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Have questions or comments? I’d be happy to talk travel, food and anything else!

Need insight or trip advice on destinations seen featured here on GG? Email me.

Moving to a new city? Not sure what to expect? I would love to shed some light on expat life and all that it entails, especially for the following cities.

  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Paris, France
  • Makassar, Indonesia
  • Johor Bahru, Malaysia
  • Ghent, Belgium

Look forward to hearing from you,
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12 Comments

  1. Medi Lukri

    Hey, I came accross your blog looking for friends in the city. My name is Medi, I am a 27 year old Indonesian female. I just moved to Makassar to work with UNHCR. I used to live in Fort Worth a little while back in 2001. Do you still ive in Makassar? I was wondering if you know a good spot to hang out and find friends. I am sorry for the random message. I am in desperate need for a life in this city.. Hehe..

  2. Hanson

    Hello Monica, love you blog!

    Iève been living in Singapore for 15 years and for several reasons are looking to relocate to JB. Would be very interested to get your take on the best place to live – you mentioned your place ws Zen like…. where É

    Thanks in advance – have a GREAT day

    Hanson

  3. juliana

    Hello Monica, hope you are ok! still having fun in JB? My husband and I will move to JB next year and I would like some tips , websites, etc about closed guarded condos. We are looking forward to someplace we can jog safely; lots of trees 🙂 New and modern. Houses or apartments. Number one priority is safety, we are living in Dubai where is super super safe worry free; it will take me time to learn to even zip my bags; or not leave my cel or tablets over a table to serve some coffee or even to to the bathroom. From all I read about JB it looks like my home country BRAZIL, where one has to worry 24/7 and be alert!!
    Thank you so much.

  4. Jenn CJ

    Hi Monica, Im a johorean, relatives staying at your taman and i myself stay in Gaya….let me know if you need any help, especially for the best food. Also, my uncle is operating a coffee shop in Taman Molek and food is great there!.In case, you have never heard of Desaru or Kukup, nice for a weekend trip.I’m glad you are comfortable staying in JB.

    1. Monica

      Hi Jenn! Thanks for your comment! I no longer live in Johor Bahru, but heard the city has grown so much. Which coffee shop does your uncle own? I use to frequest Brew Orchestra alot!

  5. Lisa Welsh

    Good afternoon! I am Scottish born and bred. Lived in Singapore from 2013-2016 and have been in living in Dallas, Texas ever since then. We are moving to Johor Bahru in February. My only experience of JB is visiting Holiday Plaza on the bus from Singapore for a fake Bulgari bag haha. I know you no longer live there but I was wondering if you could shed light on good areas to live. You mentioned you lived in Taman Molek. Others have mentioned Horizon Hills, Permas Jaya Straits View, Leisure Farms, Ledang Heights and East Ledang. Do you know much about those? I know they’re suburban but I was hoping to stay nearer downtown in a nice neighbourhood. Thank you for any input you may have. Habe a great day!

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