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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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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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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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Jiwa Jawa Resort, Bromo – Review

As we were driven up the winding roads of Cemoro Lawang, the village near Mount Bromo, we could feel the air was getting cooler and fresher. Maybe a little nippy, slightly colder than what we were used to but we were excited to see rolling green hills and mist. Therefore, there was nothing like arriving at a warm and inviting hotel accommodation especially after an early morning flight from Kuala Lumpur and a three-hour journey on the road from Surabaya in East Java to Mount Bromo. *Related Post: Mount Bromo, Indonesia – A Weekend Getaway We stayed at Jiwa Jawa

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Mount Bromo, Indonesia: A Weekend Getaway

I mentioned in my New Year post that I would be focusing on domestic travels in Malaysia or destinations within Southeast Asia for the first half of 2017, and Indonesia was the first country that I planned for this year. Indonesia comprises 17,000 islands and is the largest island country in the world. There is no way I would be able to explore all 17,000 islands but ever since I explored some of their hidden gems back in 2009 and 2013 (before they became ‘hot destinations’ now), Indonesia has been one of my favourite destinations in Southeast Asia. Moreover, it

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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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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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Best Places To Visit In Malaysia In December

Some of you in the Northern Hemisphere are dressed up like Eskimos, frost nipping at your noses and chestnuts roasting on an open fire, there are some of us living in the tropics are still dressed in t-shirts and perhaps carrying an umbrella to protect ourselves from the evening showers. That’s Malaysia for you in the month of December 🙂 Despite the showers, all is not doom and gloom as we still have a couple of hours of sunshine and warm temperatures during the day. Other parts of Malaysia might experience heavier rains (Malaysian Borneo of Sabah & Sarawak) or

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