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Down by the Kuala Kangsar River September 24, 2007

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There are peaceful areas and there are rustic places. Some of these come together in the royal town of Kuala Kangsar in Perak. KK, as it is better known, is one of those towns that has been left relatively untouched throughout the decades.

Some people say the lack of development is detrimental to the progress of a town but I say “nay”. I prefer towns like KK. It has the charm and ambience of an age gone by. I have stayed in big cities, medium sized ones and really small ones.

But the ones that stayed longest in my mind are always the ones that refuse to lose their characters. It could be in the coconut trees, kampung homes or just plain water buffaloes. These towns have character. If you go to a city, they are basically the same. No charm, unless you count shopping malls as being the national heritage.

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Korea comes to Ampang Point September 18, 2007

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I have heard it from friends and colleagues but it was only recently that I visited “Korea”. Actually, it is not that far away. In fact, it is located in Ampang Point.

It seemed that over the past decade or so, the local population of Koreans has grown by leaps and bounds. Consequently, there is this locale that comprises practically all things Korean. Korean language was the main lingo in the area. For those who are fans of those Korean TV dramas, this is the place to be.

You will actually feel that you are among real Koreans. In fact, you are. I was there for the Korean food. Great stuff. If you don’t like kimchi and jajiang mian, stay put in PJ or Kelana Jaya.

But Koreans are nice people, once they understand you or vice versa!

The Upside-down ice-cream of Morocco September 16, 2007

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There are all kinds of ice-cream around the world. In Malaysia, we are fortunate enough to have some of the best ice creams in the world.

Not so long ago, another kind of ice cream came to our shores. This particular ice creams hails from Morocco. It’s specialty is its ability to be hung upside down with nary a drop even after a few minutes.

The stall is located on the lower basement of the Mid Valley Mega Mall. For about RM3, you have the ice cream dipped in choc and it would instantly freeze over the ice cream, giving it a choc topping. Talk about extra helping!

Great stuff, man. Try one before all your teeth drop out.

KL International Tattoo Parade 2007 September 14, 2007

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September 8, 2007 was a special day at Stadium Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur. It was the official day of the International Tattoo Parade that involved 13 countries.

   The King and Queen and the Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak were in attendance. The countries that stood out in excellent performance were Brunei, Scotland, Singapore, New Zealand and Thailand.

Each country tried to introduce a touch of fun into its repertoire. Singapore with its almost flawless silent drill by some well trained troopers. NZ had its cultural troupe performing a sterling display of Haka dance and Brunei gave the stadium an air of gaiety with a bit of joget and zapin.

The Royal Regiment of Scotland, not to be left behind, came out in their splendid red traditional kilt and bagpipes and filled the air with a teary rendition of the Amazing Grace.

All in all, it was a night of fantastic colours, aerobatic displays and some daring acts by members of the Malaysian Special Forces.

Ipoh Curry Mee stands on its own September 14, 2007

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If you ask people from Ipoh what Ipoh is famous for, one of the answers you will hear is – curry mee! Of course, Ipoh is also well known for its limestone hills and caves, pomeloes and Menglembu groundnuts.

I won’t go into the subject of Ipoh girls. A long, long time ago, people used to say Ipoh girls are the prettiest in the country. Well, the latest I hear is that this is no longer true.

Since I don’t want to be slapped around unnecessarily, I will stick to Ipoh curry mee. What you see above is Ipoh curry mee with its special flavour. The taste is unique because it’s sweetish sour. The aroma is enhanced by the curry leaves and roast pork and char siew.

It is usually served piping hot and some tau foo pok. There’s a stall in Ming Tien Food Court in Taman Megah that has an authentic version of the Ipoh curry mee. The other plate of fried stuff is actually deep-friend mushrooms. Another of my favourites.

Wash it all down with soya bean, to neutralise the spiciness and the curry. If you have a weak belly, you may not be able to handle it that well. Nevertheless, once tasted, no longer shy, as they say.