Kuala Lumpur and Malacca City

The week before Strata+Hadoop World in Singapore, we snuck up the Malaysia for a quick vacation. The food in Malaysia – particularly at hawker (food) courts – was outstanding. We stayed in Petaling Jaya (“PJ”) an area that young professionals and families seem to favor. Below are some highlights:

Selena Malam SS2 Food Court

Wong Ah Wah (or W.A.W.) on Jalan Alor street – the chicken wings are simply amazing:

Other things worth noting: We enjoyed the bird park and the Islamic Arts Museum of Malaysia.

Malacca City

Restoran Asam Pedas Selera Kampung

Restoran Ole Sayang Sdn. Bhd.

Kopi Luwak (we found a distributor who carried the wild/”free range” variety)

Singapore Eats

This year marks the debut of Strata+Hadoop World in Singapore, and I decided to spend most of this week checking out the city and visiting with friends. Below are some of the places that I’ll be recommending to friends and Strata attendees:

Ah-Tai Hainanese Chicken Rice (two stalls from Tian Tian, its Chef of 20 years setup shop):


MTR, in Little India. Walking through Serengon on a Sunday is something I highly recommend:

Usman Restaurant (Pakistani food in Little India)

Chomp Chomp Food Centre (via Eugene Teo)

Tiong Bahru – one of the oldest housing estates in Singapore – is a great place to relax and kick back. Here are two Tiong Bahru places we enjoyed:

Ting Heng Seafood restaurant

Time-turner: Strata San Jose 2015, day 2

[Our friends at Dato created an interesting content-based, Strata session recommender. Check it out here.]

There are so many good talks happening at the same time that it’s impossible to not miss out on good sessions. But imagine I had a time-turner necklace and could actually “attend” 2 (maybe 3) sessions happening at the same time. Taking into account my current personal interests and tastes, here’s how my day would look:

10:40 a.m.

11:30 a.m.

1:30 p.m.

2:20 p.m.

4 p.m.

Ask Us Anything at Strata+Hadoop World

One of the most popular sessions at last year’s Strata+Hadoop World in Barcelona was Spark Camp. Midway through this sold-out immersion day, it occurred to me that having an additional Q&A session would be helpful to the attendees. With minimal prodding from Paco Nathan, the other instructors of Spark Camp gladly agreed and so we ended up offering the first Ask Us Anything session (AUA) at one of our conferences.

We received great feedback from that first AUA session and we decided to try again. At next week’s Strata+Hadoop World in San Jose, several groups of instructors will offer AUA sessions:

If you plan to attend Strata San Jose and are interested in any of the topics above, make time to meet the experts in these subjects and ask your questions in person.