Although we live mere hours away from gorgeous islands dotted with white sand and turquoise, cerulean shaded waters, the embarrassing truth is we often take them for granted.
Had you asked me earlier, I would've dramatically - hand-over-heart - proclaimed myself a serious chocoholic. I thought I earned that title having meticulously curated my taste buds through years of dedicated research, otherwise known as gobbling chocolates at every opportunity.
I was sorely mistaken.
Enter Ning-Geng Ong Lingam, founder of the exquisitely crafted Chocolate Concierge and title bearer of flavor junkie, hardcore chocoholic and general cacao-know-it-all!
It was fortuitous to discover Suhaimi Fadzir's latest exhibition "BEBAS" in Artcube, a gallery tucked away on the 3rd floor of the Intermark building. My husband and I were on the prowl for new contemporary furniture pieces and instead, it was contemporary art that caught our eye.
Artcube has a wonderfully open and accessible feel for a gallery that showcases some of the best Malaysian contemporary artists and so we paused, double backed and entered the gallery.
It was a beautiful Saturday morning with sunny blue skies when we ventured off on our second day of our Penang Escapade. This time we were off to the Tropical Spice Garden in Teluk Bahang - a private and lush green jungle of tropical floral and fauna which is open to those seeking respite from the concrete jungle!
Yes, it's that time of year again when Malaysia seems to quieten down and pause for a slow and restful month. When those who fast take a deep breath to internally reflect during the holy month of Ramadan. It's also the time when Malaysians and foreigners alike can sample an amazing ensemble of local delicacies, specially prepared for the breaking of fast!
Batik&Bubbles decided to explore the ramadan market of Kampung Baru, a neighborhood which happens to be a stone's throw away from KLCC.
When you are young, it is a very common occurrence to be asked the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?". The usual answer, especially in this part of the world, is either a doctor, a lawyer or an engineer. Well that's not the case with Josh Lee, a Penang-born fragrance designer who has held this ambition close to his heart since a very young age.
Although I've been to Penang a number of times, somehow I've always stayed on the outskirts. Most recently, my husband and I stayed at the beautiful Lone Pines, which proved to be fantastically relaxing but rather secluded. In fact, we hardly left the shady hammocks poolside. And before that I'd stayed in the gorgeous Pinang suite in the famous Eastern & Oriental hotel with three balconies and a crisp white pool overlooking the ocean. Yet, even that meant a hot long walk to get into the interesting, historical parts of town.
This time with just a few days in Penang, we were determined to stay right in the heart of Penang's UNESCO heritage zone!