Modern Guardians of an Ancient Craft

Modern Guardians of an Ancient Craft

After the blue skies and golden sunshine that accompanied us throughout our cycle up the east coast of Malaysia, the monsoon finally began in earnest as we arrived at the Akademi Nik Rashiddin (ANR). After days of heavy rain, there were devastating floods throughout the region, forcing thousands to be evacuated. The flooding made it a challenge […]

The Mystical Keris: More than just a weapon?

The Mystical Keris: More than just a weapon?

This post will focus solely on the Keris (known in the west as ‘Kris’), a unique traditional dagger found throughout south east Asia and indigenous to Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei and Singapore. On first glance the Keris is merely a decorative weapon, a tradition that has been past down through the generations, however many believe that the Keris holds […]

The Akademi Nik Rashiddin

The Akademi Nik Rashiddin

In the far reaches of northeast Malaysia sits the Akademi Nik Rashiddin (ANR), a treasure trove of Malay woodcarving nestled in the quiet coastal village of Kandis, just a few hundred meters from the beach and surrounded by fertile fields interspersed with coconut trees and grazing livestock. ANR is at the forefront of the battle […]

Cycling Malaysia’s East Coast

Cycling Malaysia’s East Coast

6am and the alarm cries out, waking us with its all too familiar and purposefully annoying tone. The bags are ready and waiting, having been packed the night before, and all that’s left to do is eat a bowl of instant porridge, attempt to stretch our legs back into life and load up the bike […]

Singapore

Singapore

In this post I wanted to rewind a few weeks to describe a little of our time in Singapore, as it turned out to be a great few days preparing for the next stage of the journey (cycling up Malaysia’s east coast into the northern regions of Kelantan and Terengganu, the heart of Malaysian woodcarving). Travelling […]