McMahon enjoys reading sci-fi and other fiction books
Leagha Anne McMahon loves it when Malaysians ask if she “sudah makan?” (Have you eaten?).
“It makes me feel at home. Only my mum would ask when I’m home in England.
“It is like having your family checking up on you. I also love how Malaysians from different cultures eat together,” said the 29-year-old.
Another aspect McMahon likes is the different festivals and being invited to various open houses.
“I get to eat food cooked by my friends’ mothers and it is delicious,” she said.
The London-born, who has been here since February 2010, said she loves Malaysia more now that she has met the locals.
“Most of my good friends are Malaysians of various races. And I enjoy the nightlife too,” she said.
She loves the Malaysian islands and tropical weather as well.
“I love beaches and Malaysia has some of the most beautiful islands in the world. Langkawi and Kapas are my favourite beach destinations.
“Kapas is one of the cleanest beaches in the country,” she said.
McMahon also enjoys playing football and the enthusiasm shown by Malaysian supporters.
“I can hear people cheering five units away from my workplace especially if the match involves the Malaysian team. It’s brilliant,” she said, adding she likes to drink Milo and eat roti canai while watching a match.
One of the few things she has not taken a liking to is durian.
“My favourites are beef rendang, char siew wantan mee and roti canai,” she said.
McMahon, who stays in Damansara Heights, eats out more here compared to her home country.
“Food is a big part of life here,” she noted.
As a beauty therapist, McMahon craves activities that are intellectually stimulating.
“Chess is challenging and keeps my mind active as I have to come up with strategies.
“I also enjoy reading sci-fi and other fiction as well as inspiring and positive authors such as Eckhart Tolle,” she said.