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Little India, Brickfields – Self Guided Walk

If you are planning a trip to Kuala Lumpur, there are guided walking tours available in the city but majority are paid tours. Fortunately, Kuala Lumpur City Hall has been organizing free walking tours for tourists: Dataran Merdeka Heritage Guided Walk, Jalan-Jalan @ Kampung Baru Cultural Guided Walk, Old KL & Nature Walk and KL Night Walk. I went for the Dataran Merdeka and Kampung Baru walks earlier this year – you can read about it here. There was a guided walk organized by City Hall called Little India Brickfields Guided Walk but unfortunately, they stopped the tour in 2014.

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The Settlement Hotel Melaka – Review

As most people are aware, there is no shortage of hotel accommodations in Melaka. Majority are clustered around the city’s touristy area, that is, Jonker Walk where the streets are lined with handicraft and antique shops, cafes and restaurants. On weekend nights, Jonker Walk is turned into a lively and vibrant night market, heaving with tourist crowds. If you are planning a trip to Melaka, would you prefer to stay at a hotel which is right in the touristy area, or a place that is close to the main sights but still away from the crowd to chill and relax?

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Planter’s Country Hotel, Cameron Highlands – Review

I have to admit, I am an Anglophile. I love the English countryside (hmm, not so much the rain), British films and their dry humour, and afternoon tea traditions of scones, jam and cream. Unfortunately, I live in South East Asia which means I do not get the opportunity to visit the UK as often as I like. Moreover, the exchange rates between Malaysian Ringgit and UK pounds are not exactly in my favour. However, just a month ago, my friend had invited me to his hometown, Cameron Highlands for the weekend and had arranged for me to stay at

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Revisited Cameron Highlands After Twenty Years

My friend had offered to take me to his hometown in Cameron Highlands over the weekend. It was in early March, and that was the best time to get away from the heat in Kuala Lumpur (KL) and Cameron Highlands would not be heaving with tourists for it was before the school holidays. However, with climate change and all, we have been experiencing rains in KL on and off since the start of the New Year. There was no need to escape the heat but I needed to escape from the city. ***** Cameron Highlands is one of our hill

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3 Walking Tours to Explore Kuala Lumpur

Please Note: As of 30th April 2018, the free walking tours organised by Kuala Lumpur City Hall – Dataran Merdeka Heritage Guided Walk and Jalan-Jalan @ Kampung Baru Cultural Guided Walk have been discontinued. However, you may refer to my post below for your own self-guided walks around these areas in KL. I hope the history, heritage and cultural information that I share with you provide sufficient background knowledge of the city. Should you need further information about sightseeing activities in KL, please visit the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery at Dataran Merdeka.  ***** Exploring a city on your own can

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Dinner In The Sky Malaysia – Review

When I first heard about the launch of Dinner In The Sky (DITS) in Malaysia in 2015, I didn’t think much of it. To have a meal while being suspended high up in the air is not my cup of tea. If you have been following my blog, you would have known by now that I have fear of heights. My phobia is not to the extent of feeling dizzy or throwing up but I tend to just freeze and not move an inch for fear that I am going to fall. As a result, I was never interested in

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Avenue J Hotel, Kuala Lumpur – Review

When it comes to choosing a hotel accommodation, I like to stay in the city centre mainly because I prefer to be close to amenities such as cafes/restaurants, shops, sights and public transportation, not having to worry about food or getting around in the city. I’m not a luxury traveller but a budget/mid-range traveller which means staying at a 3-star hotel in the city. 3-star hotels can be of a hit-or-miss experience – it’s either clean but not value for money, or reasonably cheap but not clean. However, staying at Avenue J Hotel was a hit experience on many accounts

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#AboutKL 2.0: Top Things To Do In Chinatown Kuala Lumpur

Kung Hei Fatt Choy! Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Chinese New Year! As of 28 January 2017, the world welcomed the Year of the Fire Rooster; the first day of the Lunar New Year which will last until 15 February 2018. Chinese New Year is also called the Spring Festival in China, and new year celebrations begin on the eve of the festival until the 15th day of the first lunar calendar month. Chinese New Year festivities are merry (and loud too haha): lots of eating and drinking, lion dance performances, and giving and receiving ang pow or lai see

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#AboutKL 2.0: Kopitiam Nostalgia – Cafe Old Market Square

Almost every Malaysian I know would have had breakfast or afternoon tea/coffee at a kopitiam. The word kopitiam is actually made up of two words: kopi means coffee in Malay, tiam means shop in Chinese Hokkien/Hakka, hence it means coffee shop. Kopitiams are traditional coffee shops found virtually everywhere in Malaysia, and they serve as a favourite place for Malaysians to eat, meet and chit chat or gossip about the latest news 🙂 Their menus have a variety of food but mostly are based on toast with Planta margarine and kaya (coconut and egg jam), half-boiled eggs, plus hot beverages

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Wayang Kulit (Shadow Play) Malaysia

Shadow play or shadow puppetry is a traditional form of storytelling and has a long history in Southeast Asia namely, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Cambodia. Shadow play uses flat, cut-out figures (shadow puppets) which are held between an oil lamp or halogen lamp and a white muslin cloth. In Malaysia and Indonesia, shadow plays are known as wayang kulit – wayang means shadow or imagination while kulit means skin which refers to the cow hide or goat skin that the puppets are made from. Historically, wayang kulit was once performed in the palace of the first Malay king around 200

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