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The Road to Old Terengganu

The Road to Old Terengganu

By on July 31, 2012 in Family, Food, History, Malaysia, Museums/Gallery, States, Tour with 6 Comments

The deep seas off Terengganu may be rich in oil and gas reserves, making the east coast state among the region’s leaders in the oil, gas and petrochemical industry, but some argue that its real treasures are all found on the mainland.

With a documented history reaching as far back as the 2nd century, Terengganu certainly has accumulated a wealth of heritage influenced by the Langkasuka and Srivijaya kingdoms it was part of, and the Majapahit, Khmer and Chinese empires it traded with. Despite modern developments, the old Terengganu still remains – and the best way to explore it? Via Federal Route 3 – approaching a hundred years old, but still one of Malaysia’s most scenic highways.

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Putrajaya, the making of a city

By on November 17, 2011 in Buildings, Eco, Family, History, Malaysia, Tour with No 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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Dinos Alive!

By on January 24, 2011 in Family, History, Malaysia, Museums/Gallery with 1 Comment

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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Labuan War Cemetery

By on November 12, 2010 in History with 2 Comments

Silence hangs heavily in the air. The sun is just rising on the graves of 3,908 soldiers at the Labuan Commonwealth Cemetery. Located along Jalan Tanjung Batu, the cemetery, also known as the World War II Memorial, was constructed and is maintained by the Commonwealth Graves Commission. It honours men of the Australian land and […]

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A Hundred Years in Ipoh

By on July 20, 2010 in Buildings, Family, History, Tour with 4 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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Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, Penang

By on June 3, 2010 in History, Islands with 2 Comments

Located in Penang’s ‘Little India’, in the capital city of Georgetown, the Sri Maha Mariamman temple reflects the city’s rich cultural heritage.

This tropical island of Penang, lies in the Indian Ocean, just off the north-west coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Penang’s rapid growth as a trading hub in the early 1800s, especially in commodities such as nutmegs, cloves and pepper attracted traders from Europe, America, Arabia, India as well as China.

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Fort Cornwallis Lighthouse

By on March 5, 2009 in History, Islands with 8 Comments

Excitement coursed through my veins, as my small feet lumbered nimbly up the steely white stairs.

The ascending air was getting chilly, and the bright sunshine glared menacingly as I treaded gingerly.

I was making my way, alone, up the eighty-odd steps of the famed Fort Cornwallis Lighthouse, situated on the northeast side of George Town, Penang.

Trying my best to not look downwards I held tightly onto the railings. A camera balanced menacingly around my neck, I whispered a silent prayer.

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Kuala Lumpur Craft Centre

By on February 23, 2009 in Arts & Craft, Family, History, Museums/Gallery with 2 Comments

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 […]

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