Although this is my 2nd New Year’s Eve in Kuala Lumpur, it’s the first time I ventured out to watch the fireworks at Petrons Twin Towers in downtown KLCC.  My expectations were quite low but honestly I had a great time.  Okay yeah, I stood in the wrong spot and I arrived so late I was in a horrible cattle call style queue where I was groped more times than I can count (a real first for me in Malaysia, I have never been groped here before tonight). …

The first time I realised that the beauty of a city is reflected and can be found in the history of its cemeteries was in October, 2008.  My daughter and I were in Venice, Italy celebrating her 13th birthday and we took a vaporetto (water bus) to the cemetery island there and found the experience left a lasting impression on us.  So when the opportunity arose to explore Penang’s most famous cemetery I leapt at the chance.  The UNESCO-protected Old Protestant Cemetery (or Francis Light Cemetery) offers free…