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
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 !
*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
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
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
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
Hey guys! I know I haven’t been posting this last couple of days been busy rushing stuff for work 😦 but here’s a video by a fellow media colleague who went on the trip. Also, my leg with the leech has officially gone on national TV, hahahaha. Credits to @AstroAwani and Dishen Kumar Will post more about the trip soon! 🙂 Continue reading Sneak Peek: Bario Trip!
Hey guys! I’m back from my trip to beautiful Bario in Sarawak ! One word: Memorable. In which I mean that I broke down in the middle of the jungle after an 11-hour hike, and the local tribesmen had to organise a search and rescue team because we were 6 hours late and they thought someone had gotten injured. Also, a leech nearly crawled up my … Continue reading Back from Bario!