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    Singapura, oh Singapura

    by  • March 2, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Going down south always feels a bit like coming home. After all, this is where I spent a good decade of my life. Despite the crazy rise in property prices, food here remains quite affordable. I’m surprised that a bowl of noodles still cost SGD2.50 and you can even get ice-blended juice for SGD1!...

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    Arthur and his daily pint

    48 hours in Dublin

    by  • February 1, 2014 • 0 Comments

    This trip was inspired by Anthony Bourdain’s layover series. It’s not the best way to see a new place, but if you’re short of time, it’s better than not getting there at all. The Irish are a naturally friendly lot. Everyone I met had a ready smile. There’s generally a good vibe around here. The...

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    It has been quite a year

    by  • December 31, 2013 • 0 Comments

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    In the blink of an eye, it’s another year. 2013 came and is almost gone…way too fast. It has been quite a year. Made new friends, and rekindle old ones.   Visited some new places.Shifen, Taiwan Keelung, Taiwan Takayama, Japan London Shilin, Taipei Geneva Shirakawago, Japan Interlaken, Switzerland Gero, Japan     ..and rediscovered familiar ones.Jalan...

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    The Persimmon

    by  • December 21, 2013 • 0 Comments

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    Found this in the fridge…I’d almost forgotten all about it. We got this from a roadside stall while strolling along Kamo river in Kyoto. The old lady manning the stall even threw in some tomatoes which were the sweetest I’ve ever had. It’s been almost a month since we got back. I’m amazed the persimmon...

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    One night in a mountain ryokan in Maze, Japan

    by  • December 18, 2013 • 0 Comments

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    Maze is not your usual tourist destination. It’s a small mountain village of 1500 people in Hida area of Japan’s Gifu Perfecture. With lush greens and the crystal clear Maze river, it is known mainly in Japan for fishing, especially the Ayu or sweetfish – an indigenous freshwater fish found only in Japan and...

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    Endo sushi, Osaka

    by  • December 1, 2013 • 2 Comments

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    Our 2-day stop is Osaka was pretty much free and easy, mainly shopping and random eating. There’s one must-do on my list though – breakfast at Endo Sushi. I’ve heard rave reviews about this tiny, 106-year-old sushi bar in the Central Wholesale Market and was eager to check it out. We arrived at Endo...

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    Geisha-spotting & some random thoughts

    by  • November 23, 2013 • 0 Comments

    geiko in higashiyama

    After my first geisha-spotting in Gion Kyoto a year ago, I walked away intrigued, and yet feeling as if I may be missing something. Ever so often, I’d be pre-occupied with capturing the perfect shot. If only I’d taken more time to observe the little details.. This time around, as we hang around Hanami-koji in Gion...

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    101 years and still going strong

    by  • September 16, 2013 • 0 Comments

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    It’s not very often we get to savour traditional Teochew fare in a century-old eatery. With 101 years of history, Restoran Teochew Setapak is becoming a rarity, serving classic Teochew dishes and pastry. Now into its third generation, this family owned business is still going strong. Few of the popular dishes here are Teochew-style...

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    Roti Man

    by  • August 24, 2013 • 0 Comments

    roti man

    Spotted this near Jalan Ipoh. A familiar figure in my childhood days, the roti man faithfully delivers our daily bread come rain or shine, skillfully balancing a wide array of bread and snacks on his tiny motorbike. And honking as he comes along. It’s fast becoming a rare sight in urban areas.  

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    Kuala Kubu Baru

    by  • July 28, 2013 • 0 Comments

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    Since I spend most of my time in KL, it’s nice to get away from the city every now and then. About an hour’s drive away is Kuala Kubu Baru, a quaint little town. The journey to Kuala Kubu Baru itself is already a soothing sight, filled with greens.   Some shops in this...

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    Pasar Ramadhan

    by  • July 21, 2013 • 0 Comments

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    One of my favorite time of the year is the month of Ramadan. During the fasting month, there are many Ramadan bazaars around Malaysia selling food and drinks for buka puasa. Some of these local food stalls are home-based and operate only once a year, in these Ramadan bazaars.   List of Pasar Ramadan...

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    Half day trip to Ipoh

    by  • June 30, 2013 • 0 Comments

    ipoh old man at gold shop

    To be exact, we were in Ipoh for barely three hours minus the traveling time from KL. Don’t know how we manage to eat so much within that short time frame. I guess with lots of good food in Ipoh, it’s easy to overindulge. And a shame not to. Here are a few places...

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