Ikea is coming to Penang

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So the big announcement is that a new Ikea outlet is finally being built in Penang.  The announcement was made in Jan 2014 that the project was greenlighted for the popular Swedish home furnishings store to open a new location in Penang.  This past week, the announcement was  that Ikea would be the anchor store for a large RM 8 billion shopping complex.  It will be located in Bandar Cassia, Batu Kawan, on the mainland side of the new (sometimes called second) Penang Bridge.

The construction is expected to start at the end of 2014, with the first phase scheduled to be completed in 2018.  This is going to be the shopping mall with IKEA.  I know what you’re thinking.  Phew, we needed another mall!  Actually, that area is pretty empty (for now) and you’d have to drive 10 maybe even 15 minutes to get to a mall.

The second phase is scheduled to go until 2025 and will include high rise residences, an international class hotel, health care facilities, an international school and a branch campus of Britain’s University of Hull.

We’re all very excited to not have to drive to KL to go to IKEA. That’s where we get Swedish Meatballs!

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What’s the difference between Independence Day and Malaysia Day

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Every year, there are two public holidays in Malaysia that confuse me every year.  I look it up every year because, every year, I forget what I learned the year before.  In fact just two days ago, I told a friend the wrong information!  That’s how confused I get  There’s National Day, or Independence Day, in August.  Two weeks later there’s Malaysia Day in September. Both are public holidays, so what’s the difference?

 

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List of International Schools around Kuala Lumpur

As a service to friends looking for information about International Schools in Kuala Lumpur, here’s the results of several hours of research. I am quite shocked at the number of schools I was able to find.  There are 45 on this list, and growing.  The largest list anywhere else on the web doesn’t even get to 30.  I want to keep this list as complete as possible, so if there are any schools not listed, please let me know by plugging your school in the comments below. I will be sure to add your listing to the main list as well.

The list of International schools in Penang can be found here as well.

Alice Smith International School

Primary
No: 2 Jalan Bellamy 50460 Kuala LumpurSecondary
3 Jalan Equine, Taman Equine,
43300 Sri Kembangan
Primary
Tel: +603 2148 3674
Fax: +603 2148 3418Secondary
Tel: +603 9543 3688
Fax: +603 9543 3688

 

Alnoor International School

No. 6 Lengkok Bellamy
Bukit Petaling, 50460 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2142 4473
+603 9226 0873
Fax: +603 2142 4473

Asia Pacific International School

 

No. 1, Jalan Persiaran A
Off Jalan Lapangan Terbang Subang,
47200, Subang
Tel: +603 7847 1000
Fax: +603 7847 1001

 

Australian International School, Malaysia

22 Jalan Anggerik
The MINES Resort City
43300 Sri Kembangan
Selangor
Tel: +603 8949 5000
Fax: +603 8949 5100

 

Baseerah International School

Lot 1815, Jalan Lintang
Sri Gombak Heights, Taman Sri Gombak
68100 Batu Caves, Selangor
Tel: +603 6185 9560

 

Beaconhouse Schools

Beaconhouse Sri Lethia
Jalan Limau
Off Jalan Istana
41000 Klang
Selangor Darul EhsanBeaconhouse Sri Murni
Batu 9, Jalan Cheras
43200 SelangorBeaconhouse Sri Inai
No 1098, Jalan Jejarum Off Jalan SS 23/6
Taman SEA, 47400 Petaling Jaya
Tel: +603 3373 3771 / +603 3373 3758
Fax: +603 3373 3758Tel: +603 9075 1662 / +603 9075 1663
Fax: +603 9076 1507Tel: +603 7804 5403 / +603 7806 6025
Fax: +603 7804 4604

 

British International School, Kuala Lumpur

No 1 Changkat Bukit Utama
Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya
Selangor, 47800 Malaysia
Tel: +603 7727 7775

 

Cempaka International School (CIS)

Persiaran Awana
Taman Cheras Permata Dua
43200 Cheras, Selangor
Tel +603 9076 8400
Fax: +603 9076 8194

 

Cempaka International School Damansara

19 Jalan Setia Bakti 1
Bukit Damansara
50490 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2093 1740
+603 2093 1741
Fax: +603 2095 2660

 

Eaton International School

Jalan Jade Hills Utama 1/2,
43000 Kajang,
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: +6017-382 6965

