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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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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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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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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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A Sunday Morning At KL Bird Park

We had a long weekend in Malaysia recently, and typically I would have made use of that weekend jetsetting elsewhere but because of an upcoming trip to the Philippines in a week’s time, I decided to stay at home. However, I didn’t stay at home too long. My itchy traveller feet got the better of me, and so, on that bright and sunny Sunday morning, my sister and I set out to explore the KL Bird Park. For the longest time, we have read and heard many positive reviews about our KL Bird Park. As much as we were excited

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