Siniawan Travel Guide: Attractions and Things To See & Do In The Cowboy Town Of Borneo

When it comes to travel these days, ‘hidden gems’ don’t stay hidden for very long. All it takes is one viral photo, and suddenly the hordes are descending upon the place like a swarm of camera-toting, Instagram-obsessed zombies.  Siniawan in the Malaysian state of Sarawak, however, has largely remained ‘off the beaten path’ – although its popularity has also been on the rise. Having never heard … Continue reading Siniawan Travel Guide: Attractions and Things To See & Do In The Cowboy Town Of Borneo

Travelogue Borneo: Leaving Bario + Best Kolo Mee/Goreng Pisang in Miri, Sarawak !

Our four-day stay in Bario came to an end too soon! We spent the morning soaking in final sights, smells and sounds of the long house, which was in a lull after the previous night’s festivities. After breakfast, we hopped onto the back of a pickup truck and headed for the airport. Bidding adieu to the cool weather, clear blue skies and beautiful mountains. 😥 … Continue reading Travelogue Borneo: Leaving Bario + Best Kolo Mee/Goreng Pisang in Miri, Sarawak !

Travelogue Borneo: Day 3 In Bario – Of Maggi, Museums, and Kelabit Culture

*Apologies for the lack of updates – been away for the Lunar New Year holidays and been swamped with work (as usual) upon returning. I really can’t say that I have no time for blogging – gotta MAKE time. Here’s part 3 of Bario! 🙂  After returning from our harrowing 11-hour hike along the Bario ancestral trail, my body was so full of adrenaline I … Continue reading Travelogue Borneo: Day 3 In Bario – Of Maggi, Museums, and Kelabit Culture

Travelogue Borneo: Hardcore Hiking in Bario – 11 Hours In A Sarawak Jungle

I’ve never been hiking.  Ever since a back injury in my teens, I’ve laid off extreme physical activity. The most I’ve ‘exerted’ myself is an hour at the gym, and that’s on a stationary exercise bike lol. I was in Bario, Sarawak recently, and the media group I was with decided to visit one of the Eco-Shelters that Volvo Malaysia had erected for hikers and … Continue reading Travelogue Borneo: Hardcore Hiking in Bario – 11 Hours In A Sarawak Jungle

Travelogue Borneo: Inside A Kelabit Longhouse in Bario, Sarawak

The concept of communal living may be alien to many of us who live in the city. Our apartments are like tiny cages, our gated and guarded homes a substitute for cells. For some indigenous peoples in Sabah and Sarawak, however, communal living is the only way of life they have ever known. Long houses have afforded its residents protection, safety and convenience since ancient … Continue reading Travelogue Borneo: Inside A Kelabit Longhouse in Bario, Sarawak

Travelogue Borneo: The Kelabit Highlands of Bario, Sarawak – Day 1

Here’s a joke I heard from an East Malaysian friend who was taking a cab in KL.  The cabbie asked where he was from, and he answered Sabah, to which the cabbie replied “Oh, bila datang Malaysia?” (When did you come to Malaysia?) I can understand where Mr Cabbie was coming from. Partly due to ignorance and the ‘I don’t care what happens beyond my … Continue reading Travelogue Borneo: The Kelabit Highlands of Bario, Sarawak – Day 1

Seafood @ Sinsuran Night Market, Kota Kinabalu Sabah

Located on the west coast of Sabah, Kota Kinabalu is a seaside town famed for its beautiful islands. It would be blasphemy, then, to come here and not tuck into its delicious seafood. One of the best places to get some is at the Sinsuran Night Market. Featuring dozens of stalls, each displaying gigantic lobsters, huge shrimps, colourful fishes of all shapes and sizes, giant oysters … Continue reading Seafood @ Sinsuran Night Market, Kota Kinabalu Sabah