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Borneo Jazz Festival 2019 - All You Need To Know

This year marks the 14th year that the Borneo Jazz Festival is being held in Miri, Sarawak, and is also the second time that the event is taking place at Coco Cabana by the Esplanade. The Borneo Jazz Festival is one of Malaysia's pioneer jazz festivals that has seen over hundreds of jazz musicians from all over the world perform here in Miri. Borneo Jazz 2019 also takes place from 19th to 21st July, which will see numerous local and international artist take stage for the 14th year.  ...
Tags: Travel, Usa, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Brunei, Sabah, Borneo, Airasia, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia Music Festivals, Sarawak Music Festivals, Marina Bay, Malaysia Asia

Bakelalan Bird Watching Trip Report

One of the few places that has been getting some bird watching attention is no other than the highland village of Bakelalan in Sarawak, Borneo. For the serious bird watchers, this is my Bakelalan bird watching trip report, done in November 2018.  First of all, Bakelalan or Ba'Kelalan is a Lun Bawang tribe village, located in the northeast highlands of Sarawak, Malaysia. It is also in the district of Lawas, which can be easily accessed from Kota Kinabalu in Sabah or Miri in Sarawak. Ge...
Tags: Travel, House, Kuala Lumpur, Brunei, Sabah, Borneo, Kota Kinabalu, Miri, Sarawak, Bird Watching, Malaysia Bird Watching, Malaysia Asia, Sarawak Borneo, Bandar, Whitehead, Sandakan

KY eats – Tung Fong Seafood Restaurant, Inanam, Kota Kinabalu

I think I’ve just found my favorite restaurant at Kota Kinabalu for dinner, and yes, it does have seafood like any other “tai chao” places in Sabah, but no, it’s not one of your typical big seafood restaurants in North Borneo. Of course, we’re talking about Tung Fong Seafood at Inanam. steamed garupa, fish lips, paku pakis with sambal For those who aren’t familiar with this area, Inanam is located about 10 km away from KK city center, and you’ll be right to say that this area is mostly frequent...
Tags: Travel, Seafood, Sabah, Eats, Inanam, East Malaysia, Steamed-fish, Kota-kinabalu, Garupa, Yann May, Braised Fish, Fish Lips, Tung Fong Seafood

PHOTO: The “Floating” Kota Kinabalu City Mosque in Sabah, Malaysia

Kota Kinabalu City Mosque was the highlight of my half-day tour of Kota Kinabalu (KK), capital of the Malaysian State of Sabah on the island of Borneo. The mirror image of the mosque reflected in its surrounding lagoon has earned it the nickname “floating mosque.” Knowing my tour would include a stop at an important Islamic religious site, I had dressed respectfully in long pants and short-sleeved T-shirt. Upon arrival, however, I found I had not dressed conservatively enough. Women are required...
Tags: Travel, Daily Photo, Photography, Culture, Malaysia, Mosque, Sabah, Borneo, Kota Kinabalu, Cultural Travel, Sabah Malaysia, Kota Kinabalu City Mosque, Malaysian State of Sabah, Kota Kinabalu KK

A complete guide to train travel in Southeast Asia

A complete guide to Southeast Asia train travel, featuring resources for buying tickets and reviews of rail travel in the region. An introduction to Southeast Asia Railways Travel by train is a great way to experience the landscapes of Southeast Asia, and to meet the people who live here. Personally I think train travel the best way to travel in the region, and I always choose it if it’s a suitable option. With low cost airlines having revolutionised travel in Southeast Asia, it’s become eas...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Europe, Bali, Indonesia, China, Southeast Asia, Singapore, India, Thailand, Train, United States, Philippines, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Brunei

KY dives – Sepanggar Island, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Following my only dive trip at Pulau Kapas back in 2017, I actually managed another underwater excursion in October 2018 while on a work trip to Kota Kinabalu that involved staying over the weekends. Since this is still a blog documenting my travel & food adventures, here’s the short entry to serve as sort of an online dive-log of mine. Do check out the short video I made using the Olympus TG-Trekker, which since died after that trip for reasons unknown (I gotta call the service center, been wee...
Tags: Travel, Diving, Sabah, Kota-kinabalu, Within Malaysia, Johny, Snorkeling, Pulau Kapas, Yann May, Diving Video, Sepanggar, Sepanggar Island, Sepanggar Island Kota Kinabalu Sabah

