Our Life in Malaysia

December has been & gone, & 2019 has ended. A personally & physically successful year for Carol as she received the Warriors annual award for Outstanding Resilience on 13 December. We enjoyed a quiet Christmas with friends.

Looking forward to 2020, we have much travel planned as we set out to celebrate our birthdays over many different occasions & will be finding any excuse to celebrate!

Wishing you a happy, healthy & peaceful 2020.

With best regards,

Carol & George

8 January 2020

An update to our computers means we are not able to use our previous web creation software, so we are trying out Mobirise to see if it will do what we need, & to work in with all that we have created between 2005 & July 2019. It's taking a while to sort things out, so if you are looking for our older pages, check the links at the bottom of this page. If you are directed to a blank or Error page, just back track in your browser or head to

Our Diary.

Where we have been, what has been key in our life since 2005.

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March/April/May: returning visitors.

September/October - December: visitors, & trips to Putrajaya to renew our visas.


January: first-time visitors booked in, visited & departed.

Summer: back to England & on to Prague.

September: Singapore.

November: Taiwan.

December: Langkawi - a first visit after 8 years, & a total disaster.


January/February: returning visitors booked in plus travel to Cambodia with them.

February: returning to Sri Lanka.

March: volunteering in Semenyih for Carol.

May: Returning visitors, with a return trip to KL. Some of our travels are in the pages near here.

June: Travel within Malaysia.

September/October: England & Ireland revisited.


January: Return to Koh Samui for Georges birthday trip.

June: Return visit to Bali for Carols birthday trip, followed by a couple of days near KL.

September: Returning visitors, & travel to KL with them.

November: a first visit to Koh Lanta.


January: East Malaysia - been considering this trip for several years now & finally it’s booked!

January: Moving home - before the end of the month

May: Diving in Pulau Perhentian (the trip we had to cancel in 2014)

June: Koh Samui booked up for diving & relaxing. & maybe being a tourist! Followed directly by a return weekend in Melaka.

Summer: Travels towards Europe, in between & on the way back.

Autumn: returning visitors, Sepang & Melaka revisit


February: back to southern Thailand for meetings & sight-seeing

April: Long weekend in Petaling Jaya, day in Melaka & visa extensions

May: Redang diving

June: Long haul travels: reunions & reminiscences completed

July: Apartment purchase completion

August: Off to KL & PJ again

August - January 2015: Apartment renovation

December: Back to KL for the annual weekend


January: a few days away for Georges’ birthday in Georgetown! - celebrated & completed.

April: a short diving trip to Phuket is booked up. All completed.

April/May/June: friends over for a holiday & travel to Vietnam. Completed. Blog written, 6000+ images processed, album made - just the holiday movie to go.

May: Vietnam for 3 weeks. All booked & paid for!

June: a weekend away in Singapore is all booked up. Completed.

September: end of season dive trip to Redang, followed by a weekend in Hat Yai, Thailand.

December: weekend in KL. Returning visitors.


May: Thailand - back to Ao Nang for diving. Followed by work to replace all of our balcony doors & windows.

June: Return visit to Ipoh for a conference. Carols birthday trip - back to Perhentian Besar for diving - all booked. PLUS additional renovation repair work - now into our 5th week!! All completed.

July: Petaling Jaya & KL for conference, shopping & sights. Hotel booked & paid for. 2 visitors booked in!

August/September/October: Diving somewhere - when we can fit it in! (but we couldn’t find the time, so we didn’t go anywhere).

October/November: more new visitors in plan & some returning visitors already booked in. Long weekend in Bangkok booked up.

December: Long weekend in KL & PJ for meetings, shopping, being tourists & meeting friends.


Jan/Feb: New Zealand       

March: Pulau Redang for an early season dive trip.       

June: Overnight in KL & meeting in Petaling Jaya for a conference & friends catch up then 2 weeks later we repeat the same in Georgetown      

August: Off diving: a 6D5N visit to Pulau Perhentian Besar     

December: Weekend away in Seremban - yet another conference!     


March: Returning visitors & trip to Langkawi       

March: Hosting Australian visitors       

April: (May - due to ash cloud) Returning visitors & dive trip to Redang       

April, July & Sept/Oct: Dive trips - somewhere in SE Asia. Only 1 trip managed this year

June: Johor Baru w/e away for George & the boys  

June: Cambodia for Carols birthday       

June: Weekend in Petaling Jaya (again!)       

June: Returning visitors  

July: Weekend in KL @ Malaysia International Dive Expo. Been, shopped & collected info for even more dive holidays!  

August/September: England       

October/November: New Zealand - 3-5 weeks big tour. Flights booked for Jan/Feb 2011  

December: weekend away somewhere. Went to Melaka & a few other places.      


February: Dive trip to Krabi, Thailand or Pulau Perhentian, Malaysia in plan. Due to illness & apartment purchase, this trip is postponed until convenient.   

April 23: Got keys to our own apartment      

April - June: Renovate apartment. Work starts Monday 27 April, & we hope it'll be ready for us to move in by 30 June, else we'll be homeless!  

June: 1st week Move into apartment. Hope to be moved in by 8 June or there-about - which we did & now are sorting out where to put everything.  

June: Hosting national conference (not on our own!!) - a weekend away in Georgetown.

June: Visitor arriving for short stay at end of June to start of July.    

July: Very much would like to finally get in that dive holiday: drove up to Ao Nang, Thailand for 7D6N & 6 dives.     

August: Hope to pop away for a few days locally to use some of our Enrich miles . Just didn't get round to this break.  

September: Visitors booked in, plus visit to Singapore, Cameron Highlands & KL with them

Sometime between Oct & Dec: Putrajaya - must renew our visas by year end        

October: Off diving to Pulau Perhentian         

December: Weekend in Petaling Jaya & visas renewed.


January: Shopping trip to Hong Kong - Georges birthday       

March: Visitors over from England, trips to Bangkok & Krabi       

April: Dive trip to Redang, east coast       

June: Holiday in Bali - Carols birthday (again)       

July: Weekend in KL. Renegotiated rental on apartment for 2 more years.       

August: Back to England       

October/November: Back to Krabi or over to Koh Samui for more diving, or even the east coast islands perhaps. Postponed due to injury  

December: Returning visitors - including visit to KL, Sepang & Malacca


January: Local trip - perhaps Singapore, Sabah, Sarawak or Hong Kong. Visited Singapore for Georges birthday  

February: Possible trip away (else a week in March)    

Carol visited England for 8 days in February

March: 5 day relaxing visit to Pankor Laut Resort       

April: More visitors over, plus trip to Langkawi, Taiping, Ipoh & Cameron Highlands       

June: Popping over to Sri Lanka to celebrate Carols birthday. Went to Bali instead due to problems in Sri Lanka

July: George visited England for 1 week  

September: England for 3 weeks       

October: And some more visitors       

December: Time for another local holiday - back to Langkawi              


February: More visitors, & a few days in KL       

April/May: yet another local holiday – 1 each to Thailand & Redang   June/July: Our visit back to UK

July: Back into any sort of routine!       

August/September: Moved to another apartment on 1 Sept    

September: Travel to Australia       

October/November: More visitors.......       

Late November/early December: Another holiday, probably in Malaysia! (Went to Sri Lanka & Malaysia - got in 2 breaks!)  

December: And another visitor books in               


September: whenever! Settle into Penang life, find an apartment, buy a car. All achieved ahead of any vague schedule  

December: festive season - visitors for Christmas & New Year