Driving around Langkawi, Malaysia : Great way to see places & it’s inexpensive

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Pantai Cenang, Langkawi – As we see it : From sleepy seaside village into touristically developed

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The Horse @ Intramuros that Rejected us….!

Written by @Joehairie
(Photos by curiostraveller.com team members)

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Thought of the day-“Don’t put a cart before the Horse.”-John Heywood

I was looking at the pictures of our recent trip to Manila, Philippines. Of all the places in that vibrant and colorful city, we love the Intramuros. An image of a Kalesa (caritela/horse cart) pretty much reminds me of how we both struggled to have that ride, helping us to navigate the enormous Intramuros. Normally, the visitors will have the final say, to be on it or not, be it for ethical or budget reasons. This time around, it’s the Horse that had the final say. Introducing, Jacob (well, we gave him the nickname), The Horse, that rejected both of us..!

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The Art Of Bargaining @ Tegallalang, Bali : A Story About One Stubborn Traveller

Written by @Joehairie
Photos by curiostraveller.com team members

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Thought of the day: “Bargaining has neither friends neither relations.”-Benjamin Franklin

This particular traveller is freaking stubborn. His name is @Lan, he just love challenges especially when it comes to showing his ability to make sellers go for his words. Simply put, he claimed to ably bargain for a cut of more than 80% quoted by sellers. It was at Tegallang, Bali that I saw this beautiful rice terraces and decided that we made a short stop. @Lan on the other hand saw one particular souvenir shop that he decided to bargain for things, souvenirs for some friends. Tegallalang is definitely not a place to shop for souvenirs, the prices are ridiculous but @Lan was determined to implement his art of bargaining. In his wallet, IDR 200,000 (USD15).

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The colors of Seremban @ Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus : As we see it

Written by @Joehairie
(Photos by curiostraveller.com team members)

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Thought of the day-‘Travelling, it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.’-Ibn Battuta. 

Sunday, January 29, 2017.

The previous visit to Seremban was way back in 1996 when we did backpacking around Peninsular Malaysia. 21 years later, we had the opportunity to re-visit this medium size town. We were in Kuala Lumpur for some writing tasks and having completed all assignments we had nothing else to do. @Lan suggested that we take the opportunity to go to Seremban on day trip and so we did. This might be one good idea a.k.a itinerary for you if you happen to be in Kuala Lumpur and have enough of seeing that big city. To readers who have never been to this town, welcome to Seremban, Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus.

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Coban Rondo Waterfall @ Batu-Malang, Indonesia

Written by@Joehairie
(Photos by curiostraveller.com team members)

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“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”-Confucius

With height of about 84 m and located at an altitude of 1,135 meters above sea level, Coban Rondo Waterfall/Air Tejun is indeed one famous landmark in Malang, Indonesia and mostly visited by Indonesian Tourists and locals, at times by foreign tourists too. Some travellers will simply skip this place as most will stay in Malang City for a night or two only, before or after the trip to Mount Bromo. As foreigners, we did not know the existence of this place. It was our guide who took us here. Coban Rondo is not being widely mentioned so not so many foreigners know about this place.

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Mount Bromo, as we see it (Part 2-Up close & personal with the active volcano!)

Written by @Lan & edited by @joehairie
(Photos by curiostraveller.com team members)

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“Volcanoes are one way Earth gives birth to itself.”-Robert Gross

After that excitement at Penanjakan View Point (Link to Part 1), our curiosity towards Mount Bromo got bigger and we felt that it’s a must to be closer to the active volcano, seeing it from the edge! It’s an up close and personal adventure, a ‘meet-up’ with the nature that was planned almost a year ago. With some help from various organizations, we’re finally here! Getting here from Penanjakan View Point using the Jeep, maneuvered by Wes, took us about 40 minutes. It was a bit packed road with so many Jeeps, people and motorbikes (Ojek), slowing us down. Deep inside we felt like we want to be near to Bromo soonest possible before more people come. To get to the edge of Mount Bromo, riding a horse or walking and conquering the 250 steps on foot are mandatory!

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Mount Bromo, as we see it… (Part 1: Penanjakan View Point)

Written by @joehairie
(Photos by curiostraveller.com team members unless stated otherwise)

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“Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery.”-John Ruskin

Situated inside Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park, sandwiched between Mount Batok, Watangan, Kursi, Widodaren and Mount Semeru at East Java, Indonesia, Mount Bromo is said to be the most iconic and the most hiked mountain in Indonesia. Standing at at 2329 m, it’s a combination of both beautiful and danger, since it is an active volcano! Though not the highest peak in Indonesia, this mountain is still worth visiting. Erupted for few times, the recent was in November 2015, people do keep coming to this place for its amazing view, perhaps once in a lifetime ‘thing to do’. And so did we. We carefully planned the trip to Surabaya-Malang-Bromo, with one main objective, to see with our own eyes, the beauty of Mount Bromo.

