A day-trip to Melaka

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Click! Click! Click! … Standing excitedly in front of Porta De Santiago, Timothy Woo snapped away with his camera. He and three of his friends, from the United States, went on a one-day trip to Melaka recently. “We were asking around for a destination that we could go on a day-trip from Kuala Lumpur, and […]

A Taste of Survivor Island

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FROLICKING IN A MUDDY POOL AND SEARCHING FOR HIGHLY VENOMOUS SEA KRAITS ARE NOT EVERYONE’S CUP OF TEA. DARYL YEP DID THAT ON SURVIVOR ISLAND AND LIVED TO TELL THE TALE I was tempted to dive right in to the awesomely inviting turquoise waters as we arrived at the dock. The tranquil natural surroundings were […]

The simple life

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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 […]

Labuan War Cemetery

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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 […]

Deepavali

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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.

Bajau Parang Making

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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.

Kampung Food

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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 […]

Hullo!

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Hello everyone, Such a calm and balmy weather these past few days in Malaysia. Just would like to say, “Happy Ramadhan – Selamat Berpuasa’ to Muslims everywhere. May you gain patience and much anticipated enlightenment (aha!)  during these challenging times. We were thinking of bringing out more information on hotels throughout the country, as well […]

A Hundred Years in Ipoh

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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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