heze shandong, peonies

a date with peonies at Heze, Shandong

“Let’s go to Shandong for the peonies!” was a statement uttered out of excitement by my good friend May over dinner one fine evening late last year but was one that we took very seriously.  And with that earnestness, we put things into motion this year and by late April we saw ourselves heading to…

sukau kinabatangan, wildlife, proboscis monkeys

“wildest” dreams fulfilled

Going to Sukau along the Kinabatangan River in the east coast of Sabah, North Borneo was one of my two main back-to-the-nature domestic trips for last year.  The first one to Tabin Wildlife Nature Reserve in Lahad Datu materialised in early May 2016 and it was an amazing trip to remember (you can read it here). …

Malaysian food, Malaysian local food, be adventurous with local food, travelling

confession of a hotelier: when in Rome…

“Disappointing! The breakfast spread is too Asian.” “Too much local food.” “You should serve bacon, sausages, cheese and yoghurt!” “There are just too many Asian/local dishes in the a la carte menu!” These are some of the comments we received from our guests with regards to the food we served at our café. First and…

confession of a hotelier

Being a hotelier, throughout our professional life we get to see all sorts of people and encounter many rather… erh, let say interesting incidents at the hotel. We have been wondering when or if there will ever be a page in TripAdvisor, a travel website that provides all travel-related info for us, the hoteliers.  You see…

faith and focus

First, let me start by telling you a story about people walking on the sea… Matthew 14:22-32 22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd.23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later…