We’re moving back to the US, and we have lots of stuff to get rid of! To see the list of books we are selling, see this post.
If you are interested in purchasing any of these items, please email [email protected]. Once I know you’re serious about purchasing and aren’t spamming me, I’ll give you my phone number and we can arrange a time for you to see the items and/or pick them up. We can accept cash payment in ringgit or US dollars and can also receive payment via paypal to [email protected]
Racecar bed frame – no mattress. Has a few shelves and drawers in the headboard. Needs a new piece of plywood for the bottom under the mattress. RM100 or best offer. Available 20 Oct.
Mickey Mouse train bunk bed. Has shelves for both top and bottom bunk at headboard. RM200 or best offer. Available 20 Oct.
Glider rocking chair and footstool. In great working condition but has staining on the cushions. RM200. Available 20 Oct.
Rolling office chair. Some staining on the cushions. RM60. Available immediately.
2 office chairs. These no longer go up and down but otherwise are really nice and comfortable. Our kids particularly like them as desk chairs because their feet reach the floor in them. RM30 each or best offer. Available immediately.
Blue desk. RM40. Available immediately.
Ikea Micke corner workstation white. Wood has some warping on the edges where the arms rest while typing but otherwise in good condition. Please forgive me for using a picture from Ikea because ours is covered with stuff at the moment. RM200 or best offer. Available 20 Oct.
Ikea Micke desk white. In good condition. Again, please forgive me for using a picture from Ikea because this one is also covered with stuff at the moment. RM250. Available 20 Oct.
Kitchen cabinets, two units – Each has tile on top, two drawers, and two door openings. Some of the tile is cracked, and the door hinges have some issues. If I were keeping these, I’d probably take the doors off altogether and hang curtains, but if you are handy, you could fix the doors, I’m sure. RM60 each or RM100 for both or best offer. Available 20 Oct.
Kitchen Appliances – 220 Volts
Ezidri Dehydrator RM200 or best offer. Available immediately.
Panasonic crockpot RM60 or best offer. Available immediately.
Hurom slow juicer. Owned for 4 years but rarely used. In great condition. RM300 or best offer. Available immediately.
Water filter that attaches to sink. Has some rust on the base. RM100 or best offer. Available 20 Oct.
Panasonic 4-liter hot water heater, less than one year old. Great condition. With a child safety lock and temperature settings. RM100 or best offer. Available 20 Oct.
Chocolatiere fondue pot with sticks, molds, and recipes. Never used. RM50 or best offer. Available immediately.
Decorative water heater and teapot. RM50 or best offer. Available immediately.
Kitchen Appliances – 110 Volts
We are actually happy to take these back to the States with us, but we know how hard they are to get here and how much more expensive they are, so if anyone wants to give us what it will cost to replace them in the States, we are willing to part with them to bless someone. These are not “or best offer” for that reason. We’ll also throw in a step-down converter for you so they’ll be ready to use.
Vitamix 5000 blender with 1 wet-blade container and 1 dry-blade container and 2 tampers RM2400. Available immediately.
KitchenAid Classic series stand mixer with a cookie paddle, dough hook, and whisk. RM1200. Available immediately.
Hamilton Beach crockpot RM200. Available immediately.
Hamilton Beach ice cream maker. RM60 or best offer. Available immediately.
Tableware, service for 8, tray included. May have a few missing pieces RM50. Available immediately.
Tableware, service for 8, tray included. May have a few missing pieces RM30 or best offer. Available immediately.
White Corell baking dishes with airtight plastic covers RM60 or best offer. Available immediately.
Hanging spice rack with all the spices and glass bottles I have in it 🙂 RM20. Available immediately.
Dumpling makers RM10 or best offer. Available immediately.
Pizza pan RM10 or best offer. Available immediately.
Serving tray RM10 or best offer. Available immediately.
Other Household Items
Spin mop with one spare mop head RM40. Available 20 Oct.
Shoerack with three levels RM30 or best offer. Available immediately.
Iron RM25 or best offer. Available immediately.
Hanging baskets, two sets. The frames are a little wobbly and need some repair. RM20 each or best offer. Available immediately.
Quick clothes dryer. Works perfectly, but one of the arms does not stay up (see picture below) so needs a little repair. RM100 or best offer. Available immediately.
4 black metal folding chairs. RM60 for the set. Available immediately.
Baby and Children’s Items
Graco Ready2Grow Stand and Ride Double Stroller with 12 riding options, includes an infant attachment seat that is not a carseat. Graco carseats do snap into this stroller but there is not one included in this sale. Sunshades have some stains but otherwise in good condition. RM200 or best offer. Available immediately.
Wooden rocking horse RM40 or best offer. Available immediately.
