My New Addiction

Shopping Malls.   I will be quite honest that when I was in Junior High, High School and even College I really did enjoy going to the mall.  I am not sure I actually did much shopping, perhaps some, but whomever I was with at the mall, we would usually just walk around rather aimlessly.  Browse this store and that store on occasion, but we would just spend an absurd amount of time people watching and a ridiculous amount of time at the food court.  Cinnabon anyone?

Then I got older and I came to a point in my life that I hated malls.  Like I seriously loathed them.  The thought of having to physically enter a mall and deal with a ridiculously absurd amount of people was absolutely appalling to me.  Before you could even get into the mall you would have to deal with the horrendous mall parking and that annoying person who would wait literally 5+ minutes just for a car to back out of a spot that was no closer than a spot they could have parked in 4 minutes ago!  It drove me crazy! If only Fitbits existed back then, maybe more people would have been okay taking the extra 3o steps to park just a bit further away!  Okay so you finally get into the mall and then you have to deal with people that walk so slow, so slow that you are trying to scope out a way to move past them only to see a stroller with a screaming child approaching! Time to stay focused, just go to the store you have to go to, bypass all the rest and get the hell out of there.  Did I mention how much I hate fitting rooms?!  These experiences my friends are what led me to become a perpetual online shopper.  I was loving all of the stores that were in malls that offered their inventory online, I grew very strong feelings for Zappos.com, I mean seriously free shipping & returns, yes please!  And then my husband came along and I fell madly in love with Amazon (and him of course).  Amazon is everything.  I am not joking when I say that they delivered to our house at least once a week, probably more accurately 2-3 times per week.  Don’t believe me, ask our neighbors.

So online shopping was now my best friend and the thought of malls still made me ill. And then we moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  In all fairness, I had been warned.  My husband told me that a lot of people spend their time in malls.  Doing what?!?!  It drove me crazy.  How was I going to do this?  I was having flashbacks of everything that I hated about malls.  I convinced myself that I was not going to be one of those people, that I could live in KL and not touch foot in a mall unless absolutely necessary.  I can do this, I got this.

Y’all.  My name is Theresa Wade and I am addicted to malls.  Hello Theresa.  Also, our daughter is sometimes the screaming toddler in the stroller.  I guess payback is sometimes a you know what.

Malls are all over the place and there is one that is like maybe a block or two away from where we are currently living.  I go there just about every single day.  I am not lying. We have officially been living here since Friday, June 3rd 2016 and there might be just a handful of days that I didn’t physically enter that mall, but I probably did go into another one.  Sometimes I visit more than one mall a day.  So what has changed?  Why do I now love malls so much?!  Malls here are a bit different.  First of all they are enormous….like 4-8 floors enormous.  And the floors are long, like you could sometimes get lost long. They are beautifully decorated and they are from my experience thus far pretty immaculate.

Suria KLCC

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Suria KLCC (decoration for Ramadan and anticipation of Raya Aidilfitri or the celebration for the end of Ramadan)

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More decoration during Ramadan and and anticipation of Raya Aidilfitri

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Okay so big malls that are pretty and clean.  Awesome.  But there has to be more right? There is.  Malls here for the most part have everything!  I am talking all of the stores you would think that they would have like Nike, Gap, MAC, Bath & Body Works, Guess, Armani Exchange, Toys R Us, Sephora, and so on and so on.  And then they have the high end stores like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Michael Kors, Balenciaga and Versace.  Did I mention the restaurants?  Suria KLCC is the mall that is right by us and they alone have 30+ restaurants, some inside and some with outside dining options and 2 food courts, one of which has the absolute best chicken ramyeon ever.  But this isn’t all, malls here are like a one stop shop.  They not only have the stores and the restaurants and the movie theatre, but they have hair salons, nail parlors, banks, pharmacies and at least one grocery store in them.  Suria KLCC also has a walkway that not only takes you to even more restaurants/food courts, but takes you directly to Aquaria KLCC (the aquarium) and connects you to yet another mall.  Rather convenient I must say!  Some even have indoor amusement parks, water theme parks and ice skating rinks.

