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High expectations



Journey through undiscovered lands

In conjunction with Ramadan, we start a four-part series on I>Appreciating Arabic Writing /I>today. COLIN KHOO speaks to reviewer Lim Chee Seng, and Abby Wong of Kinokuniya Bookstores.


Erasing borders with love

Book review by LIM CHEE SENG.


Breaking fast at the Islamic Arts Museum

THE Islamic Arts Museum may be the first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region, but I'll bet there are still many Malaysians who have yet to set foot in this spectacular building.ALICE CHING tucks in to some Middle-Eastern cuisine at the Museum Restaurant and Café.


Building business alliances

Chinese business networks evolved from co-operation between dialect groups to the development of links with European firms. LOH WEI LENG tells how.


Curse of the gaharu

The Asmat people of Papua New Guinea believe in the magical powers of the gaharu tree. They burn its resin to connect with their ancestors and to cast spells. Outsiders, meanwhile, value gaharu as the source of a costly incense. But now, commercial interesrs want to log and mine the very forests which these trees grow in.


Unique scents

DIPTYQUE was created by three friends, Desmond Knox-Leet, Christiane Gautror and Yves Coueslant, all students of interior design and home decoration.


War, violence and carnage

Review by LIM CHEE SENG.


Weavers of painstaking art

His hands are stained red as he wrings a freshly dyed bundle of silk.For 18-year-old Chandrashekar, it is all in a day#8217;s work. His task is part of the painstaking process of producing the traditional Indian saree. BRENDA BENEDICT travels to two Indian weaver colonies to view first hand the creation of this 5m of fabric that is truly a labour of love.


Essence of Malacca

A typical Malaccan dish basically consists of the best the world had to offer to culinary art during that glorious era - spices from the Indian subcontinent, seasoning from the Orient, condiments from the Malay archipelago, vinegar and wine from the Middle East and the West.