Other Expats

Other Expats

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A podcast about subjects that affect people of color (POC) expats in Malaysia—from fun subjects to topics that we may not be all-the-way comfortable talking about. The podcast also features non-POC expats and locals who provide more information about things relevant to the POC expats. Say hi, email [email protected]


In conversation with… Dadje Valere
Oct 29 • 31 min
“When you travel in a country, the first thing you should do is try to understand and adapt to the culture…” says our guest on this episode of the Other Expats podcast—Dadje Valere, French-speaking Camerounian, and instrument and control engineer who has…
In conversation with… Whei Meng, CEO, Speedhome.com
Oct 14 • 20 min
Whei Meng, CEO of Malaysian-based startup, Speedhome.com, is our guest on this episode of the Other Expats podcast. We haven’t featured a lot of non-other expats, but one of our goals is to provide useful resources for living in Malaysia. Speedhome.com is…
In conversation with Halima Attahiru
Oct 5 • 23 min
Stuff we talked about: 1.32 - Who’s Halima Attahiru? 2.35 - Living here for nine years, how different is it from living in Nigeria? 3.54 - The food wasn’t anything to write home about because it had too much sugar. If you’re an expat in Malaysia, did you…
Republish - Black and dating with Shams, Ahlam, and Faithful
Aug 31 • 55 min
Initially recorded in 2017, we share a lot of cringeworthy stuff (that you should probably skip) about the dating scene for POCs in Malaysia. Shams, Ahlam, and Faithful also talk about and compare the ‘high stakes’ of dating in Saudi Arabia to the more…
In conversation with… Rumbidzai Lyn Kasinamunda
Aug 11 • 39 min
Rumbidzai Lyn Kasinamunda is from Zimbabwe and is a customer experience and senior IT adviser based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia What we talked about… Companies that make you go through the entire job application process with multiple assessments, then…
It’s because you’re black
Mar 20 • 39 min
In which we talk about how you know if you are being differently because you’re black or because you actually did something wrong. Oh, and we arrived late to this but we all talk about the begpackers who were getting notorious around Kuala Lumpur, and we…
Introducing Zainab Olamiji… and how different are jobs from careers?
Feb 19 • 42 min
Who’s Zainab Olamiji? Why did she go from studying medicine to being a business development manager? Are jobs and careers the same thing? Or just how different are they? Did our parents care about their jobs or their careers? You’d have to listen to find…
In Conversation with… Felix Tabenda
Jan 29 • 44 min
Stuff we talked about 01.20 - Moving from Cameroon to Dubai to Malaysia 04.39 - Work culture in Cameroon vs Dubai vs Malaysia 07.00 - Culture shocks and medical certificates (MC) 10.30 - The challenge of spouses getting into the job market in Malaysia…
Expat in Malaysia? Two things that you need to know now
Nov 24, 2018 • 11 min
One of the biggest insurance companies in Malaysia recently released a memo about its sanctioned countries and expats will start contributing to Sosco. https://bit.ly/2BvlRJL
In conversation with… Nasara Katuka
Nov 5, 2018 • 30 min
Stuff that we talked about: 1:45 - She doesn’t miss church 2:04 - The point where I’m still not sure if she’s Nigerian 2:12 - Introducing Nasara Katuka, from Kaduna State in Nigeria 2:23 - [Facepalm] Ignorance galore 3:50 - She’s a Business Developer 4:04…
In conversation with… Tatiana Shulgina
Oct 8, 2018 • 32 min
Some of what we talked about 7.34 - What impact do you expect the book have on readers? 9.21 - What other experiences have you had in Malaysia? 9.43 - Favourite place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia? Brickfields. 11.13 - Where is home to you? For Tanya, it is…
Season 2 will be starting right about now…
Oct 3, 2018 • 1 min
It’s been a while, I know, but we’re still mostly here and we’re trying to give you better content and stories. That’s what Season 2 of the Other Expats Podcast is about. We’re getting that started with Russian teacher and writer, Tatiana Shulgina who…
Olajide Adejumo - Between basketball and media studies
Sep 17, 2018 • 31 min
While he may not technically be an expat yet, Olajide (Ben) Adejumo, a student of HELP University on a sports (basketball) scholarship from Nigeria, shares and experiences a lot of what expats do. In this episode of the Other Expats podcast, Ben talks…
Usman Garba - Just get your foot in the door
Sep 17, 2018 • 41 min
