Archive for April, 2011

Apr 29 2011

Where’s Kuala Lumpur’s best banana leaf curry?

Published by under Food

Banana leaf curry is an Indian thali, done with a distinctive Malaysian twist, and it’s something visitors really should try at some stage during a trip to Kuala Lumpur. I decided to check out a few places in order to find the best spot to indulge in the delicious meal. Popularity may not be everything … read the full post

Apr 26 2011

Some jazzy nights in Kuala Lumpur

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Although live music in Kuala Lumpur generally consists of bland international pop, or amateurish pub rock bands, fans of jazz and blues are comparatively well served. Every month sees a steady stream of both local and overseas artists, playing to small but appreciative audiences. Here’s a selection of some of what’s on offer in late … read the full post

Apr 22 2011

Kuala Lumpur for book lovers

Published by under Shopping

One of the curious anomalies about Kuala Lumpur is that while it is one of the best places in Southeast Asia to buy books, you hardly ever see anyone reading in public. I am beginning to think that every KL home is littered with stacks of unread tomes. Or perhaps I am committing some awful … read the full post

Apr 20 2011

Eating around the clock in KL

Published by under Food

Kuala Lumpur is not so much the city that never sleeps, as the city that never stops eating. To say that the city’s residents like their food is a serious understatement. They are obsessed with it. Day to day life is planned around meals, not the other way round. And while the sheer volume of … read the full post

Apr 17 2011

Kuala Lumpur: What’s not to like?

Published by under Sightseeing & activties

Falling in love with a city is very much like falling in love with a person: it has very little to do with logic, and everything to do with subjective sentiment. There’s no use trying to explain why one face makes your heart go giddy-up, while another one leaves you cold, that’s just the way … read the full post

Apr 15 2011

Some Kuala Lumpur arts highlights for April

Published by under Events

It’s fair to say, that whatever KL’s virtues as a place to visit, having a thriving cultural and artistic scene is not one of them. Given that the most popular local pastime is hanging out at air-con shopping malls, this should not come as a surprise. But, it is possible, if you know where to … read the full post

Apr 14 2011

Kuala Lumpur’s top attractions if you only have 24 hours

Published by under Sightseeing & activties

Despite the best wishes of Tourism Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur struggles to be a destination in its own right. It’s a city that tourists generally pass through on their way somewhere else, rather than for its own charms. Which is a shame, because although it lacks any blockbuster attractions, and has no deep history or culture … read the full post

Apr 13 2011

How to eat vegetarian in Kuala Lumpur

Published by under Food

Horror, pity and grudging admiration: the three main ways Malaysians react when they find out someone is a vegetarian. ┬áThis would suggest that keeping clear of meat and fish is a tough ask, even in cosmopolitan KL. Which is odd, because there are few places in the world where vegetarians can eat as well. The … read the full post

Apr 12 2011

How to avoid taxi rip-offs in KL

Published by under Transport

Guidelines for KL taxis

As recently as two years ago, the most frequent complaint by visitors to KL was about the city’s taxi drivers. The biggest single problem was the refusal of drivers to use their meter, insisting instead on outrageous fixed fares. In the end, the situation became so bad the government had to act. It adopted a … read the full post

Apr 10 2011

KL’s Changkat Bukit Bintang

Published by under Bars & nightlife,Food

How many roads have their own Facebook appreciation page? Well, Changkat Bukit Bintang does and at last count it had more than 3,000 fans. It’s a sign of how this once sleepy road of Chinese shophouses has, in the space of just a few years, become the focal point of Kuala Lumpur’s best entertainment area. … read the full post