Exploring Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu is the capital city of the state of Sabah, Malaysia. Better known as KK by the locals, the city has been my current place of residence for the past two years. It is a major destination and a popular gateway for travellers visiting Sabah and Borneo. The...

New routes to Mount Kinabalu summit

In less than a week, Mount Kinabalu, one of the main attraction in Sabah’s eco-tourism destinations, will be fully opened to climbers. Part of the mountain was closed to climbers due to safety concerns following the Sabah earthquake on 5 June 2015. Two new trekking...

Snapshot: Penang assam laksa

For me, no trip to Penang is complete without a bowl of the quintessential Penangite favourite food: the assam laksa. The laksa is a popular Peranakan cuisine, and like the Peranakan culture, is concocted from elements of the Chinese and Malay cuisine. There several...

The Pearl of the Orient – Penang, Malaysia

Located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia, Penang was once part of the original trio that made up the Straits Settlements for the British Crown. Throughout the years, Penang has been known by many names, such as the Prince of Wales Island (in honour of the...

Sabah, the land below the wind

It has taken a while but I am glad to have settled down in Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah, the easternmost state of Malaysia. Kota Kinabalu, better known locally as KK, is a relatively small city but an important industrial and commercial centre for East...

The land beneath the wind

I do have to apologise to anyone following this site for the lack of updates (and for not concluding the travelogue that I have started on my not-so-recent trip to Europe). My (enforced) absence was mainly due to my recent move from the island of Lombok in Indonesia...