Other Expats

Other Expats

By Other Expats
A podcast about subjects that affect people of colour (POC) expats in Malaysia—from fun subjects to topics that we may not be all-the-way comfortable talking about. Also features non-POC expats and locals who provide more information about things relevant to the POC expats.
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It's because you're black
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 called Al Ibrahim in to get his opinion.
39:53
March 20, 2019
Introducing Zainab Olamiji... and how different are jobs from careers?
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.
42:23
February 19, 2019
In Conversation with... Felix Tabenda
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 ... and more
44:55
January 29, 2019
Expat in Malaysia? Two things that you need to know now
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
11:10
November 25, 2018
In conversation with... Nasara Katuka
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
30:49
November 5, 2018
In conversation with... Tatiana Shulgina
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 refuges in Malaysia—you can get in touch with her here.
32:50
October 8, 2018
Season 2 will be starting right about now...
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 just launched her book, A Dream too Far, about how to provide refugees in Malaysia with effective education. This is just a trailer. The full audio will be coming soon. In the meantime, subscribe to the podcast and follow/like us on whatever platform you get your audio fix from. That's the support that we need.
01:00
October 3, 2018
Olajide Adejumo - Between basketball and media studies
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 about similarities and differences between living in Malaysia and the motherland, making friends, and dribbling on his extremely tight schedule. Show Notes: 01.06: Who is Olajide? BTW, Olajide is Yoruba for wealth comes in the morning 07.04: What adjustments did he need to make moving to Malaysia on a sports scholarship? 17.11: "My social life is basketball," says Ben, who shuffles between basketball practice and games and studies 21.00: The conditions that come with a sports scholarship don't allow for any laziness. "You constantly have to be on your toes." 28.36: Being judged before we are known
31:59
September 17, 2018
Usman Garba - Just get your foot in the door
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 in the door and the "two-second rule". He also shares some of his favorite TV shows and what he does when he isn't doing technical training. Some of the things we talked about 06.03: Insecure was the show to watch last year. Looking forward to the new seasons of Insecure and Atlanta 07.25 - The Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) and West African Examinations Council (WAEC) are the college entry exams and I'm not sure how it works now but back then, after the exams, you can't be 100% sure you'll get results. The exams may get canceled or it'll take forever to get the results. 20.40: If you're coming to Malaysia to study, you have to pick a really good school 24.40: I started out as a virtual profiler, calling companies to
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September 17, 2018
Deon Akitoye - Think like there's no box
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 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
31:15
July 21, 2018
Samson Oludapo - Connect with people who can advance you
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 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?
25:22
June 24, 2018
Aminu Akhabue - Come for the study, development and knowledge, then go home
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 Nigerian company goes to work at 8am, 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.
39:14
June 3, 2018
Maysoun Mustafa - Be open to experiences
"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..." 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?
25:48
April 9, 2018
Kristen Noelle - Building communities
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. Images by Kristen Noelle
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April 1, 2018
Roth Mikoungui - If they can do it, so can I
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 is the first Congolese we've met so far! Apparently, the Congolese community in Malaysia is very small because many of them who leave the country prefer to go to China, Europe, and the US 7.26: Apparently, Guineans have a big community in Malaysia. I haven't ever met anyone from there. Or maybe I have and didn't know. 9.53: Some foreigners (or just people who've never been at before decided now was the best time to crowd around the people recording and take pictures. That's all the discussions you hear in the background for the next few minutes. 13.00: "Before I used to be very sexy with a six-pack, but now I have a family pack, so..." 14.23: "They are black like me and they have jobs, is there any magic involved? No. If they can
29:47
March 24, 2018
Emmanuel from Geekception - Enjoying the inflight entertainment
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 life more bearable. How he kicks back and enjoys the flight through life whether there's a turbulence or not, and what's next for Geekception.
55:57
January 31, 2018
Q Sound talks about 'everything'
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 episode, Q Sound talks about career, inspiration his debut album, Duel Citizenship, and what's next for him in 2018. Image source: MTalent Asia
18:35
January 22, 2018
Al Ibrahim - Art, deportations and relationships
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 produced by the amazing fellows at The Small Room audio production unit, with Feras Ibrahim (@feras-ibrahim) from the Dukkan Show podcast (@Dukkanshow) and sound engineer, Ameer Ismail. Image source: https://www.instagram.com/failedimitator/
17:00
December 26, 2017
Episode 5: Black and dating with Shams, Ahlam, and Faithful
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!
55:13
October 6, 2017
Samar Almontser: Home is where the heart is
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 home-friendly. It's a consolation to know that he does take some poetic license in the piece. Truth is, many of us expats don't feel that way. However, some of us do. To others, home is our birth countries as well as where we currently are now. I personally prefer the third option; you can always go home when you feel that it's time. But you have the choice to experience other cultures—the best of both worlds. It's not always rosy for us Other Expats, however. Some of us have to be away from home for various reasons; wars, and political and economic instabilities. Then, it is not just about not having the opportunity to return home, it's having the good fortune to be able to live outside of your home. Whether you've made Malaysia you
15:54
August 19, 2017
Amal Adam: Behind the magic
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 in America is the black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the black woman." Okay, he was talking about America. But it applies to black women around the world. In this episode of the Other Expats podcast, we reached out to Amal Adam, who notes that in addition to fielding ignorant questions, black women face an almost all-around pressure. "Sometimes it's from our own people, other times it's from outsiders—that's why for us we have to always be perfect, like there's no margin for making a mistake because doing so it going to attach you to everything negative so you have to be the model black girl." She, however, noted that she generally feels "safe" in Malaysia.
12:00
July 18, 2017
Faithful Anere: Setting the record straight
"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 here—sometimes, however, not more difficult than other countries, or even back home.
12:49
May 12, 2017
Welcome to the Other Expats Podcast
What is the Other Expats about? Why are we even doing this? Listen to find out.
04:35
October 30, 2016
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