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).…

a boat ride to see a huge rock – Batu Punggul

After we concluded our short medical mission trip to Tataluan in the interior of Sabah and before we bid farewell to the villagers and headed home (the photo blog of our amazing journey is here), we spared some time to take a boat ride to see a natural wonder in the area, the Batu Punggul pinnacle.…

into the wild

My travelling plan this year as I have been telling everyone is to do “cuti-cuti Sabah”, meaning holidaying in and around Sabah — domestic travelling!  Being in the hospitality industry sometimes I do feel slightly embarrassed that I have been to less places in my home state than many of the tourists from around the…

an unexpected adventure

It all started with a conversation over dinner and the 2-day/1-night weekend trip to James’ resort, The Village at Mesilau up at Mt. Kinabalu for the alumni in the tourism industry was conceptualised and subsequently confirmed by Serena, the president of our alumni association and two fellow alumni James and Roger. I was initially not…