For as long as she can remember, Judith Sakata has had just one dream: to one day be the proud owner of a restaurant. She went to night school to learn pastry-making when her kids were asleep, and worked at a bakery and later at a restaurant when the kids were at school. She earned [...]
The Velvet Moments travel photo series is a collection of photographic moments that define a Velvet Escape travel experience. Launched in January 2010, the series houses many of my favourite photos taken around the world. I decided to take this series a step further by inviting some of my favourite travel bloggers to contribute a [...]
Malaysia is known the world over for its cultural diversity, expansive tropical forests, mouthwatering cuisine and yes, its glorious beaches. I’ve had the privilege of visiting many Malaysian islands to laze on the blinding white sands, swim in the crystal-clear water and say ‘hi’ to the amazing marine life. Malaysia comprises two parts: Peninsular Malaysia [...]
Penang is a melting pot of Eastern and Western influences and this is aptly reflected in its cuisine. From delicious breads to mouth-watering laksa, Penang is a true culinary paradise! Read the accompanying post: “Ten Things To Do in Penang“. Search for hotels in Penang.
Mount Kinabalu in Sabah is Malaysia’s highest mountain (at 4,092 meters) and a magnificent sight from the air. Read the accompanying post: “Plane Views: Mount Kinabalu“. Search for hotels in Kota Kinabalu.
The Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is home to the largest walk-in aviary in the world, and is one of my Top-10 must-do’s in Kuala Lumpur. The KL Bird Park was opened amidst the scenic Lake Gardens in 1991 and currently houses more than 3,000 birds of approximately 200 local and foreign species. A leisurely stroll [...]
Fish spas were all the rage in Southeast Asia several years ago. I passed by various such spas in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand on numerous occasions but I never could muster the courage to walk in and give it a go. The thought of having hundreds of fish nibblling on my feet was simply…err.. gross. [...]
A guest post by Michael Shaw. There’s a ludicrously huge world map on my wall. Its looks a little old-fashioned. Not quite Mercator – Winkel Tripel, if you want to get geeky about it – and certainly no gaping sea monsters in uncharted waters. But its palette is natural; jungle, steppe, desert, dust, and dirty [...]
The splendid interior of the Cheong Fatt Tze or Blue Mansion in Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia. Search for hotels in Penang.
The Kinabatangan River in Malaysian Borneo at dawn. Read the accompanying post: “The Kinabatangan River Safari“. See other Velvet Moments: Impalas at the Serengeti, Tanzania Quebrada de Las Conchas, Argentina Bruges canals, Belgium Sacred Water Temple, Bali, Indonesia Positano, Italy The Great Ocean Road, Australia