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Loves travelling: Catlow says Tioman Island is his family’s favourite destination in Malaysia
THE Catlow family may have come from far away places but they are every bit as Malaysian as the rest of us.
Dr Brendan Catlow, 51, who hails from the northwestern English city of Preston, is a family man who dedicates all his free time to his wife and four children.
He met his wife, who is from the little Caribbean island nation of Saint Lucia, in England.
The family moved to Malaysia seven years ago and has adapted to Malaysian culture in that time.
“My eldest daughter is 12 this year, so they only started school after we moved here,” said Catlow.
As the children were still young when they first moved to Malaysia, Catlow finds that it is actually more difficult for them to visit England after settling in Malaysia.
“The first time we went back for a visit, my son actually cried because he wanted to have mee hoon and we could not find any,” said Catlow with a laugh.
“When he realised that we were not going to find any, he changed his mind and said, ‘Okay Daddy, I want roti canai instead’.”
The Catlow family frequents local eateries and enjoys eating banana leaf meals at Indian restaurants.
They said they love everything about living in Malaysia, from the food to the climate and the people.
“Malaysia is a really easy country to work in because the people here are just so warm and welcoming,” said Catlow.
Catlow, the managing director of an England-based company that develops and markets synthetic polymers, had been visiting Malaysia for work purposes for 25 years prior to the move.
“I got to travel around Asia for work and I quite liked Malaysia.
“So when I was offered the opportunity to move here, I took it,” he said.
Despite a busy work schedule, he ensures time with his wife and children.
In addition to taking piano lessons, his daughters have taken up gymnastics while his only son plays football.
“I used to play with a local veterans football club back when we used to live in Kluang, Johor, so it’s nice to see my son taking interest in the sport,” he said.
“We also enjoy travelling around South-East Asia a lot.
“Our favourite Malaysian destination has to be Tioman Island,” said Catlow.
Their family holidays make for excellent bonding time.
Catlow has admitted that they sometimes go on holidays up to four times in a year.
The family will often go on holidays to local destinations with a large group of their Malaysian friends from Kluang.
“It was actually really nice living in Kluang.
“It is a small town where everyone pretty much knows all their neighbours,” said Catlow.
“But we’re quite happy where we are now too, because our current neighbours are just as friendly,” he added.
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