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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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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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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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#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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A Delightful Evening At Sitio Remedios Heritage Village Resort

Sitio Remedios is located about 45 minutes’ drive from Laoag airport in Ilocos Norte, and is a private seaside heritage resort recreated to resemble the charming Ilocano village typical during the Spanish times. We were due to have our dinner here after a long day of sand-duning and touring churches and museums, thus we were looking forward to a place where we could sit, relax and enjoy our meal. And indeed, we came to the right place. Upon arrival at the resort, we were greeted by a paved walkway, lined by fourteen Stations of the Cross carved out of stone,

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Best Places To Travel In Southeast Asia In December

In a matter of one week two weeks, the month of November will come to a close. After that, work slows down, schools are closed and people get into the party mood. December is typically a time for parties (lots of feasting and drinking) and holidays, and speaking of holidays, have you planned your trips for December? Perhaps you are seeking sunny days by the beach to escape from the freezing winter. Or if you are living in the tropics, you are seeking cooler climate, giving you the chance to show off that nice-looking jacket hanging in your wardrobe 😉 Well,

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Breathing In The Fumes On Mount Ijen

The second leg of my mountain-climbing adventure in Indonesia created some trepidation. The first leg of my adventure started in Bali when we climbed Mount Batur in Kintamani.  There, I struggled and took an hour longer than my friends to peak, and my fears almost crippled me to a standstill when I slipped on scree while coming down the mountainside. My experience created personal embarrassment because I had slowed down my friends who were more fit and brave. As a consequence, I was nervous about climbing another mountain, Mount Ijen on the eastern part of Java. I did not want

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