Well it’s not often that I get some ‘me-time’. And I’m totally ok with that because I absolutely adore being with my family and I plan to keep it that way. But… when I need my nails doing/ hair cutting/ massage, it is good to know that I have those around me (mostly my mum) who are willing to take Milly for a while and let me enjoy my time.
So I’m on the way looking forward to a good pampering but, the thing is, when I get there, I find myself looking at the clock wondering if my princess is okay! I was once told by a mummy that she loves going to work so she can have some ‘me-time’! Well, I only go in to the office 1 day per week and I know I would much rather be at home playing with Milly, even though it’s true that it’s more tiring! The flexibility of my work allows me to do most of it at home, so when Milly takes a nap, I use that time to get it done.
Back to the point, I love having a pampering session but I love it more when I get home and see my little girl run up to me and smile as if she hasn’t seen me all week. That is seriously the best feeling!
Plus, my nails are looking pretty good right now, don’t you think?
(I always get my nails done at Cass Nail Salon, Sunway Giza. They have a promo for first time customers. Check them out on FB!)
I find it only fitting that the first official post here should be about food! Yes yes, I know I should be talking about Milly. But the fact is, I’m pretty sure our whole lives here in Malaysia revolve around ‘makan’! (that’s food in Malay). When people greet each other on the street, the first thing they say is ‘sudah makan’ or ‘have you eaten’? It’s such a big part of the culture here and I believe that after being here for over 12 years, it is now a part of mine too!
People always ask what are our favourite foods? What do we eat at home? Western food? Korean food? Malaysian food? And the answer is WE EAT THEM ALL! 😂 In the area that we live, you can get almost any kind of food you can think of within just 30 minutes drive. Plus, the supermarkets sell lots more imported products nowadays so we can enjoy our favourite cheese or kimchi. (Not at the same time!)
What about baby stuff? For most of our everyday shopping, I use Tesco delivery. It’s so crazy easy and obviously cheaper than the other imported goods. For special items like healthy baby snacks or baby cereals etc, I go to Jaya Grocer. Back in the days when we first moved here, we didn’t even have a Tesco. We just had a local mart called Giant, which was all but average. We would ask friends visiting from the UK to bring us sweet, delicious BRITISH chocolate! It would then be hidden, savored, and slowly devoured, enjoying each piece as if it was our last! Now… we just nip down to Jaya Grocer and pick up all that our heart desires! Milly is having a regular craving for dairy at the moment. She is loving her cheese and yogurts. So I regularly pick them up for her.
Our home Korean BBQ
Eating out? We love Malaysian food! Curries, noodles, rice! Yum! There is a wonderful choice of food around where we live (and we don’t even live right in the city centre!) We also love going for Korean food. Malaysia seems to still be in its ‘korean-hype’ phase, so there’s always fresh new places to eat popping up here and there. Recently, we found one called “Oppa Gangnam” and oh my goodness, it is so delicious. I’ll try and do a video on it! Ok, I’m dreaming of that now. I’ll stop. Going out with Milly is normally fairly easy seeing as she eats pretty much anything that we are eating now. There’s always some rice or chicken around if she decides that its a picky kind of day.
So yes, if you happen to follow our YouTube or Instagram (links on the homepage) and you happen to notice that we eat out a lot, now you know that we kind of love our food here! And when you can get a delicious meal for RM10 each (about $2.50), you don’t need to break the bank either!
So due to the fact that we have a little girl who makes us laugh, cry & smile, I feel somewhat obliged to share these stories with you! Whoever you are, wherever you are, I hope you get to know our mini family and enjoy our adventures, escapades and victories!
To get us started, let me introduce our gang!
This is us. Daddy is from Korea. We actually met in Korea back in 2009 when my family took a trip there. He moved to Malaysia that same year and well, the rest is history! I am from the UK and moved to Malaysia with my family back in 2005, while I was still in high school. We got married in May 2012 and had our little sunshine, Milly, in December 2015.
We LOVE living here in Malaysia. The warm weather, delicious food & beautiful sights make living here so great! There are so many things to do and we love trying our new and exciting places.
This blog is in addition to a YouTube channel that we have already started documenting some fun things that we get up to with our little girl, who is now 18 months old. Here, I intend to write about some of the interesting things that happen to us and our experiences as an expat family with a baby living in Malaysia. I’ll hopefully get round to telling some old stories too that I never got the chance to share before.
At any point, if you have any questions or ideas of places for us to go, please do let me know in the comments!