Travel booster seat that folds up. It has a tray, space for wet wipes in the back of the seat, and a buckle. RM50 or best offer. Available immediately.
Baby monitor – sound only, no video. RM50 or best offer. Available immediately.
Baby bike seat – needs new seat belt installed. RM20 or best offer. Available immediately.
Small hot pink bike for ages 5-8ish. Seat is repaired with duct tape and the bike has some rust. Does include pedals though they aren’t pictured. RM50 or best offer. Available immediately.
Medium light pink strawberry bike with a bell, kickstand, and basket. Has some rust. RM50 or best offer. Available immediately.
Large light blue bike. Adult-sized but has no gears. Has Hello Kitty decorations, a basket, a bell, and a different type of kickstand that allows it to be ridden as a stationary bike. Also has some rust and the handlebars are duct-taped. RM100 or best offer. Available immediately.
Inversion table – great for back and neck problems! Has some rust and tearing on the foam handles but works well. RM100 or best offer. Available immediately.
Office and Homeschooling Equipment
HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 3635 printer/scanner – works on wifi, only prints one-sided RM200. Available immediately.
HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 3545 printer/scanner – works on wifi, prints double-sided. RM250. Available immediately.
Samsung computer monitor. RM50 or best offer. Available immediately.
GBC Creative Laminator A4 RM100 or best offer. Available 15 Oct.
Ibico Book binder RM200 or best offer. Available immediately.
Math Balance RM25 or best offer. Available immediately.
As I said at the top, if you are interested in purchasing any of these items, please email [email protected]. Once I know you’re serious about purchasing and aren’t spamming me, I’ll give you my phone number and we can arrange a time for you to see the items and/or pick them up. We can accept cash payment in ringgit or US dollars and can also receive payment via paypal to [email protected]
To see the furniture and household items we are selling, please see this post. If you are interested in purchasing any of these books, please email [email protected]. Once I know you’re serious about purchasing and aren’t spamming me, I’ll give you my phone number and we can arrange a time for you to pick up your books. We can accept cash payment in ringgit or US dollars and can also receive payment via paypal to [email protected]
Books – all available immediately
Food for Life Cookbook – this is a Trim Healthy Mama-friendly cookbook from a Mennonite community! Has some amazing sugar-free recipes in it. I will replace it immediately on getting back to the U.S. but wanted to make it available in case anyone here is interested. RM120
Extending the Table Mennonite cookbook. RM60
The Healthy Cook Cookbook. RM60
An Ancient Strife by Michael Phillips RM5
Legend of the Celtic Stone by Michael Phillips RM5
The Amber Photograph by Penelope J. Stokes RM5
Blink, Heaven’s Wager, Obsessed, Showdown, Skin, Kiss, and Forbidden by Ted Dekker. RM5 each or RM30 for all
Books 1-13 of Tamar Myers’ Pennsylvania Dutch Mysteries with Recipes RM50 or best offer
Books 1-10 of Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swensen Mysteries with Recipes RM50
How Huge the Night by Heather and Lydia Munn RM5
Books 1-5 of Philip Gulley’s Home to Harmony series RM20
Books by Beverly Lewis – three sets. 2 volumes of Summerhill Secrets RM10. 3 books in Annie’s People series RM15. 3 books in The Courtship of Nellie Fisher series RM15.
The Beekeepers Apprentice by Laurie R. King RM5
The Debt by Angela Hunt RM5
Covenant Child by Terri Blackstock. RM5
Children’s books – By the Shores of Silver Lake, Charlotte’s Web, A Little Princess, Beezus and Ramona, Ramona and Her Mother, Ramona Quimby Age 8, Ralph S. Mouse, Henry and Ribsy, Henry Huggins. RM5 each.
My whole collection of Mailbox magazines and yearbooks. These are excellent sources of ideas and activities for teaching preschool and elementary students. RM100 or convince me you will give them a good and loving home. 🙂
I recently got to know Daniel Sun at Trendy Lovey while walking through Straits Quay in Tanjung Tokong. It’s a new children’s toy shop with some pretty neat new toys. There’s also a snow sand play area for younger tots and a ping pong table for older ones.
My children were completely fascinated by the toys on display. The littler ones gravitated towards the flashy noisy riding toys. There are a pair of Ferraris that they can drive around. Daniel let my children go for a test drive out into the mall. The passers-by were probably equally drawn to the flashing lights as the bright smiles on my kids faces.
My older one got to test drive a radio-controlled car that drives on the wall. It uses some kind of vacuum suction technology that makes it stick. It is pretty slick. I looked at the battery needs. Looks like the car itself has a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery but the controller runs on AA.
We didn’t try out the sand area, but will do that on another day. It cost RM 10 per kid per entry. He didn’t say how long they could stay in.
