Mid-Autumn Festival

Last week was the Mid-Autumn Festival, where Chinese folks eat mooncakes, light stuff on fire (see above: a floating lantern about to be released), and […]

Malaysian Knowledge

See the picture above? Those are all exam prep books, which consist of ~100% of the bookstore’s books. In my town of 160,000, there’s not […]

English Camp

“I am a very shy girl, but today I danced in front of everybody.” When I was in middle school, you couldn’t have forced me […]

Parking in Malaysia

With a motorbike, walking in Malaysia has become utterly antiquated. In front of a restaurant: In front of the mall (I think those orange cones […]


As I explained to one inquisitive student last week, “team” is a plural collective noun (“the team are playing”) in British English, while it is […]

Career Day

No, we didn’t have a Career Day at my school. My housemate Charlie and I had one for ourselves after school one night at one […]

Passport to the Rainforest World Music Festival

Here’s a short tale less about the destination and more about the journey. January: 30+ of the 50 ETAs book tickets to the Rainforest World […]

Police Motorcade Escort

A few of the other ETAs living near Johor Bahru and I got an official day off from school to celebrate the grand opening of […]

Found a Job!

The job hunt is officially over, and it looks like I won’t be sitting in a monotonous 9-5 office job after all. Upon finishing my […]


A sign prominently posted above some RHB ATM machines in Kuala Lumpur, where we gathered this past weekend for a fellow ETA’s birthday. Props to […]