Travel Diary (Part 8) – Belum Rainforest Resort

Print PDF Day 5 and it’s time to leave Sukasuka with a lifetime of memories. If you've followed this series from the start you might remember the story Pak Aziz had relayed about the Western tourists' encounter with the old Indian rubber tapper. They had come to this part of the world with a set of preconceived notions - in that particular » Read More

Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur – Street Eats Journey 1

Print PDF Brought to you by the team that makes the international travel show, The Travel Bug, this is Jackie M's Street Eats Journey, filmed in Kuala Lumpur and Pahang late last year. In this first of four segments, I visit Kuala Lumpur's famous night market, Jalan Alor, in the middle of Bukit Bintang. I get to try oyster omelette » Read More

Travel Diary (Part 7) – Kampung Life at Sukasuka

Print PDF Sukasuka Day 2 I’m not the only city slicker in the group; our driver Tony struggles to deploy his mosquito net correctly and by the next morning his bed looks like a scene from Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Breakfast is a traditional Malay offering - nasi lemak plus different types of kuih including onde-onde, which in » Read More

Travel Diary (Part 6) – Sukasuka Lake Retreat, Perak

Print PDF   I grew up in a developing country; unlike western travellers, I know first hand what it’s like to live with the locals - I used to be one. There’s no novelty in roughing it when I travel; I want my creature comforts and I shamelessly seek out 5-star hotels. This is something that’s always baffled my sister Chooi, who » Read More

Travel Diary (Part 5) – Kuala Kangsar, Perak

Print PDF We continue our journey to Kuala Kangsar - the royal town of Perak. This is my first visit ever and I’m keen to check out its historical buildings, but first stop is Restoran Yat Lai, a well known and loved local coffee shop, aka kopitiam, that’s been around for 70 years. I need to point out that when People Express’s Diana » Read More

Travel Diary (Part 4) – Gaharu Tea Valley, Perak

Print PDF Day 3 - We have a quick breakfast at Kak Som’s Kelantanese cuisine in Kampung Baru with Bagasta’s Kak Intan, and then we’re head off on the next leg of my tour - the state of Perak, 3 hours’ drive out of KL. First stop - the HOGA Gaharu Tea Valley. When I think tea plantation in Malaysia’s context, I think of the famed Cameron » Read More

Food & Travel Guide: Penang

Print PDF My latest Flipboard Magazine is out - Penang Travel Guide  - and contains articles and videos on food, recipes, places to visit and things to do. This is a collection of my own as well as other curated content and it will be regularly updated, so do send me suggestions for any links or places I can add to this.  I will be creating » Read More

Travel Diary Part 3 – Kampung Baru and Brickfields, KL

Print PDF Kampung Baru (or Bharu) (translation - New Village) Day 1 “Kampung Baru” just means New Village in Malay, and I actually spent most of my childhood years in a Kampung Baru (Kg Baru Bukit Temiang, ie. Temiang Hill New Village) in my hometown in Seremban. Mostly though, people think of Kampung Baru Kuala Lumpur, an area smack in the » Read More

How to Cook Penang Asam Pedas

Print PDF Asam Pedas (Sour and Spicy Fish Stew) - a Penang Peranakan (Nyonya) specialty. Click here to watch on YouTube (opens new window) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zM8a8AkSeg Subscribe for more Malaysian cooking tips, recipes and secrets:  YouTube.com/JackieM Asam Pedas (Peranakan Fish Stew) (Serves » Read More

Food & Travel Guide: Kuala Lumpur

Print PDF I get asked all the time about places to eat or visit in Malaysia, so I've compiled this Flipboard magazine - a KL Travel Guide to help travellers navigate the Kuala Lumpur landscape. If the magazine doesn't display properly, just click on the link title below to view - it will open in a new window. I will keep adding new content as » Read More