You know how sometimes we can’t see what’s right under our noses? And as parents we don’t realise how quickly time passes until it’s too late? Well that was me. My little angel was the best thing to ever happen to me. She was my greatest joy and my deepest frustration, sometimes in quite equal doses! Her father and I divorced when she was just 1 year old and anyone who has done it can attest that being a single parent isn’t easy. Yet she made that life…

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 not quick experiences.  I seriously take reading material with me when I go.  This time I was equipped with my iPhone as entertainment and I was on a mission to send a ‘love box’ to my daughter at university in London. It’s a ritual of mine to send everything from almonds and knickers to beauty products and…

This was a fabulous week in my world, discovering moon cakes after all these years in Asia … and finding SWEET passion fruit finally in Malaysia (woohoo!).

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 there for about three years … and was subsequently blacklisted from the country like a terrorist or criminal for the next five years over a paperwork issue that they refused to correct. I’m on year four if they stick to the five year blacklisting and I’m looking forward to returning next year for a visit to see…

I’ve been a mega fan of road trips from the time I was a little girl and dad would drive us from Los Angeles to the Colorado River for week-long water skiing trips.  It was very fun!  Since then I’ve road tripped in Mexico (where I was shot at by bandits), solo in the Rocky Mountains, around a dozen countries in Europe with friends, and for a week alone in Tunisia just my daughter and I.  Now I’m going it solo again for the first time in my…

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 videos, and after about one year of eating from Malaysian food trucks at least every week … I thought it was time to share my Top 5 Best and Most Favourite Food Trucks at TAPAK here in Kuala Lumpur. These are my personal favourites that I visit over and over again here in KL.

I moved to Barcelona the first time by accident. It was 1993, the year after their summer Olympic games and I had bought the cheapest one-way ticket from Los Angeles to Europe I could find, which happened to be Amsterdam. It was May and I had not packed well for Northern Europe so I was freezing my ass off! After two days of smoking everything possible in the cool cafes near the Red Light District, I took a train to Paris. Paris was too expensive, San Sebastian and Pamplona…

The last time I remember being this light, this joyfully happy, this optimistic, and this positive was the summer of 2013. I can pinpoint triggers in my mind and there are precisely two to be exact. The first was in July when my daughter and I went on a very fun weeklong road trip in India before she moved away to head to uni in the UK. We drove the chauffer (not Shiva!) mad for hours-on-end singing our favourite songs from the 60s to 2000s, had wonderfully long…

After 18 months of living in Kuala Lumpur, I am so thrilled to have finally been invited to my very first Malay-Muslim wedding reception. Well, I had attended one last year for a short time but it was a spontaneous thing and I hadn’t actually known the couple (see that video here). This time, I’ve known the groom Kamal for close to a year and was wonderfully happy to meet his lovely bride Suhada and be able to take part in their lovely majlis bersanding.

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 seems.  Spicy is better.  And there is huge pride in the freshness and quality by the hawker and food stall owners.  Come with me as I explore a night market in Phuket and some local hawker street food along the seafront at Panwa Beach.  I tried a few meats-on-a-stick that included a real first for me, chicken…

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 country or region and its culture.  That is certainly true for Malaysia, which I discovered first in Penang at a Protestant cemetery and now here in Kuala Lumpur at the Chinese Cemetery located right downtown (but feels a million kilometres away).

Yum, yum, and double YUM!!!! What a lunch! As you’ll see I not only had a rockin’ time with friends old and new … I also dug into a brand new burger that was invented for Merdeka 2017 … and damn is it tasty! I was invited by my friend Razif Hashim to try this new deconstructed char kuey teow burger that has been created to combat the crazy nasi lemak burger 😉

I’ve been an expat most of my adult life, moving from country to country and along life’s path as it opened up to me. However, until this year I never identified as a Digital Nomad or being Location Independent. Pretty much because I wasn’t, even though most people in my life saw me that way. I’m a Californian and have worked in digital comms in Spain, India, China, Hong Kong, and Malaysia for local start-ups. Never on assignment as a foreign worker for a large company and rarely…

HISTORY Con MY is going on this weekend in Kuala Lumpur and I just had a sneak peak at all the fun and antics you and your family can get up to there! Some of HISTORY Channels top celebrities are on hand, including Masterchef Australia judge Matt Preston who sat down for a one-on-one with me and talked … yep you guessed it … all about FASHION!!! It was very fun 😉

