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Lifestyle 04 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Right royal retreat

Visitors to Langkawi instantly fall in love with its spectacular beauty. Now there is a new gem in Langkawi's crown,the Casa del Mar,an exotic,quixotic boutique hotel that hints of the Mediterranean,with a dash ofthe Caribbean, graced with Malaysian hospitality. Casa del Mar is owned by the Sultan of Selangor and Datuk Syed YusufTun Syed Nasir. KEE HUA CHEE checked in and forgot how many days he stayed.

Lifestyle 04 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Into the wilds

Photographer Ong Soon Hin and LEONG SIOK HUI had joined a group of Singaporean kids and their parents on an outdoor excursion to Endau-Rompin National Park in Johor.

Letters 04 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Concern over rise in dengue cases

Writes B>DR JACOB GEORGE of Subang Jaya./B>

Lifestyle 07 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Home away from home

AGGRESSIVE logging and expansion of farm lands have robbed Peru#8217;s spectacled bears of their jungle home but a new nature preserve promises these solitary, nocturnal animals a safe sanctuary.

Lifestyle 07 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Ban on free plastic bags

TAIWAN authorities slapped a ban on the free distribution of disposable polystyrene tableware and plastic bags last Wednesday despite an outcry from the industry.

AseanPlus News 11 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Just too cold for 646 in South Asia

B>DHAKA/B>: Homeless people scrambled for handouts of warm clothing and blankets as the death toll from a three-week cold spell in Bangladesh and India reached 646, officials and news reports said yesterday.

Business 11 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Cautiously bullish about timber recovery

SAME time last year, timber stocks were hardly in the radar screen of investors. Now, the sector may get the break it has long waited for.

Lifestyle 12 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Showtime in Las Vegas

Besides shopping, gorging on endless buffets and visiting the ostentatious hotels modelled on legendary monuments, lavish theatrical productions and concerts are the top draws of this desert city, reports JOHNNI WONG.

Nation 15 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Exploring the white continent

IT HAS taken several months of preparations and now the Malaysian scientific team is sailing into the white continent. The expedition itself will take about three months #8211; taking us to the Antarctic continent through the Southern Ocean and back.

Lifestyle 18 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Send your stress packing

If you#8217;re looking at getting away from it all with a luxurious holiday, then look no further than Langkawi, Kedah.