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Changing the world, one book at a time: How Big Bad Wolf Books made reading more affordable

SHAH ALAM, Dec. 10 -- I've been an avid book reader since childhood but even if I weren't it would still be quite a wonder to behold this sight: shelves of books spiralling towards the ceiling, the to... Read More


Paste Bangkok: An heirloom garden on a plate

BANGKOK, Nov. 24 -- Is there a beverage more synonymous with Thailand than the classic cha nom yen or what the rest of the world knows as Thai tea? Milky, strong, with hints of star anise and clove, ... Read More


The girl with the dragon legend: Mystery of Japan's deepest lake

TAZAWAKO (Japan), Nov. 22 -- We had never heard of the girl before arriving at the lake. Truth be told, we aren't even here for the lake. The Tohoku region in north-eastern Japan is famed for its buc... Read More


From Melbourne to Melaka: The journey of a reluctant barista

MELAKA, Nov. 3 -- Journeys are about finding oneself, and Jacqueline Wen has travelled quite a distance. Originally from KL, the veteran barista first started working at RAWCoffee in 2012 after retur... Read More


Misty mountains and water lilies: Chiang Mai's Asama Cafe will enchant you

CHIANG MAI, Nov. 1 -- These days you can find great coffee anywhere, provided you look hard enough. Beyond searching for a good cuppa in unusual places, sometimes you just want to get away from the m... Read More


The perils of having a favourite chicken rice stall

Kuala Lampur, Oct. 28 -- We are what we eat. And sometimes we are what we don't get to eat. Let me explain. So I have a favourite chicken rice stall. Everyone has one; if it's not chicken rice, it's... Read More


No time for lunch? Focus Foods offers a quick and healthy Liquid Meal replacement

Kuala Lampur, Oct. 26 -- When you're busy with work, be it back-to-back meetings or a looming deadline, our three square meals a day tend to be the first to suffer. We either skip a meal or two or sn... Read More


Walking in the shadow of the Five Sisters Mountain

USHUAIA, Oct. 25 -- From halfway up the mountain, we could see the wide expanse of the Beagle Channel. The blue waters, as crisp as a winter snap. We could see the catamarans departing from the pier,... Read More


Beat the blues with a frosty superberry sorbet!

Kuala Lampur, Oct. 19 -- First comes the haze. Then the rains. Then the heat. And on it goes. Trying to predict the weather these days is like playing Russian roulette whether you believe in climate ... Read More


Tokyo's 'Oktoberfest' for... pickles!

TOKYO, Oct. 15 -- When one thinks of Japanese cuisine, one could be imagining a hot bowl of ramen or udon noodles. Or perhaps considering a midnight run to the nearest konbini for a quick snack of an... Read More