Charmed by diminutive Valletta, Malta

One of the most historic spots in the Mediterranean, and one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world, happens to be a place that I am currently in and exploring, Valletta, Malta. The charmingly diminutive capital, Valletta, a World Heritage City and European Capital of Culture 2018, is a perfect place to stroll [...]

Happy Thaipusam !


If you’ve ever heard of the Batu Caves, then you will know that it is famous for a couple of things.. Monkeys, Limestone outcrop, 272 steps to a temple cave, a Golden statue of Lord Shiva’s son, Muruga, and finally the location where the festival of Thaipusam is celebrated. This famous Hindu festival in Malaysia [...]

Reasons to Visit Cyprus

Back in the UK, during our student days, we had a close Cypriot friend, who studied law. Even back then, he kept badgering us to come and visit him in his gorgeous country, and because we were just students, we didn’t have enough money then, to take him up on his offer. Extrapolate that by 10 [...]

Nuts over Australia !

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One of the great continents to visit, you have to agree with me, is Australia. For us Malaysians it is so close that some even consider it their second home. We have travelled to South West Australia, Queensland and New South Wales, and every time the adventure is different. It takes only a week or [...]

3 Travel Essentials I Can’t Live Without


I am a travel rat. If my boss said to me, Ciki, go home, pack a bag, I am sending you to Ethiopia tonight, I would go, willingly. However, the amount of traveling I do comes at a price – erratic sleep patterns (sometimes no sleep at all!) , keeping up with my daily exercise [...]

The 8th Venezuelan Week 2013, Kuala Lumpur

I’ve never been to Venezuela, but I know that while other South American countries are romanticized for the Tango, Machu Picchu or Carnaval, Venezuela’s allure comes from Andean Peaks, the longest stretch of the Caribbean coastline, plus an entire bevy of international beauty pageant winners that have sprung from her loins. I also know it’s [...]

Toast Around the World with Sheraton Kuta Bali

We arrived in Bali, after a four hour delay in the plane, due to bad weather. But the sight that greeted us was enough to make us forget our travel blues. We had arrived at Sheraton Kuta Bali, for the Toast Around the World event, that would be held the following day, on the 15th [...]

Casa del Rio, Melaka

Casa del Rio which in Spanish means “home by the river” is one of the nicest places to stay at, if you’re spending the weekend in Malacca/Melaka. The small city-state of Melaka itself, is packed when visitors flock to its historic port city, only to find themselves immersed in a multicultural world of heritage architecture [...]

Off to Sydney with Destination New South Wales & AirAsiaX for Vivid Sydney


This week, we will be flown to Sydney by AirAsiaX together with Destination New South Wales for the massive event known as Vivid Sydney… Sydney will once again be transformed into a spectacular canvas of light, music and ideas when Vivid Sydney takes over the city after dark from 24 May – 10 June 2013. [...]

The sons and daughters of the middle kingdom 3: Shanghai and Hangzhou

Next stop, the vibrant modern city of Shanghai, and the style capital of China. Then, a short hop to Hangzhou, the lake city, where I escaped the Chinese crowds and return back to into the sweet chili paste of South East Asia… not before a little drama that really changed my perspective of modern China. [...]

3 Great Reasons to stay at The Ritz Carlton KL

Who wouldn’t want to stay at The Ritz Carlton KL .. ? Ritz-Carlton is one of our favorite hotels because it not only is a leading brand in luxury lodging, but it is also a friendly place to stay at, with efficient and approachable staff. Its unique culture can be summed up as a group [...]