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The coal black façade of Café Café seems incompatible with the company it keeps on the same street. Situated at the end of a block of generic-looking shops, this eatery appears to straddle several crossroads at once, literally and figuratively.
Just over 20 years ago, Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, was a city on its knees. It housed a mere 50,000 souls, mostly rampaging Khmer Rouge. Its finest public buildings, hotels, embassies and office blocks were either occupied by soldiers, their prisoners or by nobody at all.
Throw in attentive yet discreet service and appetising, creative menus, and the patrons will keep coming back. That's the Golden Phoenix for you. On a recent visit to the restaurant Hotel Equatorial, KL, even our dear friend Maude, who is no big fan of Chinese food, found herself actually enjoying the meal, downing Chinese tea like it was going out of style.
TOM COCKREM visits Kerala, the smallest of the southern Indian states.
A walk down Armenian street on a Sunday morning is like stepping into a quaint old world. Lined with heritage buildings, it is full of culture, tradition and history.
EVEN if passers-by do not know its name, they will remember the bright yellow building that sits on the junction of Jalan Tun H.S. Lee and Jalan Hang Lekir in Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown. The Lee Rubber Building now wears two shades of yellow and ochre on its façade, with dashes of the coolest blue on its windows.
Delhi, Agra and Jaipur offer far more than just historical relics and impressive sights. These three cities are a treasure trove, pulsating with cultural life and traditional arts and crafts. Although they are different in character from each other, their histories and people have interwoven, bringing about similarities in their differences. A visit to this golden triangle is a must for those who want a feel of India's rich past.