Suria KLCC

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Ariane’s Toys R Us

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So why all the mall love?!  The malls here are still busy, mostly on the weekends, but it just doesn’t seem as busy or maybe that is because I go there like everyday even before they open at 10am to just walk and grab a coffee from San Francisco coffee.  There literally seems to be a coffee shop at both ends of every single level.  There is even a Starbucks, which I was addicted to back in the states, but now not so much.  There are way too many other options and my only experience here at Starbucks had my Venti Skinny Vanilla Latte tasting not as great as I was used to.  Anyways, I run all of my errands at Suria KLCC and it is air conditioned!  Another reason why I think people gravitate to the malls here. It allows you to de-sweat.  Not a word I know, but it works.  We will walk around KLCC Park a couple of times and be drenched in sweat.  We take one step into the mall and it is like penguin heaven.

This is our new Barnes & Noble

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This is our new Macy’s or Boston Store or Bloomingdales, but most importantly my go to grocery store because it is right across the street.  They have clothes, shoes, furniture, kitchen appliances and more!  It is 4 levels.

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Okay so since moving here I have been to Suria KLCC (pretty much daily), I have also been to Avenue K, The Pavillion, Starhill Gallery, Sungei Wang Plaza, Bangsar Village and Publika!  Almost all of these are in the Top 20 Malls in Kuala Lumpur, that leaves 14 more malls that I need to go visit.

Starhill Gallery (this place is gorgeous!)

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Ari devouring Baskin Robbins ice cream at Publika

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Top 20 Shopping Malls in Kuala Lumpur

I usually don’t even buy anything, but groceries.  Okay well my husband would disagree since I have bought some clothes and shoes for Ari and a pair of sunglasses for myself (and wine, just a few bottles of wine), but typically the mall is where I go to run my everyday errands.

This is a day in the life.  Grocery bag filled with groceries and Ari in the stroller.  I know you can’t see her, but she is helping this stroller from tipping over!

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And I will get into this at a later time, but I have NEVER been in a mall here where I didn’t see a 3ft selfie stick in action and selfies galore!  It is quite entertaining and ridiculous at times.  And NO I do not own a selfie stick

I guess you can say that I am back to loving me some malls! When my husband asks, ‘what would you like to do this weekend’?  I say, ‘wanna go to the mall?!’.  Lol.  Fortunately there is so much to do in Kuala Lumpur and we have our bucket list of places we want to go and things we want to do, but ladies and gentlemen, the mall has a big fat check mark next to it!  6 down, at least 14 more to go!  Happy Shopping Y’all!

Hopefully Ari is up for the challenge!  Clearly this day, Mommy overdid it!

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But clearly this day, Ari had her shopping shoes on and was working that bag!

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My First Impression of Kuala Lumpur

Where do I even begin?!  Here we are in Southeast Asia and I have absolutely no idea what my experience is going to be like, let alone our experience here as a family.  I have so many first impressions of so many different things that I am going to highlight those impressions, but may not go into a ton of detail, because some alone deserve their very own blog post!

Holy Humidity!

My husband had told me MANY times before we left the states to come here that it was going to be hot.  Like really, really hot and that I would pretty much get my face slapped daily by the humidity.  He was not joking.  Although it’s not just my face, it is actually my entire body that feels like it is beaten by the humidity day in and day out.  I am not joking.  I am currently sitting on the 22nd floor of our temporary residence out by the pool on a visually beautiful evening and I am sweating.  It is 8:00pm here.  Yahoo weather is telling me that it is currently 83 degrees with 94% humidity so it actually feels like 100 degrees.  Usually the humidity is 100% so I am quite shocked at the moment that the humidity level dropped ‘so low’.  Fortunately drinking red wine at the moment is helping.

Me & the Hubs Sweating on our 1st KL Date Night!

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Ariane Relaxing in the Pool & Staying Cool!

