A Hundred Years in Ipoh

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.

Mesmerising Lambir Hills

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.

Langkawi, the second time around…

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 […]

Selamat Hari Raya!

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.

Ramadan Bazaar

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.

A Bako to remember…

Wshhhhhh…..wihssssshhhhhh… The trees bristle violently in the chill wind. A large orange nose peers shyly from the tree tops. Wide-eyed with weary lines under its eyes, the proboscis scans the horizon. “Click..Click…...”

Malaysian strawberries

Juicy, red, succulent strawberries…ever had a craving for some? Malaysians are very fortunate as we do not have to book the next plane ticket overseas as strawberries are grown right at our very doorsteps. Cameron Highlands, with its cooling climate and low temperatures is the most suitable place for these strawberries to thrive. Its low temperatures of 10 to 25 degrees Celsius, with a height of more than 1500 meters make the place suitable for the cultivation of strawberries.

Desaru Fruit Farm

“Do you know how to choose a good jambu air?” “Here, look at its fleshy back. It must be firm and make sure it is clean.” A bubbly, Henry Goh, our guide at the Desaru Fruit Farm, with his cowboy hat grinned widely. Several ikat of jambu air were hanging from a pole in the clean orchard. Pink and blue plastic wrappers hung colourfully on the treetops above us.

Kuala Lumpur Craft Centre

A visit to the Kuala Lumpur Craft Cultural Complex at Jalan Conlay, is a wonderful hidden gem. Tucked away from the busy traffic, this craft centre is situated in an open-concept building, with traditional motifs and intricate wooden carvings. The complex houses several different sections comprising a craft museum, artists’ colony and craft village as […]