Malaysia

Japamala Resorts - Baby sharks in paradise

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A proper island getaway will require from you to put some work and effort into getting there: paddle on a raft if we believe Survivor, survive a plane crash according to Lost or take the night bus, a ferry, and a speedboat in my case. While I doze off at the ferry station, a side effect if the night bus is too punctual and arrives at 5 am, I can only hope my[...]

Sipadan. Or, how I spent 4 days diving in paradise

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I have spent a fair share of my times in South East Asia on boats. Small boats, big boats, calm water, rough water, but the drive from Semporna to the M/V Celebes Explorer, my home for the next few nights, is an especially bumpy one. And it doesn't help to calm my already frayed nerves, after all, I am here to dive at one of the most spectacular dive sites i[...]

Borneo - Where the Wild Things are

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Back when I started diving in March my friend who had accompanied me to Koh Tao was amazed by my sudden interest in the marine life. Apparently I have a short attention span in all other things so the idea that I would stare at fish for hours at a time and not get bored was beyond her. And while diving takes a bit more than just staring at fish, I guess it w[...]

10 reasons to explore Borneo, Malaysia Pt. 2

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While Borneo isn’t wild with a buzzing backpacker scene or filled with travelling party animals, it is a welcome treat of getting back to nature and witnessing things that you’ve only seen in National Geographic. Borneo and its 140 million year old rainforest definitely knocks you on the head and shouts, “Wake up! This is nature at its finest!”, whilst simul[...]

10 reasons to explore Borneo, Malaysia Pt. 1

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Borneo is one heck of an incredible and mysterious country, where things go bump in the night and it’s usually a creature that is both exotic and rare. Craggy mountains, rainforests drenched in mist, winding wide rivers and relaxing times await for you there. Malaysia’s Borneo is a destination on many people’s bucket list for a reason, as it’s natural beauty[...]

Perhentian Kecil - Notes from a small island

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We travelettes love a good island. Who doesn’t? That tropical mix of powder-soft sand, turquoise water and never-ending, glorious sunsets washed down with a cooling beverage is surely guaranteed to sound the alarm on even the most insensitive of bliss-ometers. But traveling around South East Asia can require a little bit of extra thought in order to avoid th[...]

Wakeboarding in Malaysia

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I'll be honest, I didn’t even know what wakeboarding was when my friend first told me she was hooked on it. When we skyped a year or so ago, she on the balcony of her apartment in Kuala Lumpur (KL), and me freezing next to the radiator in my small London flat’s kitchen, she enthused about her new love for "wakey." I nodded and lied convincingly, “I’d lov[...]

A different point of view on...Malaysia

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The soundless step of a scorpion, the lacrimal on a monkeys eye ball, soft swaying leaves of giant trees and the twist of an old wood waiting in the moist afternoon air... With Christopher Moon's eye for framing, stunning details and the gentle voice of the narrator Terry Burns, stunning details and captivating use of slow motion James W. Griffith[...]

Asia in a teacup

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Before I ventured to south-east Asia, my knowledge of beverages stretched to the usual Starbucks selection i.e. cappuccino, frappucino, lattes, espresso, earl grey tea, chai lattes, the odd iced caramel or green tea drink… and I thought they were the exotic ones! But my eyes were well and truly opened, when I touched down in Malaysia and hit up the many loca[...]

Exploring Malaysia - High on Shopping and Mountain Air in Kota Kinabalu

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The typical backpacker route in Malaysia often sticks closely to the Western Peninsula, what with Kuala Lumpur (KL) being a top bustling destination with its fun Chinatown and staggering sights of the Petronas Towers. However, a quick plane ride can get you to the Eastern Peninsula: Borneo. Borneo is famous for its Orangutan sanctuaries (which I highly recom[...]