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How to become a better tourist

COMMENTARY, July 23 -- I love travelling. Naturally I'm not alone in that, as evidenced by the throngs of tourists wherever I go, be it the pedestrian paradise of the Shibuya Crossing or the remote mo... Read More


PPP Coffee at REXKL: How a pop-up cafe can bridge communities

KUALA LUMPUR, July 22 -- Most pop-ups come and go. Typically a temporary fixture to publicise a new product or brand, they are a great way to test the market for consumer interest. Other times, they c... Read More


Sheung Wan's Cat Street: A haven for antique hunters in Hong Kong

HONG KONG, July 19 -- Are you a "cat" or are you a "rat"? Amid the tightly-packed antique shops of Upper Lascar Row in Sheung Wan, this question used to reverberate more deeply. When this neighbourh... Read More


Soul food: How the Japanese mastered meatless cuisine

TOKYO, July 14 -- This isn't meat. Certainly what is served before me is savoury enough - one could argue almost meaty - but nothing can disguise the fact it's a platter of mushrooms, marinated in mi... Read More


Malaysian start-up offering artisanal roasted crickets as delicious healthy snacks

PETALING JAYA, July 6 -- Would you eat crickets? I would, having first tasted them in Bangkok as a street food. Known locally as jing reed, deep-fried crickets are a north-eastern Thai delicacy. But... Read More


Golden age: Life in Chiang Mai's Old City

CHIANG MAI, July 5 -- Some cities fade away, their glory days long past. Others find a new golden age, relinquishing history in favour of rapid modernisation. And then there are those who manage to s... Read More


New brand, same great beans and brews: Singapore's Papa Palheta is now PPP Coffee

SINGAPORE, July 2 -- An espresso by any other name ought to smell as fresh. Or at least deliver the same caffeinated kick one has come to expect from brews by veteran Singaporean specialty coffee roas... Read More


How to run a Michelin-starred restaurant in Bangkok: Mezzaluna's Chef Ryuki Kawasaki shares his secret

BANGKOK, June 29 -- There are good restaurants and there are great restaurants. Then there are those that are awarded the highly sought after Michelin stars. So what's the secret behind running a Mic... Read More


A walk (or boat ride) to remember: Navigating the canals in Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM, June 28 -- Exploring the canals of Amsterdam can feel like a dream sometimes. Naturally, every dream can become a nightmare if one treads where angels fear to go. Avoid the tourist-invaded... Read More


Tired of nasty-tasting protein drinks? Malaysian-brand Heal Nutrition has a better option

PUCHONG, June 25 -- Those of us who hit the gym regularly inevitably join the cult of People Who Drink Protein Shakes. It's part and parcel of strength training and muscle protein synthesis with the ... Read More