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Kuala Lumpur is a Real Melting Pot

It doesn’t take long to get intrigued by the melting pot of races and religions that are represented in KL.  Indians, Malays, Chinese and many others that I am okay with saying that I may not be perfectly sure as to where they originate from.  It is a fascinating mix of cultures; a seamless blending of Malaysian, Indian and Chinese cultures.  And this melting pot of different people isn’t just in certain areas, it is everywhere.  It doesn’t matter where you go, the mall, restaurants, Chinatown, Little India, street food stalls, our daughter’s new school, the beauty of differing races and religions is evident and in my opinion it is rather intriguing.  Just a huge melting pot of beautifully different people living their lives.

Kuala Lumpur is a Mix of Modern & Old

So this caught my attention rather immediately on our drive into KLCC from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and has continued to catch my attention anytime we go out driving to different areas within the city.  At one moment you could be looking at what appears to be crumbling buildings or houses, the next moment at beautiful, old historical buildings or mosques or embassies, of which most seem to be relatively well maintained and/or well restored, and then the next moment at modern, architecturally fascinating buildings like the Petronas Towers.  I guess you could call it a City of Contrasts.  One second you are looking at luxury hotels, grand shopping malls with world class brands and then the next second you are driving down an uneven road that isn’t as well maintained and notice food stalls with people cooking directly on the streets.  It is quite captivating and I think it makes it rather unique and gives the city a special flavor.

The Petronas Towers

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Rooftop at Our Temporary Residence

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Ariane & the KL Tower

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The Every Night Lights

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Food is Ubiquitous

You. Will. Not. Starve. Here.  It is rather impossible.  Food is everywhere!  From top of the line restaurants to a random street stall.  The question isn’t where should we go eat?  It is what type of food do you want to eat?!  Chinese?  Malay?  Indian?  Japanese?  Western food? They even have McDonald’s y’all!  I have spotted KFC, Burger King, T.G.I Friday’s, Red Lobster, Longhorn Steakhouse, Pizza Hut, Dominoes, Hard Rock Cafe and so on and so on. Now we haven’t eaten at any of those places, because there are just way too many other places to eat, but every once in a while it just gives you the comfort of home (where I also didn’t eat at those places, but you get my point!).   And seriously the Ramen here is insane!  I could eat chicken ramen every single day. If I could sum up my first impression of what it will be like to be here surrounded by such amazing cuisines, I would easily call it a culinary journey.  One that I am happy to be on and one that I will continue to share with you all.

Can’t remember what this was, but it was so good!  Lunch at Central Market.

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Ramen, Ramen Ramen!

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Traffic & Driving in KL is Like HELL!

So I have never formally been introduced to hell, but we all have our own assumptions of what hell would be like.  After witnessing the traffic and the way in which people drive here I am pretty sure my assumption of hell is spot on.  The streets are extremely congested.  There is a distinct lack of pedestrian crossing.  What does this mean?  This means that there is a lot of scary jaywalking going on.  Not sure they know what a crosswalk is and even if they do some cars and I am going to go out on a limb and say 95% of motorbikes just don’t feel that they are very important.  Not just about crosswalks, but about that important traffic color that I will refer to as RED.  It also means STOP!  I swear you should never even attempt to walk across the street if you don’t want to risk having a body part removed by a crazy lane weaving motorbike.  We almost witnessed it.  The poor man.  He was close to being catapulted into the air and landing somewhere minus a few limbs.   Okay I am going to stop there on this topic, because this warrants an entire blog post.  Did I mention that they drive on the opposite side of the car and the opposite side of the road?

A Suit?  A Sweatshirt?  A Jacket?

So due to the weather I am always wearing a light dress, preferably one that won’t show any sweat, because ladies and gentlemen it is hot. I know that I said it before, but it is worth repeating.  I literally die when I see business professionals in suits and ties dining outside like it is a comfortable 60 degrees!  I sweat for them.  I don’t know how they pull it off.  I have seen people wearing sweatshirts and jackets on a ‘chilly’ KL morning.  By chilly I mean low 80’s with 100% humidity.  It is quite interesting though.  Throughout the course of a day you will see women wearing shorts, dresses, t-shirts, tank tops, heels, sandals and then you may also see women wearing burkas and hijabs.  I seriously don’t know how they do it, how they wear the burkas and hijabs because it is damn hot, but it is KL and the different cultures represented here result in many different clothing choices often times because of cultural norms

The People of KL

Our experience thus far, it would be easy to say that the people of KL have been very nice. The majority of people are extremely cordial, will take the time to acknowledge you with a friendly smile and with sheer adoration of Ari, while others may stare probably because we do not fit the typical mould of how the majority of people look here. Miss Ari’s curly hair is ridiculously popular with people here! The way Ari is treated you would think she was a celebrity! I look forward to sharing more about how kids truly do run Kuala Lumpur.

