Expat Interview: Liz Mulliss

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Name: Liz Mulliss
Home Country: United Kingdom
Designation/ Industry/ Company: Oil & Gas Industry
Marital Status: Married
Other countries you’ve lived in: USA, Ireland, Australia, Azerbaijan, Trinidad & Tobago, Egypt

What brought you to Malaysia?
I worked here between 2000 and 2003, and this is also where I met my husband. Therefore, Malaysia is special to us in that way, and we always wanted to return to settle down and eventually retire here. Thankfully, we were able to make this a reality 18 months ago.

What do you like and dislike about living here?
I like the hot weather, the great choice of good restaurants and bars, and of course the food! However, I don’t fancy spicy food, unfortunately, so the food that I can enjoy here are somewhat limited.

Name three typical weekend activities that you enjoy.
My husband and I met at the Petaling Hash in 2000, and we still Hash every Saturday afternoon. For those who have not heard of hashing, it is described as a ‘drinking club with a running problem’ and involves running/walking for around 8km through jungle/plantations, followed by beer and a Chinese meal. Sundays are normally quiet days, where we enjoy late breakfast of roti canai or sausage and eggs sometimes, often followed by meeting up with friends for drinks and more food.

What is your favourite holiday destination in Malaysia or in the region? Why?
We travel as much as we can in the region – it is so easy with KL being an AirAsia hub. In the last year we have visited Myanmar, Laos, Chiang Mai, Lake Toba in Indonesia, Krabi in Thailand, Hong Kong, and Vietnam. We are currently planning a trip to Boracay in the Philippines.

Describe a memorable eating experience you have had here.
We love the variety and different food choices available here. We recently had a friend from the UK staying with us and we had roti canai by the roadside for breakfast, early evening drinks in a posh bar overlooking the Petronas Twin Towers, and then a dinner of chicken and fish at Jalan Alor. Even if you are not a foodie, the diverse food options makes eating out a memorable experience.

Do you own property here? If so, where? If not, why?
Yes, we bought a house in Sri Hartamas five years ago when we decided that KL was the place for us to settle. We have just finished renovating it and are very happy with the area and the house.

What do you miss most about your home country?
My friends and family.

What advice do you have for a newly arrived expat?
Find a way to create a network of friends, consisting of both expats and locals. For us it was the Hash running club.


How long do you plan to stay in Malaysia?
We hope to retire here.

Is Malaysia a good place in which to work and do business? Why?
Yes it is. There is a thriving Oil & Gas industry and it is wonderful to work with all the keen young engineers and professionals here.

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Source: The Expat magazine July 2015

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