Jul 15 2011

Having a laugh in Kuala Lumpur

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Up until two or three years ago, the state of live comedy in Kuala Lumpur was no laughing matter; a doctor would have found virtually no life at all in the city’s collective funny bone. While the local comedy scene is hardly in rude health these days, its condition has at least seen a marked … read the full post

Jul 13 2011

South Indian food in Kuala Lumpur

Published by under Food

One of the undoubted culinary highlights of Kuala Lumpur is south Indian food, done with a distinctive Malaysian twist. The eateries can be divided into two main categories: those run by Hindus, and those run by Indians who have converted to Islam, known as Mamaks. Although many dishes turn up at both types of establishment, … read the full post

Jul 07 2011

Where to get a good cup of coffee in Kuala Lumpur

Published by under Food

Malaysia is one of the few places I can think of that has a deeply ingrained culture of both tea and coffee drinking. For the most part, coffee (like tea come to think of it) is served up strong, milky and sweet; an anti-skinny decaff latte if you like. The quality is higher at traditional … read the full post

Jul 05 2011

End of era in Kuala Lumpur to Singapore travel: Tanjong Pagar closes

June 30, 2011 marked a sad day for rail travel in Southeast Asia, with the last Malaysian train rolling into Singapore’s historic Tanjong Pagar station. Such is the charm of the art deco station that starting or finishing a journey there was one of the main reasons for travelling by rail. Neither Singapore nor Malaysia … read the full post

Jul 01 2011

Kuala Lumpur welcomes football’s Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal

Published by under Events

Without wishing to offend anyone, Malaysia really sucks at sport. Apart from the odd medal in badminton, this nation of more than 27 million people rarely gets anywhere near the winners’ podium. This is particularly embarrassing with football, where enthusiasm for the game is hardly ever matched by success on the pitch. The Malaysian national … read the full post

Jun 28 2011

Kuala Lumpur Festival 2011

Published by under Events

A few months ago, I was reading a Tourism Malaysia leaflet and stumbled upon a reference to the Kuala Lumpur Festival. I was somewhat surprised, as despite living here for more than four years, I was completely unaware of the city even having an arts festival. It turns out I was not alone. I asked … read the full post

Jun 23 2011

Kuala Lumpur’s “hop-on hop-off” tour bus

Published by under Transport

It sounds like a great idea, doesn’t it, a comfortable double-decker bus that links the major sights of a city, which you can get off and on, as you wish? An a la carte tour, if you will. And what better city to operate such a service in than Kuala Lumpur, with its inadequate public … read the full post

Jun 22 2011

It’s Mega Sale time in Kuala Lumpur

Published by under Events,Shopping

I hate shopping. Not for food, or anything useful, you understand. No, I hate shopping as a leisure activity. The idea of spending hours on end shuffling aimlessly round an air-con mall, fills me with a horror normally reserved for repeated colonic irrigations. I understand this puts me in somewhat of a minority, not just … read the full post

Jun 17 2011

Tengkat Tong Shin: Kuala Lumpur’s best hub for independent travellers

Published by under Accommodation

For a city that sees as many young independent travellers as Kuala Lumpur, it is peculiar how few services have sprung up to serve their needs. Compare the situation with Bangkok say, which has a whole travel industry centred on backpackers, and more recently flashpackers too. While KL might not want the fully fledged Khao … read the full post

Jun 15 2011

World Music Day in Kuala Lumpur

Published by under Events

June 21 marks World Music Day, an event which originated in France 30 years ago as a celebration of the summer solstice (the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere). Also known as the Fete de la Musique, it now spans more than 100 countries round the world, including Malaysia. Thanks to the … read the full post

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