The Local New Kid On The Block

Ah, that beautiful question on almost every Malaysian’s mind at any time of day— “What to eat next?” Whether it’s breakfast, brunch, lunch, tea, dinner, or supper, no one — not even the community under our roof — is spared from contemplating our nation’s healthy appetite. It just so happens that new kid on the block The Local deems...

A Mountain Tribe & Your Coffee Cup: Doi Chaang

Tucked away in the hills of north Thailand are the mysterious solitary Akha hill tribe farmers of Doi Chang village, blessed with fertile soil, lush mountain climate, and fresh springs. Every year, they replant 100,000 trees to reforest the region and shade their coffee plants. They have running water, electricity, sewage systems, a clinic, maintain...

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The Award-winning Miracle Of A Japanese Lake: Ecoparadise

The term ‘anti-oxidant hot bed therapy’ may not ring any bells, but it’s just won Ecoparadise a Harpers Bazaar Spa Award for ‘Most Holistic Anti Ageing Treatment’. According to Austin Lau, “Japan calls it the lazy man’s sport . Same benefits as a jog, but without the exercise! 30 minutes in the therapy room and you’re refreshed. Also,...

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From Cheras To New York: The Story of Yama & J Sushi Buffet

“Someday, everybody will call you Yama. You will remember the name I gave to you,” said Michihiku Sakakuchi-san, chef and sensei to his newest apprentice. “It’s a reminder to concentrate, to enjoy your work.” The year was 1987. Two years earlier, the apprentice who would be Yama left his family of 10 siblings in Cheras and headed to New York...

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