Expat Angela

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...

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...

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...

11 October 2017 was International Girl Day. Back home in the USA girls and women fight for things like equal pay. Well, our sisters around the globe don’t always have it...

Honestly, I had braced myself for a long ride!  I have been to countless POS offices (Malaysia’s federally-run Post Office) in Kuala Lumpur and while they are never frustrating, they are...

Anyone who has visited or lived in India knows that there is one truth that must be embraced above all others >> that India is a land of contrasts. I lived...

In all the years I’ve been vlogging, this is my longest video, and for good reason. Malaysians LOVE foodie videos ;-). And given the popularity of street food and night market...

It’s wild how different Thai street food is compared to what I’ve known for the past 18 months here in Malaysia.  They’re super keen on literally ANYTHING on a stick it...

Ever since my daughter and I explored the cemetery island in Venice, Italy back in 2008 I’ve loved visiting cemeteries.  They are a beautiful and unique way to better understand a...

I was recently staying at the gorgeous Casa Del Rio hotel in Malacca, which is the perfect hotel for anyone looking to be pampered while exploring UNESCO World Heritage City of...

WHAT FUN! I just had the pleasure of listening to one of Malaysia’s amazing talents share his tips on travel photography (and how to pack for a trip in style, given...

Ahhh Expat Life in Malaysia!  After a year of living in Kuala Lumpur, I thought I knew my Malaysian brands and could shop without screwing up something as simple as MILK...

It was bound to happen sooner or later … I hated my Malaysian street food I picked out for lunch! It’s my own fault because I love going to street food...

Anyone who has travelled for long periods of time, migrated across county or state lines, or moved abroad knows how frustrating it can be to find a new hair salon. Well,...

Little India is Penang’s MUST VISIT spot for anyone with a love of India, Bollywood films, or who simply wants to tuck into a good curry!  I sadly didn’t have time...

If you’re looking for an authentic local Chinese meal within the historic UNESCO zone of Penang, then look no farther than Tek Sen Restaurant in Georgetown.  This 50 year old eatery...

When it comes to street food in Malacca, all I’ve ever really heard about was the Jonker Street Night Market.  It’s a super lively and memorable adventure, but it has felt quite touristy...

Heyyyy KL, are you interested in shooting fun street food videos or maybe starting up your own blog or YouTube channel?  Well, I’m teaching my first masterclass on the art of food...

After 8 months of calling Kuala Lumpur my home, I finally have the perfect shot of Petronas Towers. This was taken about 10 days ago on my 46th birthday with my...

Penang is famous for its non-stop street food and night markets, so I was excited to discover a wildly wonderful food pavilion next to Cheong Fatt Tze, The Blue Mansion (within...

Glass bottomed cable cars, panoramic views, and a terrifying glass window you can stand on hundreds of feet above ground … well, those are just thrills that await you on the Langkawi...

Holy yummy night out!  Don’t even think of visiting Penang without a visit to the Batu Ferringhi night market located just one street off of the beach.  Known locally as the Batu...

Come explore one of the most important Hindu shrines outside of India with me, taking in life around the caves and temples in the early morning to start.  Then we’ll climb...

You never know what life in Malaysia will bring your way, and this was never more apparent to me as when I was spontaneously invited to my very first Malay-Muslim wedding...

Looking for something hilariously FUN to do while visiting Malaysia? Well, how about a ride in a super neon Hello Kitty tri-shaw blasting out pop music from massive speakers!  My Mom was...

Woohooooo! My 1st (non-airport) experience with the Malaysian government was fantastic … every single employee was kind, gracious and helpful (NOT something expats experience in some countries, trust me!!! I’ve been...

I’m currently spending a month in Bali curating travel content. This makes the 2nd time in less than 9 months that I’m here, with the previous visit lasting 60 days. It’s...

After living in Kuala Lumpur for a couple of months now, I finally spent an absolutely fun evening eating, drinking, and shopping at Pasar Malam Taman Connaught 康乐夜市, Malaysia’s largest Night Market...

Looking for a truly ‘local’ experience in Kuala Lumpur? Then definitely check out Raj’s Banana Leaf for breakfast on the weekend. It is multi-cultural fabulousness at its best with ladies in...

After spending 7 weeks back in California in a very ‘white’ residential suburb, one of the things I’m loving most about being back in a city – especially one like Kuala...

Shot this on Day 3 of my new life in Malaysia. I was staying in a service apartment, insanely jet-lagged (translation = NOT looking fresh or rested), and on the hunt...

I still remember my first squatty toilet experience just like it was yesterday. I was 22 years old and on a fabulous road trip that took my dear friend Janine and...

Whether it was the mercado in Spain, street vendors in India or the everyday grocery stores in Asia, there has always been something about shopping for that first home-cooked meal in...

