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    When traditional meets modern – Shanghai & Suzhou Travel Diary

    I like China. I find it interesting to watch how the country evolve in such an incredible pace. When I first went to Beijing in 2001, the public toilets had no door, just the toilet bowls. Not kidding – we had to pee with 6 other local aunties who’re chatting loudly with one another when they pooped. When I visited Shanghai in 2004, all I could remember was the messy traffic and old buildings. Not impressed. Fast forward to 2019, so much has changed especially in Shanghai. The traffic is much smoother and the CBD areas are uber posh. Shanghai IS indeed the heart of China. Shanghai The Bund 外滩,…

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    Postcards from Penang and Langkawi

    My sister Ivy has a bubbly and feminine look but she’s probably the most workaholic person I know. As a data scientist, she’s coding all the time. So to pull her out of her work mode, we go for a vacation. My partner and I are also workaholics who think about our projects all the time. So for the same reason, sometimes we’re on the road. Most people think that travelling means spending lots of time and money. Well, not necessarily. (Above) Nope, this is not Ivy the workaholic. This is my youngest sister Shan. During the last week of December, we brought our parents to Penang for 3 days.…

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    Put in the work

    Recently our Prime Minister Tun Mahathir caused an uproar because he feared that the Malays and Bumis couldn’t compete with 3 million Chinese from China that were expected to come to Malaysia. He said, “If we bring in another three million people from China, what will happen to us? They are strong, able, knowledgeable in business; they come not as labourers but as successful entrepreneurs…. Can we compete with them?” Naturally the Malaysians aren’t happy with his statement. “Are you saying that we aren’t capable? Are you saying we will lose our competitive edge?!” Honestly, I agree with him. We can’t compete. My one-month stay in China has completely opened…

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    Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France

    A few months ago I was standing on a street in France and staring at Mont Blanc. It’s pure white under the moonlight. I turned to my boyfriend and said I couldn’t believe we made it. My boyfriend is a go-getter. If he wants to do something, he does it with speed and affirmation. When he said he wanted to go Switzerland and France, I laughed at the idea because I’d never even dream of going there. The flight ticket is expensive, everything is expensive and I’m damn busy.  But when he said it for the third time, I know he’s not kidding. We made the crazy decision and started…

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    Cook your signature dish at Signature Loft

    A muscle man is hot, but a man who cooks is even hotter. My old friend Kenneth and his brother-in-law Jason invited us to have brunch with them. The dishes and desserts they cooked were delicious – maybe anything cooked in this kitchen will be delicious. This is one of the best kitchens I’ve seen. I like to cook and bake, but my mum doesn’t like me messing with her kitchen. I like to have potluck at home too, but not everyone’s house is big enough to host parties and gatherings. Dining out is convenient, but with a large group of people it can be expensive and uncomfortable. Jason understands…