Confessions of a Chocoholic ☆ Chocolate Concierge!

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! 

Deconstructing Suhaimi Fadzir - Acclaimed Contemporary Artist

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.

 

Ramadan Bazaar Delights ~ Kampung Baru!

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.

Sense & Scent-ability ~ introducing Josh Lee!

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.  

China Tiger ☆ A Prowl Around George Town!

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!

Tales from Tiger Rock, Pangkor ~ Our Great Island Escape

With two young kids, we don't get to travel as often as we would like to, but when we do, it is always handy to visit somewhere in the domestic scenario.  One doesn't need to face the hassle of flying or wading through long and frustrating immigration lines, which can be a burden with young impatient children in tow!

It just so happened, that we got invited to spend the weekend at Tiger Rock, a boutique jungle hideaway on the beautiful island of Pangkor, which lies on the western coast of peninsular Malaysia.

Investigating Ipoh's Charms

Ipoh .. oh Ipoh.  What does Ipoh remind me of but memories of a time past.  I remember numerous trips back to this city which my parents referred to as their kampung (hometown).     Both sets of my grandparents had lived and retired in Ipoh, my mum even attended a convent school run by French nuns called Sacred Heart there during her teenage years .  

One can't help feeling a bit nostalgic, remembering the numerous trips back to Ipoh as a child.  Every couple of years,  we would return to Malaysia from London for long summer holidays. After holidaying in KL, we would often go to Ipoh to visit our grandparents.