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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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The delightful raspberry bavarois with raspberry caviar.

Tantalising French cuisine at Maison Française

“There’s no hill there!”, my mother insisted. “Yes, there is!”, I shot back. My Mum didn’t relent: “I worked in that neighbourhood for years and I’m telling you, there’s no hill there!” I sighed. I gave it one last shot: “I’m very sure the car went UPHILL before we arrived at the restaurant. It’s behind […]

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A passion for NOSH

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 […]

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Velvet moments: travel photo – fine-dining in Kuala Lumpur

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 […]

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Ten islands to visit in Malaysia

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 […]

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Rainforest Bakery Penang

Velvet moments: travel photo of the week – East meets West in Penang

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.

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Velvet moments: travel photo of the week – Mount Kinabalu

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.

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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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Velvet moments: travel photo of the week – Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

The splendid interior of the Cheong Fatt Tze or Blue Mansion in Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia. Search for hotels in Penang.

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