Travelling around the world is such an inspiring and exciting thing to do, but modern technology means that we can miss out on the authentic experience nowadays. How many travellers do you see Googling where to eat or taking selfies at every opportunity? If you want to take it back to basics then here are some tips for getting an authentic travel experience.
Written by @Joehairie(Photos by curiostraveller.com team members)
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..!
Blogged by @Joehairie and @Lan #AABCContent from AirAsia Blogger's Community Newsletter February 2017
AirAsia X has received clearance from the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to fly to the US. The airline is the first Asian low-cost carrier to secure approval to operate scheduled passenger flights to the US. The approval allows AirAsia’s long-haul, low-cost sister airline to operate services to any destination within the US.
Written by @Joehairie(Photos by curiostraveller.com team members)
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.
Written by @joehairie and content documented/arranged by @Lan(Photos by curiostraveller.com team members)
It’s not that we underestimate this group of poor people. They are human beings too and we respect all, regardless. There’s this place that we went recently and after much time spent on the street looking for materials, we bumped into this poor lady and her son. During our travel, we always ‘receive’ good things. This recent travel was different. To get some good story, we had to seriously deal with this one middle aged woman, a street beggar, to be exact. Our wish granted and so did her wish, fulfilled. The question is, who’s exploiting who?
Written by @Lan A true story inspired from real thing that we had experienced
Asians believe in supernatural things, mostly do! Lost spirits are being mentioned here and there but obviously, you will not believe it until you encounter one! Trust us, we ‘met’ one. Being travellers, we have to stay in many hotels from non star to 5-star hotels. Years ago, we encountered one strange but spooky experience, a real one in a super luxurious hotel room. (We can’t reveal the name of the hotel otherwise we will be in court in few days time!). Regard our true story as one good entertainment if you want to, it is up to you to believe it or not but don’t blame us if you experience ‘things’ after finding one damn lime.
Written by @Joehairie(Photos by curiostraveller.com team members)
“To travel is to live.”-Hans Christian Andersen
It might not be the prettiest place to be at. It’s the wet market on the other side of the ground floor section. The floor, wet, with some fishy smell here and there. Not really an ideal place for sightseeing but at least it offers some ‘worldviews’ for outsiders, a medium to understand the minds of the people behind the scene and how some people dedicate their life to this place. This is a story about the little boy who loves to work at the market.
Written by @Lan & edited by @joehairie(Photos by curiostraveller.com team members)
It’s still early. There’s this event that we need to attend at 7pm, the 22nd anniversary of Shenanigan’s Fun Pub. It’s 5 pm so we decided to spend some time at the elegant and stylish Regency Club Lounge, Hyatt Regency Kinabalu. We’ve been upgraded, so we had this access to the lounge. When it’s 5 pm, guests come here for the Evening Cocktails and hors d’oeuvre. Perfect timing to view the sunset as well! The Regency Club Lounge is on the 13th floor, so up we went, crossing fingers, hoping to get the best seats as our main intention was to view that magnificent sunset.
Featured Article Written by @joehairie. Content arranged by @Lan.
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Quote of the day: “We have always loved travelling. Whether it be by plane, train or automobile. For a quick weekend or an epic adventure, just say the word and our bags are packed.”-Lauren & Kenin Bassart
Written by @joehairie. Content arranged by @LanAfternoon Tea Time at The Lobby Lounge on Friday-September 16, 2016
“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”-Henry James
Afternoon tea is about indulging yourself in your favorite hot beverage. It is about the ultimate indulgence with the elements surrounding you and your company. We mentioned earlier that we will be having afternoon tea at The Lobby Lounge, Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan and so we did. The perfect ambiance of The Lobby Lounge with some amazing colors of the comfy chairs perfected the moment. We were hosted by our angels, Ms Yee and Ms Lily and they have prepared something unusual yet interesting for our afternoon tea, colorful Macaroons and amazing TWG Tea, not one but 2 kinds of it.
Drinking tea dates back to the third millennium BC in China but it was the Brits that started to popularize the whole thing about the ceremonial Afternoon Tea. It is trending in each location you go to. The concept of afternoon tea changes depending on the location but one thing remains the same, appreciation towards the serving : the beverages and finger foods. While some tend to have complicated and layers of things on the table, a simple cup of tea will do and it will be fun to sip it while casually talking with tea-mates. Some people will spend hours doing that, we both occasionally do, especially when our best mates are with us.
