Occupation: Managing Director of Crown Worldwide Group Malaysia
Nationality: Australian British
Time In Malaysia: 2 years
First overseas posting
Malaysia is quite sentimental for me as it was my first overseas posting. I remember that time fondly as I was in my late twenties. It was quite an amazing experience as it was different from the UK where I grew up. I have been with Crown Worldwide for the past 16 years. Prior to returning to Malaysia, I was the Country Manager of Crown Worldwide Thailand.
I’m married and have a seven-year-old son that pretty much takes up most of my time after work. My son participates in a number of extracurricular activities like badminton, football and rugby. Meanwhile, my wife is very much into the restaurant scene so we visit quite a few places.
Favourite dining spots
Having known the owners of Fuego at Troika Sky Dining, it comes as no surprise that the menu there is creative. When we have visitors, we bring them to the Heli Lounge Bar for the amazing 360 degree view of KL. We frequent Pinchos Tapas Bar at Changkat, it’s usually where all our expat Spanish friends go to dine. My favourite local cuisine is Indian food and my wife, who is Japanese, finds Japanese cuisine of a high standard easily accessible here.
Staying active and fit
Back in 2000, I was a member of the BMFC (British Malaysian Football Club) playing in the veteran’s league and I have rejoined the team. I have cycled more than 2,000km and I love that I can leave my house in Mont Kiara and cycle through testing hills in Damansara. My top cycling locations are Hulu Langat, Bukit Jelutong, Kuala Selangor, Fraser’s Hill and Cameron Highlands. Later on this year I’m doing the 160km Visit Pahang Century Ride. This is a great way to keep fit and see the beautiful scenery Malaysia has to offer.
Keep in mind
With any assignment, you need to be open-minded, positive and ready to embrace new things. If it is very different from where you are from, adopt the ‘what to do lah’ attitude and focus on the positive which far outweigh the negatives. Get involved and be outgoing, and if you have children meet other parents. There are great balls such as the Manza Ball and St. Patrick’s Ball which are fun and well-attended. Last weekend, my family and I went to the Highland Games.
When you are out, introduce yourself. Have the mindset that it’s all an adventure.