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Tiny state in Borneo, sandwiched between Sarawak and Sabah. After it was a big regional player a few hundred years back, Brunei became rich upon the discovery of Oil in the 1940s. For a period time the Sultan of Brunei was the richest person in the world.


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.

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Kek Lok Si Temple in Penang

Trump-Kim Nasi Lemak

trump-kim-nasi-lemak.jpg, Nasi Lemak with american-korean flavour: dry-aged US beef and Kimchi
Nasi Lemak with american-korean flavour: dry-aged US beef and Kimchi

This is a snippet from The Star newspaper about small businesses cashing in on the hype before the first American - North Korean summit which took place on June 12th 2018 between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un.

The real Nasi Lemak is a signature dish in the region. More about Nasi Lemak

Kuala Selangor Nature Park, Secondary Forest
Kuala Selangor Nature Park
Secondary Forest