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Dimitri Menglet


I’M Russian, and my German wife Helena and I have always desired to live in Asia.

We have been living in Johor Baru since February this year.

We chose Johor Baru because it has the best of both worlds — Malaysia’s natural charm next to cosmopolitan Singapore, which is a cultural hub.

We have a rich cultural history in the Soviet Union and Helena, who is a performing pianist, is able to enjoy recitals by international musicians across the Causeway.

We are impressed with the efficient postal services and local parcels are even traceable online.

I remember trying to send a parcel from Putrajaya and, as post offices do not supply boxes, we went to the nearest mall to get one. We were surprised when a shop assistant gave us a box free of charge.

Recently, at the Causeway Immigration checkpoint, I noticed a poster that promised “service with a smile” and as we were about to leave, I told the officer:  “You forgot to do something.”

When he looked puzzled, I reminded him that he didn’t smile!

Dimitri Menglet and his wife Helena, now living in Johor Baru. Pix by Peggy Loh

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