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Heaven at the Edge of Borneo

Heaven at the Edge of Borneo

By on July 9, 2012 in Eco, Family, Malaysia, state with 6 Comments

Robert Frost once wrote, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” He could very well have written about Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, a mere dot on the map of Kudat district in Malaysia. Relatively unknown due to its remote location, Tanjung Simpang Mengayau doesn’t get many visitors, and for now, this outpost on Borneo Island remains a paradise.

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Putrajaya, the making of a city

By on November 17, 2011 in buildings, Eco, Family, history, Malaysia, tour with No Comments

As a young capital, Putrajaya may not have the character and soul of the great cities of the world, but it is well on its way there with innovative architecture, community-centric town planning and long term ambitions. In relation to many of Malaysia’s other cities like Kuala Lumpur and Melaka, the garden city of Putrajaya is like a new kid on the old block. Granted, it lacks the dramatic history of the former and the age-old culture of the latter but what it has in excess is youthfulness, a modern vision and a spirit to embrace the new.

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Labuan

By on October 11, 2011 in Beach, diving, Eco, Island, state with 2 Comments

Labuan, a triangular shaped island with six smaller islands, is located 10 km off the coastal waters of Sabah. The Federal Territory of Labuan comprises Labuan Island (75 km²) and six other smaller islands  which are Pulau Burung, Pulau Daat, Pulau Kuraman, Pulau Papan, Pulau Rusukan Kecil, and Pulau Rusukan Besar. Facing the South China Sea, […]

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Striking Oil And Spilling Attractions

A lone oil well sits atop Bukit Telaga Minyak in Miri, Sarawak, an icon of the city’s present-day tourist attraction and an important landmark that sparked Malaysia’s entire history in oil and gas. Ironically, it almost never got built if not for the perseverance of a young college dropout from England. Choosing cadetship over completing […]

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Tea Garden with a Difference

By on March 14, 2011 in Eco, Family, highlands, state with 4 Comments

A RANGE OF TOUR PACKAGES AND CONSERVATION EFFORTS MAKE SABAH TEA GARDEN A POPULAR SPOT FOR BOTH EDU- AND ECO-TOURISM. DARYL YEP FINDS OUT. Having returned from Cameron Highlands recently where I overdosed on a dizzying array of tea, I suppose going on another tea trip is out of the question. But strangely enough, in […]

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A Taste of Survivor Island

By on January 7, 2011 in Eco, Island with 6 Comments

FROLICKING IN A MUDDY POOL AND SEARCHING FOR HIGHLY VENOMOUS SEA KRAITS ARE NOT EVERYONE’S CUP OF TEA. DARYL YEP DID THAT ON SURVIVOR ISLAND AND LIVED TO TELL THE TALE I was tempted to dive right in to the awesomely inviting turquoise waters as we arrived at the dock. The tranquil natural surroundings were […]

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Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, Kuala Lumpur

By on January 4, 2011 in Eco with 6 Comments

The bustling city of Kuala Lumpur has many tall buildings and modern structures. However, many people are not aware that in the heart of the city, a patch of greenery still exists.

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Marine Ecology Research Centre (MERC)

By on October 20, 2010 in Eco with 4 Comments

Place: Marine Ecology Eco Research Centre (MERC) Location: Gaya Island, Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park Where: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah “This is called the chocolate chip starfish. Look at the brown spots on its skin!” “Looks very much like chocolate chips!” Sarah, a volunteer at the Marine Ecology Research Centre (MERC), held the starfish firmly in […]

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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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Ancient wonders of Niah

By on July 13, 2010 in caves, national parks with No Comments

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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