Eating Everything in Kota Kinabalu

I firmly believe that Kota Kinabalu is one of the most underrated cities in Southeast Asia. Hardly anybody talks about it, but for me, it was love at first sight. After originally planning to spend three days in town, Dave and I decided to extend our stay to three weeks within several hours of arriving. A huge reason behind this decision was the incredible food scene. I think that Kota Kinabalu is one of the best cities in the region for food, pulling even with Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, ...
Tags: Travel, Southeast Asia, Dave, Malaysia, Kota Kinabalu, Sarawak, Saigon, Kedai Makan, Bangkok Singapore Kuala Lumpur, Yee Fung, Pan Mee From Lido Pan Mee Pan mee, Lido Pan Mee, Pan mee, Sri Latha Curry House, Sabah Chilli Pan Mee, Bilal Nasi Kandar Restoran Bilal

Kota Kinabalu Food Trail with Anchor Food Professionals

Kota Kinabalu Food Trail with Anchor Food Professionals Planning to visit Kota Kinabalu  soon? Need some ideas where to eat in KK? Well, you should check out our Kota Kinabalu food Trail with Anchor Food Professionals. We went to four different food places in Kota Kinabalu in one day. These are four popular food places in Kota Kinabalu and we also tried the new drinks created with Anchor Food Professionals. We all know Kota Kinabalu is popular with its seafood cuisine so this time, we are going...
Tags: Travel, Food, Hong Kong, Featured, Uncategorized, Abdul Rahman, Headline, Kota Kinabalu, East Malaysia, Chiu, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Sabah, Kota Kinabalu Food Trail, Anchor Food Professionals, Lucky Bean Lucky Bean, Lintas Square Kota Kinabalu

10 Natural Wonders Of Malaysia

For travellers who are seeking an original tourism experience, I have come up with a list of 10 natural wonders of Malaysia that is undeniably beautiful.  This list was created personally by me, and now being recommended to anyone who wants to experience the best natural tourism destinations in Malaysia.  These natural wonders are not man made, but purely nature made, so places like Cameron Highlands Tea Plantations or even Putrajaya and others do not qualify in this list. 10 Natura...
Tags: Travel, Southeast Asia, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Cameron, Sabah, Pahang, Selangor, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Miri, Sarawak, Tourism Malaysia, Moss, Putrajaya, Cameron Highlands

2018: My Year in Review

Several weeks ago, I began planning what I wanted to include in my round-up of the past year. As I composed the opening line in my head: “There’s no doubt about it: 2018 was one of my quietest years of travel,” I paused. How many countries had I actually visited this year? Well, there was Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, Thailand, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, England, Wales, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Greece, Italy, and San Marino. Um.  Only I could describe visiting 14 countries as a slow year o...
Tags: Travel, England, London, Greece, Wales, Bali, Indonesia, France, Southeast Asia, Singapore, India, Spain, Barcelona, Dave, Thailand, Malaysia

One Bus, Six Hours, and Eight New Passport Stamps

Overland border crossings suck. They’re one of my least favourite parts of travel. Not only do they usually mean dealing with hours of queueing beneath a scorching hot sun, but scams are rife, directions are non-existent, and nobody ever really seems to know what’s happening. And yes, I’m mostly referring to Southeast Asia as I write this. In the early days of my travels, I used to do everything I could to avoid overland border crossings. I flew from Budapest to Kiev to avoid crossing the border...
Tags: Travel, Southeast Asia, Dave, Thailand, Budapest, Malaysia, Moscow, Brunei, Cambodia, Tanzania, Guatemala, Sabah, Maldives, Borneo, Kiev, Kota Kinabalu

KY eats – Mdm Ing Fish Noodle, Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu has always been known for their seafood, undoubtedly due to its location as well as the local’s preference in how they get their protein. Since I’m a fan of fish noodle in general, I do make it a mission to try the various offerings they have on this North Borneo town. One of the latest places I got a chance to check out was Mdm Ing Fish Noodle at Jalan Penampang. Madam Ing fish noodle, Kota Kinabalu The restaurant is located about 15 minutes away from town by car, so you would de...
Tags: Travel, Kota Kinabalu, KK, Kota Kinabalu Sabah, Fatt Kee, Yann May, Mdm Ing Fish Noodle Kota Kinabalu, Jalan Penampang Towering Industry Centre

