A Morning’s Jaunt in KL – Rice Porridge & Books

KL’s sightseeing attractions include the world’s tallest flagpole, the fifth tallest radio tower, the Petronas Towers – once the world’s tallest buildings, now surpassed. All are hyped as unrecognized wonders of the world. Well, okay, the Petronas Towers are impressive, but they are, after all, just two more pillars of glass and steel, and the […]

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Singapore’s Mitre Hotel

Singapore is a tough city to love, so much of it has been “clean(ed) and green(ed)” of any character. The old kampong-style seafood restaurants along the east and north coasts are gone; the last sultan’s residence is a cultural heritage museum; historic cemeteries have been replaced by housing developments and MRT stations. Most of what […]

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Seletar Air Base, Part of Singapore’s Aviation History

Piccadilly, Edgware Road, Hyde Park Gate – the names must have evoked London, England, and home, for the Royal Air Force airmen stationed at Singapore’s Seletar Air Base between 1928 and 1971. Today, the base still preserves enough of its colonial era atmosphere that a visitor may expect to come across Sir Alec Guinness in […]

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KL’s Coliseum Café & Hotel – It Ain’t Raffles

The problem with old institutions is they lose all attraction once they become attractions. The Long Bar at Singapore’s Raffles Hotel, for instance, isn’t anyone’s local; it’s a place where tourists buy Singapore Slings. Anyone looking for an after-work drink in the area would go to Lot, Stock & Barrel on Seah Street or one […]

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Singapore, The Basics

Before taking a look at some things to do in Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia, I’d like to go over some general advice for the visa-run visitor in Singapore. First off, get a bus and MRT guide and a map. A combination packet is available for S$8.00 at most newsstands, and public transport will save you […]

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