Labuan Offshore Company work permit renewal

Labuan Visa Renewal

It’s been some time since I wrote an update about how it has been going having a Labuan Offshore Company.  The first one was my How to article for incorporating a Labuan Offshore Company.  And I wrote one about Why you should have a Labuan Offshore Company.

I’ve reached the end of my first two years of my work permit and it was time to renew.  This is the work permit visa that is pasted into my passport and the dependent passes that are pasted into the passports of my wife and children.  And here’s what happened.   Read more…

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Malaysia National School Holidays 2015

2015 Malaysian School Holidays

The Ministry of Education released the 2014 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.

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2015 Malaysia Public Holidays

2015 Malaysian Public Holidays

Below is a list of the National and State Public Holidays for 2015. National and Penang Holidays are highlighted. Knowing the public holidays in advance can help you plan your time here or time away.

Date Public Holiday Applies to
01 January New Year’s Day National except Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis, Terenganu
03 January Mohammed’s birthday National
14 January Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan’s Birthday Negeri Sembilan
18 January Sultan of Kedah’s birthday Kedah
02 February Federal Territory Day KL, Labuan, Putrajaya
03 February Thaipusam Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Johor, Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Penang, Selangor
19 February Chinese New Year National
20 February Chinese New Year 2nd day National
04 March Installation Anniversary of Sultan of Terengganu Terengganu
03 April Good Friday Sabah, Sarawak
15 April Declaration of Melaka as Historical City Melaka
26 April Sultan of Terengganu’s birthday Terengganu
01 May Worker’s Day National
03 May Wesak Day National
07 May Sultan of Pahang Hol Pahang
16 May Israk and Mukraj Kedah, Negeri Sembilan, Perlis
17 May Tuanku Raja of Perlis’ birthday Perlis
30 May Kaamatan Harvest Festival Labuan, Sabah
31 May Kaamatan Harvest Festival Labuan, Sabah
01 June Gawai Dayak Festival Sarawak
02 June Gawai Dayak Festival Sarawak
06 June SPB Yang di Pertuan Agong’s birthday National
18 June Ramadan Begins Johor, Kedah, Melaka
04 July Hari Nuzul Al-Quran Kelantan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Selangor, Terengganu
07 July Anniversary of declaraion of Penang as World Heritage Site Penang
11 July Yang di-Pertua of Penang’s Birthday Penang
18 July Hari Raya Puasa National
19 July Hari Raya Puasa 2nd day National
31 August National Day National
12 September Yang di-Pertua of Sarawak’s birthday Sarawak
16 September Malaysia Day National
24 September Hari Raya Qurban National
25 September Hari Raya Qurban 2nd day Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis, Terengganu
09 October Yang di-Pertua of Melaka’s birthday Melaka
14 October Awal Muharram 1435 Hijrah (Islamic New Year) National
24 October Sultan of Pahang’s birthday Pahang
10 November Deepavali (replacement holiday) National execpt Labuan, Sarawak
11 November Sultan of Kelantan’s birthday Kelantan
18 November Hari Hol Almarhum Sultan Iskandar Johor
22 November Sultan of Johor’s birthday Johor
27 November Sultan of Perak’s birthday Perak
11 December Sultan of Selangor’s birthday Selangor
24 December Mohammed’s Birthday National
25 December Christmas day National

Some dates are subject to change. Replacement holidays are for when the actual holiday lands on a Sunday, the next weekday is given as a replacement holiday.

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Penang Chingay, Lion & Dragon Dance Parade


Date: 14 December 2014
Time: 7.30pm – 11.00pm
Venue: Padang Brown to Esplanade


The Chingay Lion and Dragon Dance Parade will be strolling through the streets of Georgetown this weekend.  Colorful dancers will be doing the traditional lion and dragon dances.  Meanwhile, other dancers will be balancing long poles on fingers, foreheads, and whatnot.  There will be 30 dance troupes represented this year, as well as a float.

The Chingay Parade will start at Padang Brown, and wind its way down Datuk Keramat Road, Carnavron Road, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling and Light Street.  The grand finale will be on the Esplanade.

Visit for a write up from a past Chingay event and  an impressive gallery of Chingay flagpole catching.

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Early December – second Durian season


Here in Penang, we get two Durian seasons.  The first is the one with the big Durian festival that last through the month of June.  It’s a pretty big deal because tourism is one of Penang’s top industries.  Durian is a big draw for many tourists.  Yes, some people do go out of their way to find a bit of the stinky fruit.  My family has two.

