May 19 2011

Getting a tattoo in Kuala Lumpur

Published by under Events

I am beginning to think that I am the only person I know who does not have a tattoo. It’s not that I have a problem with them; I’ve been toying with the idea of getting inked for several years now. Two main things have put me off: that you have to live with it … read the full post

May 17 2011

Happy hours and other ways to get cheap(er) drinks in Kuala Lumpur

Published by under Bars & nightlife

One of the biggest complaints about Kuala Lumpur, from both visitors and residents alike, is the shocking price of alcohol. It is often more expensive to get a drink in KL than in notoriously expensive cities like London and New York (and er, islands like Bali). Hefty government taxes are partly to blame, but many … read the full post

May 13 2011

What to do in Kuala Selangor

Published by under Kuala Lumpur excursions

If you are looking for a thrill-a-minute day trip from Kuala Lumpur, then Kuala Selangor is likely to prove a big disappointment. If, however, you just want a pleasant break from modern city life, then this sleepy town by the banks of Sungai Selangor (Selangor River) has a lot going for it. It is relatively … read the full post

May 10 2011

How to hire and drive a car in Kuala Lumpur – and survive

Published by under Transport

My first piece of advice to anyone thinking of hiring a car to use in Kuala Lumpur would be: don’t do it! KL drivers may not be the worst in the world, but they come fairly close. Add in erratic signage, ever-worsening traffic jams, and a frightening disregard for road safety, and you can appreciate … read the full post

May 06 2011

KL’s newest bus terminal: Terminal Bersepadu Selatan

Published by under Transport

Malaysian intercity bus travel is a curious thing indeed. The journey itself is for the most part efficient, pleasant and good value for money. By contrast, the vast majority of bus terminals are hot, noisy, confusing, tout-filled nightmares. If the buses themselves do a good job of representing Malaysia’s first world aspirations, the places where … read the full post

May 03 2011

May treats for movie buffs in Kuala Lumpur

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For most of the year, pickings are rather thin for film buffs in Kuala Lumpur. Unless you are happy with the most mainstream of Hollywood fare, and the occasional Asian martial arts movie, the choice on offer at the city’s many cinemas is distinctly disappointing. Which is why this May is a special month for … read the full post

Apr 29 2011

Where’s Kuala Lumpur’s best banana leaf curry?

Published by under Food

Banana leaf curry is an Indian thali, done with a distinctive Malaysian twist, and it’s something visitors really should try at some stage during a trip to Kuala Lumpur. I decided to check out a few places in order to find the best spot to indulge in the delicious meal. Popularity may not be everything … read the full post

Apr 26 2011

Some jazzy nights in Kuala Lumpur

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Although live music in Kuala Lumpur generally consists of bland international pop, or amateurish pub rock bands, fans of jazz and blues are comparatively well served. Every month sees a steady stream of both local and overseas artists, playing to small but appreciative audiences. Here’s a selection of some of what’s on offer in late … read the full post

Apr 22 2011

Kuala Lumpur for book lovers

Published by under Shopping

One of the curious anomalies about Kuala Lumpur is that while it is one of the best places in Southeast Asia to buy books, you hardly ever see anyone reading in public. I am beginning to think that every KL home is littered with stacks of unread tomes. Or perhaps I am committing some awful … read the full post

Apr 20 2011

Eating around the clock in KL

Published by under Food

Kuala Lumpur is not so much the city that never sleeps, as the city that never stops eating. To say that the city’s residents like their food is a serious understatement. They are obsessed with it. Day to day life is planned around meals, not the other way round. And while the sheer volume of … read the full post

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