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Mah Meri Celebrates Spirits’ Day in Carey Island

The population of indigenous community in Malaysia is close to 14% of the nation’s 32 million people. They are called ‘Orang Asli’ which means ‘original people’ in Malay. Sadly, our history and geography textbooks do not go into details about them, as such, Malaysians do not know much about the cultures and ways of life of the indigenous people, including myself. Majority of the indigenous community in the country originate from the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak in Borneo. But there are smaller settlements in Peninsular Malaysia as well, for instance, the Temiar community are forest dwellers near

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Short Getaway Places Near Kuala Lumpur

Anyone wants to know the destinations to visit in Malaysia, the information given is usually the capital city, Kuala Lumpur (KL), the islands of Penang and Langkawi, the historical city Melaka and the jungles of Borneo in East Malaysia. With the exception of Melaka which is only a two-hour drive from KL, the other places require driving around four to five hours or a flight time of two hours or so. Depending how much time one has in Malaysia, the aforementioned places might not be doable especially if one has only two or three days at hand. However, we, as

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Guide to Melaka – Comments From a Local

I have been wanting to write this post for a very long time – a post on the top things to do and see in my hometown, Melaka. However, I have been hesitant because there is a lot of content posted about Melaka and publishing another listicle post on this historical city might not make a huge difference. Many friends and acquaintances have asked me about what should they do, where should they stay and what food should they eat in Melaka. To be honest, I’m not an expert about my hometown. When I’m not travelling, I go back to

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Timez Hotel Melaka – Review

Most of you are aware that my hometown is in Melaka (Malacca) and that I come back to Melaka regularly to visit my parents who still live in this historical city. When I was invited to stay at Timez Hotel in October, I jumped at the opportunity because firstly, I seldom get to stay in a nice hotel in my own hometown, and secondly, I was able to bring a guest. So, I brought my mom along for this staycation with the intention of having a mother-daughter bonding session especially when I had just returned from Europe a couple of

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Harmony Street and Melaka River Cruise

Throughout the course of history, the Melaka River had helped to transform Melaka (or Malacca) into a strategic trading point between the East and West for nearly 700 years attracting merchants, traders and travellers passing through who made this former port their home, blending in their respective heritage and traditions with local culture. As a result, Melaka became a huge melting pot of cultures, and it is now one of the most ethnically and religiously diverse cities in South-East Asia. ***** Just across the Melaka River and the Stadthuys is the city’s most touristy area – Jonker Walk – where

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8 Historical Truths About Dutch Melaka (Malacca)

While A’Famosa Fort in Melaka (Malacca) was the symbol of what was left behind by the Portuguese, the historical structures representing Dutch rule that still stand today in the heart of the city are Stadthuys and Christ Church. I had wondered as to why the legacies of Dutch rule in Malacca were not as conspicuous compared to Portuguese rule even though the Dutch were in Malacca for 184 years compared to the Portuguese of 130 years. There were reasons why this was so – firstly, Malacca was already declining as the Portuguese did not successfully maintain the glory and prosperity

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Portuguese Connection to Melaka (Malacca)

The Portuguese connection to Melaka that most Malaysians know is the small fishing village called the Portuguese Settlement which has been popular among tourists for its seafood restaurants and during Christmas when residents decorate their houses with Christmas trees, decorations, lights and Nativity displays. However, the present generation of Malaysians and tourists in general are not aware that the Portuguese Settlement is a thriving community of residents who were descendants of inter-marriage between the Portuguese colonisers and the local Malay population in the 16th and 17th centuries. The descendants are called Portuguese-Eurasians or “Kristang” in Malaysia; majority of them are

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Sutra Foundation ‘Temple of Delight’ Photography

I was recently invited to the launch of a photography exhibition called Temple of Delight featuring works by S. Magendran at Sutra Gallery in Kuala Lumpur. The dance photography exhibition consists of nineteen photographs taken from Amorous Delight, an Odissi dance production directed by renowned Malaysian dancer and choreographer Datuk Ramli Ibrahim with costume design by Dato’ Sri Bernard Chandran and lighting design by Sivarajah Natarajan. For those who are not familiar with Datuk Ramli Ibrahim and Sutra Foundation… Datuk Ramli Ibrahim needs no introduction in Malaysia as he is popularly known for cultivating the art of Indian classical dance

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What You Need to Know About Cameron Highlands

When I visited Cameron Highlands in March after a twenty-year hiatus, some friends were surprised that I found the hill station delightful. They felt that there wasn’t much to do in Cameron Highlands (or Camerons) aside from strawberry-picking and having afternoon tea. Others felt that Camerons has lost its tourist destination appeal due to development at such rapid pace, thus turning the highlands into a scrum especially during weekends and school holidays. Perhaps you need to understand that Cameron Highlands is a small town. The locals are mainly vegetables, flowers or strawberry farmers – their farms are not huge enough

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What To See At Batu Caves Kuala Lumpur

One of the attractions of Kuala Lumpur (KL) is a series of caves situated on a limestone hill in the northern suburbs of KL, and the caves are known as Batu Caves. Located 14km of KL covering about 156 hectares and containing about 20 caves, Batu Caves is dedicated to Lord Murugan, the caves attract over a million people each year during Thaipusam, a Hindu festival celebrated on a grand scale in Malaysia, mostly by the Tamil community. Although I have been living in KL for 17 years, I have never been to Batu Caves until recently when I made

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