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Away again!

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I’m away once again, and it looks like another long-haul trip is coming up end May.

More updates soon! Cheerios!

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8 April 2009 at 20:07

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Oh no!! Infidels!!

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It’s funny how the Malaysian Islamic Council (JAKIM) views Yoga as an instrument that could “destroy the faith of a Muslim“…

Now, Qatar Airways has introduced inflight Yoga exercises from the renown Deepak Chopra, complete with them meditations featuring the renown “hummmmmssssssssss”…

I’m speechless.

Silence! I keel you!!

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14 January 2009 at 17:18

Ipoh

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So I recently (actually it was in November 2008) had a little escapade to Ipoh together with the other half’s family – visiting the lovely grandmother.

It was of course, a non-stop gastronomic experience. Ipoh – like Penang is a place to eat. The food is mainly Cantonese with a very Malaysian influence.

Nevertheless, it was just as lovely if not more. The heritage of Ipoh, as a predominant mining town in its hey days is still prevalent in many of its architecture.

We stopped in Bidor along the way for the customary steamed duck noodles and yam puffs at Pun Chun.

Many foodies have blogged about this joint so I shant elaborate further.  Needless to say it was good – this restaurant reminded me of the hey days before the arrival of the North-South Expressway where journeys back to Penang would take around 6 – 8 hours by car.

Ipoh, a nice little quaint town with plenty of colonial buildings used to be the economic hub of then Malaya.

You can see the lineage of Cantonese or Chinese immigrants who were very clique’ish, with many associations abundant.

No visit to Ipoh would be complete without savouring the creme caramel at Lok Wui Kui, together with the

Hor Hee Fun (noodles in soup with assorted fish products)

And of course a visit to the legendary Foh San, for breakfast.

This is your typical early morning weekend crowd at Foh San.  It’s been so for the past 20 – 30 years and I expect it to remain the same.

Not giving up, we packed some Dim Sum from Foh San to have it at the opposite coffee shop.

Some nice shots of the town…

Not forgetting Pepito – the resident long-coat chi hua hua,

And lovely playful Oscar..

Who could resist those eyes… 🙂

All photos taken with my Nokia N85.

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21 December 2008 at 20:33

The Four Seasons experience…

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We both have long legs…

The journey starts at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah (Subang, SZB) airport. Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, primarily serves general aviation and some turboprop domestic flights. Although plans existed to convert the airport into a low-cost carrier hub, the change was opposed by Subang Jaya residents. Until the 1998 opening of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport served as Kuala Lumpur’s primary airport. Subang Airport is currently the hub for Berjaya Air and Firefly.

Flight FY2048 to Langkawi was the one, and soon it was the all too familiar Fokker 50 on the tarmac.

For those who don’t already know, I have a soft spot for small turboprop aircrafts!

We finally arrived at our destination – Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, after a short 20 minute ride from the airport. The driver mistakenly drove into the service entrance and we were greeted with grins and funny stares as he made an awkward 3-point turn toward the lobby.

A blend of Moorish and contemporary architecture (with the limited knowledge that I have), the Four Seasons Resort Langkawi is indeed a charming one.

Impeccable service, together with splendid landscaping and attention to detail make this place truly second to none.

Imagine not having someone to lay towels on your deck chair on the beach, or having to move it to adjust to the direction of the sun, cold face towels scented with lemongrass every other hour, bottled water automatically appears when yours is running low – the little things that matter, yet goes unnoticed in many establishments.

Having a choice of breakfast either in the restaurant or at the villa, we had a try at both.

Friendly reminders that food should not be left unattended outside due to squirrels and birds which have taken a liking to human food was apt.

The food was good – but not great, perhaps due to expectations set high. But hey, with breakfast priced at RM 120 per person, and room rates starting from RM 1,700 per night – what would you expect?

Excellent selection of both, old and new world wines.

Prompt but unobtrusive, understated elegance and charm.

Needless to say it was a relaxing and very enjoyable stay…


Would I go back? Sure… If I were to be hosted again 🙂

www.fourseasons.com/langkawi

Photos taken with Sony DSC-F828, Panasonic Lumix LX3 and Nokia N85

Written by Leo

12 December 2008 at 23:19