• Geisha-spotting & some random thoughts

    by  • November 23, 2013 • 2 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. Check out this link for...

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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 such a short time. 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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    Kaiseki in Nishiki Arashiyama, Kyoto

    by  • June 25, 2013 • 0 Comments

    kaiseki at Nishiki Arashiyama

    My first kaiseki was at Nishiki Arashiyama. While I was looking forward to a multi-course feast, what I didn’t expect was a visual treat. To be frank, I wasn’t sure what some of the dishes were as the nice lady who served us spoke only Japanese. This made it even more fun, and no less...

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    Santa Chapati at Lorong Gombak, KL

    by  • June 2, 2013 • 1 Comment

    Santa Chapati off Jalan TAR5

    With its nondescript entrance, it is easy to miss this chapati shop at the back lane of Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman. Beyond the simple facade and a short flight of stairs, Santa Chapati House is humming with activity. One guy rolling out the chapati, another flipping chapati over the hot plate and one taking orders...

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    One night in the temple in Koyasan, Japan

    by  • May 22, 2013 • 0 Comments

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    After a few days in the city, Koyasan was a nice change of scenery – peaceful and serene. This secluded temple town is the center of Shingon Buddhism and located high in the forest-covered mountains of Kansai region . Getting to Koya-san is easier than it seems. From Osaka, it takes two change of trains, cable car...

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    To market, to market

    by  • April 14, 2013 • 0 Comments

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    It’s always market day in London. Any day of the week, there’s bound to be one, somewhere in London. I’m sure this is where I’ll be spending most of my time if I were living here. On a quick stopover in London, I visited the market. It was fun pottering around, checking out the fresh...

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    Only on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays

    by  • March 31, 2013 • 0 Comments

    nasi lemak - PJ old town market

    For over 30 years, Uncle Cheah and his wife have been serving one of our most popular Malaysian dish – nasi lemak. The husband-and-wife team can be found in the back corner of  PJ old town market. Their curry chicken is scrumptious, and pork curry – one of its kind. This rice bin was custom-made in KL, and over 30...

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    Hakka Mee near Petaling Street, KL

    by  • March 24, 2013 • 0 Comments

    petaling street hakka mee

    Just off Petaling Street, there is a noodle stall that serves delicious hakka mee. The stall is at the back lane of Petaling Street, and near to the Jalan Sultan flea market (more popularly known as ‘thieves market’)   Watch out for a tiny lane just opposite Tang City food court on Petaling Street, between...

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