• Malaysia

    Malaysia: Ikea, baby!

    Before going back to Manila, we just had to stop by the Swedish furniture company, Ikea. The last time I was in Ikea, it was still squatting in the basement of One Utama.  But now, it has a space all its own in Damansara. It’s quite a long way from downtown KL but it’s worth the trip. Here are a few shots of our visit.           I love the thought that went into designing this bar stool by Nike Karlsson, i.e. the metal wrapped around the foot rest to avoid damaging the wood, thus prolonging the stool’s life. Nice.     I drooled over this ultra-modern…

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    Malaysia: KL Sentral

      One of the things that really impressed me about Malaysia was the amazing transport system.  It’s so efficient that there’s  hardly any reason to be late to your appointment or get lost along the way.  Everything is accessible and affordable, even the cabs.   One particular place that I love is KL Sentral, Malaysia’s biggest transit hub. It integrates all the rail transportation lines (all 6 of them) and the bus lines.  It basically operates like an airport and looks like one as well.   KL Sentral is also  directly linked to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)  and the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) which is so convenient for…

  • Asia,  Food, Entertainment and Culture,  Malaysia

    Eating Malaysia Part 2

    Eating Malaysia continued… 6. Dry Mee Hoon with Minced Pork Chinese noodles served in a pool of special dark gravy and topped with minced pork. Perfect for breakfast, while waiting for the city to wake up;  or for a pre-dinner snack eaten while loitering around a hawker stall as you lazily people-watch. Eat with a hot cup of Kopi Tarik. 7. Nasi Lemak Malaysians sure know how to start their day! The traditional Malay (all-day) breakfast of rice cooked in coconut milk (thus, the name), topped with fried dilis (anchovies), boiled egg, sliced cucumber, roasted peanuts and sambal (chili) and wrapped in banana leaf is sure to wake you up.…

  • Asia,  Food, Entertainment and Culture,  Malaysia

    Eating Malaysia Part 1

    Since half of our to-do list was comprised of what we wanted to eat (on a budget),  I will begin my Malaysia report with a round-up of our gastronomical adventures during our visit a couple of weeks ago.  Not in not in any particular order, the following is just a list of the food that H and I truly enjoyed. Before I continue, there’s one thing you need to know… A lifetime ago, I worked as a TV director for Astro, the biggest satelite TV network in Malaysia at the time. So this trip was really a sort of homecoming for me, too. Having said that, it didn’t diminish my…

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    Malaysia Here We Come!

    If you have been following this blog for a while, then you must have read about my e-passport (mis)adventures. The truth is, I was panicking for good reason. Last February, I was able to book 2 roundtrip tickets to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for a measly Php9,000 (about $195) via Cebu Pacific. It was a deal too good to be ignored so I quickly snapped up the tickets, fully aware that I needed to renew my passport. Well, you can read what happened next here. To make the long story short, I got my passport just in time for the trip. Hubby and I made a list of things that we…