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Dealing with a Surprise Cleanse While Traveling & Asian Wellness: Thai Massage, Ear Candling, & Float Therapy

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It’s hard to believe I have already been on Remote Year for a full month. Time is flying by, and there is not a moment of the day that hasn’t been filled with an activity. I’m having a blast, making new friends, and enjoying immersing myself in Malaysian culture. Mid-way through the month, however, my new lifestyle started to take its toll and my overall...
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Popular Food and Drinks Malaysia

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Cuisine in Malaysia in rich in vibrant flavors and spices and has eclectic influences. Although you can walk down any street and find 100’s of different options and variations I will highlight some popular choices. Durian (Fruit) Roti Canai (Flatbread) Apam Balik (Stuffed Pancake) Teh Tarek (Pulled Tea) Nasi Lemak (Rice Cooked in coconut milk) […]
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The Mayor & Me (What You Don’t Know About South St. Paul)

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Pairs Well With… South St. Paul Pride + Excitement – Great Things to Come The Mayor and Me.  Me and The Mayor.  Either way, it has a nice ring, don’t you think? One of the things I love about life is crossing paths by happenstance. You can’t always know where a simple hello, a kind... The post The Mayor & Me (What You Don’t Know...
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“Made in Malaysia” – The 3 Profound Lessons I Learned from its History and Culture

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Malaysia, a country that is known for its incredible diversity, colonial history, stunning nature, home to many beautiful yet endangered species, dying remainders of rainforest, and some of the most friendly people I have ever encountered. Many colonizing countries have wanted their share of it, including the Portuguese, the British and the Dutch, all leaving their trademark in the architecture and culture, the language and...
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Musings of a Modern Day Malaysian Woman: Retail Therapy, Sunday Brunch, & Movie Dates

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The other day, I had the opportunity to sit down with Siti Mahmud, who goes by Pam (a name given to her by her mother), a vivacious 32-year old single Muslim Malaysian woman living in Kuala Lumpur. She has a background in public relations and law and is currently a management consultant, having worked at some of the largest consulting companies in the world. Pam...
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Malaysian City Life: Street Food, Art, Cafe Culture, & Infinity Pools

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Within a few days, or even hours, of setting foot in Malaysia you quickly begin to realize how central food and beverages are to gathering in modern Malaysian culture. Our Remote Year city hosts, Nik, Rez, and Wan, have done an awesome job of giving us a taste of the various flavors of Kuala Lumpur – from the Lot 10 Hutong underground food stalls to...
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20 Must-Have Experiences in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

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Pairs Well With…Traveling + Adventure + Discovery When moving to a new city, it’s easy to start exploring, beginning with the sights you should see.  Petronas Towers, check!  Batu Caves, check!  It was in Kuala Lumpur, the city of skyscrapers and lookout points and the first one-month stop within my Remote Year journey, where I... The post 20 Must-Have Experiences in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia appeared...
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Week 7 -Dragons and Murals in Georgetown and Penang

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What a wonderful experience in George Town and the rest of Penang! Although it’s touristy, there’s so much to explore off the beaten paths. Spices, music, food, culture, jetties, nature, boats and sunsets… What else is there to want? Watch us in my latest vlog post, as we take this beautiful island and cultural center of Malaysia with force! Thank you for following!
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Remote Year One Month Reflection

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Living and working in another country makes every day feel like ten but at the same time one month flies by so quickly. I have made friends that I know will last a lifetime and experiences I will never forget. The first week is a whirlwind of meeting 65 new people, trying to learn their names, […]
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Finding Solitude and Understanding in Muslim Malaysia, A Religious Melting Pot

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I admit that I was a bit skeptical of moving to Malaysia – a predominantly Muslim country – the very month that Trump declared a travel ban targeted towards Islamic countries. As of 2013, over 60% of Malaysia’s population declared itself Muslim, with Sunni Islam being the predominant sect. The country has deep roots in Islam, which was brought to the Malay peninsula in the...
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