Archive for October, 2011

Oct 27 2011

The strange case of the suburban Kuala Lumpur pub crawl

Published by under Bars & nightlife

When is a pub not a pub? This may seem like an odd question, but in Malaysia, what you call a drinking establishment can have a big impact on how it is treated by licensing authorities. Call somewhere a restoran dan pub (restaurant and pub), and you can be open to the world, with outside … read the full post

Oct 25 2011

The River of Life: bringing Kuala Lumpur’s waterways back from the dead

Published by under Sightseeing & activties

It is somewhat hard to appreciate now, but when Kuala Lumpur started life, it was a frontier settlement, deep in the jungle. Of the original 87 miners who landed at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers in 1857, more than two-thirds died within the first year, principally of malaria. But the fortunes that … read the full post

Oct 19 2011

Happy birthday to No Black Tie, a Kuala Lumpur musical institution

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Kuala Lumpur is such a young city in world terms that the whole idea of longevity has to be thought of differently. A 100-year-old building in London, Paris or Rome, would barely raise an eyebrow, while it would be considered ancient in KL. It might not sound like a big deal that a live music … read the full post

Oct 18 2011

The Hindu festival of Deepavali (Diwali) in Kuala Lumpur

Published by under Festivals

Well over a thousand years before Islam first came to what is now Malaysia, Hinduism was a well established belief system in the peninsula. Even more than Buddhism, that other great Indian religious export, Hinduism influenced all aspects of life, from marriage ceremonies to concepts of divine kingship. The founding of the Malacca Sultanate at … read the full post

Oct 13 2011

Langkawi Live: A new music festival with more than a hint of green

Published by under Events

The Malaysian government’s announcement last week of a 420 million ringgit plan to boost tourism in Langkawi sent a huge shiver down my spine. The last thing this beautiful island needs is more visitors; most of its best beaches are already either over-developed, or the private property of exclusive resorts. What Langkawi (and indeed Malaysia … read the full post

Oct 11 2011

Raising a beer to all things German in Kuala Lumpur (including Oktoberfest)

Published by under Bars & nightlife

For most Europeans, the idea of German cuisine is a contradiction in terms; going to Germany on a gastronomic holiday would be like heading to Switzerland in search of tropical beaches. So, it always surprises me seeing so many pubs or restaurants dedicated to German food, particularly in a city like Kuala Lumpur, which is … read the full post

Oct 06 2011

Art Expo Malaysia 2011: Kuala Lumpur’s top contemporary arts event

Published by under Events

Kuala Lumpur’s leading contemporary arts showcase — Art Expo Malaysia 2011 — is just round the corner, and it looks like being the biggest and best so far. A total of 65 galleries and organisations have signed up for the five-day event, which runs from October 28 to November 1. And the best thing about … read the full post

Oct 04 2011

Yut Kee Restaurant: A Kuala Lumpur icon under threat

Published by under Food

Yut Kee is a Kuala Lumpur┬áculinary institution, although sadly not one many visitors will have heard of. It’s been serving up tasty food and drink for 83 years, making it one of the city’s very oldest eateries. In that time, this traditional Chinese coffee shop has survived a world war, several recessions, umpteen floods, the … read the full post