10th Borneo Bird Festival 2018 - What Can You Expect

The 10th Borneo Bird Festival 2018 will be held in Sandakan, Sabah on 1st and 2nd December, and many are happy to know that the decade long birding event is now coming back to its home ground. Since the conceptualization of this unique bird watching festival which started back in 2009, the Borneo Bird Festival has seen huge changes in the last 10 years, and is also known as the largest bird watching and nature festival in Malaysia.  The event has also brought together bird watchers from ...
Tags: Travel, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Wwf, Bird, Malaysia Airlines, Sabah, Airasia, Kota Kinabalu, Bird Watching, Bird Watching In Malaysia, Birding, David Jr, Sabah Borneo, Sandakan, Borneo Bird Festival

10 Unfortunate Byproducts of Long-Term Travel

There are people who believe that my life is all sunshine and roses. People who are under the mistaken impression that I flit from one endless, pristine beach with palm trees and rainbow umbrellas to another, forever smelling like coconut sunscreen. There are people who make the assumption that long-term travel is like being on vacation forever: waking up late, other people doing your laundry, drinks delivered poolside, cheap massages, and a general disregard for the temporal realities. Can I...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Featured, Downton Abbey, Indonesia, Australia, Mexico, India, Walmart, Eu, Spain, Chicago, Thailand, Hawaii, Italy, Sydney

KY eats – Seafood Porridge at How Lee Coffee Shop, Kota Kinabalu

On my previous trip to Kota Kinabalu, I was feeling a little bit under the weather due to a bout of not entirely moderate case of flu. My KK buddy was kind enough to take me to some comforting food fit for my condition – Seafood Porridge at Foh Sang. How Lee Coffee Shop Seafood Porridge The operation is located at How Lee Coffee Shop by the shop lots at Foh Sang that’s packed with quite a few other restaurants that aren’t short of customers during dinner time. After a couple rounds of circling ...
Tags: Travel, Sabah, Food Video, Kota-kinabalu, Eats, Salted Egg, East Malaysia, Yann May, Asam Chicken, Foh Sang, How Lee, Seafood Porridge, How Lee Coffee Shop Kota Kinabalu, Foh Sang How Lee Coffee Shop Seafood Porridge, How Lee Coffee Shop, Lorong Mawas

KY eats – Ah Chee Tom Yam, Kota Kinabalu

Part of my responsibilities at work involves traveling to Kota Kinabalu at Sabah. That’s mighty fine by me since it is probably my top 3 cities in Malaysia, the other two being Penang and KL. Kota Kinabalu has it all, crystal clear ocean minutes away from the city, Mount Kinabalu, rich local culture, and just maybe too many Chinese and Korean tourists these days. Ah Chee Tom Yam, at Kota Kinabalu Anyway, since I happen to be at KK more often these days, I make it a point to explore the local fo...
Tags: Travel, Malaysia, Sabah, Halal, Food Video, Kota-kinabalu, Sarawak, Eats, Halal Food, Tomyam, Mount Kinabalu, East Malaysia, Ah Chee, Tomyam Meehun, Chee Tom Yam Kota Kinabalu, KL Kota Kinabalu

Singapore Transit And a Start to Northern Territory Wildlife

There was a hell of a lot of turbulence on the flight from Kota Kinabalu to Singapore. I struggle to remember a flight with that much turbulence although a mid afternoon flight over the ocean very close to the equator is the sort of flight that would encou
Tags: Travel, Singapore, Kota Kinabalu, Singapore Transit, Northern Territory Wildlife

April 2018: Travel Summary and Statistics

My trip to Borneo was one of the worst I’ve ever taken. How did it all go so wrong? I’m not entirely sure. When I left you last, I was tiring of Kota Kinabalu. I had just spent three weeks in the city and while I initially adored everything about the place, by the end of my stint there, I was sick. Delving into the local food scene had been incredible, but eating oily, fried carbs topped with sugar for three meals a day for three weeks straight left me agitated, nauseated, and on the verge of a ...
Tags: Travel, London, Bali, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Dave, Philippines, Malaysia, Bristol, David Attenborough, Borneo, Kota Kinabalu, Sheraton, Monthly Summaries, Mount Kinabalu, Etosha National Park

KY eats – Sabah Keratang, Kota Kinabalu

I’m blessed with many friends who know I love to explore different foods, and it is also from suggestions of these friends that I manage to experience all these different places documented in this spot on the interweb. But even better than suggestions though, is when friends brought me to the source of food – like during my last work trip to Kota Kinabalu, May picked me up and took me to this place by the name of Sabah Keratang. Restoran Sabah Keratang, Kota Kinabalu Keratang is the local name ...
Tags: Travel, Seafood, Sabah, Food Video, Eats, KK, Kundasang, East Malaysia, Kota-kinabalu, Garupa, Giant Garupa, Sabah Keratang, Yann May, Sabah Keratang Kota Kinabalu, Kota Kinabalu May, New Gaya

