Aug 13 2012

Langkawi: Photo essay

Published by under Langkawi

Sunset parasaling at Pantai Cenang.

After four action-packed days in Langkawi on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia I’ve had my assumptions about the island shattered — in a good way. I’d always written it off as a tourist trap, but what I found was far more interesting — and far less touristed — than I expected. Admittedly I visited … read the full post

Aug 07 2012

Nasi kandar, a Malaysian institution

Published by under Food

The endless choices of side dishes will be piled on one plate, not for the carb counter.

A plate of rice topped with four different curries for breakfast? Sounds like a handful (or rather plateful) but that’s exactly what nasi kandar is about; a combination of tantalising, distinct flavours. Once you get used to the idea of consuming so many carbs and so much spice so early in the day, I guarantee … read the full post

Aug 05 2012

Review: Ogawa Japanese Kitchen

Published by under Food

A small portion of salmon sashimi but some of the freshest you'll get in KL

A city where expatriates abound, it’s no wonder that different types of food are easily available in Kuala Lumpur. Japanese cuisine has had particular success and with so many restaurants vying for your attention, it’s easy to miss Ogawa Japanese Kitchen, a small, cosy place offering Japanese delights that can otherwise be a rarity in … read the full post

Aug 02 2012

Review: Sekeping Serendah Retreat

Published by under Accommodation

The mud shed's minimal but arty lounge

Most who want to experience the dense jungles of Malaysia gravitate towards Taman Negara, claimed to be the world’s oldest tropical rainforest. But if time doesn’t permit the long journey from Kuala Lumpur, you can still retreat to jungle at Sekeping Serendah. Located an hour north of Kuala Lumpur, Sekeping Serendah is privately owned and … read the full post

Jul 31 2012

Go-karting at Sepang International Circuit

Whiz past the finish line in a 220 cc go-kart!

Famous for hosting the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix and other major motorsports events, Sepang has something for us mere mortals too. After exhausting the endless cultural activities in Kuala Lumpur, indulge your need for speed at the Sepang International Kart Circuit. Approximately 60 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur and 15 minutes from KL International Airport … read the full post

Jul 29 2012

Review: Las Carretas, Kuala Lumpur

Published by under Food

Order a mixed plate of beef and chicken fajitas, portions are generous and servings are tasty.

With a diverse multiracial society and an evolving food culture, there’s no doubt that diners are spoilt for choice in Malaysia. But you aren’t limited to Asian cuisine if you’re seeking something a little more exotic to this part of the world; if you prefer the zing of jalapenos, jump on the wagon at Las … read the full post

Jul 23 2012

The fireflies of Kampung Kuantan

This is one boat ride you're going to want a life jacket for!

Exploring nature outside of the city doesn’t have to take much time or money. Kampung Kuantan, where colonies of fireflies put on a glowing light show almost every night on the banks of the Selangor River, takes you back to a simpler period and lets you experience a sampling of Malaysia’s ecotourism offerings. A pleasant … read the full post

Jul 20 2012

Review: Sagar, Kuala Lumpur

Published by under Food

The palak paneer steals the show at Sagar

South Indian restaurants are far more the norm in Kuala Lumpur, but flamboyant Sagar in Bangsar, a 15-minute cab ride from the city centre, offers a wide selection of northern Indian specialties, such as tandoori chicken, rogan gosh and chicken biryani. Vegetarians aren’t forgotten either, with a long list of dishes that’ll suit even the most … read the full post

Jul 17 2012

ASEAN Sculpture Garden, Kuala Lumpur

With little information present, some of these award-winning sculptures aren't given their due

If you’re in Kuala Lumpur and planning to visit Tugu Negara, make a quick stop at the ASEAN Sculpture Garden. Located in the gardens about 100 metres before you enter Tugu Negara or the National Monument, the landscape features the work of some of Southeast Asia’s most respected sculptors. While the garden on its own … read the full post

Jul 14 2012

Plaza Low Yat, Kuala Lumpur

Published by under Shopping

With six floors of IT retailers offering the latest technology, the best deals and service centres to fix your computer or mobile woes, Plaza Low Yat is a digital mecca; the plaza is to Malaysia what Sim Lim Square is to Singapore. Centrally located in the middle of Kuala Lumpur‘s Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Imbi … read the full post

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