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Visit The Adorable Orangutans At Sepilok

May 28th, 2010 by

I usually come across orangutans whenever I visit zoos. There is something about these gentle apes that truly make them so adorable in my eyes. They will lovingly hold your hand and will look deep in your eyes as if begging you to make some time to play with them even for just a short time. Who could say no to that?

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Anyone who finds these orangutans cute and cuddly must not pass up the chance to visit them at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center.

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Marvel At Nature At The Sandakan Turtle Island Park

May 7th, 2010 by

It is always delightful watch Mother Nature at work.  There is always something magical with the way the sky transforms into a myriad of colors during sunset, or with how a tiny caterpillar can turn into a gentle butterfly, or how the different animals reproduce in their own ways and take care of their young.

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For anyone who loves nature and would like to witness the wonderful evolution of life, a trip to the Turtle Island Park is a must.

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Behold The Rafflesia

April 23rd, 2010 by

Travelers who find themselves in Asia tend to choose the popular cities to include in their itineraries like Bangkok, Singapore City, Manila, Siem Reap or Kuala Lumpur.  Of course, it is advisable to recommend to tourists not limit to themselves to the popular spots.  It would be great to visit other cities as well for a much deeper understanding of the people and cultures.

Welcome to the Rafflesia Conservation Garden Photo by: theshutterbugs

My partner and I planned a trip to Malaysia but decided to head to Kota Kinabalu instead of Kuala Lumpur.  Thanks to promo fare offered by Budget Airline Air Asia, we were able to secure US$ 70 tickets to Sabah.  We were hesitant at first as we did not know anything about Kota Kinabalu or Sabah so we did our own research.

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5 Cool Hill Stations In Malaysia

March 11th, 2010 by

Hill stations are areas built in elevated ground by European colonizers as an escape from the tropical heat of the lowlands. In Malaysia, they are reserved for top colonial officials and their families; other residents must submit a formal letter to allow them access to these exclusive spots. In modern times, these hill stations have been converted into vacation locations and heritage sites, and are especially popular among visitors and locals alike during the summer months.

Here are 5 cool hill stations in Malaysia:

Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands - located in Pahang, this hill station is the nation’s highest at 1,500 meters above sea level. Cameron Highlands possess 8 towns, and is called home by a butterfly farm, strawberry farms, rose gardens and vegetable gardens. The Boh Tea Centre is also located here, a tea factory that offers tours to visitors, as well as Cactus Point, a market that sells every type of cactus imaginable.

Cameron Highlands is located 214 kilometers north of Kuala Lumpur, and can be reached in 2.5 hours by car.

Maxwell Hill – also known as Bukit Larut, is the oldest, wettest and most well-preserved hill station in the country. Built in 1884 some 10 kilometers from Taiping, Perak, this resort is 1,250 meters above sea level and still retains its colonial origins with its old bungalows and gardens. Maxwell Hill is ideal for birdwatchers and nature lovers, as the area provides a welcoming environment for the local wildlife. Maxwell Hill also has a war cemetery for British casualties during World War II.

To get to Maxwell Hill from Taiping Town, walk towards the Taiping Lake Garden and follow the turning in Alan Air Terjun towards the foot of the hill. Government Land Rovers await passengers there, the only vehicles allowed by the government to climb the slope.  Visitors can also walk to the summit, an 8-hour journey.

Penang Hill – also known as Bukit Bendera, this 830-meter high hill gives visitors the best view of Georgetown, the mainland and Penang Bridge. Penang Hill also has a canopy walk, which lets people trek up the treetops along a 150-meter long path.

Penang Hill Railways gave passengers a memorable ride on one of the world’s oldest funicular system, which snakes its way up the hill as it ascends. However, the system is being upgraded to provide a straightforward route to the summit. The adventurous can also opt to hike all the way up using the paved jeep trail. Visitors should let night overtake them up the hill, as the lights turn the Penang Island into a dazzling jewel.

Genting Highlands - home to the popular Genting Highlands Resort, also known as the “City of Entertainment” and the “Las Vegas of Malaysia”, for possessing the only legal land-based casino in the country. The resort has 6 hotels, 5 performance venues and a golf course.

Genting Highlands is an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur. It can also be reached via the world’s fastest and Southeast Asia’s longest cable car, the 3.3 kilometer Genting Skyway.