Relatively Good English

Thankfully I knew that moving to Malaysia was not going to result in a huge language barrier.  Although the primary language is Malay, just about everyone you come across is able to speak English.   The accent may be a little thick at times, but it is easy to have a full conversation, with little to no confusion.  This has helped tremendously with our transition.  I will share with you all soon some of my encounters that I have had due to the different languages.  They are fairly entertaining!  Just when I thought I knew what a Rest Room meant, I quickly realized that I did not.

All in all, my first impression of Kuala Lumpur has been great!  Antoine and I truly do embrace differences and we allow those differences, whether ways of life or cultural differences to help grow us as people.  Some people around here may be crazy drivers and wear warm clothing when it is hot out, but the food is damn good, the people are fascinating and the city is absolutely beautiful.  Cheers to our differences!

Have I Lost my Mind?

Before I can even begin to tell you about my first impressions of Kuala Lumpur, I have to share with you more about the time leading up to the day we would leave and that ‘short’ 24 hour travel day.

I was beyond overwhelmed. I had left my career that I had with the same company for 16 years, which was very difficult to do.  Ariane was going to be leaving her daycare.  It is the same daycare that made me cry the day I dropped her off and the same daycare that made me cry the day I picked her up for the last time. Our house was officially sold.  We loved this house.  We built this house.  Our things were quickly packed up and either sold/given to other people, sent to a Georgia storage facility or put on a container that would eventually make its way to Kuala Lumpur.  When I mentioned being overwhelmed, I had LITERALLY gone through our entire house and put colored sticky notes on everything.  Pink was ‘move to KL’, Orange was ‘store in GA’ and Yellow was ‘Sold’.  I even had my closet filled with clothes/shoes/handbags to ‘store in GA’ and clothes/shoes/handbags to ‘move to KL’ and another closet that was the ‘don’t touch’ closet.  It was all of the stuff that we would be taking to Wisconsin with us before heading to the other side of the world. Pretty organized hey?!  It was exhausting.  My husband told me I brought that exhaustion on myself. I am pretty sure he thought I was crazy!  BUT when the movers were there, I can also tell you that my husband was thankful for all that I had done, because it made things go extremely smoothly.  So smoothly, that within 2 short days, our home was not our home anymore.  It was empty.  I cried a few times, but tried to stay focused on our adventure ahead.

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It is not a joke when I say that I was able to show excitement and nerves when asked about our move to Kuala Lumpur, but on the inside I was a complete mess.  I felt anxious, I was scatterbrained, I was excited, but couldn’t even understand the reality of where we were moving because in my head there were too many things to do before we would get there. My wonderful husband would repeatedly assure me that everything would be fine, but he would also delicately mention Xanax and Prozac and that perhaps those anxiety medications might help calm me down.  I think he was serious.  Did I mention my husband is a funny guy?  I had so many questions, but one question that I didn’t have was whether or not this was the right move for us.  I always had an inner calm about our decision to move to Kuala Lumpur.  So I knew that once we got to Kuala Lumpur, all would be okay.

Unfortunately, however, we were not there yet.  So the questions kept racing around whatever brain I felt I had left and as soon as I had one answered, I would think of another one.  Oh my poor husband.  Where will we live before moving there? What do I need to pack? How in the hell are we going to fly 20+ hours with a 20 m0nth old? How in the hell am I going to fly 20+ hours?! How do I even begin to find all new doctors for our daughter?  Do they practice western medicine? Where will Ari go to daycare/school?  What am I going to be doing? What will our place look like? Is KL child friendly? What are the restaurants like? What are the people like?  Where will I get my hair done? What stores do they have? Where will I buy groceries?  Will I have to drive on the opposite side of the car on the opposite side of the road?  Is it really that hot?  Why is the humidity 100% every single day? So food is cheap, but wine is expensive?  Yikes.  That is not good.  And so on, and so on and so on.  Believe me when I say it was worse than that and if you don’t believe me just ask my husband.

