Posts Categorized: Notes from the road

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

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…read more

Traveling in my own backyard: Kaul festival

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…read more

Dali unmasked

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.

Off the beaten path: Anshun

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.

10 memorable experiences

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

Top 10 Man-made Wonders

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

Top 10 Countries

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

This is… Zhangjiajie

Ever since I watched the movie Avatar, I’d been smitten by the surreal landscape of the Hallelujah Mountain. Little did I know that the inspiration of that magical place actually came from a very real place on earth, in China to be exact.

Is blood thicker than water?

Why China? Unlike many places in the world, China had never really pricked my interest. The easy answer was that Chinese were infamous for their lack of civility. But digging deeper, I began to wonder if that was the only reason.

This is… the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu

One of the most awe-inspiring sights you can ever experience in China is the Great Wall. Built over 2 millenniums ago, it has withstood countless assaults of wars, erosion, disrepair, pilfering.