Minangkabau of Malaysia

In the 1500s, Minangkabau males engaged in voluntary migration, called merantau, across the Straits of Malacca.They landed in today's Negeri Sembilan state and founded settlements all over the region. These settlers intermarried with the local population and brought with them the culture of the Minangkabau, or Adat Perpatih, which governs…

Gastronomy: Penang

PA020616, originally uploaded by morphred.Penang, Malaysia - 01-03 Oct 2010The Straits Settlements series – Part 2 (Penang)So here are brief snippets of the highlights of Penang- The journey there was on the overnight snoozer Konsortium bus (55 SGD), which picks up at Golden Mile tower. It was a 10 hour…

Papa Loves Mambo at Jonker 88

Papa Loves Mambo at Jonker 88, originally uploaded by morphred.21-22Aug, Malacca, MalaysiaThe Straits Settlements Series - Part IDespite not wanting to go anywhere over the weekend, I ended up joining KW, WQ, YQ and Al in driving up to Malacca. On a Sat night, while fasting. For less than 24hrs.…

A brief excursion to Pulau Dayang

9 - 11th July 2010The briefest of brief getaways, but the first of many more this year hopefully. I was off to Pulau Dayang for a spot of diving. After gallavanting off for months, and then sitting put, finally getting out of town is a welcomed excursion.The dives themselves were…

99 – DXB to home

5th Mar, on plane to KLSlept in. Went up to the lounge, printed my flight tickets, and in general lazed around while waiting to go to the airport later in the afternoon. I was just talking to Fabian earlier and i realised the first Singaporeans I met on this trip…