All posts tagged: Travelling

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.

Movies that make you want to see the world 2

One of my favourite movies is The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The storyline, journey, and film location has brought me to Iceland in 2018, after two years of saving. You see, sometimes a movie is so powerful that it creates a strong connection with its viewer. Such a good movie – and a very good one – will always bring colour and inspiration into someone’s life. When it comes to travelling, we sometimes need some sort of inspiration to push us to get on that plane and to reach our destination. In January 2016, I wrote about movies that will inspire us to travel. I listed five movies, all of which are my favourites. If you haven’t read it already, click here. This time, I list down another five movies and put a link to each, so you can also watch it. Enjoy and be inspired. 1. The Way

How to build a travel capsule wardrobe

Overpacking or underpacking. Aren’t we all guilty of this. In my early days of travelling, I had done countless overpacking. This habit often attributed to my “just in case I need it” reasoning. I would end up with a bulky bag at the beginning of my trip and have no space for travel souvenirs. However, over the past years and after many travels, I learned to understand my style, what I need and don’t need. Hence, building a travel capsule wardrobe is important to avoid overpacking and underpacking. To plan a travel wardrobe is to first understand the type of travel you are doing. Is it for business or leisure and will there be an adventure of some sort? What is the season? I will then visualize the style of clothes I always go for – practically basic with edgy and bohemian vibes. Next, I create an outfit schedule and follow through. For fun and example, let’s picture this: I am going on a six-day-five-night summer trip to a country, where I will spend the …

Islanders yearn for development

[Above picture taken by NSTP/Khairull Azry Bidin] NOTE: Article written during the Sandakan parliamentary by-election coverage ****** A JETTY with a rundown bridge that connects the docking platform and the shore of Kampung Pulau Berhala greets visitors as they arrive at the small forested island near the Sandakan city centre. One can see wooden beams protruding from the eroded cemented walkway. With cracks everywhere, it appears to be a matter of time before the bridge gives way, endangering visitors and locals alike. “Slowly, one at a time,” said one villager as a group of media practitioners treaded carefully on the rickety bridge. Along the walkway are wooden stilt structures used to hold small boats and unfinished houses. According to Kampung Pulau Berhala chief Junior Jikirin, the 100-metre long cemented walkway was built five years ago during the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration, with no maintenance work carried out since. This, he said, is the only jetty for the villagers. There is also another jetty, but it connects to the Joint Task Force base on the far …

The young porter of Mount Kinabalu

[Above picture] Mount Kinabalu porters taking a break after completing the 6km trek from Timpohon gate – the starting point of the climb – to the Panalaban base camp. – Pix by NSTP/Khairull Azry Bidin NOTE: From April 1-2, I climbed Mount Kinabalu and had the chance to talk to some of the most inspiring individuals, the mountain porters. Here’s what I learned. ****** STANDING at only 160cm and weighing 52kg, one would be forgiven for doubting Jvy Mius’ ability as a porter, carrying heavy loads up Mount Kinabalu. However, the sight of his lithe frame springing from one rock to another as he treks his way up to the Panalaban base camp of Malaysia’s highest mountain is a marvel to behold. Depending on the weight of the load, the 22-year-old Dusun lad from Kampung Waang in the highland district of Ranau can reach the base camp, located 3,272m above sea level, in under two hours. “That is if I am carrying light objects. If the loads are heavy, then I will reach the camp …