We met Usman Garba at his place in February for a one-on-one interview, where he talks about his experiences in Malaysia, turning down two job offers for a chance to work with Google and then losing that opportunity, taking a pre-sales job to get his foot…
Deon Akitoye - Think like there’s no box
Jul 21, 2018 • 31 min
In this episode of the Other Expats podcast, we meet up with Deon Akitoye, Enrolment Specialist at Tungsten Network, to talk about what and where home is to him, how he stays grounded so far from home, and his thoughts about other expats in Malaysia. “All…
Samson Oludapo - Connect with people who can advance you
Jun 24, 2018 • 25 min
Stuff we talked about: Samson went from studying accounting and finance to practising IT in Malaysia. His interest in IT started back home in Nigeria when he worked in the Lagos “Computer Village”, which (as the name implies) is the central location for…
Aminu Akhabue - Come for the study, development and knowledge, then go home
Jun 3, 2018 • 39 min
Stuff we talked about 2.30 Does not recommend Malaysia for people at the start of their careers, especially not Africans. Malaysia doesn’t give foreigners the option to study and work at the same time 11.30: Nigerians need a new mindset. Friend in a…
Maysoun Mustafa - Be open to experiences
Apr 9, 2018 • 25 min
“Be open to experiences, be open to meeting new people and, it might seem creepy at times, but just smile. Smile at strangers, smile at whoever…because you never know how a simple smile can affect someone in whatever they’re going through with their day…
Kristen Noelle - Building communities
Apr 1, 2018 • 23 min
Stuff we talked about 4.50: LITT Nomads - remote work and travel program to give remote workers an immersive experience in Southeast Asia 7.15: “My travel around Southeast Asia has been really good to me!” 09.08: What is something every expat in Malaysia…
Roth Mikoungui - If they can do it, so can I
Mar 24, 2018 • 29 min
Congolese, Roth Mikoungui, a support engineer in Kuala Lumpur, talks about his career, his Malaysian experience, dealing with his hectic schedule and his favorite place in Kuala Lumpur, Bukit Bintang. Here’s some of the stuff we talked about: 1.34: Roth…
Emmanuel from Geekception - Enjoying the inflight entertainment
Jan 30, 2018 • 55 min
Emmanuel runs Geekception, one of Malaysia’s top gadget review YouTube channels, and we talk about chasing his dreams and leaving a lot of things behind. We also talk about taking time to enjoy the “inflight entertainment”-all the small things that make…
Q Sound talks about ‘everything’
Jan 21, 2018 • 18 min
Marques Young aka Q Sound, singer, songwriter, trombonist, bandleader and composer, moved to Malaysia from New York in 2009 playing with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, joined a band, Bassment Syndicate, before starting a solo career. On this…
Al Ibrahim - Art, deportations and relationships
Dec 25, 2017 • 17 min
Al Ibrahim, writer, photographer, and professional videographer talks about the art scene in KL, getting stopped by immigration at the Kota Kinabalu Airport in Sabah and the frequent ‘routine’ checks of black men by the police in KL. This episode was…
Episode 5: Black and dating with Shams, Ahlam, and Faithful
Oct 5, 2017 • 55 min
Shams, Ahlam, and Faithful talk dating as black expats in Malaysia. Ahlam denies the existence of Faithful while he’s right there. Also, is going on a date worth jail time or deportation for you? These and more after you click play!
Samar Almontser: Home is where the heart is
Aug 18, 2017 • 15 min
I left three days ago But no one seems to know I’m gone Home is where the hatred is Home is filled with pain and it Might not be such a bad idea if I never Never went home again… The lyrics from Kanye West’s On My Way Home don’t appear particularly…
Amal Adam: Behind the magic
Jul 18, 2017 • 12 min
One of the ideas behind Other Expats is to share the experiences that we as “other expats” have learned from, to help us all be better people and contribute more to the society. In Malcolm X’s 1962 speech, he pointed out that “The most disrespected person…
Faithful Anere: Setting the record straight
May 11, 2017 • 12 min
“It’s impossible to get a job in Malaysia”. “You can’t have a bank account here!” “Debit/credit cards?! Are you crazy? That’s impossible!” I’ve heard it all. As an ‘other expat’ in Malaysia, I’ll have to admit it is difficult to do any of those things…
Welcome to the Other Expats Podcast
Oct 29, 2016 • 4 min
What is the Other Expats about? Why are we even doing this? Listen to find out.