Malaysia

Kuching, Malaysia: 1 city, 10 adventures

November 8, 2016

What do you mean there isn’t anything to do in Kuching?

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Sarawak State Assembly in the morning.

Prior to our trip, whenever I mentioned our short weekend getaway to Kuching, many people insisted, “But there’s nothing to do there!”

While Kuching isn’t an unusual place to visit in the country, it isn’t as popular as other cities especially those in West Malaysia. It is no surprise that Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Ipoh and Malacca tend to steal the limelight as Malaysia’s top urban holiday destinations.

Meanwhile, this city in the state of Sarawak, East Malaysia remains wrapped in the fantasy and shadow of a tropical paradise. Sure, people know about the beautiful national parks, wildlife reserves and the Rainforest World Music Festival – but is that really all there is?

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Belgium, Europe, Food

6 food to eat in Belgium (and the stories behind them)

October 1, 2016

Are you ready to eat your way around Belgium? Here are 6 culinary delights you should try, along with a brief history of each dish.

Belgian frites (Belgian fries)

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What it is: Thick, crispy, golden brown potato slices traditionally served with a dollop of mayonnaise. Not ketchup! Street vendors across the country sell these deep-fried darlings, and that is often how you’ll find the best ones.

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Europe, Food, Spain

Pincho-hopping at Carrer de Blai, Barcelona 

September 28, 2016

Forget cafe-hopping or bar-hopping. They cost a bomb. They can’t fill you up for dinner. And probably not with Spanish food. Besides, why wouldn’t you try the awesome yummies Spain has to offer?

Pinchos with sausage, cheese & tomatoes and prawn, along with a glass of sangria.

Pinchos with sausage, cheese & tomatoes and prawn, along with a glass of sangria.

Compared to its Western neighbours, Spain is known for its relatively cheap food. During my trip to Barcelona, I spent a couple of dinners at Carrer de Blai, a street with restaurants selling inexpensive pinchos and beverages. Great for the pocket, perfect for pincho-hopping!

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Night at the station: a guide to staying safe

September 25, 2016

Travelling across Europe for three months has been amazing, but hasn’t been as glamorous as it might have seemed. There were hiccups. There were experiences I’d rather not go through again. One of these experiences was having to spend the night at the train station alone. Twice.

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England, Europe

5 literary landmarks in Bath

September 22, 2016

Bath leads you into a realm where honey-coloured stone walls whisper stories like the pages of a book. It keeps the beauty of its Georgian architecture arrested in time, which means you might be seeing much of what the city used to look like. In fact, you might want to look out at its panoramic cityscape from Alexandra Hill.

Only this time, it would be through the eyes of literary figures who have frequented it or called Bath home. Here are 5 literary landmarks you should look out for.

The Saracen’s Head Tavern

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“‘Well,’ said that gentleman, ‘if you leave me to suggest our
destination, I say Bath. I think none of us have ever been there.'”
– Charles Dickens, Pickwick Papers

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Europe, France

The Amelie trail in Paris

September 20, 2016

Amélie (French: Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain) has a certain whimsical charm that makes anyone who watches it fall in love with her. Audrey Tautou plays the adorable titular heroine in Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s delightful romantic comedy, who secretly makes it her mission to mend the lives of everyone else while dealing with her loneliness. Simple premise with a light-hearted vibe, amazing soundtrack and beautiful storyline.

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