Mystery Meat & Asia Acclimation: My First Few Days of Remote Year

Pairs Well With… “Fill your life with adventures, not things.  Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.” 

I ate a lot of balls this week, which I believe are various sorts of colorful mystery meat. No, seriously: meatballs, fishballs, riceballs.  I started noticing a geometric pattern in my eating.  Circles represent being complete or whole, which I’m totally in tune to, especially right now.  But speaking of balls, I think it’s safe to say that I grabbed life by them when I decided to take this year long trip.  Remote Year has officially kicked off, and I have finally arrived in Malaysia.

Mystery meat adventures at their finest

I successfully (but barely) survived the 52-hour trek to get to Kuala Lumpur (KL).  Watch out world; I have arrived!  My first three days have been a blur of what day it is, what time zone I belong to, and where I need to be.  Somewhere between delirium and exhaustion, I managed to make quite a few new friends.  I’m acclimating nicely, and the only conflict in my world right now is the one that my hair is having with the humidity.  Overall, I’m starting to get the hang of things here.

First of many walking food tours


Let me give you the visual tour of how my life is shaping up.

Where I Kick It:

I live in the heart of downtown KL at The Maple Suite and am walking distance to many of the cities’ notable sites, restaurants, nightlife, shopping, and my office space for the month.  I love being able to walk to work, something I’m not accustomed to in what I’ve been referring to as “my other life.”

Spacious living and entertaining room. Ample space for an impromptu dance party.

Where I’m Working It

Located within one of KL’s premier malls is the Remote Year workspace.  It’s both bright and cozy, and only a 15 minute walk from my apartment.  While I haven’t spent a lot of time there yet, I will be- and making some career magic happen.

The Kuala Lumpur Scoop:

  • Population: 7.7 million people
  • Races: Malay, Chinese and Indian
  • Currency: Ringgit (Everything here is quite affordable since the Ringgit is not strong.  You can have a great meal for $2-$5. Cha-ching!)
  • Language: Malay, though much of the population speaks English
  • Key Landmarks & Attractions:
    • Petronas Twin Towers (a representation of modern meets historical)
    • Menara KL Tower (Stellar view from my bedroom & Instagrammed for your viewing pleasure)
    • Batu Caves
    • Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

First Few Days Observations:

I think it’s safe to say that things are off to a great start.  No one’s been mugged, fired or died of food poisoning that I know of, so I guess the world is looking up for all of us “Remotes.”  That’s optimism at its finest, right?!

Here are a few of my initial morning thoughts from the last three days:

    • Because of the heat, despite how many times you’ve showered today, you probably are already due for another.
    • This group likes to get after it, so if what they say is true about alcohol seeping out of your pores, KL will be catching the best contact buzz in the world.  Hangovers and heat are the real deal.
    • Energizing conversations and collaborations among Remotes are in initial phases and, without a doubt, this group will accomplish beyond amazing feats.
    • I will see to it that there is ample backing it up


And that, my friends, are the opening credits!

Photo Credit:
Apartment Images – Amber Brixey
Office Images – Amanda Little

Want to know what was running through my mind before takeoff and what I’m working hard to accomplish over the next year?  Tune into my guest appearance on Lindsey Heiserman’s podcast to hear the inside scoop!

13 Responses to “Mystery Meat & Asia Acclimation: My First Few Days of Remote Year”

  1. Jon Feustel

    Thanks for keeping us posted – glad to see that you arrived safe and sound. 🙂 xoxo

  2. Sara D.

    A-maze-balls! (Literally ?)great blog and interview on the podcast. Thanks for being inspiring to those of us (me) that are still holding in their dreams and aspirations!


      Ha ha! Loving this pun. Thanks for the laugh and the compliment. Everything happens at the right time. You’ll know when timing ends up being right as you just won’t be able to wait and hold back any longer. Go get ’em!

  3. LeAnn

    I LOVE the cool spaces you get to enjoy!! Wow!!! So excited for what this year has in store for you, and looking forward to following every moment!


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