Uncovering amazing Malaysian brands and businesses is a new favourite pastime and today I’m sharing the most chic and natural discovery yet, Rad Alchemist!  Founded by Penangite Jezicca Yee after a heroic battle with cancer at the age of 21, the brand is modern, caring, and inventive.  Not only are Rad Alchemist products handmade — and as Jezicca puts it “botanically-inspired” — they are made of 100% responsibly sourced ingredients.  Oh, and as you’ll see in the video, they smell AMAZING! Read More

Depression, dating, relocating … when it comes to the 19 years I’ve been an expat in Mexico, Spain, India, China, Hong Kong, and now Malaysia, it’s safe to say I’ve made more mistakes than good choices!  And sure, from time to time I wish my expat life was different but the funny is that I NEVER wish I could go back to my old life in California.  This isn’t a lifestyle for me, it’s just my life … and I want to start sharing more on what you could expect when living abroad. Read More

New York is fabulous!  It’s a city packed with possibilities, eclectic neighbourhoods and vibrant nightlife.  I’ve partied there ’til the sun came up back in the ’90s, spent days playing tourist, and worked there for about a month in 2014.  But it can be hard to know where to start when planning a trip, so here’s my 5-day guide to the Big Apple. Get ready to take a bite! Read More

Meet Mouzi, Missnah, their children and a whole lotta wonderful people who work six days a week in Kuala Lumpur at this dee-lish family-owned moist cake bakery!  I fell so coo coo in love with their cakes that I talked them into letting me work (well, mostly eat cake) at the bakery one morning.  This vlog is my experience starting from my 5:15am wakeup to our shift working behind-the-scenes.  It ends shopping for the actual ooey gooey yummy (rich, moist!) cake we made in my neighbourhood of Hampshire Park and trying it at home with my lovely friend Stacey. Read More

I am one of only 3 writers or journalists who has sat down face-to-face with Hassan al-Kontar, the Syrian man stuck living in an airport.  We met a week ago and the truth is that he and his story have changed my life.  Please take a moment to read the piece I wrote, published two days ago on Asian Correspondent, and please also watch the video below.

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I’m happy to report that I recently found the best hospital and doctors for expats in Kuala Lumpur at Prince Court Medical Centre.  In a nutshell, I’m 47, don’t live the healthiest lifestyle, and it was time for a long overdue annual checkup.  While searching for where to go for an annual wellness exam, I came across Prince Court and their Executive Health Screening Packages for men and women of all ages.  Follow along with me during my round of tests and listen to the results >> Read More

From time to time I’m struck by an overwhelming nostalgia for the years I lived with my daughter in India.  I have written 100s of amazingly positive articles about what it was like to live in the country. The articles were 100% true and normally included thoughtful insight into how my own lifestyle was the opposite to what was deemed ‘correct’ in India but that I enjoyed learning about Indian culture.  Read More

It’s not often I feel lonely instead of just alone but tonight is one of those nights. I haven’t been in a proper relationship in years but it honestly never bothers me because I love my life and I don’t believe that a relationship would improve it. Tonight though, I question it all.

I’m sat on the luxury Paradise Elegance cruise ship in Halong Bay, Vietnam surrounded by happy couples, honeymooners, and groups enjoying the holiday. Me on the other hand … I’m trying hard to find a wifi signal and push out my 1st travel piece that I was supposed to upload yesterday for FEMALE Malaysia magazine! Read More

The very first video I launched was back in 2011 in India during my first hotel review. It was at a Taj property in Bangalore, horrible quality, but because no one else was launching video back then with property reviews it really helped me to have a blog that was different from all the others. In fact, AngelasBangalore.com was India’s very 1st luxury travel blog and #1 on Google for 5 years. Since then I slowly starting launching more videos … this one is my 221st! Read More

The streets of Hanoi filled up instantly when Vietnam beat Qatar in the Semi Final AFC U23 Match in China … and I was lucky enough to be there.  Check it out as fans share their passion and pride at the moment of the win!  You’ll see that at times the streets are so full that all traffic was at a standstill.