After saying goodbye to our family and friends in Georgia.  Sob.

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We flew from Atlanta, GA to Milwaukee, WI.  We were able to spend roughly 5 weeks with our families in Wisconsin prior to leaving for Malaysia.  We had such a great time.  It was so good to see Ari with family, playing with cousins, enjoying time outside in warm weather and having the opportunity to just be loved on by the many people that would be missing us all soon.  I really can’t thank our families enough for being so supportive of our decision and making that part ‘easy’, although it wasn’t ‘easy’ when the time came to say our goodbyes.

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Hello June 1st 2016.  The time had come. We were all packed and everything was organized. We had our checked baggage separated from our carry-on baggage.  I had checked and checked again to make sure that we had EVERYTHING that we would need for that flight.  I mean seriously y’all….20+ hours with a toddler.  We are doomed!  Or will she surprise us?  Our shuttle van to take us from Milwaukee to Chicago had arrived.  Our flight would be leaving that evening around 8:30pm.  Perfect timing.  Ari would be tired and she would sleep at least 10 hours of that 13 hour flight…right?  We would then connect in Dubai, have a short layover, board the next flight and Ari would be ready for a nap.  Maybe she would sleep a couple hours or so on that final 7 hour stretch to Kuala Lumpur?  Wishful thinking?

We arrive at Chicago O’Hare and the line to check-in for Emirates is RIDICULOUS! Fortunately we allowed ourselves plenty of time, so this didn’t stress me out.  My thoughts and continued questions were fluttering around in my head.  So we get all checked in, it went faster than expected, we are headed to our departure gate and I suddenly realize that I am missing something.  It wasn’t my passport, it wasn’t my boarding pass and well thank God it wasn’t our daughter.  I was missing a little black bag that I had meticulously packed that I know I left my parent’s house with that had a couple of prescriptions, infant Tylenol, children’s Benadryl (need I say more!), travel toothbrushes, travel toothpaste, children probiotics, TUMS, travel deodorant, and a few other things.   I was in sheer panic mode!  Aside from the carry-on bags with snacks, wrapped gifts for Ari to open along the way, blankets, pillows, extra clothes and headphones, this bag (in my head at the time) was the most important bag!  Why?  I don’t know.  I guess because probiotics are expensive and it had Benadryl in it!  We called the van company, we called my Mom to double check the house to make sure we had taken it.  It was nowhere to be found. I know most of you are probably thinking, big deal it is all replaceable.  And it is and we did, short of the probiotics, at the airport convenience store, but I was convinced that it was the first of many things that would go wrong on this 24 hour travel day.

All Set & Ready to GO!

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Family Travel Headphones On! Check!

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I am happy to report that it pretty much was. The flight was long, like damn long.  Ari went to bed late, was pretty uncomfortable sleeping, but she racked up like 7 hours so not horrible.  Antoine and I didn’t sleep well at all, but did watch some movies, eat not so great airplane food and each hour that passed was an hour closer to our final arrival in Kuala Lumpur.  We had a quick layover in Dubai, so I can officially say I have been to Dubai right? We were quickly on our next flight, which would be the final stretch to our final destination.  Ari took an awesome nap, was fairly pleasant and I kid you not, she only needed to open like 4 out of the 12 presents I wrapped for her!  Over prepared I guess, but I will take that over being under prepared!  We were almost there!  There is literally something strange about being excited when there is only 4 hours to go until you land.  Prior to this flight my longest flight was 5 hours.  I will, however, say that it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, Ari was a rock star and our family landed safe and sound in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

It was now June 3rd, 2016.  We left on June 1st, 2016 just in case you forgot. And that my friends is what you call a time zone change.  We would now be taking our night and turning it into morning and our morning and turning it into night. With a toddler.  How did this go? Let’s discuss later.

