How to Make Mee Hailam

Recipe by Swiss Inn Kuala Lumpur Most of us know and love Hainanese Chicken Rice but I’d bet good money not many people outside of Malaysia have heard of Hainanese Noodles - what we call Mee Hailam. What little I knew of the Hainanese dialect group growing up in Malaysia was that as migrants from China, many of them used to work as maids in » Read More

Travel Diary Kuala Lumpur – Central Market (Part 3)

Central Market & Swiss Inn, Chinatown It’s time to catch up with People Express’ Diana who helps me with the aforementioned errands. We drop in for a quick walkaround the nearby Central Market, which is a hub for traditional arts and craft. There are a number of food stalls in the mall outside the Central Market building itself, with » Read More

Travel Diary Kuala Lumpur – Chinatown (Part 2)

Chinatown Every time I travel to Malaysia, I need to run some errands on arrival – get myself a local sim card, buy some Malaysian currency, and hunt down and stock up on mango lassi (the only thing baby Noah will drink and his main source of sustenance since he doesn’t eat very much). Because of my late arrival last night I didn’t get the chance » Read More

Travel Diary Kuala Lumpur – Chinatown

Swiss Inn & Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur  I’m off on my first overseas trip this year – it’s been 6 months which is a long time between gigs for me considering I’ve been back and forth between Australia and the region fairly frequently in the last 2 years. This time around I’m going to visit some Shangri-la Resorts to experience their » Read More

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

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

Win Tickets to See Ashton Kutcher

Print PDF   So Ashton Kutcher (AplusK, as I like to call him) and me - we go back a long way (translation: no) - and he's going to be in Sydney to sample some of my world famous CKT (translation: highly doubtful) Friday 13 February. Seeing as he's also product engineer for my beloved Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro, I've managed to convince AplusK to » Read More

Travel Diary – Kampung Baru, KL (Part 1)

Print PDF Prologue This is a story that Pak Aziz of Sukasuka Lake Retreat in Perak relayed during the second leg of my Culture, Heritage and Nature Delight tour. The retreat is in a very rural part of Malaysia - we’re in the middle of a kampung (Malay village), where life runs at a different pace and where it seems in many ways like time has » Read More