Travel

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Masjid Sultan of Singapore: A witness to history and faith

2009-11-29 HERE, history stands still, or so it seems. Hundreds of tourists and school children keep the area abuzz. The hustle and bustle on Arab Street, alive with a local market filled with all sorts of wonders, makes Masjid Sultan a centre of activities....

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Catching sunrise at Taiwan's Jade Mountain

2009-11-22 JADE MOUNTAIN, northeast Asia's highest peak and Taiwan's sole finalist for a "New Seven Wonders of the World" award, remains an alluring mystery due to its remoteness and tough permitting rules.But even a hastily planned, permit-less...

Inbound to Hainan, China's golf island

2009-11-22 IT'S chilly and wet back home in Sichuan province, but Chen Ming cheerfully tees off in shorts on a sunny palm-lined golf course on China's southern Hainan island."The weather here is very good for playing golf — there's the sun, the sand...

Sunday, 15 November 2009

From Canada to Southeast Asia and back: Home shock

2009-11-15 MY COMPUTER just crashed, so I write this piece by hand at a ubiquitous cafe with a Hello Kitty pen and a little burgundy notebook on which are printed Jetsons-style cartoons and the following inscription: "Space ships from the beyond may be on...

Sunday, 8 November 2009

The Land of Colours

2009-11-08 IN conjunction with the installation of his Royal Highness Tuanku Muhriz Tuanku Munawir as the 11th Yang Dipertuan of Negri Sembilan from October 22 to 28, Tourism Malaysia invited media from 11 countries to have a taste of the state for a Mega...

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Unveiling Brunei's underwater wonder

2009-11-01 BRUNEI Darussalam is perhaps best known for its oil rich resources but over recent years the authorities of this state and players from its tourism industry have turned their attention towards a greener resource.This new resource is readily...

Sunday, 25 October 2009

On a roller coaster trek to Labi Ridge

2009-10-25 WHAT do you do when you've been to just about every recreational park in Brunei? The Panaga Natural History Society (PNHS) would tell you to take the path less travelled and go for an off-road experience.In today's awareness of health and fitness,...

Kashmir's famed houseboats hit by conservation rules

2009-10-25 FOR nearly a century, hand-carved houseboats bobbing on a placid lake drew millions of visitors to the stunningly beautiful Himalayan region of Kashmir.But today a grand houseboat where Beatle George Harrison once stayed sits rotting and half-...

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Not so far away from madding crowd

2009-10-18 Nasroul Hizam again heads to Temburong. This time exploring the nature in its purest and most opulent form in the company of professors and students of Universiti Brunei Darussalam’s (UBD) Faculty of Science for a real “rainforest...

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Smelly, fat, seat-kickers worst plane passengers

2009-10-11 SMELLY people, fat people and people who cough and sneeze are the most disliked passengers to be seated next to on an airplane, according to a survey.Almost half of the people polled by website Travelocity said passengers with poor hygiene are the...

EU to end airline ban on liquids in carry-on bags

2009-10-11 THE European Union's top transport official said Friday that restrictions on airline passengers carrying liquids in carry-on luggage will end when new screening technology is introduced.EU Transport Commissioner Antonio Tajani said the rules will...

Titanic memorial cruise to mark 100th anniversary

2009-10-11 EXACTLY 100 years since the world's most famous maritime disaster, a cruise ship is to recreate the fateful voyage of the Titanic, complete with dinners and dancing from the era.The Titanic Memorial Cruise will depart from Southampton, England, on...

Sleepy Kiulu wakes to sound of tourism

2009-10-11 MANY people in Brunei head for Kota Kinabalu for a short holiday, but few realise that just 60 kilometres from the Sabah capital is the quiet rural town Kiulu.KIULU, once a small remote town near the virgin jungles of the Crocker Range National Park...

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Down at the border town

2009-10-04 A RELENTLESS sun. Dusty, red dirt roads that leave you blinded in the wake of the latest motorbike swooshing off to the edge of the world, the last frontier. For this is a narrow, straight road on a flat stretch of land that leads to where myths are...

Borneo wetlands prime for eco-tourism

2009-10-04 LOCATED about 40km northeast of Kuching City is the Bako-Buntal Bay, an expanse of intertidal mudflats fringed by mangrove forest with Gunung Santubong lying to the west and Bako National Park on the east.Residents of the two Malay villages in the...

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Seeing Hong Kong through kids' eyes

2009-09-27 IT IS usually a bad sign when I take my family out and all three are in tears by the end of the day. We were at Ocean Park, the Hong Kong theme park/zoo that draws big crowds to gasp at wildlife and scream on rides.We started gently, being charmed...

Local tribesfolk nestling among the Madai Caves

2009-09-27 THE Madai Caves are not as well known as the nearby Gomantong Caves in Sabah, or the caves in Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak.However, Madai has long been an important area for birds' nest collectors and is now becoming better known among...

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Holiday at the hippodrome

2009-09-20 SECONDS before I cause a fatal chariot-and-Roman legionary pile-up involving horrendous and senseless loss of innocent life, scenes of a happy childhood flash before my eyes.Kitted out in the full dress and armour of a soldier of the VI Legion,...

Whole world on a hill

2009-09-20 FROM enjoying the relaxing mood of a rustic French village to watching sunsets at a Japanese tea house, travellers visiting a little-known resort town in Malaysia are treated to an internationally-flavoured holiday.Crisp, cool air and soaring,...

Sunday, 13 September 2009

India's new attraction: Slumdog tourism

2009-09-13 SINCE the release of award winning filmSlumdog Millionaire, reality tourism is seeing a boom in India.Slum tours are the latest way for international tourists to experience the "real" India.For India-bound tourists not quite enamoured of...

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