What to Look for When Renting a House or Condo

What to Look for When Renting a House or Condo

Home
Without a doubt, finding the ideal physical home to live in is perhaps one of the most daunting of all the things an expat has to face when moving to a new country. There are so many things to consider and the decision to find the most suitable place is definitely not easy, especially when you consider yourself how little time you have. Firstly, one must decide whether to go with landed property vs condominium or apartment as this decision will influence some of the things that you should look for when renting. Landed property here are considered as houses, duplexes, bungalows or townhouses and condominium as apartment, super-condo or flat. Both of these type of properties have their pros and cons. Some of the items will be discussed below. Assuming that you have…
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Hiring the Best Local Service Provider with ServisHero

Guides
When you're new to a place, finding help is definitely one of the most challenging part. But what if I tell you there is a service that can actually make life easier for you. A place where you can find a list of reliable contacts for all kinds of service jobs you may need. Look no further when you can find an electrician, plumber or cleaner right from your smartphone or PC through ServisHero. ServisHero acts as a local service provider by finding, comparing and hiring trusted local services around your area so that it makes it easier for consumers to book a cleaner or hire an electrician or plumber. Currently ServisHero is available in Klang Valley, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Johor Bahru, Penang and in Singapore. Recently I had the chance to…
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How To Watch Hulu and Netflix in Malaysia

How To Watch Hulu and Netflix in Malaysia

Entertainment
[gard group='3'] Some of you may be missing your favorite channels from your home country such as Hulu, Netflix, BBC, etc... which is currently not available in Malaysia due to some geo-restriction channels.  Or do you find yourself not able to listen to your favorite music from Pandora or Spotify? This should not pose a problem as I am going to introduce to you a service that will allow you to watch and listen to your favorite channels from any part of the world. And you can do this in Malaysia! It is called Unotelly. So what is Unotelly? In short Unotelly unlocks TV, films and music not available in your current location by removing restriction imposed by streaming sites by hiding your real location. It uses a DNS rerouting service. This service will…
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Becky from Quezon City, Philippines

Becky from Quezon City, Philippines

Interview
[captionpix imgsrc="https://www.penangforexpats.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/becky.jpg"] We are glad to have our friend, Becky be the first to feature in Penang For Expats interview. Do read further on her experience and insights about living in Penang. Where are you from originally? Philippines   How long have you been living in Penang and what do you do? I have been here since October 2005, so I’m roughly almost 9 yrs living here in Penang. I work in the Contact Center of a Global IT and Business Solutions located here in Penang.   How did you pick your destination? It all started with just having a holiday trip to Malaysia targeting Kuala Lumpur and then Penang, but fortunately, I was hired by Dell Penang while I was on holiday during May 2005 and return in October…
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Hardware and Electrical Appliances Stores in Penang

Hardware and Electrical Appliances Stores in Penang

Shopping
[gard group='1'] Hardware Stores in Penang It's always good to have at least some DIY tools handy. In Penang, getting someone to do a job for you due to a plumbing or electrical problem can be quite affordable as compare to some other countries. Though there are quite a number of hardware stores in Penang, but I have listed down only a few which I think is worth checking out. Mr D.I.Y As the name suggest, this shop sells almost anything related to D.I.Y (Do it Yourself Stuff). It started off by selling only hardware stuff. And now it has extended to electrical, gardening, car accessories, toys, gifts, plastic ware, stationery and many more. You can also get some cheap handicrafts.  Mr DIY has almost 80 outlets throughout the whole…
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Choosing the Best Cell Phone Plan

Choosing the Best Cell Phone Plan

Guides
In this era of modern technology, one will find it difficult to live without a cell phone.  So which cell phone plan is the best and value for money? Generally there are a couple of things that we need to consider such as the coverage, reliability, minutes, texts, data allowance and price. [GARD align="right"] Though lower price and value for money is usually consider as one of the main criteria, but always make sure your device or plan has a good network coverage in your area. An example here is one of my friend who stays at Teluk Kumbar can only use Celcom as the service provider since the rest of the phone providers have pretty weak signal there. You can check the coverage maps here, but just a note of…
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Cost of Living in Penang – Things to Know Before the Big Move

Cost of Living in Penang – Things to Know Before the Big Move

Finance
Moving to Penang, Malaysia is a big decision which should be done with careful planning and preparation. Knowing the average cost of living in Penang is an important part of your financial preparation. [GARD align="right"] Penang has definitely a lot to offer in terms of good standard living condition, plenty of job opportunities - also known as the Silicon Valley of the East, interesting culture and great food. Food in Penang is relatively cheap. A plate of noodle at a hawker stall would probably cost you less than USD2. But if you are considering of purchasing a property, then that might be a costly due to the scarcity of land in this small island. For your reference, here are some of the costs associated with living in Penang for a typical…
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Where to live in Penang

Where to live in Penang

Home, Neighbourhood
[gard group='1'] Penang consist of two parts - Penang Island and Seberang Perai (the mainland).  Though Penang is considered a small island, but there are several areas or neighbourhood for you to consider for your housing needs. The question of where to live in Penang depends on what you are looking for. The best answer to where to live in Penang Malaysia is to start asking yourself these few questions: Do I need to live near my work area? Do I need to live near my kids' school or university? Am I going to buy or rent a property in Penang? Do I need to live in Penang near people of my ethnic background? Am I going to use my private car or do I need public transport to move…
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Which is the Best Internet Service Provider in Malaysia?

Which is the Best Internet Service Provider in Malaysia?

Entertainment, Guides, Home
Choosing the right Internet Service Provider (ISP) can be a daunting task if you are not sure what is available in the market. Some of you might be used to having fast internet connection from where you come from. The average internet speed in Malaysia ranges from 1Mbps to 8Mbps. Your choice of finding the right one can make a vast difference; either to your enjoyment or your frustration. So, what are the things to consider when choosing the right ISP? Cost and Contract: Usually, the first comparison would be cost vs speed when deciding for the best deal. However, this shouldn't be the only factor when doing the comparison. You should consider looking at the overall package and see what else does it comes with. Does it come with…
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