It’s because you’re black

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At some point in the last 24 hours, that thought has crossed your mind if you’re black. If it hasn’t yet (and if it did), it’s going to in the next 24 hours.

I can’t see your past or your future. “It’s because I’m black” is just one of those thoughts that cross the minds of black people when some random shit happens.

The lady who crossed the road as you approach from the opposite direction? Probably because you’re black. The policeman who pulled you over at a roadblock at almost midnight on a Saturday? Almost sure because you’re black.

 

You might be interested in this: Finding and renting property for expats in Malaysia

 

But is it really, though? Is it really because you’re black? How do you know for sure that it is because you’re black?

This episode of the Other Expats podcast was produced by rewordink Studios.  The soundtracks are courtesy of Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars,  Tcharekare KanyembeGuifrog, and Burkina Electric. Subscribe to the Other Expats podcast on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play MusicOvercastPocket Casts and Anchor. You can also connect with us and let us know what you think on FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn or send us an email via hello @ otherexpats.com.

Introducing Zainab Olamiji… and how different are jobs from careers?

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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 out.


This episode of the Other Expats podcast was produced by rewordink Studios.  The soundtracks are courtesy of Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars,  Tcharekare Kanyembe, Guifrog, and Burkina Electric. Subscribe to the Other Expats podcast on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play MusicOvercastPocket Casts and Anchor, and sign up for our monthly newsletters otherexpats.com/subscribe. You can also connect with us and let us know what you think on FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn or send us an email via hello @ otherexpats.com.

Felix Tabenda – Tell the world who we are

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Our conversation with Felix Tabenda—Cameroonian and a Lead Finance Analyst at an MNC in Malaysia—was in December 2018 and we had a lot to talk about.

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

14.25 – Renting a house as an African in Malaysia

17.13 – Needing international vetting to open a bank account

21.30 – Being followed at the mall

26.30 – Some of the weird questions African expats get

31.00 – Being an expat African husband and father in Malaysia

32.32 – Long-winding sentence about family hangouts with other families

36.40 – Have financial plans in mind when moving here


This episode of the Other Expats podcast was produced by rewordink Studios.  The soundtracks are courtesy of Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars,  Tcharekare Kanyembe, Guifrog, and Burkina Electric. Subscribe to the Other Expats podcast on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play MusicOvercastPocket Casts and Anchor, and sign up for our monthly newsletters otherexpats.com/subscribe. You can also connect with us and let us know what you think on Facebook, TwitterInstagram and LinkedIn or send us an email via hello @ otherexpats.com.

In conversation with… Nasara Katuka

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We met up with Nasara Katuka to talk about her life as an expat in Malaysia. Nasara—from Kaduna in Nigeria—is a Business Developer in Kuala Lumpur. We also found out just how multi-talented she is. Listen now to find out for yourself!

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 – Background music from all the families playing at Paradigm Mall in Petaling Jaya

5:10 – What’s your story?

5:38 – She studied Business & Management

5:54 – Company closed and everyone had to “find their own way”

7:55 – Nigerian expats in Malaysia and our reluctance to “go back home”

12:02 – What does she do when she isn’t working?

13:53 – Al talks about his video project

14:52 – Nigeria doesn’t have an accent

16:11 – Favourite and least favourite things about being in Malaysia. First on the list? Electricity.

21:00 – How much travelling do you do?

24:05 – We find out that she models as well!

24:47 – She’s done a commercial for Harpic in May 2018 and a music video with DJ Policy’s African Woman in July 2018. She also does photo shoots. Check out Sunday Girls on Instagram

28:00 – Advice to other expats in Malaysia. Have a backup plan

 


This episode of the Other Expats podcast was produced by rewordink Studios. The soundtracks are courtesy of Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars, Tcharekare Kanyembe, Guifrog, and Burkina Electric. Subscribe to the Other Expats podcast on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play MusicOvercastPocket Casts and Anchor, and sign up for our monthly newsletters otherexpats.com/subscribe. You can also connect with us and let us know how you feel on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn or send us an email via hello @ otherexpats.com.

In conversation with… Tatiana Shulgina

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Welcome to Season 2 of the Other Expats podcast! We met up with Russian expat, Tatiana Shulgina, who teaches English in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to get us started. Tatiana (Tanya) also just recently completed her book, A Dream too Far:  Educating Refugees in Malaysia, to create awareness about the plight of refugees in the country.

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 wherever she feels comfortable in, whether it’s Bali or Kuala Lumpur.

15.29 – One of her greatest experiences in Malaysia is at the fireflies reserve at Kuala Selangor. The park is considered to be the largest colony of fireflies in the world.

17.34 – Recommendations for a nature outing for expats in Malaysia?

19.25 – What’s a typical day for her like?

