Category: Malaysia

Close shave in Kuala Kubu Bharu

Before last Friday, I had never walked into a barber shop. The Diamond Hair Dressing Saloon was set up by the father of the present owner, Mr R. Anbalagan. Anbalagan himself has been cutting...

Seeing in the Dark

We were in complete darkness. The fruit I was holding was round and smooth on the outside, but it felt strangely hollow, as though there was air between the flesh and the skin. Our...

Facades and shopfronts, Kuala Kubu Bharu

In an earlier post about  Kuala Kubu Bharu, I wrote about a lovely old man I met, but today I’m going to provide irrefutable proof of my geekiness. I have always been fascinated by the...

Pulau Ketam

I’m not a beach person but I like islands, particularly those with character and more than just white sand for you to lie on. Pulau Ketam (Crab Island), which lies some 12 nautical miles off...

A day in Kuala Kubu Bharu

Entire towns don’t usually move, but after Kuala Kubu was hit by a series of floods in the early 1900s, it was decided that the town would be shifted to another site. This new...

Fireflies in Cherating

  It’s pitch black. The only sound we can hear is the buzz of the motorboat, which seems a little too loud for what we are about to do. The trees on the riverbank...

Mangroves along the Cherating River

  Muddy, brackish, potentially smelly and difficult to swim in. Not much fun for humans, but great for fish and crabs. What am I talking about? Mangrove swamps. If you look closely at mangrove trees...

AWE 2013- Empowering Asian women

    Asian women have come a long way from how they used to live, study and work in times past. Over the decades, we’ve become more independent- we drive our own cars, live...

Krabi

Here’s an idea: grab a bunch of strangers, put them on a bus and leave them on a beach somewhere. Risky, of course- If there’s a serial killer in the mix and you’re part...

On coming home

When I returned from the UK many years ago, I took a bus from the Klang Bus Stand to Brickfields. I’m not completely sure where exactly I was going or if that was indeed...