Novelist Selina Siak Chin Yoke’s childhood home in central Malaysia is in a pretty valley and has lively night markets that serve the finest of the stir-fry staple

Ipoh’s setting, among limestone hills in the Kinta valley, is magnificent. Whether you approach by road or rail, you’ll be wowed. There are furry-looking green trees clinging to the slopes, with pinkish granite rock in places where they’ve been washed away. It’s so pretty.

My earliest memories are of stars over Ipoh (it’s in Perak state). I remember running in the garden, feeling the warm air on my skin and seeing the pinpricks of light above. I was born in Singapore but we moved to Ipoh, where my mother is from, for a few years when I was a baby, and I lived there again for a while from when I was 12.

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Source: The Guardian

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