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July 30, 2022

E95 Retire in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (and Ubid, Bali, Indonesia)

E95 Retire in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (and Ubid, Bali, Indonesia)

Do you dream of living like the Jeffersons, ‘in a deluxe apartment in the sky?’ Most of us would be unable to afford such a place in New York, London or Singapore. For city loving retirees who desire residing in a large and luxurious apartment, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia may be the answer. Former Pittsburgh residents Jessica Coup and Scott Bergstein now call home a magnificent four bedroom, 5 bath apartment with maid’s quarters, in Kuala Lumpur - all for under $1,200/month. Listen to their adventures on Episode 95 of Retire There with Gil & Gene

Scott Bergstein’s book on moving to Puglia, Italy is Soul of the Heel: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Puglia.

Scott’s novel is Mis(s)pellings: A Magical Comedy.

Scott blogs here.  

Check out Jessica Coup’s photography website which also includes her Reiki work. 

Jessica Coup


Jessica Coup was born in Lewisburg, PA and raised in Milton, PA. She attended Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA and earned a bachelors in journalism. She worked in a public relations firm, Markowitz Communications, the Andy Warhol Museum, then went on to become the Director of Marketing, Membership, Special Events and Fundraising of the Mattress Factory Museum. Her final position before retiring was with an international firm NEP Supershooters that designed, built, and leased mobile television broadcast studios to major broadcasters where she first managed logistics for many live sporting events and then moved into sales for the company. Jessica retired in 2013.
After retiring, she dedicated her efforts to photography, her work earning her a number of invitations to exhibit her work in Italy and Malaysia. On moving to Kuala Lumpur, she found a new passion: yoga, one to which she has devoted herself. It is that passion that prompted their move to Ubud where, in addition to honing her yoga skills, Jessica became a Reiki Master healer, an art that she practices in “retirement.”

Scott Bergstein

Scott Bergstein was born and raised in Altoona, PA. He attended Penn State and earned a bachelors in speech communications. He thereafter achieved a masters in speech communications from Colorado State and a law degree from the Law School at Pittsburgh University. Before law school, he was a faculty member at Penn State teaching speech and theatre courses for 5 years; and during law school, he began working in commercial real estate in Pittsburgh and made a career of it, retiring from the field in 2013. Since then, he’s written two books, a few articles, and blogs; two years before retiring, he and Jessica bought a little olive farm in Puglia (in southern Italy), did a thorough renovation of the property and, upon retiring, moved there. After three years in Puglia, the couple moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, lived there for 3 years and relocated to Bali, Indonesia, and 3 years later returned to Kuala Lumpur, though they now split their time between there and Bali. Whew! I can’t keep up with you two!