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Sunday, 28 March 2010

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...

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

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...

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...

Sunday, 28 February 2010

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...

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....

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

Olympics host Vancouver ranks as world's most liveable city

2010-02-14 VANCOUVER has again topped a list of the top 10 most liveable cities in the world, giving the Canadian west coast city an extra boost as it opens the 2010 Winter Olympics.In the annual survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit, Vancouver scored 98...

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...

Travelling to the Finnish line

2010-02-14 THE writer, on his business travels, searches for something new beyond the tried and tested. My notions of Finland once tended towards snowy weather, saunas and mobile phones. So when I finally got the chance to travel to Helsinki for a business...

Sunday, 7 February 2010

World's top experience for thrill-seekers

2010-02-07 TAKE a deep breath, get strapped in and feel the buzz. Travel guide Lonely Planet, brings you the thrill-seekers' list, from its 1,000 Ultimate Experiences book. This list is not endorsed by Reuters.1. Big Shot ride, Las Vegas, USAThis ride, atop...

On a 48-hour scenic trip to Aceh

2010-02-07 br /> BANDA ACEH, the northwestern tip of Sumatra island ravaged by the Indian Ocean Tsunami five years ago, has bounced back, and is increasingly becoming a tourist destination.Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the...

Sunday, 31 January 2010

Top 10 holiday destinations for 2010: Gate One Travel

2010-01-31 FOR those wondering where to go this year, US-based travel company Gate One Travel has come up with a list of what it believes will be 2010's top holiday destinations.1. ItalyFrom the hills of Tuscany to the ruins of Rome, Italy is known for its...

7-day rendezvous in scenic Korea

2010-01-31 IN NOVEMBER 2009, I represented Brunei to join a group of thirty journalists from Asean member countries on a visit to South Korea as part of the Republic of Korea (ROK)-Asean Media People's Exchange Program.The programme highlighted the 20th...

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Website names top 10 tech savvy hotels

2010-01-24 THE days when high-tech rooms for hotels meant adding a kettle and alarm clock are long gone, with hotels realising guests want far more wizardry in their rooms.Men's website AskMen.com (http://www.aksmen.com) has come up with a list of the top 10...

Indian Ocean isles eye tourism rebound in 2010

2010-01-24 THE Indian Ocean's luxury island destinations eye a tourism rebound in 2010 after receipts fell sharply last year despite better than expected arrival numbers.The azure waters and palm-fringed beaches of Mauritius and the Seychelles may be among the...

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