Faces of
Malaysia
Ipoh

Ipoh is the apital of the state of Perak and the fourth largest city of peninsular Malaysia with a population of 760,000 (Metro area: 1.4 Mil). It is scenically located amoung karst limestone hills in the Kinta Valley, about 2 1/2 hours north of Kuala Lumpur. The city is somehow forgotten by most travellers in Malaysia, however it has a lot to offer with many colonial buildings and shophouses (it used to be a very rich city around the turn of the 19th century due to tin mining) and the nature (hills, caves) around. Among Malaysians it is known for good food like the popular Ipoh Chicken Rice.

Pulau Kapas

Pulau Kapas is a small island located only about 6km off Marang in the east coast state of Terengganu (about 1h north of Kuala Terengganu). It has quite and relaxed atmosphere because it is bypassed by the majority of the backpacker circuit looking for a more remote place like the Perhentian Islands. Pulau Kapas only get fairly busy on the weekends when locals come to island. There are a few good snorkeling spots around the island. All accommodations and beach are on the west coast facing the mainland. The west coast is the weather side has no sand beach, only rocks - it can be reached after a short walk through the jungle. Pulau Kapas shuts down during the monsoon season between November and February.

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Chinese New Year Biscuits

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Malaysians love it sweet. Before and during major holidays like Hari Raya (the end of the fasting month Rhamadan for Muslims) or the Chinese New Year Festival, you can find these plastic containers with red lids everywhere in supermarkets and street stalls in Malaysia. These jars contain sweet (sometimes also savory) pastries and snacks such as butter cookies with nuts or pineapple biscuits. In the family homes on the coffee table there will then be always a nice variety of treats in the festive season.
In this picture you can see a Chinese street stall in January 2013 just before the Lunar New Year.



photo: 2013
Ampark Park, view down Jalan Ampang out of town
Ampark Park
view down Jalan Ampang out of town