Malaysia – Food, Culture and Heritage Trail – Part 1 – Introduction

Malaysia, a country that instantly evokes the signature phrase ‘Truly Asia’, is an amalgamation of diverse cultures that have come into existence along the trail of time, conferred on it by its long and rich history. A melting pot of various races who bring to the table their own traditions, customs, conventions, ceremonies, practices and cuisines, this is truly a showcase of Asia right from the days of colonial domination to the present day stamp of modernity and advancement.

Sleek, stylish and savvy coexist with the earthy, ancient and historical and the visitor can revel in the harmony of its melange of myriad facets.

It was my utter pleasure to return yet again to this land rich in culture, heritage and natural beauty, barely 9 months after having the opportunity to attend their Rainforest World Music Festival in July 2018.

‘Come hungry, leave satisfied’ was the theme of this experience … and we were urged on with those lines as we wove our way through the South West coast and Southern most parts of the country, imbibing the essence of the many destinations in various ways, not the least of which, was the gastronomical !!!

Well with the seemingly infinite delights which played a big role (in turning us into Big Rolls), ‘satisfied’ took on a whole new definition as we rolled our way through the various cuisines and flavors of the region. ‘Satiated beyond belief’ would definitely have been a more apt replacement for ‘satisfied’.

So come with me on this 6 part series, as I virtually feed your senses with the enchanting pleasures of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Melaka, Muar, Johor Bahru and Desaru, in my whirlwind tour of 5 days.

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Maple Tree Farm

In a quiet little village of Thally there is a revolution in the making. Mapletree Farm is literally ‘plot’ting and framing farming ideas and processes that are ethical, sustainable and to’Thally game changing in the long run (sorry but I had to begin with a pun).

Thally is near the town of Hosur in the Krishnagiri district of Tamil Nadu, India and the produce of the farm is marketed in the neighboring state of Karnataka.

When I first heard about Mapletree farm on social media, it automatically brought visions of Canada and I was puzzled as to what its produce was doing in the land of Kannada 😀

Well that is a mystery I have not really solved and though such things are terribly important to me 😀 I will not dwell on it now because I have a lot of other exciting and fascinating information about this organic farm which I want to share with you.

Mapletree farm has rapidly risen to considerable proportions in a short span of 3 years and plans not to stop until it conquers the entire country with its principles and converts as much of the land as possible, into ethically farmed regions, which as we all know, is definitely the need of the hour.

Pay the farmer today or pay the Pharma tomorrow … ominous but highly likely. So read on and see how you can contribute to the success of the farmer, the benefit of your health and the general well being of the entire land.



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Sterling Fern Hill, Ooty

I recently had the pleasure of staying at the Sterling Fern Hill in the pristine hill station of Ooty, in the state of Tamilnadu in India. I had the honor of being invited to the Sterling Achiever’s retreat  which was an unconference of like minded people, sharing thoughts on their passion for travel.

This was my second ‘encounter’ with a Sterling property after my time at Sterling Wayanad and to their credit and my pleasure, I had an equally pleasant time and exciting experiences and I apologize for the cliche but I have to say that memories were truly made !!!

Sterling Fern Hill, does not merely dangle a carrot but entices  you with entire fields full of carrot, as you approach it on the winding roads of Ooty. Carrot farms on sculpted terraced scapes adjoin the path as you make your final ascent to deliver yourself into its hilly embrace.

Clamber with me onto its undulating landscape, soak in the stunning beauty of its award winning gardens, breathe deeply of its clear air and as always, stay with me as I narrate my story.

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Sterling Holidays – Achiever’s Retreat – Fernhill, Ooty

When one is invited to an Achiever’s Retreat on the lines of an Unconference that ends up being a FunConference or in my case, a PunConference, then there is no better way to spend a fruitful couple of days.

I had the privilege and honor of being one of the 10 people chosen to attend the Sterling Achiever’s Retreat at Sterling Fernhill, Ooty, a holiday destination in the Nilgiri Hills in the state of Tamilnadu, India.

This was an exclusive event where the invitees were a group of select achievers in various areas of expertise, knit together by one common thread – their passion for travel.

As always, Sterling with their literally sterling and excellent brand of hospitality, made sure that we were well pampered and we returned with a brand new set of memories that were created by the  exclusive experiences that they have access to.

From crawling into tribal huts to standing tall on helipads atop mountain peaks, these couple of days took us through diverse adventures on which you are going to vicariously join me, as you continue to read !!!

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Aalaya by Happy Retreats

Aalaya means home and this huge villa on the outskirts of Bangalore, is certainly a very grand version of one.

Its very grandeur makes it a home with a difference, one that plays host to weddings and other personalized events that are enhanced by its charming environs and lavish ambience.

Aalaya is an offering by Happy Retreats, a creative hospitality brand.

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