Travel

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Journey into the night

2015-04-26 ON MARCH 16, Brunei’s very own global trekker Norhayati Abu Bakar and her husband Harun Kurt Eichbauer said goodbye to Brunei as they took off for London for the first phase of their journey to be the first Muslim couple to traverse the globe by...

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Ferrero Rocher of a drive to Kota Kinabalu

2015-03-05 IT IS said that until you have driven from Brunei to Kota Kinabalu you are not yet a man. Legend or urban myth, there was for me a certain rite of passage, a coming of age, driving for the very first time on the soil of Sabah, the northernmost...

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Boracay island: Asia’s best beach

2015-02-22 IF Indonesia has Bali and Thailand has Phuket, the Philippines has Boracay. The picturesque Boracay island offers all kinds of adventure, from cliff jumping and snorkelling to kitesurfing and horse riding. And while you’re there, why not ride a...

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Taking a breather in Busan

2015-02-05 THE highlight of last year was for me visiting Busan, South Korea, where I was covering the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit in December. When the summit finished, there is no denying I was looking forward to spending some free time...

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Island of ‘chocolate kisses’

2015-01-18 AT THE heart of the Philippine archipelago, in the middle of the more well-known triumvirate of neighbouring islands of Cebu, Leyte and Mindanao, Bohol would probably register in most people’s minds as the site of a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that...

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Of pandas and Chengdu’s many charms

2014-12-18 CHENGDU, the “Hometown of Pandas”, was a place I had never heard of before, but it quickly became the trip of a lifetime and somewhere I would definitely visit again. However, upon arriving at Shuangliu Airport in Chengdu, it felt more like a...

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Ready for the year-end sale in Malaysia

2014-12-04 HAPPY would be a fair description of my mood on receiving news that I had been selected to take part in a mass-media trip to Peninsular Malaysia. Euphoric would be a more accurate description of my state of mind when I heard the “Malaysia Mega...

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Southeast Asia island getaways on a budget

2014-11-23 WITH ITS wide selection of breathtaking and affordable retreats, ASEAN pampers island lovers with choices. When it comes to travelling on a shoestring budget, there are probably few other destinations than those in Southeast Asia that fit the bill...

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Taiwan treasure trove of cultural gems

2014-11-20 IF ART galleries, museums, good food and shopping are your thing then Taiwan could well be the perfect holiday destination for you. Besides, there are some truly natural wonders to be savoured. You can start with Kaohsiung City where creative...

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Blissful memories of Bali

2014-11-06 I WAS in seventh heaven when I heard I would be spending five days on the paradisiacal island of Bali, which is famed for its natural beauty, culture and water sports. I flew to Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport (commonly known as Denpasar...

Tips for driving safely in Bali

2014-11-06 TRANSPORT is always an important thing to think about when you are travelling. Different places have different driving cultures. Thus, when you are on the roads, knowing local rules can save you from a lot of trouble – accidentally running over a...

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...

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