Name: Olya Kudryavtseva
Home Country: Russia
Designation/Industry/Company: Head Coach of Skechers Running Club
Marital Status: Married
Other countries you’ve lived in: Hong Kong
What brought you to Malaysia?
It was my husband’s work and our mutual curiosity to explore this part of the world that was unknown to us at the time, that brought us here.
What do you like and dislike about living here?
It is easy to find flaws in any city or culture, but I choose to focus on good things. One of my favourite things are the numerous holidays like Chinese New Year, Thaipusam, and Hari Raya. I am also fond of photography, and I believe festivals like those are great opportunities to capture cultural traditions. I also love that Malaysia gives us a good balance when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. We have outdoor running and biking, coupled with unhealthy but delicious food!
Name three typical weekend activities that you enjoy.
On weekends, I enjoy running, rock climbing, and long dim sum lunches!
What is your favourite holiday destination in Malaysia or in the region? Why?
I love Langkawi for the abundance of things to do there, as well as the cheap wine and chocolate. I also love a good relaxing ride on the scooter around the island.
Describe a memorable eating experience you have had here.
I knew there would be a question about food! One memorable experience I had was when I was eating at a mamak, and I really liked their roti canai. So I tried to leave a tip when paying the bill, but they refused to accept the extra cash!
Do you own property here? If so, where? If not, why?
No, but we are planning to in the near future.
What do you miss most about your home country?
The change of seasons, skiing, and walking outside.
What advice do you have for a newly arrived expat?
Travel around Asia, have an open heart and an open mind. Always respect other cultures. You may fi nd that some things can be very different from what you are used to, but that’s okay. Always stay positive.
How long do you plan to stay in Malaysia?
Where would you like to go next, and why? We currently have no plans of leaving as we are happy here.
Source: The Expat magazine July 2015
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