Putrajaya, the making of a city

By on November 17, 2011 in Buildings, Eco, Family, History, Malaysia, Tour with 2 Comments

As a young capital, Putrajaya may not have the character and soul of the great cities of the world, but it is well on its way there with innovative architecture, community-centric town planning and long term ambitions. In relation to many of Malaysia’s other cities like Kuala Lumpur and Melaka, the garden city of Putrajaya is like a new kid on the old block. Granted, it lacks the dramatic history of the former and the age-old culture of the latter but what it has in excess is youthfulness, a modern vision and a spirit to embrace the new.

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Striking Oil And Spilling Attractions

A lone oil well sits atop Bukit Telaga Minyak in Miri, Sarawak, an icon of the city’s present-day tourist attraction and an important landmark that sparked Malaysia’s entire history in oil and gas. Ironically, it almost never got built if not for the perseverance of a young college dropout from England. Choosing cadetship over completing […]

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Tea Garden with a Difference

By on March 14, 2011 in Eco, Family, Highlands, States with 6 Comments

A RANGE OF TOUR PACKAGES AND CONSERVATION EFFORTS MAKE SABAH TEA GARDEN A POPULAR SPOT FOR BOTH EDU- AND ECO-TOURISM. DARYL YEP FINDS OUT. Having returned from Cameron Highlands recently where I overdosed on a dizzying array of tea, I suppose going on another tea trip is out of the question. But strangely enough, in […]

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Dinos Alive!

By on January 24, 2011 in Family, History, Malaysia, Museums/Gallery with 2 Comments

Apatosaurus (pronounced ah-PAT-uh-SAWR-us). This long –necked quadrupedal dinosaur, which lived during the late Jurassic period, is one of many dinosaurs now roaming the Pusat Sains Negara, located at Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur. An exhibition highlighting these amazing creatures, titled ‘Dinos Alive’ is currently on display until 31 May, 2011.

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By on October 1, 2010 in Family with 6 Comments

i-City is the latest tourist spot in Shah Alam, Selangor. Dubbed the City of Digital Lights, it is reputed to be the first lightscape tourist destination in Malaysia.

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A Hundred Years in Ipoh

By on July 20, 2010 in Buildings, Family, History, Tour with 6 Comments

Being married to a man from Perak, it was inevitable that as I learned to love this person, I also had to learn to love his home state. Fortunately, neither task was too difficult to accomplish!

Perak has been fantasized, romanticized and idealized by all sorts of people from all walks of life throughout Malaysian history. In the days when tin prices were sky high, the Kinta Valley in Perak, possessing the world’s richest alluvial tin deposits, held promise of great fortunes for already-wealthy businessmen, small-time speculators and the average dreamer.

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Mesmerising Lambir Hills

By on May 27, 2010 in Eco, Family with 2 Comments

The snake slithered through the undergrowth. Pausing, flickering its tongue and rearing its head, slowly….
Startled, I took a step back. I peered closer at the small snake basking on the forest floor.
It had longitudinal reddish orange stripes, with bits of greenish lateral stripes on a black background.
Was it a Banded Malayan Coral Snake? Or was it the Striped Kurki Snake.

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Langkawi, the second time around…

By on December 23, 2009 in Baby, Baby-Friendly, Beach, Eco, Family, Islands, Langkawi with 8 Comments

Has Langkawi become an annual pilgrimage destination for me? It seems that way since the past few years, I have never failed to visit the isle of legends at least once a year! But who can blame me. After all, I think it’s one of the destinations in Malaysia that is perfect for any occasion […]

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Selamat Hari Raya!

By on September 16, 2009 in Family with 2 Comments

A waft of freshly cut ketupat fills the air. On the stove, the chicken curry simmers slowly in the pot. Even the beef rendang has been cooked to perfection.
The plates, cups and utensils are neatly arranged and small jars filled with crispy cookies. The cookies are made early as these can be stored in airtight containers.
The house is spick and span, and new with a fresh coat of paint. Everything is new (or almost new!) and neat and tidy to usher in Hari Raya Aidilifitri.

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Ramadan Bazaar

By on August 21, 2009 in Family, Food with 7 Comments

Kueh seri muka, lepat pisang, jala emas, putu mayam and definitely the famous porridge, bubur lambuk.
Are some tasty delicacies available throughout the month of Ramadan.
Though Ramadan does sound like it is a sombre month, it is also a celebration of many things.

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