Expat Interview: Erin Sandral

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Name: Erin Sandral
Home Country: United Kingdom
Designation/Industry/Company: Aesthetics
Marital Status: Married
Other countries you’ve lived in: Singapore, Holland, France, United States

What brought you to Malaysia?
I moved here with my husband and two small children just over a year ago to bring our business, Glo, to Malaysia.

What do you like and dislike about living here?
I really enjoy the warm, friendly energy of the people here in Malaysia and the diverse mix of cultures. My only complaint is the traffic!

What is your favourite holiday destination in Malaysia or in the region? Why?
It has to be Malacca. It was one of the first places in Malaysia that I visited before moving here, and it was a cultural eyeopener. I loved learning about its rich history and trawling through its small, beautiful, vibrant streets with my daughter.

What do you miss most about your home country?
Well, I’ve been away from London for over seven years now, so have become used to being away, but I never stop missing my friends and family (and the occasional Sunday Roast).

What advice do you have for a newly arrived expat?
Make friends, and fast! Use every network available to you (school, work, friends of friends) to develop new relationships. Get in your car, go out, and explore, but download Waze onto your phone first. I wouldn’t be able to navigate my way around without it.

How long do you plan to stay in Malaysia? Where would you like to go next, and why?
We have no plans to leave, so I’m here for the foreseeable future. When and if it does become time to move elsewhere, I’d like to try out somewhere in Southeast Asia I haven’t yet spent much time – Manila, anywhere in Vietnam, maybe even Laos or Myanmar for a little adventure.

Is Malaysia a good place in which to work and do business? Why?
At times the lack of structure can make things challenging, but as long as you remember to take it all in your stride, ask everyone you meet for their advice and smile through it, you can and will get it done.

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Source: The Expat magazine December 2015

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