So what did I think about Kuala Lumpur?  Day 1?  What was my first impression?

First Family Photo (SWEATING!)

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The Beautiful Petronas Towers!

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I will share that with you soon…..

Y’all Are Moving Where & Why?!

Great question!  If we go ahead and rewind a few months back, I can share with you how we ended up moving to Kuala Lumpur.  My husband had recently graduated from Georgia Tech with his MBA and aside from that impressive accomplishment, he also had a goal of finding a new position within an international company that would increase his job responsibilities and further advance his professional career.

Just before his graduation, he landed an Associate Vice President role for a global software company.  Soon after his acceptance, we found out that we would need to relocate to Austin, TX as that is where the company headquarters is located.  It was definitely a bittersweet moment.  We absolutely loved our life in Atlanta, GA and had lived there for 7 years.  Some of our biggest life accomplishments happened while living there.  We moved into an apartment together for the very 1st time, we got engaged, we got married, we built our first home together and we welcomed our beautiful baby girl into our family.  We developed strong friendships with so many people and had family that lived close and even more family that lived just a short road trip away.  How can we leave all of this?  Are we ready?

The answer is that we can and we are!  We both had an itch to do something else, explore another city, have a new adventure.  We were extremely excited to move to Austin.  It was going to be our next family adventure and we were ready for it!  We were excited to expose our daughter to a new city and conquer it together like we had as a couple in Atlanta.  We also had really close friends that already lived there (love you Julia & Matt!).  They were not only our friends, they would be immediate family to us as we started our lives in a new city.  We started researching areas to live, places to visit, daycares to consider and everything else that you take into consideration when relocating.  Our house was on the market, buyers were interested and the Wade Family was ready to head to Austin!

That is when things changed rather quickly (and with Antoine Wade as my husband, this should have been no surprise for me!)

Antoine’s new company was also looking for an Area Vice President over their SE Asia market.  This position would be based out of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  Like many people, we enjoy a good House Hunters International episode.  Some watch it and can’t believe that people would uproot their lives to go live somewhere overseas outside of the United States and then others watch and wish it were them with the opportunity to live elsewhere. For us, it always resulted in numerous conversations about our interest and willingness to live internationally. We both had serious interest and really considered it as a potential opportunity.  This was solidified after we had taken a vacation to San Jual Del Sur, Nicaragua in late 2013. We fell in love with the simple life, we loved the feeling of being immersed within a different culture, we enjoyed seeing how different people live and how an opportunity to live in another country should definitely be considered.

Fast forward to my husband and I sitting at our favorite local bar in our neighborhood, Rick Tanner’s.  Antoine told me about the opportunity in Kuala Lumpur and asked if I would be interested.  I said well sure, thinking it was a long shot, but definitely one that we would be open to.  Antoine immediately (like immediately) emailed his boss, voiced his interest and it was LITERALLY within minutes that he received a response from his boss, ‘is your wife on board’?  Obviously I was and things from there moved very quickly.  Our move to Austin was postponed, our move to Kuala Lumpur was a reality.

As we shared the news with family and friends, responses and reactions were quite entertaining.  Our family was very supportive, yet they had a lot of questions and hesitations.  Friends for the most part were excited, yet those we were closest to had mixed emotions.  From the time we committed to moving to Kuala Lumpur to the time that we actually left, my eyes were opened to just how blind most of us are to life on the opposite side of the world.

Here are some of the serious and quite comical questions that we were asked. You are moving where? Why would you move there?  Is it safe?  Do they live in huts?  Is it in the dessert?  What will you eat?  Dog meat?  How will you have to dress?  Do you have to cover yourself from head to toe?  Is that near Saudi Arabia?   Where will you shop?  Where will you buy food from?  What language do they speak?  What side of the road do they drive on?  Do they have a Target?  What is the weather like?  Do they drink alcohol?  Have you visited?