21.20 – Rereading the book that changed her life—Life of Pi.

22.10 – When we talk a bit about religion

26.00 – Tatiana’s TV show recommendation—The Good Doctor.

26.40 – She’s a Harry Potter fan!

27.52 – When can we be expecting her next book?

If you want to support Tatiana and/or her cause—improving the welfare of refugees in Malaysia—you can buy the book here or get in touch with her here.


This episode of the Other Expats podcast was produced by rewordink Studios. The soundtracks are courtesy of Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars, Tcharekare Kanyembe, Guifrog, and Burkina Electric. Subscribe to the Other Expats podcast on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play MusicOvercastPocket Casts and Anchor. You can also connect with us and let us know how you feel on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn or send us an email via hello @ otherexpats.com.

Deon Akitoye – Think like there’s no box

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In this episode of the Other Expats podcast, we meet up with Deon Akitoye, Enrollment Specialist, 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 my life, I’ve been hearing people say ‘think outside the box’. I don’t care about it anymore. I care about ‘what the hell is the box?’ Think like there’s no box. Who created the box? Because, even if you think outside the box, you’re limiting yourself to just outside the box. You can go much further.”
— Deon Akitoye


The Other Expats’ sound design is by the Big Mean Sound Machine and the intro was created by the Small Room Production.

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Samson Oludapo – Connecting with people

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Stuff Samson Oludapo talked about:

  • He moved from accounting and finance to practising IT. From working in the Lagos “Computer Village” which (as the name implies) is the central location for all things IT in Lagos State.
  • There wasn’t much of a culture shock being in Malaysia from being from a culturally diverse country too.
  • Opportunities vs greener pastures? Why are you away from your country?


The Other Expats podcast is produced by rewordink Studios. The sound design is by Big Mean Sound Machine, and the intro was created by the Small Room Production. You can and should subscribe to the Other Expats podcast on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play MusicOvercastPocket Casts and Anchor. You can also connect with us on Facebook, TwitterInstagram and LinkedIn. Send us an email via hello @ otherexpats.com.

Aminu Akhabue – Come for the study, development and knowledge then go home

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Stuff Aminu Akhabue 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. A friend in a Nigerian company goes to work at 8 am, checks-in and immediately leaves the office. She still gets paid at the end of the month.

18.35: Maybe you’ve heard about the chain restaurant that started in South Africa called Nandos?

20.20: You’ve also probably heard about the artist named Akon?

28.52: Of course, not ‘the solar system’. He (we) meant using solar power.

33.10: He supports development. If you’re going be a doctor, lawyer or musician, there are no opportunities in Malaysia for you.

 


The Other Expats’ sound design is by the Big Mean Sound Machine and the intro was created by the Small Room Production.

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Maysoun Mustafa – Be open to experiences

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This episode, Maysoun Mustafa, researcher and plant biologist, talks about her work and experiences living in Malaysia. She oversees the professional and academic development of postgraduate students in a Doctoral Training Partnership between Crops For the Future (CFF) and the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus.

“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 or life…”

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Stuff we talked about

2.36: Choosing a career path

3.00: Why you should care about food security

5.59: What’s Crops for the Future? Hint: It’s not about a war on rice.

12.00: Teff in Ethiopia—the replacement for quinoa?

13.00: Enough about work. What happens when you’re not working?

 


The Other Expats podcast is produced by rewordink Studios. The sound design is by Big Mean Sound Machine, and the intro was created by the Small Room Production. You can and should subscribe to the Other Expats podcast on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play MusicOvercastPocket Casts and Anchor. You can also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. Send us an email via hello @ otherexpats.com.

Kristen Noelle – Building communities

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This episode of the Other Expats podcast features freedom chaser, digital nomad, and founder of LITT Nomads, Kristen Noelle.

If living and working on the go in Southeast Asia is your thing, you’ll definitely want to hear what she has to say and check out LITT Nomads.

Living in Malaysia
I’ve learnt that it is really important for us to build community and connect abroad, and I love that!

LITT Nomads
The idea is that people can have an immersive experience while they’re working remotely and they can connect with others who think like them. We hold their hands a little bit through the process…

Southeast Asian experience
Southeast Asia has been good to me as far as travel as a solo black traveller, especially. I’ve had mostly positive experiences…

 

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 should experience at least once? Explore outside of the city areas!

15.20: Living here is not super difficult for me culturally because it’s such a Westernised city. It’s a very modern place; they have a lot of conveniences, they speak English in most places, I can find what I need and my work environment specifically is very Western

19.10: Learning the power of building community; moving outside a circle of friends based on familiarity.

 


The Other Expats’ sound design is by the Big Mean Sound Machine and the intro was created by the Small Room Production.

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