Marine Ecology Research Centre (MERC)

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 […]

Diving in Malaysia

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.

Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, Penang

Located in Penang’s ‘Little India’, in the capital city of Georgetown, the Sri Maha Mariamman temple reflects the city’s rich cultural heritage. This tropical island of Penang, lies in the Indian Ocean, just off the north-west coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Penang’s rapid growth as a trading hub in the early 1800s, especially in commodities such as nutmegs, cloves and pepper attracted traders from Europe, America, Arabia, India as well as China.

Langkawi, the second time around…

Has Langkawi become an annual pilgrimage destination for me? It seems that way since the past few years, I have never failed to visit the isle of legends at least once a year! But who can blame me. After all, I think it’s one of the destinations in Malaysia that is perfect for any occasion […]


Sipadan Island, Malaysia’s only oceanic Island needs your votes! Situated off Semporna, in Sabah, Sipadan Island is in the running to be listed as one of the ‘New 7 Wonders of Nature’. This worldwide competition is organised by the New 7 Wonders of the World Foundation, based in Switzerland.

A Bako to remember…

Wshhhhhh…..wihssssshhhhhh… The trees bristle violently in the chill wind. A large orange nose peers shyly from the tree tops. Wide-eyed with weary lines under its eyes, the proboscis scans the horizon. “Click..Click…...”

Fort Cornwallis Lighthouse

Excitement coursed through my veins, as my small feet lumbered nimbly up the steely white stairs. The ascending air was getting chilly, and the bright sunshine glared menacingly as I treaded gingerly. I was making my way, alone, up the eighty-odd steps of the famed Fort Cornwallis Lighthouse, situated on the northeast side of George Town, Penang. Trying my best to not look downwards I held tightly onto the railings. A camera balanced menacingly around my neck, I whispered a silent prayer.

The Magic Potion For All Occasion

I guess every country has its own cure-all – a panacea for all manner of complaints, whether physical, emotional or, even, mental!The French swear by their distilled lovely-scented lavender flowers. The Chinese have their ginseng. The Japanese love their green tea. A German family I know reaches for their chamomile on every occasion, and not […]

Baby-friendly Langkawi

An island holiday that’s perfect for moms, dads and babes-in-tow! It was supposed to be a three-day vacation but we packed like we were going away for three weeks. Well, I guess that’s what happens when you go on your first-ever holiday with a baby in tow! Our luggage literally burst at the seams with […]
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