All posts tagged: nature

A hike that begins from Qiaotou village

Date: 22 Sept 2019 Time: 7.44pm Location: Tea Horse Guesthouse, Tiger Leaping Gorge (Yunan, China) Travel note: Feeling fresh after a long good shower with not so hot heater. Feeling grateful. (earlier) Today, we are going to trek the Tiger Leaping Gorge (TLG). We arrive in Lijiang at 6.05am, on the dot. It is drizzling and it is 13 degrees Celsius. Just outside the railway station, we hop on a bus to get to the Lijiang Bus Station, to catch the 7.30am bus to Qiaotou village. The bus leaves for Qiaotou on time. The journey from Lijiang to Qiaotou takes about two hours. The beginning of every bus ride journey is always buzzing with conversation. I secretly listen to the locals talking about the weather. The weather in this part of China has been wet since we arrived in Kunming, yesterday. The conversation gradually dies out and I can hear the rain hitting the right window as I turn to view the scenery from our moving bus. Along the way, we stop at a roadside …

Gorge carved by Liwu river

In March, I flew to Taipei, took a train to beautiful Hualien County on the east coast, and explored the Taroko National Park with my mom and seven-year-old nephew. This place holds a special place in my heart. Of the many trails available, we only got to explore four. Definitely, need to return. How did I get here? Is a story for another day. At the moment, this is just a short picture update.

Being a tourist in Sandakan

My weekend was well spent, playing tourist with mom and my six-year-old nephew. We went on a short city break to the east coast district of Sandakan, for an overnight stay. A night is a very short break indeed. But enough to explore the different sights of Sabah, and indulge ourselves with nature and wildlife, which Sandakan is known for. I often fly to the east coast for work purpose. But having to visit Sandakan as a tourist, I am slowly learning to love this quaint district. Our stay in Sandakan was great. If only it was not raining. We stayed at Nak Hotel, just a five-minute walk to the waterfront and the Habour Mall – Sandakan’s only biggest and grand shopping mall. The mall. Nothing much to browse or be excited about, except for the Popular bookstore and the Mc Donald (which my nephew was pretty much amazed.) It drizzled when we landed Sandakan Airport at 9.50am. We picked our rental car and headed to the Bornean Sunbear Conservation Centre (BSCC) – the only …