An Interview with an Expat from the UK


Name: Adela Ball
Home Country: United Kingdom
Marital Status: Married with two children
Other countries you’ve lived in: UAE

What brought you to Malaysia?
We wanted a change and to gain new experiences in another country, for us and for the kids as well. After four years in the Middle East, Asia just seemed like the next natural step.

What do you like and dislike about living here?
I love the fact we can travel relatively cheaply to loads of lovely and interesting places. I also love the taste and variety of Asian food. Plus, I enjoy a good thunderstorm! What I seriously dislike is the abundance of mosquitoes and the price of a good bottle of wine.

Name three typical weekend activities that you enjoy.
Some of the weekend activities I particularly enjoy are being able to relax with the family by the pool, socialise with friends, and of course, going out for a delicious bite to eat.

What is your favourite holiday destination in Malaysia or in the region? Why?
I love some of the smaller, quieter islands off the east coast of Malaysia. We’ve just been to Bali and I just fell in love with its charm. I’m really fond of Thailand, too. We haven’t even been here for a year yet though, so I am looking forward to seeing and exploring lots more, including an imminent trip to Penang with some friends.

Describe a memorable eating experience you have had here.
We just recently went to Jalan Alor, which was a fantastic experience. We really enjoyed the wonderful atmosphere and great fresh food at great prices.

Do you own property here? If so, where? If not, why?
No, we don’t. We own a property in the UK, so we don’t feel the need to make such a big investment here at this moment.

What do you miss most about your home country?
Oh that’s easy… my mum.

What advice do you have for a newly arrived expat?
Go with the flow, enjoy the positives, and try not to let the tricky stuff get in the way.


How long do you plan to stay in Malaysia? Where would you like to go next, and why?
We would like to stay for at least four or five years, and after that, who knows where life will take us?

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Source: The Expat magazine June 2015

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