Archive for July, 2010

Dive sites closure

By on July 27, 2010 in Diving, Eco with 1 Comment

Several dive sites in three states in Peninsular Malaysia have been temporary closed due to coral bleaching, a phenomenon caused by global warming  that  has increased sea water temperature. According to the Department of Marine Park, Malaysia has more than 80 dive sites. The closure period is from July 2 until October 31, 2010 and […]

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A Hundred Years in Ipoh

By on July 20, 2010 in Buildings, Family, History, Tour with 5 Comments

Being married to a man from Perak, it was inevitable that as I learned to love this person, I also had to learn to love his home state. Fortunately, neither task was too difficult to accomplish!

Perak has been fantasized, romanticized and idealized by all sorts of people from all walks of life throughout Malaysian history. In the days when tin prices were sky high, the Kinta Valley in Perak, possessing the world’s richest alluvial tin deposits, held promise of great fortunes for already-wealthy businessmen, small-time speculators and the average dreamer.

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Ancient wonders of Niah

By on July 13, 2010 in Caves, National Parks with 1 Comment

It is pitch black, cold… and eerily scary.

Brrr…gives me the goosebumps. No wonder bats like to live here.

Eeeeekkk!!!!

What was that?!

Arrgh…flying insects…

I was trying my best to walk as slowly as possible on the slippery plank walk, with trusty headlamps lighting the way. It was a torture, especially with guano– bat dung ‘perfume’, its smell hanging heavily in the air.

The silence around me was eerily spooky.

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Diving in Malaysia

By on July 13, 2010 in Diving, Eco, Islands with 5 Comments

Malaysia is a diving haven just waiting to be explored. Among the renowned diving destinations are Pulau Tioman, Pulau Redang, Pulau Perhentian, Pulau Tenggol, Pulau Layang Layang and Pulau Sipadan.

Pulau Tioman is said to be a real treasure as it has colourful coral reefs and marine life such as anemones, starfish, limpets and thorny sea urchins. There are more than 20 diving spots around the island; among the best are Pulau Tulai and Pulau Renggis.

Here, in vast gardens of hard corals, cuttlefish, angelfish, barracuda and turtles await divers. Deep diving enthusiasts will love Pulau Chebeh, the site of several giant manta sightings.

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