Archive for 'Notes from the road'

Traveling in my own backyard: Babulang festival and Buffalo racing

Posted on 12. Jul, 2014 by .

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Sarawak (Malaysian Borneo) is starting to creep up on the radar of tourists and travelers in the region. Some of the biggest attractions are the festivals here; from the ultra successful Rainforest World Music Festival, to the less known Borneo Jazz festival. But what Sarawak has, that many places don’t, is the treasure trove of […]

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Rainforest World Music Festival 2014

Posted on 30. Jun, 2014 by .

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Awarded as one of the Top 25 music festivals in the world for 5 consecutive years (2010-2014) by Songlines, UK, the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) is one of the biggest musical events in Malaysia; and the biggest tourism draw to Sarawak. This festival celebrates traditional, folk, and fusion music from international and local bands […]

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Traveling in my own backyard: Semban – the ring ladies

Posted on 12. Jun, 2014 by .

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From the lofty height of watching sunrise at a mountain top, we descended back to Semban village for breakfast.  After breakfast, Mr. Sagen arranged for us to meet two of the “ring ladies”. Who are the ‘ring ladies’? These sub-tribe Bidayuh ladies wear copper coiled rings on their forearms and calves; these rings are called […]

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Traveling in my own backyard: Semban – the village above the clouds

Posted on 09. Jun, 2014 by .

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In recent months, I’ve been bitten by a different type of traveling bug: I’m beginning to enjoy traveling in my own backyard. I’ve only starting to realize how much Sarawak, the Malaysian state on the Borneo island, has a lot to offer: lush tropical rainforest, unique wildlife, and arresting indigenous cultures, etc. The three things […]

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Traveling in my own backyard: Kaul festival

Posted on 09. May, 2014 by .

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Do you know the strange feeling of looking at your home as if it’s an exotic land? After traveling the world for the past 10 years, returning to my home land of Sarawak, on the Borneo island, I began to see my own “backyard” with a new light; like a foreigner excited to explore one […]

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Dali unmasked

Posted on 04. May, 2014 by .

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From foreign backpackers in the past to Chinese tourists of recent years, visitors have been coming to Dali for centuries. There’s just something about this ancient town that has managed to draw people in from ancient time till now. The Chinese has a phrase, 风花雪月 (wind, flower, snow and moon), use to describe romanticism of […]

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Off the beaten path: Anshun

Posted on 21. Apr, 2014 by .

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Most visitors to China see but only a small portion of this massive country; treading well inside the confine of the beaten paths established by travelers who came before them. Granted there are amazing cultural, historical and natural sights: the Great Wall, Zhangjiajie, the Terracotta Warriors, Panda, etc. just to name a few. However, traveling […]

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10 memorable experiences

Posted on 28. Feb, 2014 by .

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This February I celebrate 10 years of traveling and life on the road. To commemorate this milestone, I’ve come up with a series of Top 10 posts. These choices are based solely on my personal experience. 10 memorable experiences These 10 years are filled with memorable and intense experiences. Some of them are scary and […]

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Top 10 Man-made Wonders

Posted on 10. Feb, 2014 by .

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This February I celebrate 10 years of traveling and life on the road. To commemorate this milestone, I’ve come up with a series of Top 10 posts. These choices are based solely on my personal experience. Top 10 man-made wonders Many of us travel the world to see amazing man-made structures. Many of them are […]

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Top 10 Countries

Posted on 07. Feb, 2014 by .

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This February I celebrate 10 years of traveling and life on the road. To commemorate this milestone, I’ve come up with a series of Top 10 posts. These choices are based solely on my personal experience. Top 10 countries In these 10 years of traveling I’ve been to many countries. And it’s not easy to […]

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