According to Ben Johnson (2016), afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o’clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner. The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter (some time earlier, the Earl of Sandwich had had the idea of putting a filling between two slices of bread) and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her.
About The Lobby Lounge
Decorated in a bright, friendly style, The Lobby Lounge is the perfect place to relax and unwind any time of day. Views of Sandakan Bay create a light-filled backdrop for clusters of armchairs and sofas in orange, green, and purple. Join colleagues for cappuccino or espresso during the day. Enjoy traditional afternoon tea with fresh-baked pastries. Or share a relaxing moment with friends over a glass of wine, beer, or cocktail. Finger foods like buffalo wings, prawn fries, or anchovy fries are great for sharing. Gourmet sandwiches satisfy a bigger appetite.
About TWG Tea
TWG Tea is a brand of tea which was established in Singapore in 2008. The company promotes itself as a luxury brand. TWG stands for The Wellbeing Group. Branded as the “first and only upscale tea salon” in Singapore, TWG Tea sells tea, as well as tea-infused food, such as savoury items, pastries and desserts. It also sells upscale tea accessories, such as gold and platinum teacups.TWG Tea products are sold through the company’s outlets as well as in upscale retailers such as Harrods and Dean & DeLuca. TWG Tea sells over 800 different tea varieties from every tea producing country in the world.
Our Afternoon Tea
While our afternoon tea was a casual one and not that ceremonial as in Traditional English Tea, we kind of loving the moments especially when it’s done at The Lobby Lounge, located on the 1st floor of Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan. The magnificent view is still playing in our thoughts even after finished writing this article. A truly memorable afternoon tea, I must say especially when we were accompanied and hosted by our angels. Mind you, a casual visit or staying at Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan is not complete if one have yet to sit at the comfy and colorful sofas at The Lobby Lounge, enjoying afternoon tea while looking at the amazing view of Sandakan Bay.
The fragrant TWG Tea that were offered to us, refreshed us from that long hours of half day tour at Sepilok. We had 2 types of Tea, namely 1837 Black Tea and Geisha Blossom Tea. TWG Tea’s renowned signature tea, 1837 Black is a unique blend of black tea with notes of fruits and flowers from the Bermuda triangle which leaves a lingering aftertaste of ripe berries, anise, and caramel. A timeless classic, that is. The other tea was Geisha Blossom Tea which is blend of green tea and refreshing ripe southern fruits infuses into a fragrant cup that will calm and appease after a day’s disruptions.
The Macaroons were lovely, though we are not into sweet things, we actually still enjoyed that Macaroons. The macaroons served to us were definitely simple but colorful presentation of beauty from the Pastry Chef that made em’. Perfect macaroons we must say that we forgot that we don’t normally consume anything nearer to that. We did! At The Lobby Lounge @ Four Points Sheraton Sandakan. Why? Perhaps it looked so tempting, the soothing and colorful ambiance of The Lobby Lounge added to that temptation, though we were quite full after some great lunch just 2 hours ago! Our thoughts were like trying to position the macaroons in between cookie and candy categories. The TWG Tea..uhhhh haven we say..
It will be hard to deny that the best place for Afternoon Tea in Sandakan is actually at The Lobby Lounge @ Four Points by Sheraton. The high quality and wide choices of beverages and snacks is equally important as the magnificent, colorful, vibrant Lobby Lounge’s ambiance. To add to that already validated factors in online reviews from genuine guests, the awesome view of that Sandakan Bay, will make you sit for hours.
We had our wonderful, refreshing and aromatic TWG Tea with some lovely macaroons. We had our moments with our angels and planning to have more of that in the near future, fingers crossed. While I think of that plan together with @lan, we do have one question for you. The question is, when is your moment?
Contact & Links
Planning to have the same Afternoon Tea experience? Head to:
THE LOBBY LOUNGE (1st Floor)
Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan
Sandakan Harbour Square
90000 Sandakan, Sabah
Phone: + 60 89 244 888
In Malaysia, call: 1-800-18-1220
Fax: + 60 89 218 666
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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.
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..
Written by @joehairie & Content arranged by @Lan(Photos by @joehairie)
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.