Malaysia is home to some of Asia’s most wonderful street and hawker food and Penang is the undisputed king when it comes to showcasing its bounty (at least in my opinion!). I’m in George Town at least every six to eight weeks and I always find time to spend an evening (or at least a very long meal) at Red Garden Food Paradise located next to The Edison and The Blue Mansion heritage hotels 

I fell in love with Leica last year when I saw a review from one of my favourite travel vloggers Jon Olsson using one of their cams. The 4k video quality was off-the-charts and looked nothing like even the BEST the videos I was producing. So when I decided that it was time to upgrade from the iPhone + DSLR setup I was using, it was a Leica that I wanted. I did my research and chatted with the guys at YL Camera, Malaysia’s largest camera retailer, for…

The first time I realised that the beauty of a city is reflected and can be found in the history of its cemeteries was in October, 2008.  My daughter and I were in Venice, Italy celebrating her 13th birthday and we took a vaporetto (water bus) to the cemetery island there and found the experience left a lasting impression on us.  So when the opportunity arose to explore Penang’s most famous cemetery I leapt at the chance.  The UNESCO-protected Old Protestant Cemetery (or Francis Light Cemetery) offers free…

Ramadan in Kuala Lumpur is so wonderfully festive and exciting, full of vibrant food bazaars and nights markets that welcome those breaking fast and visitors like me to an array of diverse and YUMMY choices night after night.  Last night I went for the very first time to the Masjid India Ramadan Bazaar and WOW was it good fun.  This pasar malam starts at the foot of the Masjid India mosque and seems to go on and on without end, it’s fabulous!

Come with me on a tour of 157 Hampshire Place, my new home in Kuala Lumpur for the next 2 years. I have moved from quite an expat-heavy residential area into something akin to an oasis inside the heart of the KLCC urban jungle.  The neighbourhood is called Hampshire Park and it’s located just two blocks from Petronas Twin Towers and I couldn’t be happier.  Literally within a 5 – 7 minute walk I now have countless cafes, amazing restaurants with rooftop views of the city, street food…

Living in Malaysia is always awesome but it’s never better than during Ramadan!  This is my first year with Muslim friends and I’m going to take advantage of this by exploring the infamous food bazaars of Kuala Lumpur and breaking fast with them at hotspots like TAPAK, Malaysia’s first food truck park in the heart of KLCC and just a stone’s throw from Petronas Tower.  TAPAK calls itself ‘urban street dining’ and it’s all that and more, including cool live entertainment 🙂

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 Melaka 😉  Well, while there I arranged one of the city’s infamous Trishaw tours and it was hella-fun!  This is basically a bike peddled rickshaw but bling bling’d out in over-the-top ways.  I had gone on a Hello Kitty trishaw when my Mommy came to visit last so that was what I went with again this time.

Sooooo I’ve just returned home to Kuala Lumpur following an 11 day solo road trip in and around Cameron Highlands and had a fascinating adventure at a typical Malaysian rest and truck stop.  It was my 1st solo road trip here AND the very 1st time I’ve driven in Malaysia, which mad it extra-super-duper-hella-fun!  In fact, it was my first time driving since a solo road trip in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado while on holiday in the USA back in 2014 … but shhhhhh, don’t tell my friend…

Malaysia’s Night Markets Never Disappoint!!  Cameron Highlands Pasar Malam is the ONLY one in all of the surrounding hill stations and it is full of some unique and tasty treats, tons of organic fruits and vegetables from local farmers, homemade honey and juices, and local handicrafts. The next time you’re headed up to the gorgeous hill stations of Cameron Highlands, plan your trip around the weekend so you can explore the delicious and fun night market there. If you’re coo coo for strawberries, well this place is your…

Today is Mother’s Day back home in the USA, here in Malaysia where I now call home, and in lots of countries around the globe. First and foremost it is the day to acknowledge our moms and be grateful for the person they’ve helped us become. But for single moms (or single dads), it’s also the perfect day to celebrate the adventure and the beauty that our extraordinary ‘single parent’ life holds. Although my daughter left for university in the UK a few years ago, she’s still the…

It felt so amazing to see my YouTube channel grow to over a thousand subscribers today. I’m so grateful and simply want to send a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who has signed on to follow my journey as a Californian living in Asia (specifically, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia at this moment). I love sharing the beauty of living abroad and exploring fabulous places to eat, drink, sleep, and play all around Asia.

