Video: In and around Malaysia in a year

Just kidding, I have one last post – here is a video I made of everywhere I traveled from KL!

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Reflections on a year in & around Malaysia

Well, the time has come for my last post. This Saturday, I am moving away from Kuala Lumpur and back to the grand ol’ USA. After one year living and working here in KL (and lots of travel in between – I flew 18 times out of KLIA!), I wanted to reflect a bit. This post is just a quick random collection of thoughts, really.

But first, picture time! Work friends from this year at TIM: 🙂

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Kota Kinabalu

I returned to Kota Kinabalu (KK)! Last time, I went just to climb Mount Kinabalu – but this time, my friend Denice & I went to explore and chill out 🙂 It’s a convenient halfway point between KL and the Philippines, and we ended up really liking this city and everything surrounding 😀

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Why I love living in KL

To me, KL (Kuala Lumpur) seems like a perfect city for expats. Granted, it is the only city I’ve been an expat in, so take my opinion with a grain of salt. But I wanted to talk about why I love living in KL and to include some of my pictures of this city that I haven’t posted (since my blog has been mainly about travel lately). And to be fair, I will include some annoyances I’ve had living here, too. 🙂

Read on for pros and cons of KL life!

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Mount Kinabalu

This weekend I climbed Mount Kinabalu, the ‘tallest mountain in southeast asia’! Definitely a bucket list item! My coworker that I was supposed to go on this trip with bailed at the last minute.  I would’ve preferred company for such a huge endeavor, but I do enjoy traveling solo – I was probably the only one doing it alone (albeit with a guide), but I don’t think it detracted from the experience. I was proud of the physical feat but mainly amazed by the views – above the clouds scaling an awe inspiring mountain 🙂

Sunrise at the summit of Mount Kinabalu!

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Reflections at Half Time

Okay, I’ll admit I basically made that the post title because it sounds like a good album name 😛 Technically I’m not halfway done with my rotation in Kuala Lumpur yet, but it’s getting close. I’ve been in KL for a bit over 5 months and will remain for a bit less than 7. I wanted to write a more personal post talking about some things that I’ve learned while living as an expat here. My parents just visited, so after showing them around KL, I feel like I have a new appreciation. Read on for a breakdown 😀

Parents at Pavilion!

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On the move…

…In two ways! This weekend I climbed Bukit Kutu. And I moved to my new apartment 🙂

Bukit Kutu

Saturday I joined an Internations group to hike Bukit Kutu. Apparently Kutu means lice? But seems irrelevant, because it was very beautiful. And it was a great group of people! I’ll just photo spam instead of explaining because the pictures tell it best:

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