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…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Variations on a theme

Savoury delight The Signature Dynasty Xiao Long Bao is popular at the Paradise Dynasty restaurant in the neighbourhood of Bangsar in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. There are eight flavourful bite size baos: Signature, Ginseng, Foie Gras, Black Truffle, Cheesy, Crab Roe, Garlic & Szechuan. More pictures on this week’s photo challenge theme: Variations on a Theme

Weekly Photo Challenge: Variations on a Theme

Festive Galore: An array of bright red lanterns adorn the streets, homes, stores and malls all over Kuala Lumpur ahead of the Chinese New Year celebrations in mid-February. It’s the year of the dog this year according to the Chinese zodiac calendar. See more on Variations on a Theme at: Variations on a Theme  

Liverpool: Maritime, Migration & Music

Liverpool is steeped in history, owing to a vibrant port that served its surrounding towns, cities and farms especially during the industrial revolution and Britain’s colonial era. Through Liverpool, a variety of goods manufactured in Britain made their way out to markets all over the world. Likewise, the exotic spices, textiles, tea and an array…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silence

The silence & serenity of the hills and jungle surrounding Kellie’s castle masks a tragic tale. One that involves travel, adventure and lavishness, that sadly ends as a desolate dream. For more on the tragic tale behind Kellie’s Castle: Kellie’s Desolate Dream Chasing Ghosts: Birth of the Kellie Saga For more pictures from this weeks…