Reasons I LOVED Living in Penang (& you will too!) | The Freelance Explorer image 2

Reasons I LOVED Living in Penang (& you will too!)

Have you been contemplating a visit, or perhaps even living in Penang, Malaysia? In this excerpt from my latest travel guide, ‘A Nomad’s Guide to Living in Penang’ I will introduce you to the basics of this delicious island state. Simply the word Penang conjures up images of fiery laska and plates laden with Char […]

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Johor Bahru | The Freelance Explorer

Johor Bahru

This is a short piece of observational writing from our short time spent in Johor Bahru in April this year. It was our final Malaysian stop before heading back to New Zealand for a couple of months. The heaving bus shuddered as streaks of lightning fissured above us. My nausea was momentarily eased by the […]

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What's Penang Like? First Impressions of a Malaysian Island | The Freelance Explorer image 5

What’s Penang Like? First Impressions of a Malaysian Island

As the aircraft descended down over the coast of Butterworth and approached the island, it appeared like a mini Hong-Kong. Docks, ferries and high-rises lined the north-eastern coastline gave way to sprawling condos interspersed with run down asian buildings. Flying north down the coastline revealed a semi-industrial area with apartment complexes up against a backdrop […]

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