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HypnoBirthing in Penang

There are many expats in Penang who have had babies while they were living here. We’ve had one, and we’re about to have another. There is a Certified HypnoBirthing Practitioner who works in Penang. Her name is Jaye Chan. She agreed to an online interview to help us understand what HypnoBirthing is and where in Penang we can find her services.

It is a pleasure to get to know you, Jaye. Let’s get started.

1) What is HypnoBirthing ® and how is it better than conventional birth practices?

HypnoBirthing ® is as much a philosophy of birth as it is a technique for achieving a satisfying, relaxing, and stress-free birth. Unlike conventional birth practices, which often marginalize the mother by distrusting her natural birthing ability and usher her into an anxious and restless mode by being so highly dependent on machinery and drugs and relying on unnecessary protocols and practices that are less effective and less humane, in HypnoBirthing ®, we see birth as natural, normal and healthy, with a natural rhythm and flow. When a healthy woman, carrying a healthy baby, experiencing a healthy labour, trusting birth, is free of fear, is undisturbed and is appropriately relaxed, her body will function normally without pain or incident. HypnoBirthing ® teaches you to release all prior programming about birth, to free yourself of limiting thoughts and emotions, and embrace the amazing ability of your body to birth your baby naturally, easily and comfortably. The techniques you will learn allow you to stay in control and calm during labour and birth and works very effectively with all types of birth – natural or surgical.

2) Am I giving up control when I am under hypnosis?

Although there are many misconceptions and misinformation about hypnosis, you are definitely not unconscious during self-hypnosis. When giving birth with HypnoBirthing ®, you will be conversant and in good spirits – deeply relaxed, but fully in control. You will be able to decide the extent to which you feel the sensation. You will experience your birthing calmly and relaxed, with your body’s natural anesthesia (endorphins) replacing the stress hormones that cause pain. When it is time for your baby to be born, you will be fully awake, aware and involved.

3) What is the process for having a HypnoBirthing ® birth?  How far in advance do I need to prepare?

It is always better to prepare yourself as early as possible to ensure a positive outcome. When opting for a HypnoBirthing ® birth experience, your body and mind need to be optimally conditioned, so that when the time comes, you can effectively enter into a deep relaxation state, which will bring your body into harmony with the birthing rhythm and the orchestration of your birthing hormones, making your birthing calmer, safer and easier. Hence, it is important to attend a HypnoBirthing ® course to increase your chances of having a successful HypnoBirthing ® birth. There are special breathing, relaxation and visualization techniques, meditative practice, attention to nutrition and positive body toning exercises that can be learned. Most importantly, it fosters an air of mutual respect for the birthing family, as well as the health-care provider in a conventional health-care system or an alternative setting. All this knowledge can help you in your preparation to have a beautiful HypnoBirthing ® birth.

4) Where can I read more about HypnoBirthing ®?

For more information on HypnoBirthing ®, you can visit the official website www.hypnobirthing.com, or you can grab a book “Hypnobirthing: The Mongan Method” authored by Marie F.Mongan.

5) How can I find you, Jaye, online to ask more questions and to hire you?

You can find me through my website www.gentlebirthmalaysia.com, or you can also contact me through my Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/jayechan, or through the Hypnobirthing in Malaysia Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/hypnobirthinginmalaysia.

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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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Kidland Penang Field Trip

We went to Kidland Penang with a large group of homeschoolers this week.  It was an incredible place for fun, adventure, learning, and fun.  Our community of homeschooling families has periodic opportunities like this.  Interested in joining us some time, like the Living in Penang Facebook page and let me know that you want to be included in the next outing.

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Field Trip: Serba Wangi Rice Mill in Kedah

31 days of Living in Penang

I’ve mentioned it before that we are a homeschooling family.  Our kids aren’t enrolled in any of the (many) international schools in Penang.  We are hooked into the Distance Learning Resource Centre at Dalat International School which is a great opportunity for anyone who is homeschooling in Penang.  One of the big benefits to this program is the opportunity to connect with the other families that are registered with DLRC.  This past August one of the moms organized a field trip to Kedah and we were grateful to be part of it.

This post is being linked up to the Hip Homeschool Moms link up party.  They are collecting field trips around the world that homeschoolers can find.  Readers who have found this post through that website might also be interested in our field trips to

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31 days: After school activities at Dalat International School

31 days of Living in PenangI’ve mentioned before that we’re a home schooling family.  Our children are not enrolled in any of the schools here in Penang, local or.  We buy our school curriculum from the US and ship it here for the kids.  On average, we’re spending $600-$1000 USD per child for a year.  It does cost us, I mean, my wife time in that she has to do lesson planning and teaching and reading to them.  We’ve got multiple kids, so she has to plan and teach multiple levels.