We’re at the start of Penang’s second Durian season, which if the harvest is good, can last until the end of Feb.  The best stuff can be found closer to the farms.  Go out to Balik Pulau, There are pop up stands all along the road past the Teluk Bahang Dam.

There are going to be pop up stands all over town, and they should be fresh Durian.  How could they not be, they fly off the truck to the eager fanatics in Penang.  In my experience, the pop up stands won’t know the varieties they are selling.  They don’t know a D7 from a D11.  You need to get out to Balik Pulau to get that kind of information.

So here’s my Advice to first time durian eaters  

  1. Go with a friend.  Bring a fanatic.  They aren’t hard to find.  Their enthusiasm for Durian is hard to miss, and sometimes infectious.  The other advantage of getting Durian in a group is that you can sample more varieties.  Ask for the sweetest ones your first time.
  2. Get it fresh.  Don’t buy from a container the first time.  Don’t try Durian-flavored ANYTHING.  Watch them crack the spiky fruit open.   Video it for your facebook feed.
  3. Eat from closer to the stem.  The tastier meat is closer to the top of the fruit.
  4. Bring water, tissues and hand sanitizer.  Your hands will get dirty, if you eat durian correctly.  hand sanitizer will help get the smell off your hands.

Post your pics on the Living in Penang Facebook page.  Have a lovely durian feast.

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Early December, festivals

It’s that time of year in Penang.  The malls are getting decked out in garlands and lights.  The weather is supposed to be shifting from rainy to not.  (Recent years have had local old-timers perplexed regarding weather)  And the whole island is abuzz with activity.  I’m going to leave off the shopping bit for another post.  Today, let’s talk about all the festivals that are going on this time of year.

George Town Literary Festival

Nov 29-30 2014

We’ve just finished up the George Town Literary Festival downtown.  It’s held at The Whiteaways Arcade, Lebuh Pantai.  The venue is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The Arcade is a bunch of shoplots with cafes and arts venues.

Sorry if you missed it.  It’s a great opportunity for writers and readers to connect.  Writers also have workshops t o help hone their craft.  This year, there is a seasoned editor giving a lecture about what Publishers are looking for.

The funny people at Say it Like You Mean It offered up a pair of evenings filled with Original Music, Poetry, Comedy and just a good time.  They perform year round so you can see where they’ll be appearing next on their facebook page.

Dragon Boat Race

Dec 6-7 2014

This isn’t the Annual Dragon Boat Festival that happens in June.  This is another race, but just as popular and just as fun.  Dragon Boat Teams from around the world will be gathering at the Teluk Bahang Dam.  Photographers, I think this is a great opportunity to get a lot of color and culture.  Get out there for some fun.

Penang Island Jazz Festival

Dec 4-7 2014

After the day at the Boat Festival, stay in the North End of the Penang Island for this annual Jazz festival.

Check out this video of one of the performers coming this year

Tickets can be purchased online at TicketPro.

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U.S. Embassy Town Hall for American Citizens in Penang

Just received this from the US Embassy.

U.S. Embassy Town Hall for American Citizens Living in Penang

The Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission, Consul General and other embassy representatives will hold a town hall event for U.S. Citizens in Penang on November 5 from 1:30 – 3:30 pm. Embassy representatives will discuss services offered for U.S. Citizens and answer questions from participants. Limited consular services (passport applications and notarials) will also be offered.

Venue:                     Penang Public Library, Training Room, (Bilik Latihan, Second Floor of the Library)

Address:                   JKR 2936, Jalan Scotland

Date:                         Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Time                          1:30pm to 3:30pm

All town hall participants MUST RSVP by e-mailing us at [email protected] (include your Malaysian contact number). Participants will not be admitted without prior RSVP. Additional details will be provided after RSVP is received.

For American Citizens who cannot attend the town hall, there will be limited American consular services at the Dalat International School on Friday, November 7 from 9:00am – 12:00pm


Venue:                     Dalat International School –  Tanjung Bungah,  Penang, Tel: (04) 899-2105

Date:                         Friday, November 7, 2014

Time                          9.00am to 12.00pm

If you will be visiting the Dalat School for consular services, e-mail us at [email protected]  and include your Malaysian contact number.

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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


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

No: 2 Jalan Bellamy 50460 Kuala LumpurSecondary
3 Jalan Equine, Taman Equine,
43300 Sri Kembangan
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
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

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
50470 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2276 3338


HELP International School (HIS)

No 2 Persiaran Cakerawala,
Subang Bestari, Seksyen U4,
40150 Shah Alam
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
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
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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