Tanjung Simpang Mengayau- where the sea meets the sea.

After trying to wrap your mouth around Tanjung Simpang Mengayau a few times it becomes clear why everyone refers to this part of the world as the Tip of Borneo.    If you look at a map of Borneo you can see exactly where we are- that little sticky-uppy bit on the north-east coast which … Continue reading Tanjung Simpang Mengayau- where the sea meets the sea.

What is it with Asia and….???

I know, I know...Asia is a big place. Depending on your definition it comprises up to 49 countries and 60% of the world's population. However for the purposes of this blog post 'Asia' refers to China, Japan, Korea and all of South-East Asia. ┬áDespite the huge cultural, historical, religious and ethnic differences that exist between … Continue reading What is it with Asia and….???

Hiking in the Cameron Highlands

I never thought I'd say this but after four months of temperatures in the mid-30's and upwards, it feels damn good to break out the jeans and feel chilly again.  The Cameron Highlands is one of Malaysia's old hill station districts, with towns scattered throughout the region situated at a pleasant 1400m above sea level … Continue reading Hiking in the Cameron Highlands

Penang- Pearl of the Orient (and darling of the Malaysian hipster-verse)

The island of Penang sits just north of the Malacca Straits and, like any strategically important place, has seen more than its fair share of foreign invaders, settlers, traders and travelers. The English claimed formal possession of the island in 1786 and promptly went about creating a trading centre to rival that of Dutch Batavia … Continue reading Penang- Pearl of the Orient (and darling of the Malaysian hipster-verse)