The Polka Dot Princess!
Kusama is the Gaga before Lady Gaga, the Sia before Sia. In her eclectic wigs and flamboyant outfits, you can trace the authenticity of her character through the decades – and particularly through the photographs of New York city in the 1950s and 60s among the war protests, and Warhol parties, she was as she is now.
The lush life ~ Tropical Spice Garden Penang!
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!
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.
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.
A Delightful ArtDeco Walkabout ~ Tiong Bahru, Singapore
I'd like to think I have a bit of a nose for neighborhoods; that I scouted Tiong Bahru well before its current renaissance as a trendy little enclave of boutiques, tasty eateries, and bearded hipsters. A spate of articles in 2011 proudly proclaimed Tiong Bahru as Singapore's oldest and hippest neighborhood. Whereas my first time staying there was in 2010, January 2010 to be specific, during an urban/jungle holiday in Singapore and then Borneo with my brother.
The proof is in the pudding, and by pudding I mean photos. Cast your gaze on these pics 6 years ago, when Marina Bay Sands was still racing to completion and I was still in the plausible realm of same height possibility with my baby brother.
Aerial Diving & Trampowalling with Cirque Éloize!
As I stepped into the empty Sands Theatre, I could hear the soft taps and leaps of feet from behind the curtain. I was back in Singapore, back at the MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands, but this was the first time I was told to take any seat I wished. Joy!
I had been invited for the press preview of Cirque Éloize iD performance, which would officially open just a few hours later with a cast of 15 talented performers freshly landed from Montreal. As members of the media streamed by with their massive tripods, video cameras, mikes and booms, I followed their lead and beelined for a seat front and center - best to learn from the pros.
Sunshine and Bliss: Our Langkawi Escapade (Part 1)
The last time I went to Langkawi was 8 years ago. Life was pretty different back then. I was child free and had plenty of time on my hands. My holiday leisure time was spent mainly going to spas, lounging by the pool, dining and of course, shopping!
Fast track to 2016 and now I have 2 little ones to take care of. Young Sean who is almost 4 and little Isabelle who is 2 and a half. They keep me ever busy with their boundless amounts of energy, so during holidays I am always on a quest, searching for "child-friendly" activities to keep them happily entertained.
The Quirks of Quarks ~ Singapore ArtScience Museum
Bright and early one morning, I was off to Singapore, ostensibly, road tripping it down to fetch a second batch of Turkish tiles. These we had joyfully discovered there a month earlier, after a futile and frustrating search of quite possibly every tile store in KL. Speeding down the North-South Expressway as acres of green oil palms whizzed by, tile-fetching was my purported mission but in fact, I had a hidden agenda.
I'd heard thru the geek-vine that the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands was hosting an exhibit on the Hadron Collider, and in my eagerness as a dedicated tile-hunter, we'd come one week too early last time.
Seeking the Sacred: Thaipusam
In Kuala Lumpur, we've been gearing up for the upcoming public holidays that honor the richness and diversity of Malaysian life, namely Thaipusam and Chinese New Year. Malaysians and expats alike adore this festive season that this year, per the Tamil and Lunar calendars respectively, follow so closely on the heels of Christmas and New Years.
Even if you've previously visited, or even lived in India as I have, you'll likely be caught off guard by the the staggering grandeur of devotion on display during the holy Hindu holiday of Thaipusam. It's beautiful, it's overwhelming, and it draws you in closely, pressed tight against the saffron clad bodies of Lord Sri Murugan's devotees.