Apples Galore

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Its shiny green skin dazzled brightly under the hot, morning sun. Next to it, grew another round, shiny green fruit; its small size screaming for attention. Workers are seen tearing away the old newspapers around the other fruits, offering a glimpse of the succulent home-grown apples.

The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

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The smooth jawi script, intricately carved with the words ‘Tengku Khazijah binti Seri Maharaja Sultan Abdul Jalil, Riau 1127 (Hijrah)’, shone brightly in the glass case. The words were inscribed onto a silver tray, replete with small motifs. It must have once been an important household item, used by the Riau royal family. Present in the early days of the Riau Sultanate, it would have been used to carry delicious cooked food, and warm drinks for family members, guests and friends.

A Bako to remember…

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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

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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.

The Magic Potion For All Occasion

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I guess every country has its own cure-all – a panacea for all manner of complaints, whether physical, emotional or, even, mental!The French swear by their distilled lovely-scented lavender flowers. The Chinese have their ginseng. The Japanese love their green tea. A German family I know reaches for their chamomile on every occasion, and not […]

Desaru Fruit Farm

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“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

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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 […]

Baby-friendly Langkawi

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An island holiday that’s perfect for moms, dads and babes-in-tow! It was supposed to be a three-day vacation but we packed like we were going away for three weeks. Well, I guess that’s what happens when you go on your first-ever holiday with a baby in tow! Our luggage literally burst at the seams with […]

Butterfly Farm

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“When holding a scorpion, never touch the middle of its body. This is the most sensitive part,” bellowed Mohamad Jahangir, a worker at the Butterfly Farm at the Kea Farm area, Cameron Highlands. “Make sure you touch the scorpion at its tail (not the part with the sting, though). This is because scorpions can only […]
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