The Fading Façade Of A Quaint, Reverent Place

    No this is not a haunted house, but a chapel that served at least three generations of Catholics in the town of Kuala Krai in Kelantan, East Coast of Peninsula Malaysia.     This year we spent Good Friday at this old dilapidated chapel along Jalan Geale located along the Kelantan River near…

Food Trail: Kelantan

Kelantan, previously a territory of the Siamese empire is probably one of the most underrated food destination in Malaysia and is usually given a miss by most tourists – including Malaysian travellers. It’s close proximity to Thailand in the north gives the local cuisine a different taste and aromatic twist compared to other parts of…

Explore: Down The Path Less Travelled

During my occasional outstation stints as a writer, I often had to go down paths less travelled, which led me to people and places I would otherwise have not taken the effort to explore on my own. Sometimes the people who know of these spots would rather not share their knowledge for fear of ruining the…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rise/Set

The rays of the setting sun above the Indian Ocean – captured from the cliffs on which the sacred Uluwatu temple in Bali is located. This temple is one of six temples that are believed to be the spiritual pillars of the island of Bali in Indonesia and one of the best places in the…

Identical: Piping Hot Sweet Treat

On a recent trip to Mentakab, a town in the state of Pahang, two hours away from Kuala Lumpur, we stumbled upon a roadside stall selling one of our favourite local tea-time snack – the ‘Akok’. This traditional cake is more commonly found in the east coast states of Kelantan and Terengganu in Peninsular Malaysia,…

Blush: A Balinese Sunset

The setting sun hides behind a cloud as she throws a beautiful blush pink hue across the sky as dusk falls, and the tide rolls in towards the sacred Tanah Lot temple in Bali, Indonesia. The temple is only accessible to visitors for a few hours in a day – during low tide and under…

Patience: Is it worth it?

When I read the daily prompt for today, I laughed out loud. Patience? This was exactly what I was losing following an exasperating month of writer’s block and doubt over whether all my blogging endeavors were worth it. The readership is growing but not as fast as I was expecting it to, and it’s not…

Weekly Photo Challenge: I’d Rather Be …

The question on what I’d rather be doing changes on a daily basis for me, but today, I’d Rather Be… sitting on a train to anywhere, watching the world go by and building stories in my head about the places and people I see, as the train whizzes by picturesque towns and countryside. The shot…

Labyrinth of Knowledge

If I ever call Qatar home someday, the Qatar National Library in the kingdom’s education city will be my regular haunt. I’ll be lost in the maze of its many passages along the bright and airy interior of the diamond shaped building. It’s architecture is one thing, the rows of book racks and the collections…

10 Things To Do in Doha

A week in Doha! What are you going to do for a week in Doha? Why Doha? There’s nothing going on there! These were some of the comments we heard when we told friends who had been to that city in the past. I’m not sure when they had actually been there, but my trip…

Thaipusam: Feast of Cleansing & Renewal

Today marks the eve of Thaipusam, an annual religious festival celebrated by Hindus in the Tamil month of Thai. Over the past week, devotes have been trickling into the Batu cave temple to participate in ceremonies and prayers. For many, this festival is a culmination of a period of fast and abstinence. Various forms of…