I must admit it was quite a new experience for me, a city kid through and through, to be boarding a train heading to the rural areas in the northern state of Kelantan for my first homestay experience. As a young adult relishing the comforts of a modern world, I wondered how I’d fare in […]
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 […]
The scent of freshly cut jasmine wafts through the air. The kolam decorated intricately with rice powder is a riot of colours. Deepavali treats such as murukku, omapoodi and sweetmeats are prepared for guests.
Preparations are under way for the big celebration of Deepavali in households throughout Malaysia.
Interested in learning more of the ancient traditions of parang making in Sabah?
Drop by Kampung Siasai in Kota Belud, on the outskirts of Kota Kinabalu. The village is famed for its handmade parangs made by the Bajau community.
A parang, a medium-sized tool or weapon, looks like a long blade or machete, has been handmade by the Bajaus for generations. It is used for clearing land, cutting meat and also as wall decorations.
Place: Marine Ecology Eco Research Centre (MERC) Location: Gaya Island, Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park Where: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah “This is called the chocolate chip starfish. Look at the brown spots on its skin!” “Looks very much like chocolate chips!” Sarah, a volunteer at the Marine Ecology Research Centre (MERC), held the starfish firmly in […]
There comes a time in every urbanite’s life when you grow sick and tired of the burger and fries, the instantly prepared mee goreng from the mamak, and the quick pizza delivered to your home in less than 30 minutes. There is simply a craving from your taste buds for more, a longing for an […]
This Ramadhan, try out the berbuka puasa spread at StarPoints Hotel Kuala Lumpur. Just a stone’s throw away from bustling streets, shopping centers, and stunning historic landmarks in the city centre. Offering a tantalising feast of International Ramadhan delicacies, prepared by StarPoints Hotel guest chefs from Pakistan.
In need of a break? Try out Terengganu’s latest hotel and apartment, Sumai Hotel Suite. It is located in Kuala Terengganu close to the Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital, University Darul Iman Malaysia Kota Campus and nearby the Terengganu International Airport. The hotel has several types of apartments: Sumai Suite Apartment (3 units), Superior Apartment (37 […]