Category Archives: Culture

Hong Kong: My Favourite Places to Eat

Confession. I’ve been putting off the idea to write about Hong Kong for the longest time now. I first made a visit to this global Chinatown just about this time last year. I can vividly recall how the city folks were slowly gearing back into their routine after a long break over the Chinese New…

New Formosa Restaurant, SS2: Good Ol’ Favourite

Earlier in the week, a perculiar video made its round on Facebook. One by one my friends were sharing this video. Some found it amusing, while others were appalled by it. I too had to watch it to see what’s the buzz about. I hate to admit it but I actually found it rather amusing. In Boleh-land,…

Elegant Inn Hong Kong Cuisine, Menara Hap Seng: A ‘Simple’ Reunion Dinner

The eve of Chinese New Year is fast approaching. As is with tradition, it’s an evening where family members gather around the dinner table to feast (seriously do you expect any less from us Chinese?) on their last meal before the New Year under the lunar calendar rolls in. In the movies, it’s often portrayed…

Blessings Countdown 2011: Christmas in Margaret River

I must say, without a doubt, we all deserve to pop open more than a few spectacular bottles of wine to celebrate the end of what has been, personally and I’m sure for many as well, a dreadful year – an annus horribilis as the English Queen would say. Without going into a lot of…

Cameron Highlands Resort: Christmas Tree Lighting 2011

In the pre-independence days of Malaya, the British residents of the land often left the stifling heat of the lowlands and retreated to their ivory towers high above the clouds when a break from the hustle and bustle of the cities below was called for. This gave birth to the highland stations, as they became…

Diwali Reflections: Life’s Light

Ever since we crawled out of that primordial slime, that’s been our unifying cry, “More light.” Sunlight. Torchlight. Candlight. Neon, incandescent lights that banish the darkness from our caves to illuminate our roads, the insides of our refrigerators. Big floods for the night games at Soldier’s field. Little tiny flashlights for those books we read…

Li Yen, The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur: Mooning over Mid-Autumn Festival

Today is the 15th day of the eight month in the Chinese lunar calendar, which makes today – officially – the Mid-Autumn Festival (???). I know it is hard to keep track when the day is actually celebrated, given how early mooncakes of many different varieties are sold as early as July each year. Ironically, this festival…

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