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A walk through Southern history

United States

A walk through Southern history

Catherine Hostiani learns about the dark days of slavery in the American South during a visit to Charleston

Rockin’ the South

United States

Rockin’ the South

From Elvis Presley to country to blues, music is core to the heritage of the US South. Civil rights and slavery are also integral to the reg...

City of change

United States

City of change

Tradition pulses with the same beat as modernity in San Francisco, giving the American city a constant feel of transformation

Triple treat on the West Coast

United States

Triple treat on the West Coast

Jonathan Tan experiences the best of Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco on a road trip in the United States

Beauty in a danger zone

El Salvador, United States

Beauty in a danger zone

Hong Weixi has a memorable experience in El Salvador, which is safer than she expected

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The Really Great Outdoors

March 13, 2015, United States

The Really Great Outdoors

Roughing it out in the wilderness won’t seem so rough at these luxe wilderness camps.

Living it up in a New York hotel

March 14, 2014, United States

Living it up in a New York hotel

We visit two iconic hotels that have been updated for the 21st century and a third that’s taken its brand to China.

Sweet Surprise

March 05, 2014, United States

Sweet Surprise

Also known as the Emerald City, Seattle is like that quiet sibling who is a lot more interesting than she lets on

On A Colorado High

February 22, 2014, United States

On A Colorado High

Colorado’s lofty perch and contrasting climes make it a hotspot for both winter sports as well as summer fun. By Tay Suan Chiang

Don't fight Fed's idea of a retreat

February 03, 2012, United States

Don't fight Fed's idea of a retreat

Jackson, Wyoming, offers great skiing and pristine wilderness. And it’s also where top bankers congregate once a year, reports KENNETH LIM

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Wonderfruit for the soul

This festival in Thailand leaves Wu Shangyuan with fresh perspectives on life and living

Enjoy durians at the source in Penang

IF YOU’RE headed to Penang this month and you’re a hardcore durian fan, then you’d want to hit the durian farms in Balik Pulau to feast rather than settle for stalls in town.

Farther away from the city centre, the price of durians at the farms are by the kilogram.

You could even make an enlightening eco-excursion out of it, rather than just have a durian buffet.

Farms such as Green Acres and Bao Sheng Durian Farm offer a different proposition, as their fees include a tour and discussion on sustainable farming and durian growing.

It’s better to call ahead to “book” your timing, especially if your party is large. Okay Jungle Durians is a good place to start as it has a range of kampung, or “wild”, durians and branded durians, and it’s easy to get to.

Green Acres is more of an adventure, and is located about a 10-minute drive up the narrow road after Okay Jungle Durians. It’s well worth a visit, though, for the experience and the views. You definitely have to book ahead. For RM80 (S$28.50) per person, visitors get a tour of the farm and unlimited supply of whatever fruit are in season.

For a pleasant, leisurely durian eating experience, Stone House on the other side of Balik Pulau has a large porch filled with about nine big tables for you to have your buffet of durians. The setting is also very idyllic, with a view of Stone House’s landscaped grounds.

Lastly, both amateurs and connoisseurs should head to Bao Sheng Durian Farm, also on the Sungai Pinang side, if they really want to find out about Penang’s durians. The farm is one of the first to go organic, and Chang Teik Seng, or Ah Seng as he’s called, is an excellent “teacher” of all things durian. The farm is located in Sungai Pinang, on the road towards Teluk Bahang or Batu Feringghi.

It offers a “two-hour pass” which includes a 15-minute farm tour, tropical fruit and unlimited durians in two hours.

There are four sessions daily: 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm. Prices start from RM55 for all varieties of young trees, RM75 for trees more than 40 years old and RM120 to include newly dropped durians for that “numb” taste.

- OKAY JUNGLE DURIANS
Titi Serong, Balik Pulau;
GPS: 5°19’48.4”N 100°13’01.5”E
Contact Mr Choy on +6012-571-1557

‡‡- GREEN ACRES
GPS: 5°22’17.0”N 100°14’57.6”E
Contact Kim on +6012-428-6368 or
e-mail greenacrespenang@gmail.com

‡‡- STONE HOUSE
127, Mukim 2, Sungai Pinang;
GPS: 5°23’54.0”N 100°12’50.3”E
Contact Mr Tan on +6012-538-5128

‡‡- BAO SHENG DURIAN FARM
Sungai Pinang;
GPS: N 5.24. 1755 E 100.13.165
Contact +6012-411-0600/
+6012-401-0800 to book your time slot

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在非洲地图上,顺着马达加斯加的边缘朝东移动,有一个不起眼的小点,就是被誉为“印度洋上明珠”的海岛国家毛里求斯。

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