On the shelves are also some wooden puzzles and other educational toys. There are also kid sized suitcases, along the Trunki vein.
They keep getting new stock and will be fun to see what else they get.
I hope you get a chance to drop in and let him know you heard about him from Living in Penang.
In additional to this list of public holidays you can find the 2016 Malaysia School Holiday calendar here. National and Penang Holidays are highlighted for your convenience.
||New Year’s Day
||National except Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis, Terenganu
||Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan’s Birthday
||Sultan of Kedah’s birthday
||Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Johor, Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Penang, Selangor
||Federal Territory Day
||KL, Labuan, Putrajaya
||Chinese New Year
||Chinese New Year 2nd day
||Installation Anniversary of Sultan of Terengganu
||Sultan of Johor’s birthday
||Declaration of Melaka as Historical City
||Sultan of Terengganu’s birthday
||Israk and Mukraj
||Kedah, Negeri Sembilan, Perlis
||Sultan of Pahang Hol
||Tuanku Raja of Perlis’ birthday
||Kaamatan Harvest Festival
||Kaamatan Harvest Festival
||Gawai Dayak Festival
||Gawai Dayak Festival
||SPB Yang di Pertuan Agong’s birthday
||Johor, Kedah, Melaka
||Hari Nuzul Al-Quran
||Kelantan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Selangor, Terengganu
||Hari Raya Puasa
||Hari Raya Puasa 2nd day
||Anniversary of declaraion of Penang as World Heritage Site
||Yang di-Pertua of Penang’s Birthday
||National Day or Independence Day
||Yang di-Pertua of Sarawak’s birthday
||Hari Raya Qurban
||Hari Raya Qurban 2nd day
||Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis, Terengganu
||Yang di-Pertua of Sabah’s birthday
||Awal Muharram 1435 Hijrah (Islamic New Year)
||Yang di-Pertua of Melaka’s birthday
||Sultan of Pahang’s birthday
||National execpt Sarawak
||Hari Hol Almarhum Sultan Iskandar
||Sultan of Kelantan’s birthday
||Sultan of Perak’s birthday
||Sultan of Selangor’s birthday
Some dates are subject to change. Replacement public holidays are for when the actual holiday lands on a Sunday, the next weekday is given as a replacement holiday.
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The Ministry of Education released the 2016 Malaysia School Holiday Calendar. These should be pretty definitive, but please note that these dates can change. This list plus the public holidays calendar should help you in your travel planning. Also note that the International Schools in Penang or Kuala Lumpur do not follow the Malaysia School calendar. You will have to find the calendar on your school’s website.
Four states in the country, specifically Kedah, Johor, Kelantan and Terengganu start all these holidays one day early and end one day early. These dates refer to when the rest of the states, like Penang, will have their school holidays.
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Once again, I’m revisiting an old post from years ago. Times change and things improve. Years ago I wrote about paying for the different parking tickets downtown. Since that time, the City Council of Penang Island, started a new scratch-off parking coupon system. (Recently the City Council’s Malay acronym changed from MPPP to MBPP because of a status upgrade from a municipality to a city). When the new parking ticket system went into effect, the payment window was only in Georgetown, in KOMTAR. Now, the tickets do list other payment options, like mailing in a check. What it doesn’t list is the online payment options. So here they are for your information. Read more…
Years ago, early in my time here in Penang, I wrote an article about tipping in Penang. In summary, I put together a case for why I don’t leave a tip at every restaurant I visit when I go out to eat. I think back to those days and wonder if I made the right call, and gave the right advice here on this blog. So this time around, I’m going to put forward some of my thoughts on the subject and perhaps amend my recommendation.
Penang Pesta Dragon Boat Race 2015
An exhilarating sport as steeped in history as it is in skill, dragon boat racing is one of Penang’s most
fascinating experiences. Dating back more than 2000 years, the modern import of this time-honoured
tradition sees sports enthusiasts and onlookers alike visit Penang each year to see these incredible
vessels take to the seas.
One of the island’s most anticipated events, the Penang Pesta Dragon Boat Race invites teams from
all over the world to battle it out at the Teluk Bahang Dam. This year, the two-day event drew a record
number of participants, welcoming nearly 40 teams to the island for a weekend of competitive events and cultural celebrations.
With crews hailing from China, Singapore, Thailand and beyond, this year’s event saw Penang burst to life with hundreds of participants from a myriad of countries. From the Royal Malaysia Police to the Canadian Dragons, each team put their best foot forward, training up to four hours per day in order to claim the top spot out on the water.
Despite an impressive display of power, speed and endurance by all teams across seven racing categories, the winning title of the Penang Pesta Dragon Boat Race 2015 was awarded to the Macau Selection Team, who crossed the finish line at high-speed as drums pounded in the background. In second place, Penang’s very own Pacific West Dragon Boat Club followed close behind, culminating in a thrilling finish to yet another successful event.
