Travel

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Nanning: ‘Green’ lung of China

2014-07-13 NANNING is a very easy city to fall in love with. It has a remarkable urban sprawl, interesting and attractive sites as well as cheerful enthusiasm among locals that will win over tourists and visitors alike.   It also houses one of the...

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Hua Hin, Thailand’s hidden jewel by the sea

2014-07-06 TOURISTS are well aware of Bangkok’s trove of treasures – but the beach resort of Hua Hin might very well prove that there are hidden jewels besides Bangkok crying out to be explored. Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand for Brunei and...

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Taiyuan: Balances tradition and industry

2014-06-29 TAIYUAN, the capital of Shanxi Province is a city rich in political, military, and religious history. After enduring repeated invasions and occupations over the centuries, Taiyuan is now an industrial giant in northern China as it has developed a...

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Ancient birthplace of Chinese culture

2014-06-15 SHAANXI province is the birthplace of the ancient Chinese civilisation. It is a place to visit for people interested in Chinese history and civilisation. Shaanxi served as the capital for 13 dynasties, and was ruled by 73 emperors, a past that left...

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Unique green experience at Malaysia’s Banjaran Hotsprings

2014-06-01   IF you are in Malaysia and looking for a unique spa experience, then go and rent a car and make your way to the Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat. Described as Malaysia’s first luxury natural hot springs, the spa is a fifteen-minute drive from the...

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Ecotourism at Malaysia’s Royal Belum forest reserve

2014-05-25 IF YOU’RE looking to go on an ecotourism trip somewhere around the region, then the Royal Belum park located in the state of Perak in Malaysia would just be ideal for your next holiday outing! The park is a gruelling five hours drive from Kuala...

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Xi’an: Where the past meets the present

2014-05-18 TOO expensive! The shop in front offered a lower price,” I exclaimed in broken Mandarin when I heard the price for this mug with beautiful oriental design. The middle-aged merchant gave me a puzzled look. His bewildered expression prompted me to...

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Melbourne world’s most livable city

2014-05-11 LAST April, I had the opportunity to learn why Melbourne was voted as the most livable city in the world for the third time in a row (as of 2013), and I would credit this to its effective city planning, entrepreneurial culture as well as attractive...

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Royal Belum, gem of Perak

2014-04-13 THE scenic panorama of the Temengor Lake will mesmerise anyone traversing through the East-West Highway, which connects Gerik to Jeli in Kelantan.   At 15,200 hectares wide, it is the largest man-made lake in Perak, surrounding the Belum-Temengor...

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Promoting rock climbing in Brunei

2012-08-12 WELL, it started about six months ago when I was browsing through AirAsia for cheap tickets, it was so cheap it costs me less than $200 for a return ticket from Bandar Seri Begawan to Kuala Lumpur to Singapore for a month from June 3 to July 2.Ever...

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Boating in Borneo: Up the Baleh

2012-08-05 JUST like last year, a storm struck Miri.On the fifth floor of the Imperial Hotel, a wild wind whisked away chairs and shrubs and flung them into the pool. So much for a swim before breakfast, or a seat by the pool afterwards!Meanwhile, out at sea...

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Urban golf scores hole-in-one in Berlin

2012-07-29 THE graffiti-strewn walls of a disused factory are a far cry from the manicured greens of the Open Championship but this is where Berlin's "crossgolfers" play their own underground version of the game.The sport of "cross golf",...

Panners seek sapphires in Madagascar lemur haven

2012-07-29 "We had an invasion of illegal miners in this park, which is our most recent protected area", says Angelo Francois Randriambeloson from the ministry of environment.A male Indri Indri Lemur looks from a tree as he feeds on leaves in a...

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Scuba diving, surfing on SIARGAO island

2012-07-22 AMBLING along, I playfully scuffed the sandy surface of the road, not noticing the loose coral strewn about. Shade trees arched overhead and formed a protective canopy against the sun.A scattering of small shops along the way, stocked the basics of...

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Ancient pre-Inca tomb found in Peru

2012-07-15 ARCHAEOLOGISTS said on Friday they have discovered a tomb about 1,200 years old, from the pre-Inca Sican era, in northern Peru. Human remains and jewellery were found on July 4 along with the tomb, likely that of a member of the aristocracy of the...

London just ahead of the Olympics

2012-07-15 WHEN the Olympic Games began in ancient Greece around 776 BC, London didn't exist. More than two millennia later, the city of nearly eight million people is in the final stages of redeveloping whole boroughs to accommodate the swarms of spectators...

Sunday, 10 June 2012

The Malays of Riau-Lingga archipelago

2012-06-10 Malays constitute the majority of the archipelago's population, and their way of life is no different from that of the Malays in Malaysia.Popular Malaysian dishes such as asam pedas and sambal tumis are also the favourites among the people here.This...

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Keeping Brunei tradition and culture alive

2012-05-20 WHILST our youths flock to shopping malls with air-conditioning and other modern facilities, some of Brunei's senior citizens whose income allows only for a small and down-to-earth booth continue their daily lives in Tamu Kianggeh (Kianggeh Market)....

Istana Damnah, long lost legacy of Riau-Lingga Malay Sultanate

2012-05-20 DURING a recent trip to Sumatra's Lingga Island, I got the opportunity to take a closer look at the relics of the Riau-Lingga Sultanate located near the city of Daik.The Riau-Lingga Sultanate which once extended across southeast Sumatra, the Riau...

Sunday, 13 May 2012

World Expo opens with a bang

2012-05-13 THE World Expo was launched on Friday in Yeosu, South Korea, a small coastal city on the edge of the Korean peninsula.With US$11.1 billion (around $13.8 billion) invested in the project and high expectations to bring economic gain and infrastructure...

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