Bumiputras

Lately I have been a lot more interested in the political and economic life in Malaysia.  We are constantly commenting to each other how interesting it is to live in Malaysia right now as it rapidly develops.  Economically, in the past 40 years Malaysia has gone from a resource based economy to a multi-sector economy with a large manufacturing sector. …

Catching Up

Okay I knew it had been awhile since we did a blog, but didn’t realize it had been like 10 weeks!  I’m not sure if it is laziness or perhaps we have well and truly settled into life here, but there just hasn’t been too much to write about. Time is just flying along…March and April are over and May …

Malaysia: One Year On

Our 1 year anniversary of living in Malaysia has passed (we arrived February 8, 2011) and we thought we would dedicate this blog to a reflection of the past year. Paul and I have been lucky enough to have done a lot of traveling.  In fact, its 52 countries for Dawn and 50 countries for Paul, but who’s counting???  Actually Paul has …

Gong Xi Fa Cai

While Christmas may not have been that big of a deal in Malaysia, January brought our first Chinese New Year in Asia and what a big event it is.  Images of the festive season abound: red lanterns, an abundance of oranges, red envelopes (aung pao), firecrackers, McDonalds prosperity meals.  We all perfected our pronunciation of “Gong Xi Fa Cai” and …

Merry Christmas from Malaysia

Since we are in the tropics and since we are away from family and friends at Christmas this year, we had to “force” Christmas a little bit.  Christmas is not really celebrated here in Malaysia except in the commercial sense in the larger cities.  The malls here have caught on to the fact that Christmas equals lots of $$$ and …

Musings from Malaysia

  Living in Malaysia in 2011 is a pretty neat experience because you get to watch a country heave its way towards modernity at breakneck speeds.  Malaysia is certainly not a third world country; it would be classified as a developing country.  It has made a lot of progress in a short period of time and it is interesting to …