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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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Ancient Cities of Jerash and Amman Citadel

The day after I explored the modern and contemporary art of Amman, I went back in time to explore the historical ruins of Amman – Jerash and the Amman Citadel. Jerash is located 48km north of Amman and is now the second-most popular tourist attraction in Jordan, after Petra, due to its ancient sites as one of the best-preserved Greco-Roman cities of eastern Mediterranean. Based on archaeological evidence, Jerash was inhabited since the Paleolithic and Neolithic times (that’s 18,000 years ago!) but this fertile valley attracted settlement in 3rd century BC and was declared as one of the Decapolis cities (“ten cities”

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Discovering Malaysia’s Painted Heritage

We recently had the Labour Day long weekend and surprise, surprise, I wasn’t travelling 🙂 I was in KL, spending time with family as my parents came over from Malacca to visit. Aside from time with family, I spent an interesting Saturday morning at our National Museum (Muzium Negara). I joined a group of bloggers that morning to attend an event hosted by Tripovo and Muzium Negara. It’s in conjunction with International Museum Day on 18th May 2016, and we were invited to re-learn our Malaysia history at the museum and to participate in a crash course on batik painting. I was particularly excited

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A ‘Bom’ First Impression of Mumbai

I wrote this article sometime last year as soon as I came back from Mumbai, and posted in my blog. Coincidentally, the editors of FlyMe360 Magazine ran a competition to look for contributors on travel writing and I submitted this article which won their Honourable Mention Award. The editors finally published the article for their October edition, and needless to say, I was very excited and pleased 🙂 To view the article and other travel articles featured in the magazine, subscribe to FlyMe360 NOW, click here . In the meantime, here’s the text format of my piece on Mumbai, for easy reading: ***** After

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Camera Museum in Georgetown, Penang

When I first read about The Camera Museum as a tourist attraction in Penang, I didn’t give much thought. This was because I know Malaysia tends to set up museums for the sake of attracting tourists and the displays and exhibitions are typically sub-standard. But when I was researching on places to explore in Georgetown earlier this year, I checked out The Camera Museum website and was surprised to learn that the museum was ranked no. 1 attraction in Penang on Tripadvisor in April 2014 and they had garnered 10,000 Likes on their Facebook page in June 2014. So I was

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In Pictures: Ancient City of Persepolis and Tombs of Necropolis (Naqsh-e-Rostam)

Persepolis is located 70km from Shiraz and was the ceremonial capital of the Archaemenid Empire circa 515 BC. Persepolis means city of Persians and its construction began during the rule of Darius the Great. Archaeological evidence shows that Cyrus the Great chose the site of Persepolis and according to ancient tablets found at Persepolis, Darius planned for an impressive complex of palaces for government administration and cultural centre of the Archaemenian kings and their empires. Darius lived long enough to see only a small part of his plans materialised but the rest of his grandiose plans were executed by his

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Mumbai Diaries: Part 1

After a 3-year hiatus, I’m back in India. And it’s my 8th visit to this country. Roll out the red carpet, fellas! My first trip to India was with my mom in 2003. We visited the Golden Triangle up north: Delhi-Jaipur-Agra. Then I began to make frequent business trips to Delhi throughout 2010-2011, and by that time, I was already bitten by the travel bug, so I took every chance I had to travel for leisure in other parts of North India such as Amritsar, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Ladakh. And in 2014, for a change, this 8th visit to India

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