The versatility of cutlery

I was very impressed a few years ago when Olivia managed to dismantle two single beds and then reassemble them in another room, using just a spoon and a knife.  It struck me then that cutlery is very much more versatile than it would have us believe; just lying there passively on a table for…

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Don’t pee in the forest!

I went on my first jungle hike this week. ‘Don’t pee in the forest,’ Frankie said sternly as he drove us out to the jungle. I promised that I wouldn’t, thinking that this was a very sensible rule, given all the snakes and spiders and other nasties that you wouldn’t want to find attached to…

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Happy Hari Raya

Today marks the end of Ramadan, and in the true spirit of Malaysian gourmandising we decided to go to an all-you-can-eat brunch. Our choice of venue – a prosecco and pork extravaganza – wasn’t exactly in keeping with Islamic principles, but the intention was there. Then on to a gin palace, where behaviour deteriorated somewhat…

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Getting to grips with Manglish

Manglish is an English-based creole used in Malaysia. They also use British English, which is considered to be a second language rather than a foreign language in Malaysia, but it is a very idiosyncratic type of British English and takes some getting used to. For a start they use some very quaint words and expressions,…

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My first Ramadan

I knew Ramadan was going to be a big thing in Malaysia when I saw that Tesco was selling special Ramadan boxes of tissues – Hari Raya is the Malay name for Eid, which will be celebrated next Sunday after a month of fasting. In the daytime, it’s difficult to notice much difference, as most…

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Another dose of crabs

Returning from my whirlwind trip back to the UK last week, I had a bizarre encounter with an amorous travel agent at the airport as I waited for my cab. Me: No, I’m not going to meet you for a glass of wine, I’m afraid. Him: Please don’t worry, I’m afraid too. … not exactly…

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Stuffing myself yet again

I can’t believe that I’d never heard of Plate Culture until last week. And now that I’ve become a devotee, I can’t believe that it only exists in SE Asia – it’s such a fantastic idea. At the risk of being accused of epicurean evangelism, let me try to convert you. If you’re lucky enough…

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On the yoga trail

One thing I love about living in a big city is that there’s so much going on and so much choice; whether it’s restaurants, bars, hip coffee shops, music venues, karaoke bars, exercise classes … just scroll through the options and you’ll find one that’s just perfect for you. Having spent the past ten years…

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