The Marine Ecology Research Center (MERC)

July 21st, 2017|Asia, Destinations, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia|

I first heard of the Marine Ecology Research Center (also known as MERC) when I was checking out the things to do in Kota Kinabalu. Located on the Gaya island off the coast of Kota Kinabalu, the Marine Ecology center is a part of Gayana and is a little off the beaten path. Why? Simply [...]

Fighting my fears: Discover Scuba in Kota Kinabalu

July 20th, 2017|Asia, Destinations, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia|

My fears all too often set up road blocks for me. While I may not leap across those road blocks like a pro athlete, I do my best to keep going. It’s been years since my two ‘I almost drowned’ incidents and it has taken Shawn all his charm and patience to get me into [...]

Kinabalu National Park And How I Got Attacked

July 14th, 2017|Asia, Destinations, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, UNESCO Heritage Sites|

Mount Kinabalu is a popular tourist attraction. It looms way above the island appears to keep a watchful eye on the city. In fact our friend Tham explained that Kota means city. So Kota Kinabalu is quite literally Mount Kinabalu’s city. While you may not be able to see Mount Kinabalu from the heart of [...]

The Ultimate Guide To Places To Eat In Kota Kinabalu

July 7th, 2017|Asia, Destinations, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia|

One thing that we learned very quickly is that the best part about Kota Kinabalu is the food. Sea food to be precise! Everything is fresh and tasty. It also leaves some room for experimentation. Take seaweed for example. One of the famous salads here involves seaweed. Trust me it is delicious. Wait… I’m getting [...]

A Glance At Sihanoukville

July 2nd, 2017|Asia, Cambodia, Destinations, Sihanoukville|

I was traveling through the Cambodia and after visiting grand Angkor Wat temple complex, it was time for some beach time. We traveled by road for Sihanoukville from Siem Reap, it was a long and tiring journey. We reached Sihanoukville at late night and crashed in our hotel near Otres beach, which is little [...]

SABAH MUSEUM: A glance back in time!

June 24th, 2017|Asia, Destinations, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia|

I needed to get out for a while and so I decided to head out to the Sabah Museum. Museums aren’t really Shawn’s thing so I had no qualms about visiting the Sabah Museum on my own. To be totally honest with you, I did not expect much. I needed a change in atmosphere and [...]

SAINT BASIL’S CATHEDRAL: One building many names!

June 16th, 2017|Destinations, Moscow, Russia|

Saint Basil’s cathedral also known as the Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed is one of the most popular buildings in Moscow. In fact, I’m sure you’ve seen it in many of the Hollywood movies if not in real life. Saint Basil’s Cathedral is situated right next to the Kremlin in the Red Square in Moscow, [...]

Things People Don’t Tell you About Trang An

June 10th, 2017|Asia, Destinations, Ninh Binh, Vietnam|

People call Ninh Binh the Halong bay on land. I think this is largely due to the krast landscape that is visible almost everywhere in Ninh Binh. One of the main attractions in Ninh Binh is the boat rides. These boat rides take you through the submerged valleys. The top three places where you experience [...]

Places To Eat At On Gili Trawangan

June 2nd, 2017|Asia, Destinations, Gili Trawangan, Indonesia, Lombok|

We tried a wide variety of restaurants and local cuisine during our 8 day stay on Gili Trawangan and I think you may benefit from our experiments. In fact, I think it would be wise to learn from our mistakes. After traveling through various parts of Indonesia, I can say this with certainty: Food in [...]

Crossing The Sea To Reach Gili T.

May 25th, 2017|Asia, Bali, Destinations, Gili Trawangan, Indonesia, Lombok, Ubud|

Gili Trawangan certainly brings to mind a number of pleasant memories. In fact I often think of going back there. While people have different experiences on the island, I was glad to have visited its shores during the low season. While at most times Gili Trawangan is a popular destination for young tourists many people [...]