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Malaysian chic at The Ruma Hotel

The Ruma Hotel and Residences is a new addition to the five-star hotel scene in Kuala Lumpur. Located in the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) district, a stone’s throw from the city’s iconic Petronas Twin Towers and the vibrant Bukit Bintang road, The Ruma enjoys a central location in the heart of the city’s business […]

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Sunset cocktails at Vertigo

It always amazes me every time I visit Kuala Lumpur, which is at least once a year, how much the skyline has changed yet again. Skyscrapers spring up like mushrooms in the Malaysian capital. With such an impressive, ever-changing skyline, it’s a jostle to get a great view. There are many rooftop bars and restaurants […]

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2014: my year of travel

Gosh! Another year comes to a close and another begins! 2014 was a wonderful travel year for me. I chalked up tens of thousands of miles, visiting twelve countries on five continents. In my New Year’s post at the start of 2014, I wrote: I prefer to see each new year as a blank canvas, waiting […]

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Ten cities I would visit again

and again… and again… and again. There are some cities that I just can’t get enough of. It could be for any particular reason: the energy, a lively culinary scene, a spectacular setting, a melting-pot of cultures, history, architecture, a laid-back pace or a mix of everything. These are cities that I would never tire […]

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A Grand experience in Kuala Lumpur

We stepped into a grand space – a gleaming marble floor, an epic staircase that swooped up in a gracious curve and soaring columns. “It’s a pity they don’t build hotel lobbies like this anymore”, my Mum remarked. With the towering Burj Dubai in mind, I begged to differ but aren’t mothers always right? She […]

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Luxury is in the details

I recently had a conversation with several fellow bloggers about what distinguishes a luxury hotel from its peers. We exchanged notes about our stays in hotels and resorts around the world and we quickly concluded that it’s the small touches and the attentiveness of the staff that make the difference. There was a time when […]

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An afternoon in the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

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 […]

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A fishy spa experience

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. […]

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Capellini Pasta with trio of seafood and Togarashi.

A Velvet Escape dining tip: Sage, Kuala Lumpur

A special guest post by @agentcikay. One of my favourite ‘Velvet Escape’ experiences here in Kuala Lumpur is dining at the restaurant Sage. Situated on the roof top of The Garden’s Shopping Mall, this is the place to enjoy haute cuisine at its best. One of the great experiences I had included a personalised lunch […]

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The world’s tallest buildings

The new tallest building in the world, the Burj Dubai or Burj Khalifa, located in Dubai, will officially be opened today. Standing at more than 800 meters (half a mile tall!), it is twice the height of the Empire State Building in Manhattan and it dwarfs the world’s second tallest building, Taipei’s 101 Tower (at 509 […]

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