All posts tagged: south east asia

Tea, Tempeh and Temples | Ubud, Bali

My time in Bali was spiritual – to say the least. For all you weary travelers, I recommend you come stay awhile and rejuvenate in Ubud. I’m not one for nightclubs or endless discotheques, so the few days I spent in Kuta felt like internment. That’s not to say that Kuta didn’t have it’s charms, but my heart shudders at the thought of travelling nearly 8,000 miles to spend my days in the likes of Zara, WHSmith and M&S. To a seasoned traveller like myself, globalisation is starting to feel like a curse. A lot of places in SE Asia are starting to look like a run-of-the-mill English high street.  That’s a topic for another conversation. Yet, in all my self-righteous despair, Ubud,  with it’s yoga retreats, rice fields and endless temples felt like a step back in time; or at least a step away from mindless commercialism. Sure, there’s a serious traffic and congestion problem, but the atmosphere felt so strange and different, I found myself marveling at the simplest things. Surrounded by rice …

Once upon a time in little China | A trip to China House, Penang

China House  | 153, Lebuh Pantai, Georgetown, 10300 Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia Contact  | China House Price  | Tea and cake will set you back around 30 MYR I sat at the cafe side. I’m sure that by now, everyone is sick of me talking about tea. But, as any tea obsessed person will know, it is a lifestyle. I’ve gone nearly two decades in this vein, and it doesn’t look like I’m going back now. While the rest of the world has disloyally moves on to cocktails, mocktails and the likes, us tea-folk (that’s my new name for those in the fold), are still at the lunch table sampling all the dried and preserved goodness that nature has to offer. Am I the only one that misses dinner ladies at school? I went to China House. Now, that’s a sign! I really didn’t know what to make of it. A famous landmark on the George Town scene, it borders on blasphemy to  leave without paying a visit to this eclectic home of cakes, coffee, art and music. I …