On the second day of our Langkawi trip, we took a little cruise down the Kilim river to visit Gua Kelawar, or the bat cave. I’m talking about the nocturnal, winged variety, not the caped, avenging kind.
This is Langkawi – the Jewel of Kedah, a group of more than 100 islands in the Andaman Sea and well known for its bright, shiny beaches. But what travelers often don’t realise – myself included before I went there – is that there’s a lot more to Langkawi than just sun and sand. Last December, Air Asia Singapore and Naturally Langkawi were kind enough to send me and…
Here’s an article I did recently for The Business Times about my trip to Asheville, North Carolina. It’s best known today as the main shooting location for The Hunger Games (2012), but there is a lot more to it than just that – roaring waterfalls, beautiful forests, great food and awesome beer.
As of 10am Pacific Time, the second Comic Con International hotel lottery has closed, and choices for Comic Con 2013 hotels have gotten that much fewer. So allow me to tell you about the place I’m staying this year, one you may also want to consider. It’s the same place I stayed during last year’s San Diego Comic Convention (SDCC) : the quaint, lovely Keating House Bed and Breakfast on Banker’s Hill.
I spent a weekend in the Malaysian city of Malacca, also known as Melaka, last month, which is about a 2.5 hour drive from Singapore. It’s a lovely, historic city full of character. Here’s the story.
So you’ve gone for the San Diego Comic Convention hotel lottery, and didn’t luck out at all. A hotel within walking distance of the convention centre is out of the question, and would probably cost you an Infinity Gem anyway, or maybe a pair of Nega Bands. To think the fight for SDCC badges was already bad enough. So what do you do for SDCC accommodation now?
So, after the weekend I spent in Malacca – a 2.5 hour drive from Singapore – here’s my second and third Malacca food recommendations. The quaint, tiny and gorgeous Kocik Kitchen, which serves – what else – Peranakan food, and Jeta Groves with its lovely breakfast offerings of mee siam, laksa, sayur lodeh and more.
I just spent the weekend in Malacca – former Portugese, Dutch and British colony, host to a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the historic city centre of Jonker Street and repository of some of the most unique and colourful culture in the Straits of Malacca. So of course, I spent my two days there stuffing my face.
It was 2010. I could see it through the tiny gap between the valley walls. It was getting closer and closer, even as the walls got more and more narrow. The sweat was pouring from my brow and down my neck to my chest, but there was a sudden spring in my step. And all because I could hear the theme music in my head: dum-der-dum-dum, dum-der-dum, dum-der-dum-dum, dum-der-dum-dum-dum.
There are different variations on the tale of the Giant’s Causeway, but they all share one thing in common: the much beloved Irish giant Finn McCool. One version has it that he was insulted by the Scottish giant Benandonner from across the Irish sea. Enraged by the subsequent quarrel, Finn began lifting giant pieces of earth and throwing them into the sea to form a pathway for him to cross over for a showdown.
This is the Holiday Extras People Pics Competition: for a chance to win 750 pounds and/or an iPad, I am posting two of my best travel photos. You can find out more about the contest here, which will be judged by travel blogger Melvin Boecher of Traveldudes.