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août 2014

Places to Visit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia.  And because I am based here, I can give tourists who wish to visit KL ideas on where to go.

Here’s my list of places I recommend tourists to visit and I, myself, have visited.

  • Petronas Twin Towers / KLCC20140506_20164520140506_203256_LLS
  • Aquaria, KLCCP1000187IMG_20140510_110214
  • KL Towerkl towerkl tower2
  • King’s PalaceP1000331
  • Batu CavesP1000276
  • KL Bird ParkP1000435P1000393
  • Petaling Street (Chinatown in KL)ps1ps
  • Zoo Negara or National Zoo in Malaysia
  • Bukit Bintang
  • Merdeka SquareP1000339
  • Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia20140511_12583020140511_125351
  • Berjaya Time Square20140507_192128_LLS
  • Sunway Lagoon
  • KLCC ParkP1000104
  • PutrajayaP1000197

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Stop over in Dubai

White tree

My world through a camera lens

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This beautiful tree makes me think cool thoughts. I can hardly wait for summer to be over.

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Khorkhog: Eating, Drinking and Being Merry in Mongolia



Traditional Mongolian barbecue consists of the meat of an entire animal (often sheep), fire-heated rocks and root vegetables placed together in a large cooking container. The heated rocks slow-cook the meat and vegetables while the sealed container keeps the flavor in.

To celebrate the beginning of the school year, our Mongolian colleagues prepared a khorkhog feast to share with us. Khorkhog refers to a Mongolian method of cooking meat as well as to the celebratory event where the meat is enjoyed.


This elaborately decorated bus took us to the feast site. Opulent to our eyes, we were told that this is a « normal » bus. (Our friend Dawn Doig is seated on the right.)


Our picnic site was located on the grounds of the Hotel Mongolia which offers upscale services along with ger (yurt) sleeping quarters. Traditionally made of felt walls and wood frames, gers are the portable homes of the nomadic people of the Mongolian steppe.

In the early 13th century a former Mongolian herder name Temujin was renamed Genghis Khan, ruler…

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Kyoto, Japan: Kiyomizu-Dera Temple

Another thing I’m sick of: blaming fat women for our lack of clothing options

Tutus And Tiny Hats

rack of floofy betsey johnson dresses Give me the pretties, pleeeeease.

While I’m on a roll of ranting about things that piss me off, here’s another one: the recent trend of blaming the lack of plus size clothing options on the supposed buying habits of plus size customers. This piece in TIME, and this one on Fashionista are two examples, and they make me so viscerally angry that it’s hard to respond articulately–but I’ll try.

« [R]eal change for plus-size fashion will come when customers make more conscious purchasing decisions, » claims the TIME piece. Hahahahaha, no. Real change will come when companies realize that fat women are people and start making clothes in our size. It’s kind of ridiculous to insist that fat women’s shopping choices must be the issue, when our whole problem is that we don’t have enough options to choose from in the first place.

In the Fashionista article, a blogger named…

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The complete guide to swearing at work

I am a hero, and so is Anita Sarkeesian.

Writing Memoir on Social Media


I’m doing something in the room and The Boy walks in stealthily from behind me and suddenly there is a shower of bubbles in the air and lots of childish laughter. I turn my face and I see a host of bubbles floating up and up and up towards the light, their shiny surfaces catching the light and turning them into iridescent rainbow hues. It’s hard to tell how each bubble will float away, where it will stick and when it will burst.  But together they transform the room.

Actually I’m not just sitting here doing something. I’m writing yet another blog post. It isn’t unusual at all, while I’m writing, for a childish face to peek in and insist on typing a word or two or close a window or want to check out a blinking light below the touchpad. But bubbles? They are new.

The bubbles floating…

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