Sep 30 2011

October performing arts highlights in Kuala Lumpur

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Modern society seems to suffer increasingly from acute Attention Deficit Disorder. Pleasure has to be easy; gratification has be instant. So it is fitting that Kuala Lumpur, a city where ADD has reached near epidemic levels, should have an entire performance arts festival dedicated to people who cannot concentrate on the same thing for more … read the full post

Sep 27 2011

Three photography events in Kuala Lumpur

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The increasing affordability of good digital cameras, as well as simple desktop editing software, such as iPhoto, has democratised the whole business of taking photographs. Now virtually anyone can point, shoot and get a decent image. And even if you do not get it right first time, you can try again, and again, until you … read the full post

Sep 22 2011

Easing down a gear: Welcome to Pulau Ketam

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Kuala Lumpur may be one of the more laid back large cities in Asia, but it’s still a long way from being a stress-free place. When the noise and the sheer crush of people get too much, the obvious option is to head to the countryside. But even there, Malaysia’s love affair with motor vehicles … read the full post

Sep 22 2011

The best free stuff in Kuala Lumpur

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In world terms, Kuala Lumpur is a relatively affordable place to visit, but compared to the rest of Southeast Asia, with the notable exception of Singapore, it’s expensive. Accommodation is the biggest single outlay, with the cheapest decent rooms costing upwards of 80 ringgit a night. But many tourist attractions too are seriously overpriced, particularly … read the full post

Sep 15 2011

How to celebrate Arthur’s Day in Kuala Lumpur

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When Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000 year lease on his iconic brewery in Dublin in 1759, he could not be accused of short-term thinking. But I’m sure even he would be surprised by the worldwide popularity of the beer that bears his name, more than 250 years on. An estimated 10 million glasses of Guinness … read the full post

Sep 13 2011

How serious is the haze in Kuala Lumpur?

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1997 was not a vintage year for Malaysia. Not only was the country battered by the Asian financial crisis, it also had to deal with an air pollution disaster. At its height, the 1997 smog covered about 3,000 square kilometres of Southeast Asia. Malaysia was particularly badly affected, with Sarawak recording some of the highest … read the full post

Sep 08 2011

The Orang Asli (First People) of West Malaysia

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Ask visitors who the indigenous people of Malaysia are, and I suspect the answer from the overwhelming majority would be “Malay”, which is not surprising given the sustained efforts of Malay nationalists to perpetuate this misconception. Malays have indeed lived in what is now West Malaysia for several hundred years. But when they first arrived, … read the full post

Sep 06 2011

MyDance Festival 2011 and other dance in Kuala Lumpur

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I have to confess that while I have always been a fan of dance as a participatory sport, the idea of watching a live dance performance fills me with absolute horror. Others may see poetry in motion. I, however, would much rather watch paint dry. Still, it takes all sorts, and I am more than … read the full post

Aug 31 2011

An introduction to Fraser’s Hill

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One of the quirkiest, and to my mind charming, legacies of the British Empire are the hill stations dotted round South and Southeast Asia. Chosen for their cool climates, and endowed with an architecture redolent of “home”, they provided a welcome respite from the realities of living in the tropics. Once independence came to the … read the full post

Aug 26 2011

The Mid-Autumn Festival in Kuala Lumpur

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Up until a few decades ago, Kuala Lumpur had a Chinese majority, and it was only very recently that Malays became the city’s largest single community. Even today, most of central KL feels much more Chinese than it does Malay, which probably comes as a big surprise for any visitor expecting a conservative city dominated … read the full post

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