Bukit Tinggi – one of the larger cities in West Sumatra, whose name in Indonesian means “high hill”. Bukit Tinggi is 90 kilometers from Padang, with a height of 930 meters above sea level. Visitors can see Sianok Canyon and the Japanese Caves, a network of underground bunkers and tunnels built during World War II, which includes a two-story observation tower overlooking the canyon. There are also the ruins of Fort de Kock, a former Dutch outpost which are now connected to a zoo via the Limpapeh pedestrian overpass.

The primary way to get to Bukit Tinggi from the international airport is by car or chartered mini-van.

10 Things You May Not Know About Betel Nut Culture

February 25th, 2010 by

Betel nuts come from the betel palm, which is prevalent in Asian countries and is used in the same way as tobacco is used in Western countries. The walnut-sized growths come in bundles of 250 to 500 pieces. It is a mild stimulant, and is primarily consumed by chewing., which various Asian cultures creating their own practices and belief systems around this habit-forming nut.

Here are 10 facts you may not know about Betel Nut culture:

betel leaf

*Betel nuts are shaved into slivers for easier chewing, often combined with spices and tobacco by producers to give a more appealing flavor. These are usually wrapped in betel leaves (which comes from the unrelated plant evergreen Piper Betle) before being distributed to shops.

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Visiting Langkawi: A Guide for Tourists

January 27th, 2010 by

Langkawi, formally known as Palau Langkawi, is one of 99 islands that make up the stunning Lakgkawi archipelago.

Flying to Langkawi -1 Pictures from Above

Often referred to as the “Legendary Island,” there are dozens of incredible myths surrounding the formation of the island and the way it drifts in the ocean alongside the mainland of Malaysia. Langkawi is a stunning place to visit and you should be prepared for the adventure of a lifetime. Read the rest of this entry »

Things To Do In Melaka

January 14th, 2010 by

Located in the southwest part of Malaysia, Melaka is the oldest and 3rd smallest part of the country. This area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, full of historic places from the days when this region was successively conquered by the Portugese, the Dutch and the British.

The center of Peranakan culture, Melaka continues to support the descendants of Chinese traders and local women, who developed a unique lifestyle expressed in their fashion, architecture, dialect and customs. The Baba and Nyonya Heritage Museum contains various relics of this society.

Here are some things you can do in Melaka:


Start off the trip in Stadthuys – Also known as Dutch Square, this is one of the oldest Dutch buildings in Asia and was once the center of Dutch administration in the region. Notable for its crimson-hued buildings, a replica of Queen Victoria’s fountain is also found here, as well as the Tang Beng Swee Clock Tower and Christ Church. Stadhuys now houses a historical museum.

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10 Incredible Sites to See in Melacca

January 6th, 2010 by

The city of Melacca, sometimes also spelled Melaka, is one of the most popular cities amongst tourists to Malaysia.

Melaka - View over Melaka from St. Paul's

The city is rich with history and is littered with incredible architectural palaces and buildings. You’ll find a wide variety of cultural and historic attractions scattered throughout Melacca and these are just a few to get you started on your journey. Read the rest of this entry »

Three Countries In Ten Days: Looking Back

January 1st, 2010 by

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – As I start the new year 2010, I cannot help but reminisce and look back at all the travel adventures that I had in 2009.

Of course, my year was filled with several trips to some of my country’s domestic destinations.  One of my favorites would have to be my trip to Coron, Palawan during the first half of the year.  After a few months, my partner and I embarked on our biggest adventure yet.  We pulled off our Three Countries in Ten Days escapade!

Arrival in Bangkok

From the Philippines, we booked our US$100 tickets with one low cost carrier.  Our first stop was Bangkok.  But we were just transit passengers in Bangkok.  We waited for about seven hours at the Bangkok airport for our connecting flight to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  Per our itinerary, we were only to stay in Kuala Lumpur for one night.

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Things To Do In Langkawi

August 3rd, 2009 by

Designated by UNESCO as Southeast Asia’s first Global Geopark, Langkawi is a source of pride in Malaysia. This cluster of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea has lovely beaches, mangroves, rainforests, and natural wonders, each possessing its own legends.

Cable car

Skim the mountainside on a cable-car ride: A Swiss-made cable car takes passengers all the way up to Mat Cinang, Langkawi’s second-highest mountain. At 700 meters above sea level, even neighboring Southern Thailand is visible from the mountaintops.

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