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

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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

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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

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

Published by under Kuala Lumpur excursions

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

Published by under Sightseeing & activties

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

Published by under Festivals

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?

Published by under Health & safety

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

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