Pulau Ketam – Remember Me, Will You? – Part 1

Pulau Ketam was a shock! It's one of those places I had no idea existed. And if I did, I'd assumed that they had almost nothing to offer. In Pulau Ketam's case I couldn't have been further from the truth. In fact, it had me so spellbound after the first day trip that I very quickly after that booked another one that would allow me to feel its vibe by night. The second visit tremendously...

Kuala Sepetang – Where Laughter Meets Joy

Of course if you are in Taiping you absolutely MUST make a visit to the amazing  Kuala Sepetam - a fisherman's village that will make your camera so hungry that you will find it hard to satiate it. It's pretty similar to many other fisherman's villages, I must admit. It's just that the journey from Taiping as well as other sights around the village make it a bit more fun. That's why I couldn't...

Taiping – Old Is the New Black

Some 266km from Kuala Lumpur, in the state of Perak, further up north from Ipoh, lies a small sleepy town called Taiping. It's not exactly a tourist destination, but it's certainly worth a visit, as goes with many other sleepy towns here in Malaysia. I ventured to this one as part of my recent sudden passion-for-local-travel outburst, which I described in this post. When you have spent years...

Enemy in Tioman aka Don’t Believe All Strangers Who Act Like Friends

The minute I set my foot on the island, I'm in awe. Lush greenery, steamy jungle anywhere you look, friendly vibe in the air and pristine sea. 'This is a paradise,' I tell myself. The ride from Tekek village to Juara only accentuates my impressions. Ejoy, the manager of the resort and a very nice guy, skillfully manoeuvres his 4x4 through the hilly terrain, serpentines, and narrow paths. 'This...

Falling in love with Tioman – Part 1

Tioman is touted as a paradise by many and rightfully so. There is a reason why many long-term visitors will swear by it and there's also a reason why it took me almost 5 years to attest to that too. Frankly, it is a bit pain to get to. But that works to its advantage because otherwise it wouldn't be a paradise. Imagine a former colleague of mine has been there almost 20 times! Another friend,...

Covid-19 Movement Control Order and Ankle Sprain – Blessings in Disguise

When covid-19 struck and Malaysia went into partial lockdown. I, as many other people around the world, got initially really depressed that all my trips abroad got cancelled. Petty, I know, as there were way more important issues and consequences to be dealt with at that time. Along with the depression and stress when dealing with refunds (where my efforts were pretty much futile but now I at...

Nusa Lembongan – Bali or Unbali? 

I was never really keen on visiting Bali. I had been told it had nothing to do with Indonesia and I kind of believed that without needing to see it for myself. And yet, in February 2020, when I ran out of ideas where to spend Chinese new year and also celebrate my birthday, I did. But instead of Bali, completely wooed by beautiful photos and uniform boasting reviews, I decided to travel to Nusa...

Phu Quoc Bicycle Frenzy

  My time on the island is limited and so far I have only seen dirty beach. But I am resolved to do better than that. So, I start frantic search online. It looks bad as reviews of supposedly pristine beaches contain dozens of negative comments on dirt, rubbish and murky waters. ‘Seems there won’t be any beach then,’ I tell myself disappointingly when Google suddenly shows me something...

How (not) to enjoy Phu Quoc

“Fringed with white-sand beaches”, “a must-visit beach escape for Western expats and sun-seeking tourists”, “idyllic beaches, romantic sunsets, evergreen forests, and a serene atmosphere, making it an ideal holiday destination” - that’s how the internet swears by Phu Quoc (further referred to as PQ). As you can see, superlatives follow one another. Well, my first piece of advice...

Cebu Complot aka Worst Tour Ever

I have been in Cebu for a day already and I'm not impressed. It’s so uneasy on the eye, unwelcoming, unalluring, unattractive, unappealing and plenty of other ‘uns’. It’s just gritty. Now before coming to Cebu, I’d seen out of this world photos and advertisements about island hopping, diving and other sea activities in the area. So I have logically created an assumption - you can’t...