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 that the event was a joint effort between RIMOWA and Leica Malaysia!). Zung Heng (AKA Zung Ninja Photographer) is a truly inspiring human being who seems to see the beauty and the story behind faces and moments in a way that unites us all and brings us closer. He has shot American presidents, the Dalai Lama, Richard…

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 but … no 🙁  haha  Look what kind of coffee I get to drink today 😉

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 stalls, carts, and food trucks and (boldly) ordering without knowing what exactly that something I’m ordering actually is (I’ve done that at every night market and LOVED it normally).  But today was a huge, fishy disaster!! I just couldn’t eat it 🙁

Looking for a zippie way to get around the Kuala Lumpur? Well, I tested out the LRT line next to my new condo this weekend and had a blast! It’s crazy cheap, easy to navigate, clean, lively, and efficient. I live next to Petronas Tower now and have experienced first-hand how insane the traffic is here at peak hours so the LRT to/from KLCC to just about anywhere is a good plan and beats sitting in an Uber during rush hour traffic 🙂

Wanna see what fast food looks like in Malaysia? And exactly what USD $1.50 / 7 Ringgits will buy you in Kuala Lumpur? Well, this nasi kukus ayam goreng berempah is a hell of a lot healthier and yummier than what $1.50 would buy you in L.A. or San Francisco that’s for sure 😉 And not only is the food fresh and absolutely tasty but the packaging is eco-friendly and it is the perfect amount so we don’t overeat.

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, then multiply that hell by about 10 if you’re a blonde moving to a country without ONE SINGLE natural blonde. I was pretty lucky on my most recent move to Malaysia because I found a great salon in Kuala Lumpur after only one near miss (ehem, having to stand up from the chair and leave one salon)….

I only started drinking coffee when I moved to Hong Kong in 2014 and I know my palette is still not very mature even after two years. It’s basically like when us girls first start drinking alcohol and we can only really enjoy the sweet, fruity drinks … I think that’s still where I’m at with coffee, which is massively embarrassing given that I’m a food blogger!!  So when my new favourite Malaysian coffee brand invited me to learn a bit about Cold Brew I jumped at the…

After travelling all around and now living in Malaysia for the past 1 year, I have finally tried the decadently naughty fried street food truck just a short walk from Petronas Tower and DAMN it was tasty!  Check it out, sweet and savoury treats for any palette, and not at all spicy really (which surprised me). This is Kairol’s truck, just off Jalan Ampang in Hampshire Park, the new neighbourhood I just moved into and am already feeling very much at home.

I remember down to the day that I fell in love with ‘the idea of falling in love’ with a chef. I was living in Sitges, Spain, a quaint seaside village just south of Barcelona. It was the summer of 2006 and I was having dinner in the port at a VERY upscale Mexican restaurant called Don Ramon, owned by a dear friend of mine from Mazatlan. It was the first time I was dining there and I was introduced to something wonderful called a molcajete and ended…

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 to sort out the best restaurants in Little India on this trip but I plan to do that next time so please follow my journey for that video soon 🙂

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 is infamous!  I was there recently with Chinese Malaysian friends, a couple of whom are restauranteurs, and this was their lunch spot of choice.  Don’t miss the stir fried pork with duck soy, the spinach, and the clams … they were the 3 favourite dishes on the table.

Just like Spain felt like home, and India after a couple of years, Malaysia is finally, truly feeling like home to me. It is full of possibilities, and new friendships, and blissful happiness. Bloggers will understand that my (blog) babies are a part of me, or at least an extension of me …. so it’s amazing to have them showcased in a magazine here for the 1st time for contributing to the positive image of Malaysia to the outside world (and probably for making Malaysians laugh as I…

Wanna know what to do in Miri (Sarawak, Borneo) … well, definitely hit the Pasar Malam Night Market for crazy street good street food opposite Imperial Mall! Roti Johns are popular in Miri, along with hella-huge burgers and yummy spicy and healthy dishes prepared with passion! If you’re looking for a fun night out this is your spot.