Malaysia

The Secret Shot

November 25, 2010

Hands up if you like surprises? Hands up if you like travelling? Hands up if you’ve got three hands? I’m constantly trying to inject creativity into TrailofAnts.com. I do it because I love the genre, and while I do receive some wonderfully humbling comments about my writing, I have also accepted that if I am [...]

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“A Monotonous and Lonely Life”

November 11, 2010

I like most places of worship. I grew up in the shadows of spires, sprinting through the graveyard’s of England’s old cathedrals and churches. Since then, I’ve found meaning when meandering through Tibetan monasteries, marvelled at mighty mosques, and the spicy smells which pervade the world’s Hindu temples will never stop inspiring me. I’ve schlepped [...]

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A Malaysian Lipsmacker

November 9, 2010

I had planned to write a long, juicy, drawn-out post about the delicious food in Malaysia, and in particular, the food in George Town, Penang. Then I suffered acute Mini Syndrome*. *Mini Syndrome is a curious affliction which happens when one drives a Mini. As a former Mini owner, I could only see Mini’s, when [...]

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Malaysian Bacon

October 21, 2010

What’s this? Pork? Bacon? From pig? Oink, oink, grrrunt grunt. Curly tail, a bit fat, snuffle snuffle? Bit of a stumpy waddle? A quick-fire combination of my porcine charades and foolish mutterings drew me from George Town’s back streets, into the aromatic heat of my hesitant new friend’s kitchen. I could wring out a story [...]

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Malaysia’s National Museum

October 15, 2010

Shortly after I descended from the smoggy heights of Kuala Lumpur’s iconic Petronas Towers, I made my way to the dross-sounding, Malaysia National Museum (Muzium Negara). I say dross, because I often discover that museums dedicated to national identity, have that rare ability to hypnotise me with officialised blandness. Malaysia’s is no different, but I [...]

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Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

September 27, 2010

I knew it was going to be good before I even saw the first exhibition. The security guard was smiling right from the deeps of his eyes, and he was courteous and friendly from all of 10-feet away. This is a good sign anywhere in the world. The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, in Kuala Lumpur [...]

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Shop till you Drop

September 24, 2010

It struck me that Kuala Lumpur is not somewhere that East meets West; rather a place, where the West is accepted. When you’re helplessly lost within one of the dozen or more super-sized shopping centres in the Malaysian capital (which you will be), you could be excused for assuming that Kuala Lumpur is more Western [...]

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