I  can't profess to being a travel agent, a child psychologist, nor a UN Peace Keeper.  However, as the Australian wife of a British diplomat, and mum to two very lovely, high energy little people, surviving nightmare flights and seeking out soft play centres in unlikely cities is what I do best.

I've taught and worked with children in Australia, Japan, the UK, Uganda and Malaysia.  I've watched street children play tag in Hanoi.  I've laughed with Tanzanian children seeing elephants for the first time.  I've seen two-year-olds perform acrobatics in the streets of New Delhi.  And I've watched my little chap spend entire afternoons playing away happily with children with whom he shares not one common word.

Of course, I've also lost my brand new prescription sunglasses down a long drop (ah, the joys of toilet training on the road), upturned a stroller in a pothole along one of Asia's busiest streets and broken an arm while navigating a course through my first Malaysian supermarket, two-year-old in tow.  I've learnt a lot.

I love discovering new things, new places and new ways of seeing the world.  At the moment we're enjoying our latest adventure on a posting to KL, Malaysia (you can read my husband's vastly more intellectual take on it all here: Nikesh Mehta).  When I'm not working as a freelance translator or volunteering at a local refugee centre, I'm occupied with exploring our newest home turf and packing my little family off onto more adventures around the globe.  I hope you'll enjoy sharing some of it.

I'd love to hear your thoughts too.  You can email me at mumontmove@gmail.com or like my Facebook page for more updates.  I'm also on Twitter!
Thanks to Expat ExchangeExpat Arrivals and InterNations for featuring the blog.


  1. Hi! Expatmum in India here! Love to read our thoughts- great blog:-)

  2. Hi Eli Z

    Aw, thanks so much for taking the time to post a comment :) Just had a look at your blog Expatliv: what an exciting life you lead! I was particularly interested to read about your NGO work. You've left me feeling inspired!

  3. Thanks to you too:) It's nice to connect with other bloggers - and you really have lots of good reads in your blog. I relate to a lot of it:-) (I was suppose to write "love to read YOUR thoughts"in my first comment of course) Have a good day:-)

  4. Sounds like you lead a very interesting and busy live. I have yet to visit some of those places but I'm really looking forward to one of these days. Stopping by from Bloggy Moms.

  5. Love your blog!!!!

  6. Thanks. I absolutely love this site. Stick with it!

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  7. Hi there
    Great blog !!
    I found your on BlogExpat.com. My wife Diane and I are moving there in the spring as early retirees as soon as I turn age 50 (cheaper fixed deposit on MM2H visa). I recently started my blog ahead of the move and am currently scouring through as many expat blogs I can find in SE Asia and especially Malaysia looking for ideas, new followers, contacts and friends. I listed on blog-expat but they haven't approved it yet. I hope you check us out at www.experimentalexpats.com

    We look forward to reading many of your posts

    1. Hi Rob

      Big apologies for not replying sooner. Good luck with your preparations for the move. I've looked at your website - it's brilliant. I'll be following along on your adventures now. Who knows, maybe our paths will cross one day in KL!

  8. HI there - i'm a serial expat just moved from KZ to Sarawak with our family of four (which became 5 just after we arrived) and our two dogs. Loving your blog.

  9. Thank you Ersatz Expat. Really appreciate the comment. And congratulations on the new addition. How was the experience of having a baby in Sarawak? I'd love to hear some recommendations on things to do in the area when you get a moment.

  10. Hi Anna,
    You lead quite an exciting life. I was wondering if you are interested in conducting short classes on daily life in KL for new expats. I work with a global relocation company and we offer cross culture programs to our MNC clients. If you are interested in finding out more, please find me in linkedin http://sg.linkedin.com/pub/suzana-luis/a8/84b/b71.

  11. Great read!
    Would love to meet you guys up maybe a small expat blog gathering of sorts?

    I am Malaysian but was educated and brought up in South Wales, UK.

    Have been back in Malaysia almost 20 years now and have settled down and got married and have a 2 year old boy.

    Am always looking to meet and make new friends so feel free to email me miqayeelbradleylow@gmail.com or my mobile +60166158348


  12. Dear Anna,

    My name is Joe Pinzone and I'm casting an international travel show about expats moving abroad. We'd love to film in Malaysia and wanted to know if you could help us find expats who have moved there within the last 15 months or have been there for 3-4 years, but recently moved into a new home. The show documents their move to a new country and will place the country in fabulous light. The contributors on the show would also receive monetary compensation if they are filmed. If you'd like more information, please give me a call at 212-231-7716 or skype me at joefromnyc. You can also email me at joepinzone@leopardusa.com. Looking forward to hearing from you.

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    P: 212-231-7716
    Skype: Joefromnyc

  13. hi Anna,

    I Love your blog and after reading it, i have just sent you a message on FB (its probably sitting in your "other" message folder). Would you mind if I could direct a few questions to you as we are relocating to KL during the summer and i need a residents insight into a number of areas including choosing a school and housing and also working as an expat woman.
    Appreciate your help in advance.

    Payal Choksi

  14. Hi Anna,

    I came across your blog while doing some research for a friend who has recently moved to Oz, really like the personal writing style and the useful tips.

    I was wondering if you would be interested in working with us on a 'moving guide' that we are putting together for our website, it is going to be top tips on moving nationally or internationally. I wondered if you would be interested in curating it with us as you seem to have great experience?

    We would of course credit you and your blog. If you would be interested, please drop me a line via our website. I have linked it to my name in this post.

    Best wishes either way!

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