 

ELC (Excellence-Loyalty-Commitment) International School

Lot 3664, Jalan Sierramas Barat
Sungai Buloh, 47000 Selangor
Tel: +603 6156 5001
+603 6156 5002
Fax: +603 6156 5003

 

Epsom College in Malaysia

Persiaran Kolej
71760 Bandar Enstek
Negeri Sembilan, Darul Khusus
Tel: +603 6211 4488
+603 6211 4555
Fax: +603 6206 3243

 

Etonhouse Malaysia

No.9, Persiaran Stonor
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2141 3301
+603 2141 3302

 

Fairview International School

4178 Jalan 1/27D,
Section 6 Wangsa Maju
53300 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 4142 0888
Fax: +603 4149 0222

 

Lycée Français Kuala Lumpur  (French International School)

34, Jalan Dutamas Raya
51200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel : +603 6250 4415 Ext 33
Fax : +603 6250 4552

 

Garden International School (GIS)

16 Jalan Kiara 3
Mon Kiara
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 6209 6888
Fax: +603 6201 2468

 

Deutsche Schule Kuala Lumpur (German International School)

Lot 5, Lorong Utara B, Off Jalan Utara,
46200 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: +603 7956 6557

 

Global Indian International School

Primary
55 Jalan Thamby Abdullah, Brickfields
Kuala Lumpur 50470Secondary
242, Lorong Sultan Abdul Samad
50470 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2630 5780
Fax: +603 2273 0757

 

Havil International School

21, Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad
Brickfields
50470 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2276 3338

 

HELP International School (HIS)

No 2 Persiaran Cakerawala,
Subang Bestari, Seksyen U4,
40150 Shah Alam
Selangor
Tel: +603 7809 7000

 

IGB International School (IGBIS)

Jalan Sierramas Utama, Sierramas
47000 Sungai Buloh
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: +603 6145 4688

 

International Islamic School

Batu 8, Jalan Sungai Pusu
53100, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 6188 4400
Fax: +603 6188 3300

 

International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL)

Ampang Campus
Jalan Kerja Ayer Lama,
68000 AmpangMelawati Campus
PT3350 Jalan Melawati 3
Taman Melawati,
53100 Kuala Lumpur
Ampang
Tel: +603 4259-5600
Fax: +603 4257-9044Melawati
Tel: +603 4104-3000
Fax: +603 4108-4166

 

Japanese International School of Kuala Lumpur

Saujana Resort Seksyen U2,
40150 Shah Alam
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: +603 7846 5939
Fax: +603 7846 5949

 

Kingsley International School

Kingsley House. 2, 12, 12A & 16
Jalan Putra Mahkota 7/8E
Putra Heights
47650 Subang Jaya
Tel: +603 5191 9808

 

MAZ International School

No.1 MAZ House
Jalan 20/19, Paramount Gardens
46300 Petaling JayaShah Alam Campus
Lot 2, Jalan Kristal 7/64, Section 7, 40000,
Shah Alam
Tel: +603 7874 2930, +603 7874 8515
Fax: +603 7874 0727Shah Alam
Tel: +603 55101511, +603-55102933 and +603-55102934
Fax: +603 55101716

 

Methodist Boys’ School (Kuala Lumpur)

Jalan Hang Jabat
50150 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 20782293
Fax: +603 20341346

 

Mont’Kiara International School

22 Jalan Kiara,
Mont’Kiara 50480
Tel: +603 2093 8604

 

Mutiara International Grammar School

Lot 707, Jalan Kerja Ayer Lama
Ampang Jaya
68000 Ampang
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: +603 4252 1452/ 4257 8678
Fax: +603-4252 3452

 

Nexus International School

No.1, Jalan Diplomatik 3/6,
Presint 15
62050 Putrajaya
Tel: +603 8889 3868
Fax: +603 8889 4828

 

Nilai International School

No. 3, Persiaran Universiti,
Putra Nilai,
71800 Negeri Sembilan
Tel : +606 8502 188
Fax : +606 8502 189

 

Oasis International School Kuala Lumpur

Scheduled to open in August 2017

Rafflesia International School

Persiaran Sierra 2
Bandar 16 Sierra
47100, Puchong, Selangor
Tel: +603 8953 9088

 

R.E.A.L. International School (Kuala Lumpur)

