I never knew how catnip looked like until today. Yes, I know it’s a plant and cats get crrraaazzzyyy for it. We used to have shredded catnip in cloth and they loved it! Apparently, we grow catnip in our garden! Mak, my mother in law, took some out and Ayah, my father in law, was […]


Facebook is a terrible invention. I am happy that I am out of there, though it is only a month or so. However, it is enough time to have ‘forgotten’ about it, how it is not part of my life anymore, or, how I’m no longer part of Facebook’s money making machine. But I also […]


The finale of the 14th General Elections (GE14) in Malaysia are Epic. There simply is no other word than epic to describe the course of these elections. It teaches that voting matters. It teaches that your right to influence your country absolutely is possible. In Malaysia, after about a 60 year rule of the leading coalition, Malaysians voted the opposition in power. 


“10-ish in the morning, then they are coming to service the air conditioning, remember?” “Yeah, I remember” “Okay” I couldn’t keep on chatting as the air conditioning service tried to call: “I’m mat saleh (whiteman/foreigner), I no speak Malay”. End. Whatsapp: “I’m mat saleh, I no speak Malay. What time are you coming?” “on our […]


Where your camera lenses are coming from? I’m just realising that Hadie is supervising quality control of glass products and perhaps a lens that you might have in your camera 😀 Either your real camera, like that thing not in your phone, or exactly that thing in your phone you just took a selfie with. […]


Slowly but surely I discover more and more about Malaysia and that’s terrifyingly amazing! To celebrate our anniversary we made a 3 day trip to the East Coast of Malaysia and the next few blog posts will be about that. It’s not like a diary style of writing, but more taking you with me through the most memorable experiences. This starting episode is about humans vs nature and the transition to a new comfort zone.


Nasi – lema-what?? Let me explain. Mat saleh/matsaleh/how-ever-you-write-it, means…. me! Or, anyone with a white skin in Malaysia, either living permanently or a tourist or whoever. In another post I mentioned Malay, Malaysian-Chinese and Malaysian-Indian as main ethnic groups beside the original inhabitants, but, maybe Malaysian-matsaleh can be a minority ethnicity as well?!?! Anyway, there […]


After a long week it finally was Sunday. Weeks always feel too long, especially when there is work to do on the Saturday as well. After a week it is always longing to sleep in, to be in bed, to relax, to be comfortable laying in each others arms, looking at each other thinking “should we get up already”? 

No. not yet, absolutely not yet. And our heads fell back on the pillow.


Bureaucracy always, always and always is a hassle. Also now to get the documents in at the immigration office to get a long term stay pass for me. For example, we needed a stamp from court so a document can be used. On that document is a reference to a law. But, it appears that […]