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Tropical skyline with an ancient structure April 11, 2008

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Sometimes when you least expect it, a visitor can catch a glimpse of the sublime that blends architecture and nature.

This takes place as one walks past the old Masjid Jamek at the confluence of rivers in the heart of the city of Kuala Lumpur. This mosque was built more than 100 years ago.

Within its walls, there are tales of yore that hold the unspoken secrets of the decades gone by. Many happenings have taken place around its walls. KL sees this structure as one of its precious own.

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Roast ducks are for connoisseurs. And a quack-quack to you! April 4, 2008

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Roast chicken, roast beef and roast lamb are common. But not so for roast ducks. Roast ducks have a selected clientele. Some people think of roast ducks as Peking Ducks. These people don’t know their ducks.

The roast duck has its different categories of superiority. Somewhere in Paramount Garden, PJ, there are at least two shops famous for their roast duck. You have to place your orders in advance to get your ration of roast ducks.

I have switched to roast ducks for Christmas since I found out that roast turkey has touched RM200 per bird. Ridiculous. Somehow the exaggerated price tag has spoilt the spirit of Christmas.

Anyway, this was where roast duck came into play. I ordered two. Each about RM40. I tell you, the turkey will turn cold in a very short time because the long queue at the duck shop indicated that ordinary folks are no fools.

Roast duck it is then. And make mine well done, just like roast beef!

Engraved to fit into your living quarters April 3, 2008

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There are households that have elaborate screens decorating their halls and dining areas. From the cold, mystical, sometimes mist-covered land of Kashmir come these wooden, engraved screens.

They are the handiwork of factories that employ hundreds of skilled craftsmen who have honed their skills for generations. The normal material used for such screens are either rosewood or teak. The only problem is when dust has settled into the tiny crevices that are part of its elaborate patterns, you may want to clean it slowly and meticulously.

It is definitely not a chore for the impatient or the lazy. Certainly, it is beautiful to look at, and even better to own, but who’s going to clean it every fortnight. There goes that wonderful idea to buy one, unless you have five servants at your beck and call!

Please, take a seat April 3, 2008

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It wasn’t so long ago that our mamas and our papas told us young’uns that a hard surface was best for our physical forms. This policy apparently even applies to chairs. But time and so-called progress made many of us forget about such simple axioms.

Today, a lot of chairs are cushioned, soft and comfy. So we end up with a lot of human potatoes. Now take a look at what’s being made in Kashmir and other parts of India. These are small little wooden chairs of superior timber.

They may look a little awkward but rest assured, they are quite adequate in giving the person seated a good posture. I have tried it and it was quite fun, for want of a better description. But it’s not that cheap. You may want one for your living hall so that guests can have something to talk about.

Peace to all those who enter February 15, 2008

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This is the frontage of the Petaling Street Indian temple that sees thousands of devotees during religious festivals. On ordinary days, there are few visitors except for the inflow of foreign visitors who enter its portal to look and perhaps, study, the statues and other religious artefacts that are housed within.

From the Pasar Seni LRT station, one could see the top of the temple which is truly outstanding with its highly decorated roof.