Suria Campus
Lot 217, Batu 13, Jalan Hulu Langat
43100, Hulu Langat
SelangorCahaya Campus
Lot No.5, Jalan Merah Saga U9/5
40250, Shah Alam
Selangor
Suria
Tel: +603 9021 3601
Fax: +603 9021 4319Cahaya
Tel: +603 7842 3228
Fax: +603 7842 3980

 

Sayfol International School

No. 261, Jalan Ampang,
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tel : +603 4256 8781 / +603 4256 8791 / +603 4256 9541
Fax: +603 4257 9464

 

Sekolah Indonesia Kuala Lumpur

No 1 Lorong Tun Ismail
50480 Kuala lumpur
Tel : +603 2692 7682
Fax : +603 2698 8422

 

Sri Emas International School

Lot 1214, Seksyen 40,
Batu 10, Lebuhraya Persekutuan,
Off Jalan SS7/2,
47300 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
Tel: +603 7865 5787
+603 7865 3482
+603 7865 5563
Fax: +603 7865 0774

 

Sri KDU International School

No. 5, Jalan Teknologi 2/1 Kota Damansara
47810 Daerah Petaling
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: +603 6145 3888

 

Sri Kuala Lumpur

No. 1, Jalan SS 15/7A,
47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Tel: +603 5634 3491 / 5634 3493
Fax: +603 5634 3489

 

St. John’s International School

Lot 145, Jalan Bukit Nanas
50250 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2034 1288
Fax: +603 2034 1588

 

Sunway International School

No 3, Jalan Universiti, Bandar Sunway
47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: +603 7491 8070
Fax: +603 7491 8071

 

Tanarata International Schools

Planters Grounds
3 1/2 Miles Kajang-Serdang Road.,
43000 Selangor
Tel: +603 8737 7366
Fax: +603 8734 3848

 

Taylor’s International School

No. 9 Jalan 1/7SC Off Jalan Pria
Taman Maluri
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +60 92009898

 

Tenby International School Setia Eco Park

No. 1, Jalan Setia Tropika U13/18T
Seksyen U13,
40170 Shah Alam, Selangor
Tel: +603 3342 1535
Fax: +603-3344 2292

 

The International School @Park City

No.1 Jalan Intisari
Desa ParkCity
52200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 6280 8880
Fax: +603 6280 8749

 

Time International School

No 2, Jalan Udang Harimau 3
Taman Sri Segambut
52000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 6242 5544 / 6243 55 44
Fax: +603 6243 5533

 

UCSI International School

Lot 4891, Jalan SS13/4,
47500 Subang Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: +603 5637 7108
Fax: +603 5637 7110

 

Utama International School (UIS)

Lot 27, Jalan Usahawan 5
Kawasan Perindustrian Ringan, Setapak,
53200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 4021 2490
Fax: +603 4021 2553

 

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G Cafe’s new theme buffet

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I was invited by the people at G Cafe, the restaurant in the lobby of the G Hotel, to come try out their new theme buffet.  They put out an invitation to Penang bloggers.  So featured below is my honest review of my experience last night.  Spoiler: Yummy!

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Hokkien Mee

Can you believe I am still finding hawker stall foods that I haven’t tried before?  Hokkien Mee, available with Prawn and without,  is one of my new favorite dishes from the hawker stalls. It is extremely tasty without having to burn ones face of with spice.

Hokkien Mee is a noodle dish that swims happily in a beef or fish broth.  The noodle is supposed to be consistent from stall to stall.  It’s supposed to be a combination of egg noodles and rice noodles (bihun).  The rest of the dish is really up to the vendor.  There might be a hard boiled egg, or some bean sprouts.  There might be bits of meat.  I don’t think there’s going to be any weird cuts, like liver or heart, like in Loh Mee.  At least I haven’t had any yet.

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As you can see in the picture above, the chili sauce (sambal) is served in the little spoon and can be left out if you’re sensitive to spicy foods.

There are lists on the internet for where to find the best Hokkien Mee in Penang.  I haven’t had a stand out best one anywhere yet.  I think it’s one of those dishes that everyone seems to get right.

Recent news

Now recently, the Penang Chief Minister proposed a law to make it illegal for foreigners to cook at any Penang food stalls.  This really saddens me, especially reading the comments that people make online about foreign workers.  The bulk of the negative comments turn into racial slurs against Bangladeshis, Burmese or Indonesian migrant workers.  It’s so sad.

