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1 Utama’s “Secret” Garden

Posted by on Apr 19, 2015 in Travel

With the introduction of GST in Malaysia, most people are desperately looking for a place to “hang out” free of charge. 1 Utama’s Secret Garden meets this demand admirably. A plaque at the entrance informed me that the garden was developed in secret for five years before it was opened for public viewing on 25th May 2009. It occupied 30,000 square feet and is home to 600 species of carefully nurtured, rare and tropical plants. Not being a plant expert, I did not bother to count them. The Secret Garden is open on weekends and public holidays for free, from 10am to 10pm. So how do you get up there? Take the elevator opposite HSBC Bank and press the button for the floor marked UR....

KL Bird Park Visit

Posted by on Mar 29, 2015 in Miscellaneous

I’ve not really paid much attention to birds before. They were there, they were overhead, and sometimes, they were a pest. My visit to the KL Bird Park last week showed me another side to them. Featuring many species of birds, the park boasted a large free-fly aviary, creating a natural habitat for its inhabitants. This was already my fourth visit, and I still find it difficult to identify the rarer species. For more information, please visit their website...

New and Returning Balloons

Posted by on Mar 15, 2015 in Events

As in March in previous years, since it began in 2009, the Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta was back. This year saw the introduction of three new balloons, “Humpty Dumpty” and “Green Monster” from USA, and “Vincent Van Gogh” from Holland. Now in its 7th year, the fiesta also featured fourteen other returning balloons, coming from all over the world. The four-day event was greeted with enthusiasm by the public. Fans began turning up at the site before seven in the morning, to watch the morning launch. Also back were the old favorites, including the helicopter rides, the picnic baskets and the Night Glow event on Saturday night....

Happy Barcelona Style

Posted by on Feb 28, 2015 in Fashion & Lifestyle

(Pictures used with permission from Go Unique Fashion Agency) Barcelona, Spain, is a colorful, happy and laid back city. The Happy Barcelona Style reflects this, by being the hallmark of many brands which have been born or raised here, like Smash!, Mismash and Paramita. Each of them has its own personality: Smash! is daring, Paramita is modern and Mismash breathes romanticism. However, all of them reflect the colors, the light and the air of the Mediterranean.  ...