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Expat Interview: Harmeet Kaur

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Name: Harmeet Kaur
Home Country: Australia
Other countries you
have lived in: USA
Marital Status: Married

What brought you to Malaysia?
Love! I met a wonderful man and we recently got married. I’ve been living here for four months now.

What do you like and dislike about living here?
I absolutely love the food, culture and how accessible things are. I dislike the hectic lifestyle that KL is famous for and the horrific traffic.

Name three typical weekend activities that you enjoy.
I love trying new restaurants and visiting my favourite ones. We also enjoy taking short drives to neighbouring towns and states and discovering the culture there. And of course, shopping!

What is your favourite holiday destination in Malaysia or in the region? Why?
Hands down, Penang. It has great food, cultural diversity, a scenic coastline and such a relaxed lifestyle. Love that place!

Describe a memorial eating experience you have had here.
Wow, too many! One of many memorable eating experiences would be eating the best char kuey teow in the world, in Taman Pekaka in Penang. The stall is run by a middle-aged Chinese lady, and we sat by the roadside around a plastic fold-out table, and got served on a plate with a square cut piece of banana leaf. Each portion is made in the wok individually and every time you eat there it tastes exactly the same – just delicious!

What do you miss most about your home country?
I miss the weather, and having four seasons to look forward to – not just rain and heat!

What advice do you have for newly arrived expats?
Take time to adjust to the lifestyle and the climate. Then ensure you experience the best of Malaysian culture, get to know some locals and be adventurous with tasting new food. Stay clear of Western restaurant chains – who wants to eat there when you can have so much more in this
food paradise?

Is Malaysia a good country to raise children? Why?
I believe one can make a home and raise a family anywhere in the world. Malaysian children seem to be just as well-adjusted as those from other countries, so I don’t see why not. As with any new country, you will need to do your research to see if the lifestyle suits you.

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How long do you plan to stay in Malaysia? Where would you like to go next, and why?
I’ll be here for another six months, before returning to Sydney to get back to work.

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