The reason for the proposal is to “preserve” the taste of Penang.  To make it a legacy and a heritage, unadulterated by outsiders.  I think that this doesn’t require legislation.  If the particular hawker stall does not taste the same (or better) than your memory of Penang food, stop eating there.  They will go out of business when they can’t sell their food.  Let the public vote for the legacy they want, not the legislators.

You could also use the internet for more productive means than cutting down foreigners.  Let’s be an example, and post in the comments (or on the Living in Penang Facebook group) where to find the best Penang Hokkien Mee.

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Expat talk: Why Penang part 2: balance

This is the second part of a series about why an expat would choose to live in Penang.  The first post was more geared towards short-termers and tourists.  Today I’d like to address the folks that are coming to stay for longer than 3 months.  That is to say, longer than the duration a single tourist visa.  Why Penang?  I think I would sum it up with the word balance.

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Carl Corrynton Medical Centre

Carl Corrynton Medical Centre

I have been remiss about not updating the Hospitals in Penang page here.  The good people at Carl Corrynton Medical Centre reached out to me to help keep the information that I maintain for the expats living in Penang.

Carl Corrynton Medical Centre

12A Jalan Mesjid Negeri

Phone: 04-829 9188
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.carlcorrynton.com

From their own site:

Located just minutes away from the Penang Bridge, a stone-throw away from Penang Island’s city centre and less than 30 minutes from the Penang International Airport, Carl Corrynton Medical Centre (‘CCMC’) is committed to become the leading and pioneer medical centre in the Northern Region of Malaysia that is focussed on Plastic/Cosmetic Surgery, Wellness & Health Screening, Orthopaedic-Sports Medicine and Kidney/Internal Medicine.

If you are driving in from Penang Bridge, you can take the first right turn immediately after the Penang Bridge. Moving along this road, there would be a petrol kiosk and Tesco on your left. Take the second left turn at the Tesco intersection. Continue driving along the main Jalan Masjid Negeri until you see Trinity Church on your left and the ever famous Greenlane (old name for Jalan Masjid Negeri) McDonald’s. We are located directly opposite this McDonald’s and also the Penang Free School, just before the State’s main mosque – the Masjid Negeri.

Taking over from an existing hospital, we have carried out extensive refurbishment to the Centre to add a touch of class and quality to exude the comfort that our clients and patients will demand of a 5-Star hotel ambience. We have also upgraded the entire electrical and electronic system as well as the latest fire protection plus fire-fighting equipment to provide a sense of security and safety to our valued patients.

Facilities & Services:

Wellness & Health Screening

- CT-Scan 64-Sliced

- Mammogram

- X-Ray

- Computed Radiography

- 4D-Ultrasound

- Stress Test

- ECG

- Spirometry

- BMD (Bone Densitometry)

- Lung Function Test

 

Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Aesthetic

- Surgery (Face Lift, Neck Lift, Eyelid, Nose, Ears, Lips, Chin & Cheek,

  Breast Augmentation, Body Contour, Tummy Tuck and many more).

- Laser/IPL Treatment (Freckles, Scar, Veins, Birthmarks, etc.)

- Non-Surgical Treatment (Botox, Fillers, Thread Lift, etc.)

Orthopaedic-Sports Medicine

- Orthopaedic Surgery

- Non-Surgical Sports Medicine Treatment

- Physiotherapy Centre

Kidney & Diabetes Care Centre

- Management of Kidney & Diabetes Disease

- Management of Difficult or Resistant Hypertension

- Management of Gout and Urate Nephropathy

- Management of Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections and Pyelonephritis

- Management of SLE and Vasculitides

- Management of Glomerulonephritis

- Management of Other Causes of Chronic Kidney Disease

- Management of Haemodialysis and CAPD Patients with Renal Failure

- Home Dialysis Report (CAPD, APD, NxStage)

- Personal Diabetes Management

- Kidney Care and Correct

- Regenerative Medicine

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Expat talk: Why Penang part 1 – short-term and tourists

I was recently asked to write up a quick summary of what it’s like to live in Penang, or in short “Why Penang?”  I’m surprised that I hadn’t written anything like that before.  So here’s the first installment of Expat Talk.  A sort of Penang 101.  This is the time of year to post it, for incoming teachers at Dalat, Uplands and the other international schools.  Part 2 of the Why Penang series is now available.

