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Tasting an Ubudian Delicacy

Tasting an Ubudian Delicacy

The most talked about dish on the Island of the Gods revolves around that of a suckling pig. Referred to as ‘Babi Guling‘ by locals, a whole pig is marinated in ground chilli, turmeric and oil and stuffed with more chilli, onions, ginger, galangal, candle nuts, coriander, lemon grass, pepper, dried shrimp paste, coconut, bay leaves and traditional spices...

Standing Vigil – The Loyal Temple Guardian

Standing Vigil – The Loyal Temple Guardian

Made from andesite, here stands a Balinese temple guardian or better known as Dvarapala in Sanskrit.  These stone guardians are usually found in front of temple entrances and holy sites as a protector from evil. Dvarapala’s in Indonesia normally depict very fierce looking creatures with a rather bulky physique. Some guardians are often found holding a club in a...

Top 4 Things To Do in Singapore

Top 4 Things To Do in Singapore

Feature Article on Singapore

As a Travel Mentor on Robert Felton’s Adventure Travel Mentor website, read Travel and Beyond’s feature article on the Top 4 Things to See and Do in Singapore  published in August 2011.

Dramatic Sunsets, White Sands and a Flurry of Activity

Dramatic Sunsets, White Sands and a Flurry of Activity

Known for its beautiful sunsets with kite flyers or surfers in the background, here are the some shots of what it is like at Kuta Beach just before nightfall. As many of you may already know, Kuta covers covers sub-districts of Kuta Village, Legian, Seminyak, Kedonganan, and Tuban. Most of the hotels along Kuta are situated in Tuban where most sunset aficionados find...

Sydney City from 820 Feet

Sydney City from 820 Feet

A bird’s eye view of Sydney city with the  Queen Victoria Building at the center captured from 820 feet above the city streets. With its stunning architecture and domed roof, the Queen Victoria Building was build in 1898 as a monument for the reigning monarch. Now, its home to jewellers, cafes, antique stores and international boutiques. The QVB is located at...

A Touch of Culture, Blessings and Wisdom in the Heart of the City

A Touch of Culture, Blessings and Wisdom in the Heart of the City

Spiritual calmness and a sense of serenity among the hustle and bustle of Singapore’s city life is what the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is all about. Located as the nucleus of Chinatown, the temple houses many relics, one of which is a tooth that belonged to Buddha that was originally housed in a golden stupa at the Bandula Monastery in Myanmar back in 1980. The...

Postcard: A Balinese Dancer Performing the Kecak

Postcard: A Balinese Dancer Performing the Kecak

Dance and drama are an inseparable part of Balinese temple devotion and celebrations. Learning the art of dance from their mothers, Balinese dancers emphasize a dance’s delicate intricacies with hand gestures while incorporating eye and facial expressions. The main and essential ornaments usually used are the elaborate headpiece and armlets.

Postcard: Ethnic Dancer from Punjab, India

Postcard: Ethnic Dancer from Punjab, India

The Gidda is a very vigorous folk dance. The quick dance movements performed at the twink of an eye leaves the spell bound spectator asking for more. The colorfully embroidered dupattas (shawl) and heavy jewelery add to the grandeur of the spectacle that unfolds in front of your eyes. The dance steps translate into gestures and verses (bolis) of poetry that satirize...

The Hyderabad Biryani Hunt – Where to Savour Them

The Hyderabad Biryani Hunt – Where to Savour Them

It may seem odd to many that all I may pen about Hyderabadi cuisine is its biryani. Nevertheless my biryani quest was provoked by the unsatisfied and incomplete taste of the authentic Hyderabadi biryani that I have savoured all over town back home in Malaysia, across Indonesia and Singapore. That precise zest that I yearned for and undoubtedly recognized from past...