The questions kept rolling in!  The best part prior to our big move is that we were able to educate so many people about our soon to be new city.  One that we didn’t know much about, with the exception of my husband visiting KL before on business and assuring me that I would love it.  Aside from that we had done a lot of research on KL to know that we were going to be living in a beautiful city, with extraordinary architecture, a melting pot of countless cultures and an opportunity to live internationally in an exquisite place with a ton of history that we look forward to sharing with all of you on our journey.

I would like to share just a couple of videos that Antoine and I really enjoyed watching before our big move…..people love it here!  The food, the culture, the city!

More to come on The Wade Adventures in KL!

 

 

 

Meet ‘The Wade Family’

Okay so yes it is true, the majority of y’all that are reading this know me and my family very, very well.  But I am actually hoping that there are people out there that also take an interest in my family’s journey here in Kuala Lumpur.  To be honest, prior to moving here, I came across a few blogs from fellow expats that helped me learn more about my new city and what to expect before even leaving the states.  If I can share anything about this amazing city, our personal experiences and/or advice today, months from now or years from now, I would love to be able to be a resource or a reason why someone went from hesitant to move to KL to excited to move to KL or was simply able to learn tidbits here and there prior to their own personal KL experience.  Currently, we are only about 1 1/2 weeks into our 2 year journey so I know very little, but I literally learn something new every single day and I am so excited to begin sharing our exciting, awkward, funny and perhaps not so funny moments along the way!

Introducing my Family…..

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Antoine – He is my amazing husband, best friend and love of my life.  He is also the most wonderful daddy to our sweet little girl.  He is ALSO the reason why we are here!  He is incredibly hard working and his hard work has created both opportunities for him and for our family (hence our current hometown of KL).  He continues to amaze me every single day with his steadfast work ethic and unwavering commitment to our family.  We love him very much!

Ariane (Ari) – She is our beautiful, funny, sweet & sassy daughter!  She truly inspires us at the ripe old age of 21 months!  Not only is she our precious heart warrior, but her ability to adapt from place to place and situation to situation is truly remarkable.  She has made our family transition from the states to KL so much easier and so much more fun and WOW I already have a lot of stories about this little girl and her KL story that is unfolding day after day after day….stay tuned!

Me – I like to think of myself as the supportive, loving wife and doting, protective mommy.  My family is my addiction and I am still in awe that this is going to be our life for the next couple of years.  What am I doing while I am here?  I honestly don’t have that all figured out yet.  I am not working, however our daughter does seem to be qualifying as a fulltime job most days!  I have things I want to accomplish while here in KL, which I will share along the way, but I am thankful that I have a husband that has given me the opportunity to be a bit selfish and think about me a lot more than I had been.

So that is us!  Just the three of us!  We are the Wade Family!  KL, we look forward to learning so much more about your city, experiencing all that you have to offer and venturing out to other neighboring and not so neighboring cities and countries while on this incredible adventure.

Swinging with the towers

Ariane just swinging with the Petronas Towers!  We will be back soon!

My Decision To Blog

Good Morning or Good Afternoon or Good Evening!  I swear this time zone change is absolutely crazy and has been a huge adjustment for us, but we are now for the most part living our day during what we used to know as night and our night during what we used to know as day!  So whatever time of day it is for you….welcome to my blog!

So I made the decision to start a blog with the encouragement of my husband, in order to capture our family experiences while living in Kuala Lumpur  (KL), Malaysia.  Although I am a pretty avid Facebook poster, this seemed like a far better way for me to share with family & friends our adventures in KL.  My goal is to enlighten others about a completely different culture and way of living, share our individual experiences as expats and the everyday encounters that we have, highlight some vacations & family journeys that we embark on and hopefully entertain y’all with what I will call ‘the international learning curve’.

There is so much to learn about this place that we will call home for the next 2 years and there is so much that we want to do while we are here…it truly seems like the opportunities are endless and I hope that those who choose to follow my blog will feel like they are in some way on this journey with us.  So….who are ‘The Wade’s?  Why are we in KL? Well….continue to read my blog and I will very soon introduce you to my family and our decision to move halfway across the world!

Welcome to ‘Wade Adventures in KL’!