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Brickfields: Little India, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA

First timers to Kuala Lumpur, like myself, might make the mistake of thinking that Brickfields is a specific place, but it’s not. Brickfields is an area to explore, a suburb, and so when we got our Grab driver to ‘drop us anywhere that’s good’, he let us off at the top of what seemed to be the main street.

We went at night, and I honestly feel that was the best time to go. The heat and humidity died down, the dinner queues were lining up, the shop fronts were blaring competing techno-Bollywood tunes. The whole place was a cacophony of sound and colour. Brickfields is famous for their multicoloured structures and street decorations and I found that wandering the streets at night just made everything more festive, with lamplight and fairylights coming from everywhere.

There’s no shortage of Indian diners to eat at. We found one that was packed from the back and spilled out the front, with bain-maries of curries and rices, and al a carte options. There’s street theatrics as master chefs make dosas and teh tahrik for the public.

Go to Brickfields for dinner, it’s a sonic and culinary experience.

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9PM in Little India and things are ☆ĹOUD☆

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Lim Kee Café, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA

Right off a main street in Chinatown is this chic, newly renovated cafe which boasts old timey Hong Kong vibes. Sleek marble tables, coat racks and memorabilia set the scene. I had a pandan affogato, a flavour that reminds me of summery Asia, and I loved it. Their breakfast options seem locally inspired, but I think this is a cafe that shines through its beverages.

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J. Boroski Mixology, Bangkok, THAILAND

J. Boroski Mixology is a true speakeasy. I heard about it from a couple in another speakeasy down Thong Lo (FindTheLockerRoom) and I was given vague directions and no address. Then, I tried to google it- no avail. It was only through this TripAdvisor thread that I could find the exact location.

When I did, I breathed a sigh of relief. This bar is understated industrial chic, drawing on steampunk vibes akin to Iron Fairies. Comfortable leather couches, butterflies from the ceiling, an audiobook playing in the bathrooms; the aesthetic is everything.

The bartenders know their job. Sit back, have a conversation, discuss what you like and they’ll mix you something original, on the spot, within your price-range. The ones made for me were absolutely delicious, and my partner’s cocktails were him all over.

I’ve heard mixed reviews of this place through the grapevine. The most common being that the bar is ‘pretentious and overpriced’. I think if you set yourself a budget and vocalise that to the bartenders, they can work within your constraints. Otherwise, if you just say, “bring me your finest whisky”, they’ll serve you their finest whisky.

Good luck finding it. If you do, you’ll be sure to have a swell time.

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Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka

Udawalawe National Park is a vast expanse with wildlife and opportunity for safari. It’s ideal around sunrise or sunset as that’s when all the animals are most active. There seem to be plenty of safari options available, and I wouldn’t enter the National Park without being on a tour (perhaps you can).

The downside of this is that a mass of jeeps all tracking around trying to see animals in their natural habitat. The whole adventure seems a bit congested and forced- but what else can you do? If you a good driver, they’ll take less populated routes and stop to show you something your untrained eye would miss; see on that branch? There’s a chameleon. See, in that tree? There’s a leopard. I’d never have known by myself, the animals are so well camouflaged!

There is a huge elephant population, and it should go without saying that tourists are advised against feeding them because it messes with their familiarity with humans then upsets their natural feeding routine.

That said, I spent a few hours here seeing animals “in the wild” and it was really magical. Water buffalo, elephants, peacocks, it was a pretty spectacular experience.

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Gentle ♡

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Bird watching in Udawalawe, Sri Lanka

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Kampong Glam, Singapore

Kampong Glam is worth a wander. Kampong Glam is a whole block, and the whole are definitely should be explored. The main street extending from the Mosque is a mess of stores and restaurants, with people trying to entice you every which way. I found that the other little streets and lanes, like Haji Lane, were more interesting as there were little boutique stores offering a host of handicrafts, clothes and smaller cafes and restaurants. There’s awesome street art and the vibes are more relaxed the further from the mosque you go. It’s also a very short walk from the MRT, and things don’t really open until late morning.

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Aura at the National Gallery, Singapore

My travel companions and I wanted to share a memorable meal on our final day in Singapore. My online research told me that Aura offered a delightful lunch menu that wouldn’t break the bank, so we ventured here. Located on the roof of the National Gallery, this restaurant offers chic elegance like no other. We were hoping for rooftop views of Marina Bay, and although you can wander to see this view, the restaurant doesn’t face the Bay so keep that in mind.
The food was delicious and authentic Italian. The service was attentive and the atmosphere made us feel very special.

 

 

 

 

 

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Cafe Punto, Galle, Sri Lanka

At Cafe Punto, my partner and I had some of the best Sri Lankan cuisine of our trip. We tried roti and buffalo curd and a fish kottu and so much more. Ah, the food was so tasty and reasonably priced, so we kept ordering until we were full. It’s an unassuming little restaurant, but always busy. They serve Western meals to, but I figure, when traveling, do as the locals do.

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Sri Lankan Buffalo Curd and Honey? No whey!

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