Urban Gardening to Connect People and Cool the City

An article from Reuters reporter Gillian Murdoch entitled Asia’s high-rise gardeners unearth key to cooler cities explains how the hobby of gardening is improving lives, building community networks, and also cooling urban areas. The story starts in Singapore, where most the population lives in government-owned apartment complexes. Some have taken up gardening, either on their […]

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Penang, Malaysia

Penang Island–a small (300 sq. km), highly urbanized island off the coast of northern Malaysia–was HOT in the food blogosphere world in the autumn, with visits by Real Thai, Rambling Spoon, Chubby Hubby, and Rasa Malaysia. I visited for a few days in October, and have finally gotten around to posting some remarks and photos. […]

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Eating in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A Shock to the SensesFor someone used to the low-key, climatically mild, and well-sidewalked San Francisco Bay Area, Kuala Lumpur can be shocking. It’s hot, often chaotic, and pedestrians need to take a combined approach of aggression and defensiveness when trying to cross a street (even when the walk sign is on). The noise of […]

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Borneo Greens (Unusual Greens, Part 5)

(Updated 10/8/16: changed title, added tags to photos, removed broken links) The word “unusual” has many uses: odd, abnormal, rare, unconventional. Whereas my previous “unusual greens” posts have been about rare greens, this post is about “amazing” and “exceptional” greens. The reason for this is that the “Borneo greens” aren’t from the Farmers’ Market or […]

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Singapore!

Top (L to R): yam puff, pandan pancake with peanut filling, carrot cake (a Singaporean street classic) Middle: khandvi (an Indian chaat dish), cheese murtabak, fresh bean curd Bottom: char kway teaw (rice and egg noodles in dark sauce), dokla chaat, teh tarik After the significant detour in the last post, it’s time to return […]

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