Posts Tagged: culture

Looking for My Khaosan Road

I came to Bangkok for the first time with my family when I was 15 years old. Like any typical Asian family travel, we joined a tour. We were bused from sites to sights, and the only thing I remember was getting sick from the boat ride to Pattaya. I had never heard of Khaosan…read more

Chat with a buffalo racer

Limbang, a small administrative town stuck in between the two parts of Brunei in the Borneo island, is a sleepy town that attracts few visitors. But every year in June, the town comes alive with the Babulang festival of the Bisaya people. One thing that had fascinated me since I learnt of this festival was…read more

Traveling in my own backyard: Babulang festival and Buffalo racing

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…read more

Traveling in my own backyard: Semban – the ring ladies

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’?

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