This post was written by the good folks at the Park Royal Penang Resort. I received no compensation for so I can recommend the Park Royal without feeling slimy.
Want to experience the races for yourself in the New Year? Plan a stay at PARKROYAL Penang Resort during the 37th Penang International Dragon Boat Festival. Boasting an enviable, seaside location in Batu Feringghi, PARKROYAL’s comfortable and convenient accommodation puts the best of the island – and the races – at your doorstep.
If you’re looking to explore the opportunities of making Penang your next home, you’ve probably heard about the amazing reasons why a foreign expatriate should consider Living in Penang. However, you will definitely want to know more and compare the various personal banking products and services that are available to you.
So whether you’re looking for a bank with a global reach, to have easy access to ATMs, or looking for personal financing options to help you explore the sights and sounds of Penang, we’ve compiled some of the best choices for you in this quick guide to banking for foreign expatriates in Penang.
First up, we’ll take a look at the foreign and multinational banks, followed by our choice of the best local banks to help you get your personal finances in order when you first arrive in Penang.
The Foreign and Multinational Banks
Citibank is part of the Citigroup and offers global banking services for foreign expatriates in more than 160 countries worldwide. There are over 11 Citibank branches in Malaysia, and Citibank is the only foreign bank to be rated AAA for 15 years in a row. In Penang itself, Citibank’s main branch is located on Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, Penang and they also have another branch which is located in Bukit Tengah, Seberang Prai.
HSBC bank is one of the largest banking groups in the world, and HSBC Malaysia is also the largest foreign bank in Malaysia with over 40 branches nationwide. HSBC also has a network of over 6,100 offices in 72 countries across the world. If you are looking for Sharia-compliant banking services, HSBC also offers Islamic banking services via HSBC Amanah.
In Penang, HSBC has three branches with its main branch located on Downing Street being one of the oldest bank branches in the country.
Standard Chartered Bank
Standard Chartered is also one of the oldest foreign banks in Malaysia and its first branch opened its doors in 1875 in Penang, on Beach Street. Today, Standard Chartered has three branches in Penang with over 40 branches located nationwide in Malaysia. For Islamic banking services, you can also choose to open an account with their subsidiary, Standard Chartered Saadiq Berhad.
The Local and Regional Banks
Maybank is Malaysia’s largest financial services group and is the fourth largest bank in Southeast Asia. It has a global network of 2,200 offices in over 20 countries and in Malaysia; Maybank has over 400 branches with 2,600 ATMs and self-service terminals across the country. In Penang, Maybank has over 32 branches and over 90 ATMs across the island and Butterworth.
CIMB Bank is one of the largest banking groups in Southeast Asia and has over 1,080 offices across the ASEAN region with more than 290 branches, plus over 2,200 ATMs and self-service terminals in Malaysia. CIMB also operates in 17 global markets and there are over 30 branches and 59 ATMs for CIMB Bank in Penang.
Public Bank is one of the largest banks in Malaysia, with over 180 branches and 1,800 ATMs and self-service terminals. Public Bank’s presence in Penang is spread out over 21 branches and more than 50 ATMs across the state.
There also other banks that offer their services in Penang, such as UOB, OCBC, Scotiabank, Kuwait Finance House and the Bank of China that you may want to consider during your time here in Penang.
Online and Mobile Banking
If you’re not keen on having to brave the seemingly endless queues at the bank, online or mobile banking is a great alternative that gives you the option of hassle-free banking at your convenience.
In Malaysia, there are over 18.8 million online banking (31 banks) and 6.6 mobile banking (13 banks) subscribers* who enjoy the convenience of banking on the go or from the privacy of their homes via the Internet.
The number of online banking subscribers in Malaysia has grown over 90% in the last five years and the banks in Malaysia have made it even easier for you to settle your bills, transfer funds and apply for credit cards and personal loans online.
*Source: Bank Negara Malaysia: “Malaysia’s Payment Statistics – Internet Banking and Mobile Banking Subscribers”
Whatever your final choice might be, we’re confident that you’ll come to enjoy the amazing lifestyle that only Penang can offer you in Southeast Asia. Selamat datang and enjoy your stay!
This guest post by Michael Vincent Mislos. Find him on twitter @mmichaels_21
I was lucky enough to be asked to talk about Living in Penang on the latest episode of The Expat Chat Podcast. Hosts Tony and Leanne find expats around the world and asks them about their experiences living overseas. I’ve subscribed to the podcast and have a lot fun listening to the stories from around the world. I really enjoyed getting to know them over coffee and hope to see them again in Penang.
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