Flessner says there’s always something to do in Malaysia.
THE opportunity of trying different things makes living in a foreign country exciting, and Texan Jenny Flessner has certainly proven that.
“Most people tend to stick to the same routine in their own country.
“I find there is always something to do in Malaysia and many opportunities to do what you want,” she said, citing buying a grand piano and taking piano lessons for the first time as an example.
“I also want to get my scuba-diving certificate,’’ said Flessner, who is on her second stint in Malaysia.
When she came to Malaysia the first time, it was Flessner’s first trip out of North America.
“It is really different being here for the second time as so much has changed. We knew what to expect but because the dynamics of the family has changed, it is a new experience too,” said the mother of three children between the ages of three and 12.
Flessner is glad her children, who are studying at an international school, get the chance to interact with people from different countries.
“It is a great opportunity for them to grow up in such an exotic place and see how other people live.”
Travelling is another favourite pastime.
“We have been to Redang Island, Bukit Melawati, Bali, Singapore, Thailand, and Australia.”
Flessner likes to immerse herself in the sights, sounds and smells of Chinatown. She has also gone to Batu Caves during Thaipusam.
“It was crowded but well organised and I was even blessed by a Hindu priest.
“I think everyone should go and experience it, see the bright colours and feel the energy,” said Flessner, adding that she had also visited the Nine Emperor Gods Temple in Ampang during the festival.
Flessner appreciates the variety of food in Malaysia.
“There are lots of options, aside from Malaysian food, which is already very diverse.
“My favourite food is fried beehoon.”
For her, the only downside to being here is the distance from home.
“We get homesick during holidays, especially missing out on major celebrations.”
However, she knows that once it’s time to leave, she will miss Malaysia. “I’m going to miss my friends here and the easygoing lifestyle.”