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January, 2013

  • 30 January

    Why I Didn’t Enjoy The Philippines

    It took me a little while to admit it because I am a generally positive person, but after a while I realised that I was not really enjoying myself while travelling in the Philippines. I had heard so many good things and landed in the country with a confidence and pretty high expectations, but after three weeks I was left …

  • 29 January

    A Very Quick Guide to Malaysia

    This very quick guide is a condensed introduction to Malaysia. We have listed basic information and quick tips to help you understand the costs and practicalities of travelling around this diverse land. Visa In our experience getting into Malaysia could not be easier. Most countries are visa exempt and get an entry stamp on arrival at no cost. Nationalities will …

  • 25 January

    Photo of The Week: Magellan’s Cross, Cebu City, Philippines

    magellans cross

    This is one of those instances where the story behind the photo is much better than the photo itself. Everybody has seen a cross before, right? Yup Magellan’s Cross isn’t that spectacular, its just a big cross housed in a small chapel. You cannot even see the cross as it is encased in an even bigger tindalo wood cross due …

  • 21 January

    How to Get a Vietnam Visa in Sihanoukville, Cambodia

    Getting a Vietnam Visa in Sihanoukville could not be easier. However, finding up to date information on getting a Vietnam Visa in Sihanoukville is significantly more difficult. As the Visa applications from Phenom Pehn are usually sent down to Sihanoukville anyway if you are in the area it could save you a few days of passport separation anxiety if you just get it done …

  • 21 January

    Photo of The Week: Hong Kong’s A Symphony of Lights

    Hong Kong - A Symphony of Lights

    A Symphony of Lights was somthing we were really looking forward to. As we only stayed one night in Hong Kong we only had one chance to see the famous harbor show. We rushed down from our scary hostel located in the notorious Chungking Mansions and made it to a great vantage point on the Avenue of Stars just in time for the …

  • 20 January

    26 Things I Have Learned While Travelling South East Asia

    Six months in Travelling in South East Asia has taught me a lot. You have strange preconceptions about a place before you visit and it is often hard to make sense of them all until you find yourself there. This is a list of 26 small details noticed from day to day life that I have noticed while living here. …

  • 19 January

    Taking the Ferry from Manila to Boracay – Philippines Travel

    Our first destination out of Manila was Boracay, Kelly had made it very clear to me she wanted to see some beach. While a lot of people choose to fly from Manila to Boracay we opted for the cheaper option of the ferry. To be precise, we took the very budget option of “Super Value Class”  which turned out to be …

  • 10 January

    A Very Quick Guide to Cambodia

    This very quick guide is a condensed introduction to the Kingdom of Cambodia. We have listed basic information and quick tips to help you understand the costs and practicalities of travelling in this wonderful country. Visa The  30 day Tourist Visa on Arrival is available for most nationalities. This costs $20 USD and you will need 1 or 2 passport …

December, 2012

  • 17 December

    24 Hours in Brunei – in Photos

    We spent 24 hours exploring the tiny and extremely oil rich country of Brunei, on the North coast of Borneo. This country is small on square footage but big on fabulous wealth, as exemplified by the glittering domes, ornate mosques and gorgeous sculptures that can be seen everywhere. The capital of Bandar Seri Begawan is a fantastic city to walk …

  • 13 December

    Beautiful Boracay in Photos – Philippines Travel

    When people at home read about our lifestyle they assume that we spend all of our time relaxing on white sand beaches in paradise. Of course this is not always true. However, sometimes it is. During our recent travels through the Philippines we stopped for a while to enjoy Boracay, which is the quintessential holiday paradise island. You can walk …

November, 2012

  • 8 November

    A Guide to the North Borneo Railway – Our Day on the Tracks

    We spent a day on the old North Borneo Railway (now called the Sabah State Railway) a 134KM stretch of track originally built in the 1890’s. Train travel is one of the types of transport that I really enjoy.  The scenic routes taken by trains often offer views you would never usually see.  Our day started early, as we wanted to do the …

October, 2012

  • 27 October

    Lambir Hills National Park – How We Got Lost in the Jungle

    The endless buzzing of the cicadas filled the dense forest as we pushed our way through thorny underbrush in the sweltering heat. I felt a fat trickle of sweat rolling down my spine and held a hand up to block a branch from thwacking me in the face as I followed Lee through Lambir Hills National Park down what really …

  • 10 October

    Visiting Orangutans in Borneo

    visiting orangutans in borneo

    It was feeding time and we were waiting patiently. Every time a gust of wind caught a branch we would direct our attention and focus our eye. We were visiting Orangutans in Borneo in the jungles  just outside Kuching. In the distance the trees started rustling just a little  more, people started to point and that’s when I spotted it. Swinging …

  • 9 October

    Our Relaxing Stay At TreeTops Jungle Lodge

    As we sat sipping cold beer on the deck of the wooden longhouse and watching the sunset, I thought back over the wonderful day we had just had. We were staying at the TreeTops Jungle Lodge just outside of Miri, Sarawak. At this rural home stay the pace of life is slow, the surroundings are green and wild, the home …

  • 4 October

    Singapore on a Budget – Window Shopping in a Millionaire’s City

    Visiting Singapore for us was like walking around in a very expensive boutique store, the type where you unconsciously put your hands in your pockets. Everything was so lovely to look at and has a very nice atmosphere, but you are very aware that you can’t afford anything and you are hesitant to even touch the merchandise. You know that …

September, 2012

  • 28 September

    Exploring the Beautiful Malaysian City of Melaka in Photos

    As we rode in the taxi from the bus station to our hostel, Melaka impressed us at first sight. It’s colourful pinkish-red buildings and brightly decorated trishaws with blaring music and fake flowers got us excited about spending some time in this UNESCO World Heritage City. Melaka is a great city to walk around in because although it is a …

  • 21 September

    Photo of The Week: Singapore

    Singapore skyline

    It looks like a hurricane has blown a cruise liner on top of a skyscraper, but this amazing structure was actually built this way. The Marina Bay Sands is one of the most impressive buildings in the Singapore skyline and it is the most expensive casino property in the world with a value of $6.5 billion USD. This ridiculous resort …

  • 12 September

    Top Five Things To Do in the Cameron Highlands

    The Cameron Highlands are my kind of place, filled with beautiful rolling hills, juicy strawberries, fresh tea and fascinating trails through the jungle. Right away you will notice the difference in the temperature as the air is much chillier in this high altitude mountain micro climate. This is not a bad thing at all, because after the sweltering heat in …

  • 11 September

    Taiping Zoo – My First Ever Visit to a Zoo in Photos

    Taiping Zoo was my first ever visit to a Zoo.  I have always loved animals and people found it hard to believe that I had never been to a Zoo.  At 24 years old I figured it was about time I changed this.I was in Taiping and had a few hours to kill in this pleasant small town in Malaysia (which frankly …

  • 6 September

    Gunung Brinchang Jungle Trail – You Call This an Easy Hike?!?!?

    Ankle deep in mud, covered in sweat, clinging to tree branches on the side of the mountain and not really sure if we were going the right way. This is how I decided to spend one of my days off last week. We were in the Cameron Highlands, a place where Malaysians go to relax. With its lush emerald green …

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