Sunday, March 2, 2014

Goodbye Penang, Malaysia

By the time this post is read I shall have already left Malaysia and headed back home to the US. I will have left extreme heat for extreme cold, but with hopes of spring being right around the corner.

For those who have been following my departure from Malaysia, I can say that at the time of my departure I still have not received my sinking fund deposit. The attorney said he will transfer the money to my US account, but I am not holding my breath. I have received emails from the Management Committee blaming anyone and everyone for not receiving information regarding the sinking fund. Typical. They blamed everybody, but offered no solution. Utterly useless.

It is too bad that a number of incompetent, corrupt, lazy and greedy people have clouded the wonderful memories I have of Malaysia and in particular, Penang. The memories of the bad will soon be replaced by all of the good. I will be returning to Penang, to visit friends and family, but I will not be returning to live under MM2H. It has gotten just too expensive for me. I am afraid that in the very near future only the super rich will be able to afford this concrete jungle, which I can still remember as a tropical rain forest retreat.

To all of my followers I say thank you and to all of my Malaysian friends and all Malaysians I say thank you and I will miss you all. Good bye, good fortune and good health.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

MM2H Fixed Deposit Withdrawal

One aspect of moving back home that I was worried about was the withdrawal of my MM2H Fixed deposit. When I sold my house I went to the Ministry of Tourism's MM2H website to see what I had to do. It all seemed so simple, except for having to travel to Kuala Lumpur twice.  I contacted Alter Domus and was informed that they would do this for me. The cost of doing this was much less than traveling to KL, staying in a hotel overnight and returning. Also I would be wasting much needed time.

I simply sent a copy of my passport, visa, my MM2H fixed deposit certificates and my airline ticket to Nita at Alter Domus and then handed over my passport before they went to KL and they did the rest. I picked up my authorization letter, took it to the bank and waited. Today I checked my US account and saw that everything was successfully transferred. The whole process took only 2 weeks. What a pleasant surprise! Thanks Alter Domus and Nita.

Still waiting for the Sinking Fund deposit. I am not holding my breath on that one. I have a feeling I can chalk that up for a loss. The condo is all cleared out and just waiting for the big day. If anyone is interested in renting this unit please message me. The unit has a great view of Gurney Drive and is fully furnished with a new American style stove with a big oven and it has great neighbors!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

At Last Great Mexican Food in Penang.

With only a very short time before I move out of Penang I finally discovered a Mexican restaurant on the island. A few days ago a friend told me that a Mexican restaurant has opened in Tanjung Bungah at Hillside. Apparently it has only been open a few weeks. So tonight Kevin and I gave it a try.

The restaurant is located at 27, Jalan Sungai Kelian | 11200 Tanjung Bungah, PenangPenang Island11200Malaysia, in a building formerly occupied by a Thai restaurant. The name of the restaurant is Grumpiez Green Pepper Mexican Cantina. The owner and chef, Bob, presented us with the rather extensive menu of authentic Mexican dishes. We ordered the super nachos as an appetizer, thinking it was the typical Malaysian size appetizer. Wow were we wrong. I was huge and easily could have been a meal for two. It was really delicious, especially the home made guacamole.

Kevin ordered the chimichanga. Sorry, but I was too busy eating to remember taking a photo. According to Kevin it was very tasty. I ordered the spicy pork hard shell tacos, which were great. The dish consisted of refried beans and rice and beans. 

We both had a refreshing glass of Sangria to drink, even though they had our favorite Mexican beer Corona. 

For all of those Americans who miss authentic Mexican food and those of you who either have missed it or have never had it I highly recommend Grumpiez Green Pepper Mexican Cantina. I definitely go back there before I return home.