But what about social activities?  What about Physical Education?  First, those are usually not a concern for most homeschoolers.  Those are the questions non-home schoolers ask.  Most homeschoolers tend to be more physically active and more socially adjusted to the children their age range who are forced to sit at desks for hours at a time and interact with only children their own age for hours at a time.

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And besides the myriad kids programs and tuition programs that are out there, Dalat International School has a program call the Distance Learning Resource Centre which is for home educators, local in Penang, as well as around the region.

The benefits are huge!  We paid a small annual fee for the whole family.  And that gives us:

  • full access to the Dalat library including online resources
  • full access to the DLRC resource library
  • option of enrolling in single classes taken on campus
  • option of enrolling in online classes through Dalat (Sevenstar)
  • option to participate in after-school clubs and athletic programs
  • academic testing services
  • homeschool/TCK consultation services at Dalat
  • college/career counseling services at Dalat
  • assistance with homeschool record keeping and transcripts

After school activities

I think the word is getting out, because this year there are now over 40 home school students who are participating in Dalat’s afterschool activities.  In the past year, our daughters have been part of gymnastics, soccer, art, choir, gardening, girls scouts, and dance.  There are loads more to choose from, although many of these after school clubs have limited space.

My kids have made some friends too.  It’s been a great opportunity for them to connect and interact with expat children.

That’s another slice of Living in Penang.  Keep coming back for more of our 31 days of living in Penang.

 

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Book Giveaway Tiger Hunt by Christy Halsell

We are very excited to be participating in this year’s Best of Summer Kid Lit Giveaway Hop, hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviews and Youth Literature Reviews

If this is your first time visiting us here at Living in Penang, welcome.  We’re an American family living in Penang, Malaysia.  We’ve got three girls and a baby boy who was born here in Malaysia.  This site is a repository of things we’ve learned from living here and the collected wisdom of those who have lived here longer than we have.  Some posts are about foods that we love here.  Some are bits of practical advice, like whether we should tip, or if we can drink the water.

Even if you don’t live in Penang, Malaysia, you might be interested in the cultural articles like overview of Nyonya culture or the Thaipusam festival.

Our kids are homeschooled so that gives us opportunities to go on more field trips in and around Penang.  We’ve been to Orang Utan Island, a local goat farm, and a local batik factory, just to name a few.

So to celebrate the end of a great summer in Penang, and the start of another school year, we’re going to participate in this book Giveaway Blog Hop.

 

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Win a copy of Tiger Hunt!

The book we’re giving away is called Tiger Hunt!  We met the author, Christy Halsell, during our time in Bali, Indonesia.  We all really like this book.  My wife reviewed it on her blog, and my daughter reviewed it on the kids’ homeschool blog.  The Tiger Hunt book website can be found here.  Christy blogs at One Fun Mom.

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This is a blog hop, so you’ll definitely want to hop around and check out these other great giveaways! Be sure to check out the other giveaways we are hosting. One is at Mommy’s site, Mommynificent.com, where she is giving away 3 electronic copies of the book Katie Grace Makes a New Friend, written by our friend Julie Merrin. The other is at our kids’ showcase site, DesperateHomeschoolers.com, where we’ll be giving away 3 electronic copies of a book chosen by our eldest daughter.

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IP wireless camera to monitor baby

IP Wireless Camera

In the last post, I talked about not being able to find a baby monitor anywhere in Penang.  I even considered doing a little travel, perhaps to Singapore, to find such a device.  But in the end, I found a technological solution in Tanjung Tokong.  I bought a little IP Wireless Camera that will sit in my baby’s crib and broadcast on our home wifi network.

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Field Trip: Happy Goat Farm in Balik Pulau

This summer we hope to get out an around Penang more, finding cheap, kid friendly activities.  We have some other families that want to get out there with us as well and so for this first time out, we found this goat farm out in Balik Pulau.   Read more…

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Field Trip to Craft Batik in Teluk Bahang

sign outside Craft Batik Teluk Bahang, Penang Malaysia

2014 Update: The current price is now RM25 for tourists.  DLRC members can tell them they are connected to Dalat school and get a price of RM12 per painting.

After our successful outing to the Royal Selangor School of Hard Knocks, Our Travel Lifestyle and the Living in Penang kids decided to try another field trip together.  We wanted to do something distinctly Malaysian, and quickly, because we’re about to say goodbye to Our Travel Lifestyle as they travel on to New Zealand.  So the little one and I went on a scouting mission to Craft Batik in Teluk Bahang and arranged a tour and a chance to do some batik painting at Craft Batik in Teluk Bahang. Read more…

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Paperwork for a US birth abroad

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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