The news is now on Facebook and trending on Twitter (does one retweet make it trending?)- We are moving to Malaysia! Months of job applications, skype interviews, drafting pros and cons lists have gone into this decision. In short, it’s been an emotional roller coaster, but when I was offered one of my top choices in schools, positions and destinations, it was just too good to pass up!
As we broke the news to close friends and family, reactions have been all over the map. Calvin and José asked if they could buy our car and my dad asked, “Can I hunt big game there?” Although those question don’t make the following list, I have compiled the answers to your most frequently asked questions.
1. Where is Kuala Lumpur and do they have electricity?
Kuala Lumpur (KL) is the largest city in Malaysia. It not only has electricity but it is bustling city of 1.6 million people (6.9 million Greater Kuala Lumpur). It is modern, “westernized” (for lack of a better word) and multicultural. In short, KL has all the modern conveniences of Regina plus better shopping and more direct flights.
2. What will the weather be like?
The weather is some of the most consistent in the world. It’s basically Sri Lankan hot all the time. Check the forecast at anytime and it will be 30 degrees. The differences lie only in the humidity. I don’t know that we’ll be sweating quite as much as Sri Lanka though as air conditioning seems to be very common.
3. What and where will you be teaching?
I have been hired as the 8th grade learning resource teacher. For those of you who are not teachers, essentially I work with the grade 8 teaching team to support struggling learners. The school I’ll be teaching at is The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL). The school is populated by over 1500 students grade K-12 over two campuses. In eighth grade, there are approximately 70 students. Students at the school are from all over the world. For more about the school, including a virtual tour check out their website: http://www.iskl.edu.my/
4. What will Shaun do?
Shaun will pursue his life-long dream of living off of my money. I expect he will have the house clean and supper on the table after my long days of work. In all seriousness, Shaun will find something to do. He’ll either get a job writing or saving the world all while working on his tan.
5. How long will you be gone for?
I’ve signed a 2 year contract. It’s difficult to say what will happen after that point. We are open to any and all possibilities.
6. Where will you live?
It will be just like International House Hunters (at least in my head it will be). The school will put us up for 10 days in a hotel and they have contracted an external company to help us find a place to rent. Since we have never really grown up, we will likely be looking for a furnished apartment style condo.
7. Can we come and visit you?
Ok, maybe this isn’t one of the most frequently asked questions, but it should be! Malaysia is a tourist hub and inexpensive at that. (We will have an extra room or two for free lodging.) Attractions in Malaysia include scuba diving, beaches, hiking, orangutans, great shopping, amazing food and two of the most hospitable tour guides http://www.tourism.gov.my/en/experiences
There’s still a lot to do in the next six months before the big move and I’m sure a few more blog worthy entries will keep you informed along the way.