Down Penny Lane

I grew up in the 70’s listening to the music of the Beatles being played on my father’s Lenco turntable. Among these was Penny Lane which depicted the road and neighbourhood that John, Paul, George and Ringo grew up in. The sights, sounds and characters were particularly familiar to Paul McCartney who used to meet…

Sunset Sojourn 

More often than not, the beauty, calm, peace and serenity that we seek would have actually been staring at us right in the face all along – if only we take the time to look. My home in the fringes of Cyberjaya (what most Malaysians know as the multimedia super corridor) is about half an…

Kellie’s Desolate Dream

Nestled between plantations, forests and rolling hills in Batu Gajah, Perak is a rare and uncommon sight in this part of the world – a beautiful brick castle on a hill surrounded by a beautifully manicured garden and a river (Sungai Raya) running through the grounds. But behind the walls of Kellie’s castle is a…

Food Trail: Macau

Macau’s colourful colonial past and place as a thriving port city has over the last few decades been overtaken by rapid development, which paved the way for the construction of opulent hotels and casinos, and swanky shopping centres offering tourist and locals an array of branded products.   This last European colony of the Far…

Discovering Hong Kong Phooey & More

I landed in Hong Kong with not much time to research or plan out a proper itinerary. This was the fourth trip to Hong Kong for the husband who was too busy preparing for a conference he was attending in Kowloon to give any input. So other than introducing me the theme song of 1970s cartoon…

Festive Bargain Hunting: KL

It’s the last day of Ramadan for Muslims in Malaysia today. Tomorrow they usher in the first day of Syawal after a month of fasting. After a long month of brisk sales, stall operators at Ramadan bazaars all over the city are closing for the festivities ahead. Many will pack up and leave for their…

City Break: Avani Sepang Gold Coast

The beachs in the West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia are hardly mentioned in tourist brochures. Not surprising, as these beaches are hardly comparable to its counterpart on the East Coast which are cleaner, more picturesque with powdery white sand and beautiful diving and snorkelling sites with teeming varieties of marine life. The West coast beaches…

Hustling up HK’s Peak

I’m not a big fan of jostling with a huge crowd, especially one that does not understand the concept of queues. But that’s exactly what I had to put up with on my way up Victoria Peak on the Peak Tram last month. First there were long long lines, hence the disorderly conduct of some….

Food Trail: The Felix Hong Kong

I love old hotels – not the ghost stories and apparent haunting in these places. I can do without those. Have lived in a few old buildings – never experienced anything  and never want to – lets keep it that way! To me it’s just the notion of walking through a room, hall or passageway just…

Down Love Lane 

I’ve walked through Love Lane in Georgetown , Penang many times – usually in the daytime or late at night. But a wrong turn and evening walk through Love Lane yesterday made me see it literally in a different light. It is true what they say about how different the rich hues of dusk and…

Las Vegas + Lisbon = Macau

Known as the Las Vegas of the East, Macau is famous for it’s casinos, bright lights, luxurious hotels and shopping facilities. This bright and glitzy part of this former Portuguese colony is evident along the famous Cotai strip.   But behind the scenes, lies the older part of Macau, the parts where early Portuguese settlers  built…