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Kuching is the capital of the East Malaysian state of Sarawak on Borneo. Kuching is the most populous city in the state of Sarawak and the fourth largest city in Malaysia. Kuching means “cat” in Malay.


Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of Malaysia’s Kedah state, but are adjacent to the Thai border. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of about 45,000. The island is a declared duty-free zone.

The peak season is from December to March when moonson at the eastcoast shuts down most of the Islands there (Perhentian etc.). This makes Langkawi a good island alternative during that time period. Generally though, Langkawi can be visited all year around.

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Fogging Against Dengue


In Kuala Lumpur (and elsewhere in Malaysia), you can often see (and smell) that a building suddenly disappears in fog. This socalled fogging is a measure to fight the Aedis mosquito that transmits the virus. The mosquitos larvae develop in standing water (drains, old cans, pots etc.). Dengue fever is still common in Malaysia, especially in the cities, and many Malaysians catch Dengue Fever sometime in their lives. Hence, the fogging is conducted regularly.

photo: 2013
Singapore City Gallery, Marina Bay, Central Area Model
Singapore City Gallery
Marina Bay, Central Area Model