Penang Wikivoyage Map

Penang is one of 13 states in Malaysia. Most of the state is the Island of Penang, that rests just west of the Malay Peninsula in the Strait of Malacca; the rest is the mainland.

Why Penang: History

Penang is a place to see history. The city of George Town, the state capital, was declared a World Heritage Site in 2008. You can walk along streets in Little India and Chinatown and see spices and goods still being sold along the sidewalk. The old buildings from the colonial era and earlier are being restored and preserved for people to enjoy. If you look carefully you can see lampposts with shrapnel scars from when the Japanese bombed during WWII.

Visit historic sites.  St. George’s Church, oldest Anglican church in Southeast Asia. has a free tour in the mornings.  Tour guides are available for the historic areas of George Town.  Visit the Kek Lok Si Temple or another of the many Taoist Chinese Temples.  Or be adventurous and see the unique Snake Temple in Bayan Lepas.

Why Penang: Culture

Penang is a place to see cultures. Every major religion seems to celebrate or observe their festivals in Penang. This past month (July 2014) we saw the Muslim month of fasting, Ramadan, end with the big holiday, Aidul Fitri. We started the Hungry Ghost Festival for the Chinese Buddhists. The Anglicans put on a huge Festival for St. Anne, that will go on into August. October will host the Deepavali Hindu festival of lights. And that barely scratches the surface of all the holidays and festivals you can experience in Penang. As a foreigner. you are more than welcome to come and photograph and even participate. In fact, good luck staying dry during the Thai Songkran Water Festival!

Why Penang: Food

Penang is a place to eat! CNN Travel, Lonely Planet and a host of other travel sites all agree, Penang has the number one street food in Asia, if not the world. Start your day with a Roti Canai and a Teh Tarik at an Indian stand. Lunch of Dim Sum or a bowl of noodles at a food court or a hawker stall. If you want adventure and spice, try out Tom Yam Fried Rice, not found in Thailand, a uniquely Malaysian dish. Lavish upscale restaurants are all over Penang, for those who want haute cuisine.

There’s much to see, experience and eat in Penang. We’ve found kids activities like visiting a goat farm, and painting traditional batik cloth.  There are plenty of traditional beach activities along the north resort areas of Batu Ferringhi and Tanjung Bungah.  It’s got to be on your bucket list to visit.

Tune in for another list for long-term expats.

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DIY kid car wash sprinkler with no power tools

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I was inspired to come up with some kids activities while the little ones are on summer break. Yes, homeschoolers take a summer break too. I decides to make this kid car wash sprinkler out of PVC pipes. I got the plans from this post on instructable.com.

DIY Kid Car Wash Sprinkler assembled

DIY Kid Car Wash Sprinkler assembled

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Hungry Ghost Festival Penang

Well the gates of hell are about to break open and hordes of demons will need to be appeased with song dance and food for the 7th month of the Chinese Lunar calendar.  Yes it is the Hungry Ghost Festival, widely observed (celebrated) here in Penang, Malaysia.  This year (2014) the festival starts on the 27th of July and will run for a whole lunar month, til the next full moon on the 24th of August.

This year the start of the festival will coincide with the end of the Muslim month of fasting, Ramadan.  The big holiday, Hari Raya, marking the end of fasting, is going to be the second day of the Hungry Ghost festival.  It should be interesting to see how the two cultures work together, or work around each other during these days.

Traditional observance of the Hungry Ghost Festival

The story is that the gates of hell open up for the souls of Chinese ancestors to come to earth to wander, to bother, and to eat.  The living honor the dead, and appease them, by burning joss-paper, and paper maché material goods, like houses and clothes.

Chinese opera stages are set up and loud performances run through the night for the hungry ghosts.  For many a foreigner trying to sleep near these monstrosities, this highlights the hell-on-earth aspect of the festival.

Special Hungry Ghost Festival foods

The Hungry Ghost Festival is an opportunity to find some Chinese delicacies that only become available during this month.  Look around for a colorful sweet dessert called si koh th’ng.  You can find grilled cuttle fish and Jellyfish satay. 

Where to go in Penang

The Tourism Board has a facebook event page.  Follow the Living in Penang facebook page for event announcements as well.

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