What would you like to see more of?

What is Living in Penang?

A guide

I’ve been thinking a lot about what this site, Living in Penang, should be about.  I started out with a guide, with some suggestions on where to find furniture, dentists and hospitals. Those were good ideas to be sure, but I could not possibly list every dentist that opens, or keep track of those that close.  I have also written some information about visas, in particular, my own visa process to register a Labuan Offshore Company.

There is informational posts about public holidays in Malaysia, as well as the surrounding countries.  There are posts about practical things like getting a water filter, and flights in and out of Penang.

A food blog

As I thought about what it means to live in Penang, the first thought was the food.  So I wrote about the different fruit that we have here.  Fruit like red dragonfruit, durian and nona are quite new to us.

And nothing says Penang like the street food that we have here.  It topped the list on CNN Travel for Asian Street food.  I wrote about some of my favorite foods like char koay teow and roti canai. I also reviewed some restaurants, but that was not sustainable. I don’t have the budget to eat at every restaurant. (Although, anyone willing to feed me for a review, please contact me)

 A language and culture blog

There are a few posts about languages here, particularly Bahasa Melayu.  I would like to write more about these topics as I learn more.  I have written some about the culture here. There are festivals and holidays that I can highlight more.

I’ve written about general culture pertaining to living here as a foreigner.  I wrote about whether or not we should tip in Penang.

Who is the audience

I think there are three kinds of people reading Living in Penang:

  1. People who live here and are looking for information
  2. People who are moving here and want to know what to expect
  3. People who have friends actually living in Penang are curious about what their lives are like

I don’t prioritize between these groups, I want to satisfy all of you.  So please help me out.  In the comments below, let me know which category of reader you fit into, and what you would like to see more of?