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So you’ve been to Sydney, Australia? You ain’t until you jump on that Glass Floor @ Sydney Tower Eye!

Written by @Lan & Edited by @joehairie
(Photos by curiostraveller.com & Skywalk @ Sydney Tower Eye)
BIG Thank you: Malaysia Airlines, Enrich Malaysia Airlines, Oaks Goldsbrough Apartment-Darling Harbour: Sydney, Skywalk @ Sydney Tower Eye, Sydney SEA LIFE Aquarium & Plaza Premium Lounge KLIA Satelite. 

 

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Holiday in Sydney, Australia? Not a big deal mate. Almost all of our friends have been here..and some relatives too! They went and they came back, some even regard Sydney as second home, why not? Sydney is one big vibrant, colorful and peaceful city to live in. We both keep dreaming of going there again and again. Our friends told us in details their big itinerary, what they did, what they ate and so on. Each tour they were on was like discovering something new. Good for them! However, NOT all that have been to Sydney have actually jump on that glass floor! The Glass Floor that will make your hands sweat like hell, thrilling that is and it is 268 meters above the stunning Sydney city! Welcome to Skywalk @ Sydney Tower Eye. This is an exciting journey of us jumping on that glass floor..

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Just when I thought I won’t be scaling Mount Kinabalu again : My journey to the ‘Highest Office’ in Sabah

Written by @joehairie & Content arranged by @Lan
(Photos by @joehairie)

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It is the highest ‘landmark’ in the entire Borneo Island. Standing firmly at 4,096 m above sea level, it is famously known as Mount Kinabalu with many stories behind its name. It once shook the state of Sabah, when that 30 seconds earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 occurred. That was on June 5, 2015 at 07.15 am. I never thought of scaling the mountain again after doing it for so many times, the first was in 1988. I even have to climb it again after landed myself in my current job. I was not sure if I want to go there again after the 2015 earthquake but perhaps the main reason for that was my thoughts of having enough with scaling mountains, not because of the quake.

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It’s Joe Déjà vu @ Bali, Indonesia

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(Photos by @curiostraveller & @joehairie)

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It took some time for @joehairie to finally gave in his ‘piece’ of his mind about Bali. Bali is like our second home. We made a point that we must visit Bali at least once a year. It’s a beautiful place with so many good foods, amazing culture and nice people. After so many visits to this mystical land, he recently told me about his inner thoughts, his Déjà vu and I decided that I must write about that. Writing about our ‘tour’ is something common and people do that all the time, all of em’ are in google. We want to write things about Bali, differently. I experienced the presence of an entity and Joe on the other hand experienced the thing named as  Déjà vu. 

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Pasar Tani (Farmers Market)

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Recently, I spent some time @ Pasar Tani, Taman Puterajaya, Telipok. Pasar Tani here is held twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays. Apart from taking some pictures for this particular entry, I spent some few ringgits to purchase light snacks and incredibly those snacks were delicious and cheap. I had some wonderful and inspiring conversations with the farmers.

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Introducing Mr.Oscar (The Travelling Beruang/Bear): curiostraveller.com travel partner-in support of MAKNA

(Photos by @joehairie)

This is a late post actually. The post is supposed to be published in the blog much earlier. The reason that we finally chose to publish this entry is because we want to introduce who Mr.Oscar is and how Mr.Oscar made his way across South China Sea and later becomes a ‘Sabahan’. Follow Mr.Oscar journey from Oasis, Ara Damansara to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

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Magnificent Sunset View @ Tanjung Aru Beach

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The Tanjung Aru Beach is located about 6 Kilometers from Kota Kinabalu City. Locals here flock to this area during weekends and tourist come like everyday to view the magnificent sunset. Tanjung Aru name is taken from the Casuarinas or Aru Trees. The main attraction is always the 2nd beach as it has food stalls serving local food and drinks that open till late at night. You can get some coconut and sugarcane juice, chicken or beef satay and steamed peanuts and corn. I lived in this area during my teen years so I do know that locals divided the beach to 3 sections. The 1st beach, 2nd beach and 3rd beach.

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The Colors Of Filipino Market @ Kota Kinabalu

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Every city in this world has its own market that attracts both the locals and tourists. Kota Kinabalu has its own market as well, yup, right in the middle of the city, facing the sea. The market area is quite big actually and the locals named it as Pasar Besar (Central Market), Pasar Ikan (Fish Market-behind the Central Market) and Pasar Filipino (Consist of Salted Fish Market, Fruits Market, Handicraft Market, Vegetables Market, Fish Market and Cooked Food Stalls). For the benefit of future travelers to Kota Kinabalu, I did one big round of the Filipino Market, took some photos and wrote some notes. I went home after that and started drafing this entry so that it can be posted, which in the end will enable foreign visitors to navigate themselves around the market easily.

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