As you know, in some Asian countries all it takes is one unconscious act (ehem, mistake) to appear culturally insensitive, insult someone, or lose a friendly or business relationship altogether.  I’m from California and have...

It’s been 48 hours since I left Hong Kong to live (up to) 60 days in Bali. Not being in the greatest place when I left Honkers, I decided to use...

If you’ve ever lived through a period of your life that caused you an intense amount of stress or that changed you – either mentally in a negative way or physically...

Women around the world are so wonderfully diverse that it is makes perfect sense that we ladies have completely different ideas of beauty … and even more so 100% unique beauty regiments.  I...

You’ll have to forgive me here from the beginning. What started a couple of weeks ago as a post about simply being grateful has turned into a melting pot of emotions....

Actually living in a foreign country instead of just visiting it paves the way for a whole slew of fabulous ‘local’ experiences that one wouldn’t normally be able to experience …...

Man have I missed food blogging and writing travel reviews since leaving India back in 2013 {oh my gawd, like totally a lot!}. So it is with a heart full of...

Today is my birthday and what’s a girl to do when she’s fresh off the boat and doesn’t have friends yet in Hong Kong? Shop, darling…SHOP! And since I just signed...

It seems blissfully fitting that today is now officially the first day of the rest of my life because today is the day that the greatest joy in my life arrived...

Spring is here and it is a real pleasure to take the 15’ish minute walk from my flat to work now that I’m not freezing my ass off in Beijing.  This...

When I locked the door to my home in Bangalore and headed to Los Angeles for a simple visa renewal in 2013, I never dreamed that I was destined to move...

Leaving India to live and work in China meant saying goodbye to the chai wallas and their constant flow of yummy sweet home-brewed tea and saying hello a whole different kind...

Waking up at 05:30 is not something I do in my normal life.  Generally speaking, the only good reason to be up that early should still be happening since the night...

Note from Angela: I find the writer’s references to Bollywood films interesting and her manner of conveying her own negative experiences to be without any hint of self pity.  She is...

I love those lyrics from Can You Feel It by The Jacksons when Michael sings “All the colors of the world should be, Lovin’ each other wholeheartedly.”  Sure, you and I...

My daughter asked if I’d like to write through her Angela’s Bangalore blog about my vacation in India.  I thought what a wonderful way to not only have a keepsake daily...

IPL6 is on like Donkey Kong and I am thrilled to be more involved this season than last.  Thanks to the overwhelming support of the first article I wrote about the...

Recently the Deccan Chronicle reported on the drinking problem of Malayalis, using a headline grabbing statistic that just under 1/3 of the people consume alcohol there in order to try and...

Last year was my first Valentine’s Day in India and it was a pretty interesting thing to behold. 

********UPDATE 1am Jan 22, 2013*********  The MAXIM Magazine cover for Janaury’s 7th Anniversary Issue will not feature the original cover, the magazine announced tonight. 

The village where I lived for 10 years before moving to Bangalore has a few ‘town drunks’ like any town in any country in the world.  They were harmless, generally sweet...

Taken the day I spent an afternoon working at a typical Indian restaurant!  This is my quick lesson on how to make a masala dosa… from the cook at New Krishna...

The past 10 days in India have been interesting to behold.  A horrific attack on December 16th in Delhi left a young, innocent physiotherapy student fighting for her life for two...

Every time that a man thinks he can touch me without permission, for his amusement, for “fun” … it astounds me.  First, I wonder what kind of depraved LOSER is the...

Haven’t read part 1 yet?  You really need to or you won’t know the characters in the tale I’m about to finish telling. …once again this is insanely long so please...

Barnaby, a blogger friend from New Zealand who was living in India until earlier this year, once wrote an article comparing being white in India to something akin to being a...

Ahhhh water. Who’da guessed that there are so many different customs and habits surrounding water that I would encounter when I moved to Bangalore?

In middle class America, most teenage kids look forward to starting our first “real jobs” when we turn 16 (the legal age for employment in the U.S.). 

Please don’t get me wrong, I am American and blessed to have been born in Los Angeles.  I was lucky to be born and raised in beautiful southern California.  But after...

Where I’m from, cheerleading is a sport.  All across the U.S. there are hundreds of thousands of cheerleaders ready to pep up and kick-start any event, starting from as young as...

It’s official!  In a few days I will have lived in Bangalore for one year.  I’ve tried hard to surround myself with Indian friends so that my experience in India is...

I often marvel at the efficiency and speed at which Indians can create, produce or turn some things around.

Is it possible to blow one month’s salary in one night?  Hell yes it is. 

A friend of mine from Los Angeles turned me on to the TV show Outsourced after he read my Facebook post last March about my daughter and I moving to India.

I had been living in Bangalore less than two weeks the first time I truly understood how different my experiences in life are when compared to many of my work mates. 

When I heard that my new work laptop had finally arrived at the office I was like a kid in a candy store, super excited to start using it.