Farewell to The Land below the Wind

Friday 27th April 2018I am writing this blog aboard a ferry from Kota Kinabalu to Pulau Labuan. It is an old ferry somewhat cramped here on the upper Business Class deck. The gods may or may not know what it is like down below It is
Tags: Travel, Kota Kinabalu, Pulau Labuan

Off the radar on the Sungai Kinabatangan Sabah

Saturday 21st April 2018 This morning we had to be up really early at 5.30 a.m. to pack our rucksacks and fly to Sandakan. We left the rucksacks at the hostel in Kota Kinabalu and just took our small backpacks with gear for three nights.
Tags: Travel, Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Sungai Kinabatangan Sabah

Borneo: The Off-the-Beaten-Track Road Trip

Borneo has been on my bucket list since I was a little girl. Stories of jungle people, head hunters and exploratory expeditions up wild rivers filled with crocodiles called to my soul. When you think of ultimate road trip destinations, chances are Borneo isn’t the first place that comes to mind. But if you want to take a road trip that is off the beaten path, full of adventure and education, and guaranteed to be one that none of your friends did over their last summer vacation, taking the long,...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Featured, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Ukraine, Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, Venice, Mecca, Google Maps, Sabah, Borneo, Destinations

Hello Halo Hostel Kota Kinabalu

Hello Halo Hostel Kota Kinabalu Wednesday 18th April 2018 So far on this trip travel arrangements have not exactly gone to plan. We decided to treat ourselves to a taxi
Tags: Travel, Kota Kinabalu

BVO Duty Free Premium Outlet

With the trend of factory outlets in Malaysia soaring, a brand new concept called BVO Duty Free Premium Outlet is set to open on the island of Labuan in Malaysia in 2019.  This will also be the first of its kind in Malaysia and will officially open its doors by mid or end of 2019. According to press releases, the target date to open the BVO Duty Free Premium Outlet is by the first quarter of 2019.   Duty Free Premium Outlet in Labuan While Labuan remains one of the lesser visit duty fr...
Tags: Travel, China, Southeast Asia, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Airlines, Sabah, Borneo, Airasia, Kota Kinabalu, Miri, Sarawak, Genting Premium Outlets, Premium Outlets In Malaysia, Klia, Sepang

Bukit Matanoi Hill

One of the new emerging places for tourism in Sabah is no other than the Bukit Matanoi Hill, which is located in the Keningau district, about two and a half hours drive from Kota Kinabalu.  It is here that you will find the famous Sarang Burong Bukit Matanoi  or Matanoi Hill Bird's Nest that was recently completed in early January 2018. With social media postings, this place has seen a sudden spike in local tourist that have been flocking here.  The reason? To get that Instagram or Fa...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Instagram, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sabah, Borneo, Kota Kinabalu, David Jr, Freddy, VKY2016, Keningau, Kota Kinabalu City, Visit Keningau Year 2018, Sarang Burung Bukit Matanoi, Bukit Matanoi

March 2018: Travel Summary and Statistics

Travel is a rollercoaster, so after a wonderful January and a not-so-wonderful February, I was delighted when March brought me back to the dizzying highs from the start of 2018. I can’t believe how much I managed to pack into one glorious month! When I left you last, I had just arrived in Koh Chang and was itching to start exploring. Koh Chang was the first island I ever visited in Thailand, way back in 2012, and at that time, I was fully immersed in backpacker culture. I spent my days lazing on...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Bali, Southeast Asia, Dave, Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, Bob Marley, Laos, Bangkok, Borneo, Paleo, Bhutan, Maya, Kota Kinabalu

February 2018: Travel Summary and Statistics

Pride comes before a fall, so after I excitedly announced that January had been one of my best months on the road, it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that February sucked. There were some good parts, there were some wonderful parts, and there were a whole lot of sucky parts. Let’s get stuck in. I kicked off the month by fulfilling a childhood dream. When I was 13 years old, I saw an alpaca for the first time at a theme park in Staines and burst into tears. And so began my love affair with all...
Tags: Travel, Southeast Asia, Dave, Thailand, Ferrari, New Zealand, Brunei, Cambodia, Sabah, Bangkok, Borneo, Christchurch, Tonga, Kota Kinabalu, South Island, Old Town