I sure would appreciate it if you could please help promote Living in Penang on Facebook by liking our Facebook page. It would help us boost our reach to be a better guide for foreigners Living in Penang.
What do I share on Facebook?
For the last couple weeks I’ve been finding links about the recent Malaysia Election, GE13 as it is sometimes called. My goal isn’t any political agenda — I don’t have a horse in the race, as they say. My goal is to help you guys who are living here, get a better grasp of the issues and the sides.
It certainly looks like the election story shows no sign of ending. Join the discussion and ask your questions here or on the facebook site. And Malaysians, please chime in. As expats we would really like to know what you’re thinking and value your opinions.
Family living stuff
I’ve been coming across deals and info about events for families. I am sharing them on Facebook. I hope to do more of that kind of thing, so if you’re interested in family activities in Penang, please click on the Living in Penang page on Facebook.
As I read other blogs, I’ll be sharing and liking them on this page as well. And I hope you do too.
THANKS in advance.
(You’re response should be, Ne’mine)
One of my guilty pleasures of living in Penang is Manglish. What is Manglish? It’s Malaysian English. It’s the not-quite-standa rd you hear around Malaysia that you don’t really hear anywhere else. It’s similair to Singlish (Singapore English) but has it’s own nuance, and devotees.
Why do I like Manglish? First, I really like that it looks like the root of the word is mangle. That just makes me smile. I also like that it gives me insight into the other languages around here. Sometimes the mangled English can find its roots in Malay, Mandarin, Hokkien or some combination of those.
We’re now listed on the Expats blog website. Please help promote Living In Penang by going over to Expats blog and leaving a nice comment and a rating. More ratings and comments will bump us up the page for Malaysia.
Expats blog is a neat place to find other blogs where people describe the thrills and chills of living in a culture that is not their own. I’ve been following several around Malaysia, and seeing what struggles and insights others have had.
They also have a writing contest that I plan on participating in soon. So when I do, I’ll post the link to that particular story on Expats blog. I anticipate I’ll need my readers to help me out again to get voted up the contest ladder. The first week of the contests is now up: Culture Shock. I didn’t participate in this one, but boy do I have some stories.
Like when we were in language school, pregnant with the first child, and went straight home, looking no one in the eye, locking the doors, and not surfacing from our seclusion until we had to go back to language school…
Or the time we came brought our first baby home from the hospital to find that there was a wedding in the courtyard next to our house, and the rented speakers were mounted on the exterior of our bedroom wall. They needed to get the most out of the rental, so they played their music at full volume for 24 hours. The next day, we waved to our neighbors “Congratulations on the wedding.” ”Congratulations on the baby.”
I could go on… but I won’t.
Thanks in advance for your comment on my listing at Expats blog.
So the saga continues. The baby is born. We have a Malaysian birth certificate in hand. We even got some passport pictures taken of our child. But before we make another trip to the US Embassy in KL to apply for a passport and a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, we need to gather the paperwork that we need to present to the American Embassy staff. Fortunately, I read the KL embassy web page about registering a birth. It says that we should call or email ahead and make an appointment. And, I am glad I did.
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As homeschoolers we have the flexibility to go on field trips whenever we want. For this particular field trip we paired up with the exciting family at Our Travel Lifestyle. This time we decided to learn about the history of pewter in Malaysia at the School of Hard Knocks at the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre in the middle of Straits Quay.
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We’re headed back to Kuala Lumpur to visit the American Embassy again. Now that we have the baby’s Malaysian birth certificate and passport photos. We can make our appointment and apply for a US Passport and a Consular Report of Birth Abroad. We find that we would rather drive the Malaysian highway system than use the air transport that is available to us in Penang. We break up the long car trip with a stop at a rest stop along the way. We’ve decided that this particular Rest Stop at Bukit Gantang is probably our favorite. Read more…
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I’m going to wrap up the story of having a baby in Penang with this final story. To sum up, we’ve delivered a healthy baby boy. We’ve gotten the Malaysian birth certificate processed and in hand. We written to the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur and pulled together all the forms and documents they asked for. And we had a little adventure of trying to get a passport photo of the little tyke. Now it’s time to get ourselves and the baby to KL and submit the paperwork. (Of course, since we’re driving, we’ll stop at our favorite rest stop on the way)
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Baby’s passport photo before cropping
I love having a new baby. Maybe, it’s because this is kid number 4 and we’re starting to get the hang of it. Maybe it’s because the older ones are now able to help out more. Whatever it is, we’re glad that we had our baby in Penang. Now that the paperwork involved with getting a Malaysian birth certificate is out of the way, it is time to go apply for an American passport. Well one of the steps involved with getting a passport is getting a passport photo for that baby. This has not been easy. So in today’s post, I’ll have the requirements for passport photos as well as some tips and hints for getting that shot for your baby passport picture.
Malaysian Birth Certificate Paperwork in Penang
Requirements list from the Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara for a Malaysian birth certificate
While my wife was still checked in at the hospital, the staff at Island Hospital prepared a lot of the paperwork that I would need to take to the government office to register the baby for a Malaysian birth certificate. We were given a detailed checklist (in Bahasa Melayu) of papers that I needed to get together and bring to the office. Here it is in English. Read more…
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Dave’s Java Bali Photo Tour
Courtesy of DaveRayPhoto.com
I know this site is Living in Penang, but my friend Dave has an amazing opportunity for you this September to go with him on a photo tour of Java and Bali, Indonesia. Just so you know, I have received no money from Dave to post this, I’m doing it because I think my readers can really take advantage of Dave’s low introductory price for this Java Bali Photo Tour. Read more…
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