Heirloom Cuisine: Siti Li Dining

Siti Li Dining has emerged as a custodian for Malay heritage cuisine.  Since opening in the gentrified suburb of Damansara Heights last September, Siti Li Dining has earned a reputation as one of the most...

The Orang Asli Weavers Who Are Keeping Their Traditions Alive

Beyond a creative pursuit, the art of pandanus weaving holds significant economic and cultural value among Malaysia’s indigenous people. Words Alexandra Wong Photography SooPhye We cross a bridge, traverse a brook and ascend a flight of...

Meet Malaysia’s First Female Mask Changer

Pinky Loo is the face behind this ancient Chinese art performance. Words Alexandra Wong Photos SooPhye In a fierce painted mask, flowing cape and dramatic headgear, the performer looks imposing, scary even. As operatic music swells...

Things You Didn’t Know About The Malaysian Lion Dance

More than just a cultural tradition, the spectacular lion dance has evolved to become a sport-oriented activity. Words Carolyn Hong Photography SooPhye If there’s one sound that tells you it’s the Lunar New Year in Malaysia,...

Ipoh’s Dragon Kiln Master

Meet a dragon kiln master from Ipoh, once the ceramic capital of the world. Words Alexandra Wong Photography SooPhye Have I just stumbled into a post-apocalyptic site? Entering Xin Fa Pottery after a short drive over a gravel...

6 Things You Didn’t Know About Thaipusam

As Hindus in Malaysia and around the world gear up to celebrate Thaipusam on 21 January, we take a look at six interesting facts about the festival. 1) The name Thaipusam comes from Tamil -...

This Studio In Penang Is Reviving The Ancient Craft Of Woodcarving

The ancient craft of woodcarving gets a boost from a young Penang artisan. Words Alexandra Wong Photos SooPhye Tucked above one of the quieter pockets of Penang’s World Heritage Site, Keng Hwa Carving Studio is a curious study...

Diwali: A Celebration of Lights

Words Dharm Navaratnam  Photography Mohd Fazlin Mohd Effendy Ooi, 123rf Steeped in history, Diwali has its roots in the Hindu celebration of the triumph of light over darkness. In the lead-up to the auspicious day, houses will...

Ceremonious Cannons

With a past once shrouded in mystery, Malaysia’s bamboo cannons still take centre stage during the Eid al-Fitr celebrations

Healing hands

Discover the traditional healing rites practiced for centuries by local herbalists, native shamans and midwifes
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