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Until recently I always had a good relationship with my daughter. I was not a perfect mom by any stretch of the imagination but I loved her with my whole heart and more than anyone else EVER in my life. I tried to make our life something special. Of course, being a single mom without child support money wasn’t anything I had ever dreamed of for myself but she was very much worth it. Read More

Although this is my 2nd New Year’s Eve in Kuala Lumpur, it’s the first time I ventured out to watch the fireworks at Petrons Twin Towers in downtown KLCC.  My expectations were quite low but honestly I had a great time.  Okay yeah, I stood in the wrong spot and I arrived so late I was in a horrible cattle call style queue where I was groped more times than I can count (a real first for me in Malaysia, I have never been groped here before tonight).  But all in all I had a fab time and would absolutely recommend this as the best place to see the fireworks in Kuala Lumpur.

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It’s a bit embarrassing to admit but when I first moved to Malaysia, I thought that a wet market was a floating market like you’d find in various countries around Southeast Asia and I tried to convince my friend Ramesh to visit one with me for a vlog.  He agreed but with a strange look in his eyes until he realised what I thought they were and then he was rolling with laughter … and it was pretty funny.  A wet market is simply a mercado or local market where individual vendors and farmers sell their produce, meats, flowers, and other goods.  The one that I recently explored is the oldest wet market in all of Kuala Lumpur, located in the central beating heart of Petaling Street.  Come with me for a quick tour of Penjaja Gallery Jalan Tun H.S. Lee, commonly known as Madras Lane.  You can buy live chickens there, pig heads (and every other part you’d want), oodles of fresh fish, and wildly exotic (to me) vegetables, and fruit.
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If you saw the video of my first Christmas Eve in Kuala Lumpur in 2016 you’ll know why I am so grateful to have experienced a fun, festive, and lovely Christmas dinner this year.  Unfortunately, once I started drinking (and eating) I forgot to keep shooting video but this is what Christmas Eve with friends looks like in Kuala Lumpur (at least the non-messy beginning bits!) 🎄🍾🎄🍾 Read More

2016 was my first Christmas in Kuala Lumpur and boy-oh-boy did it leave a lasting memory … one that I hope to never repeat again for the rest of my life.  I was supposed to be at dinner with my friend Ramesh and his group of amigos but where I was staying at the time in downtown KL made it impossible to catch a Grab, Uber, or taxi because of a parade that I didn’t know what happening.  So I spent the evening editing video at the start and then Skyping with my daughter until midnight.  Right at the stroke of midnight I set out for a bottle of wine and this is what happened…. Read More

The very first video I shot as a travel vlogger was in India in August 2011. Back then I was simply a blogger and travel writer and I had no idea the part that YouTube would play in my life to be honest. Nor that vlogging would turn into one of my favourite past times in life. Back then I shot video only for important hotel reviews with brands like Taj, Sheraton, and Alila and it was such good fun! Now I go live when I leave the cinema or find an amazing new street food vendor to share with the world! Read More

The number of vegans around the world is still growing, especially here in Malaysia. To give you an idea, Rise of the Vegan revealed that in the US alone, the lifestyle gained a 500% growth in population from 2014. They sourced a study conducted by GlobalData that showed the expansion of veganism. Ethical eating was the main reason for the massive growth with most people feeling compelled to eat environmentally sustainable food. Read More

I went to my first G.E.M. show back in January 2015, right before I started working for her music label Hummingbird Music and helping to setup her first USA and UK tour.  A lot has changed since then and it was wonderful to watch G.E.M. perform this time in Kuala Lumpur, see her and the Hummingbird crew backstage after the show, and interview her for my first feature article in Malaysia (for the March 2018 issue of Esquire Malaysia). Read More

Anyone who googles where to go and what to see in Kuala Lumpur ends up landing on a list with Petaling Street on it.  It’s a bright, lively, bustling area full of shops and food stalls that at first glance looks like a ‘must visit’ here.  When I first moved to Kuala Lumpur I asked my local friends though and every single person told me to avoid it like that plague because it is a tourist trap.  And for the most part I 100% agree, unless you go at 7am and walk a gastronomic food tour path!  This is my Local Breakfast Insider Guide to Petaling Street.   Read More

Every time I walk into my neighbourhood convenience store I discover oodles and oodles of funky and weird Malaysian snacks that I’ve never seen before.  Well, today I’m trying 7 of them, including a drink I shot video of  in a vending machine on my 1st day in Malaysia in February 2016 that made me giggle because of its name.  The one snack that scared me the most I actually really liked.  And one that I thought was going to be sweet and nice was the one that made me have my first-ever spit take on video!
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