volunteers for short term or long term conservation projects.
If you only have an hour per week to spare or you can come more often does not matter. The more the merrier!

Malay Traditional Houses


For more information please contact NORSHAM SUHAINA BINTI YAAKOB who works in the research department at FRIM.

Her contact details are:

Email:  norsham@frim.gov.my
T : 603-62797000  (extn:7246)
F : 603 62731314


Forest Research Institute
Malaysia (FRIM), 52109 Kepong,
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Website:  www.frim.gov.my

Ethno-botanic garden

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Exemptions for Foreigners buying property below 1 Million RM

I have recently discovered that there are indeed some exemptions allowing foreigners to purchase property in 2014 below the new 1 Million RM mark.

To see if you qualify and for more exact information have a look at the EPU's official website.

Click on the blue link below:


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