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Sunday, 18 April 2010

Through Sumatra and over the Straits of Melaka

2010-04-18 I LEFT Jakarta around four o'clock on Monday, April 5, with a three-hour delay on the scheduled time as the coach had been delayed on its way from Bandung where it had departed that very morning.Pity, because I wanted to cross the Sunda Strait...

Bangladesh celebrates 'Pohela Boishakh'

2010-04-18 BANGLADESH is the largest delta in the world with a long history. The land, the rivers and the lives of the common people are intertwined in the formation of a rich cultural heritage of Bangladesh different from neighbouring regions.Bangladesh's...

Sunday, 11 April 2010

A 4WD odyssey through Mali's plains

2010-04-11 THE globe-trotting Bruneian, Norhayati Abu Bakar, and her husband, Harun Kurt Eichbauer, have embarked on the second leg of their odyssey, this time driving through Mali with their trusted four-wheel-drive Jambo.Norhayati's expedition is in...

On the long road from Yogyakarta to Jakarta

2010-04-11 I LOVE Yogyakarta. It is not too big, but it's full of life, of art and of history. And the people are really friendly. If the sky is clear, the volcano Merapi (at 2,911m) looms on the northern horizon, always with a puff of white smoke coming out...

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Wandering in Bali's peripheries to see culture, nature

2010-04-04 ON MONDAY morning the 22nd of March I left Tirta Gangga and three bemos and about three hours later I reached Ubud, about twenty-five kilometres north of Denpasar, which may be considered the cultural capital of Bali. There are two main tourist...

Journey through deserts of Mauritania

2010-04-04 WE REACHED in Mauretania on March 9. The Islamic Republic of Mauritania is 200 times bigger than Brunei, and 75 per cent of its land is desert.Mauritania is an inhospitable place, and easterly wind was blowing sand about one foot high. We passed a...

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Diving deep into Oman's blue waters

2010-03-28 IF Oman's desert offers a slice of adventure its underwater is teeming with a tapestry of marine life, Aftab H Kola is thrilled.What I saw in that first glimpse was shafts of sunlight, probably, slanting off through clear blue water; a coral reef of...

Onwards to Rabat and Marrakesh

2010-03-28 WE started the journey early on the morning of February 23.The crossing from the Algeciras port on the European continent to Ceuta town, on African soil, was a stormy one indeed. Prior before the journey, I was already not feeling well, coughing and...

To 'New England' and back to Asia

2010-03-28 AT 6.30 pm on Thursday the 11th of March, my coach arrived in Armidale, a small town of about 25,000 people in The New England, north of Sydney. It took a little longer than eight hours to get there, travelling through a beautiful green landscape...

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Down Under in the land of wallaroos and wallabies

2010-03-21 ON WEDNESDAY, March 3, I left the airport in Bandar Seri Begawan after three-and-a-half years of life in Brunei to undertake a journey that should take me from Australia all the way up to China.But what has Australia got to do with Southeast Asia,...

Onwards to the land of Al-Andalus

2010-03-21 FINALLY, the globe-trotting Bruneian, Norhayati Abu Bakar, and her husband, Harun Kurt Eichbauer, have embarked on the second leg of their odyssey, this time driving through mystique Spain with their trusted four-wheel-drive Jambo.Norhayati's...

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Life and soul in Senegal

2010-03-14 IT WAS only 7:30pm, but night had fallen rapidly and the air was still hot and humid. On the beach at Soumbédioune, a fishing community on the West African coast near the city of Dakar, hundreds of pirogues, or long wooden fishing boats were...

Beware ... Touts preying on holidaymakers

2010-03-14 ASIA is a vibrant travel destination but there are plenty of unscrupulous individuals trying to make a quick buck out of unsuspecting tourists. Be smart and don't be caught unawares.You've heard many horror stories of tourists getting scammed as...

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Famous Padian river traders of Kg Ayer

2010-03-07 IT'S hard to imagine now, but Brunei Darussalam once had its own floating market run by women known as padian. "When the tide rises, the women go in boats through the city selling provisions and necessities ..." Antonio Pigafetta wrote of...

Travel firm names top 10 famous movie hotels in US

2010-03-07 WHILE most travellers can only dream of getting an Oscar or being on the silver screen, anyone can pretend to be star at US hotels where countless movie scenes have been shot.Travel firm TripAdvisor has come up with a list of the top 10 famous...

Sunday, 28 February 2010

Visiting Kodagu, the coffee country

2010-02-28 TO BORROW from Will Smith in "Hitch" — life is to be remembered by the moments that take your breath away. And such moments are in plenty if you are in Coorg or "Kodagu" (meaning peaks), known for coffee and spices....

Top 10 unusual holiday homes for rent

2010-02-28 FOR holidaymakers looking for homes away from home, with a twist, travel website TripAdvisor has come up with a list of the world's quirkiest vacation rental homes. This list, complied by the website's editors, is not endorsed by Reuters.1. Dome...

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Bagan, city of pagodas in the dust

2010-02-21 DUCT permeates the landscape, settling on the buildings, trees and people, and yet dust somehow gives Myanmar's Bagan, an abandoned city of pagodas, an ethereal expression.Lying 145km southwest of Mandalay in Myanmar is Bagan, a square of land...

Travel picks 10 big cities that are not capitals

2010-02-21 WHAT'S the capital of Australia? If you answered Sydney, you're wrong but in good company, with travel website VirtualTourist.com (www.virtualtourist.com) coming up with a list of the 10 most surprising non-capital cities in the world."We've...

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Explore Vancouver's ethnic diversity

2010-02-14 WITH its colorful ornamental gate, traditional garden and old-Shanghai-style street lamps, a small section of Vancouver lays claim to the title of Chinatown.However, it's the nearby suburb of Richmond that acts like it.Home to one-sixth of Vancouver...

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