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Kampong Sucimurni – Glimpsing Malay Culture

by Joseph Ellis February 24, 2014

One evening during our stay at Tanjong Jara Resort, we strolled into a cultural gathering.  Actually our noses led us there.  There was an aroma of something cooking by the beach and sounds of laughter and gaiety in the air. So away we went to investigate the source of merriment and behold what an enjoyable evening it turned out to […]

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Cycling through a Rustic Fishing Village in East Coast Malaysia

by Rosemarie John February 20, 2014

The sun was shining through the leafy branches and the coastal wind was blowing in my face as we peddled along the main road. It has been more than seven years since I had ridden an actual bicycle. Gym cycles don’t really count. We soon realized that now balancing came into play and the fear of falling down was quite […]

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An Invigorating Experience at Tanjong Jara Resort Spa Village – Terengganu, Malaysia

by Joseph Ellis February 18, 2014

I had passed by the Spa Village at Tanjong Jara Resort on the first day I arrived. It looked very inviting and serene. I was waiting for my chance to sample some of the great massages they have listed there on their menu. And so the next day around late morning I scheduled a date with the Spa Village and […]

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Attending a Cooking Class at Tanjong Jara Resort

by Rosemarie John February 17, 2014

As Tanjong Jara Resort is a sanctuary steeped in age-old Malay traditions accompanied with architecture that reflect the elegance and grandeur of 17th century Malay palaces, it is no surprise that I kept smelling fresh chillies being pounded and ground in preparations for either the days’ fresh chilli paste used in cooking or as a meal’s accompanying dip called sambal. […]

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Experiencing a Pasar Malam in Terengganu

by Joseph Ellis February 15, 2014

We found ourselves in a riot of colours.  Lined across both sides of a street in Dungun some 20 minutes away by car from Tanjong Jara Resort is a long lane where street vendors gather to proudly display their wares. Tiny little shops neatly arranged selling colourful items for daily personal and household use. We stood for a moment in […]

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Tanjong Jara Resort – Bewitchingly Beautiful

by Rosemarie John February 13, 2014

It’s late at night at Tanjong Jara Resort, Terengganu. We sit here in the balcony of our room watching the dancing tide wash the shore. The strong breeze singing a soothing lullaby with its salty breath over our tired bodies. The time and tide are racing towards ushering in Valentine’s Day. We are in love, lost in the ambience of […]

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Tramming through Istanbul in 12 Hours

by Rosemarie John February 12, 2014

Istanbul is a city that cannot be experienced in a day…. But for those who have a brief stopover and have already witnessed the rich heritage of the famous district of Sultanahmet that is home to the remarkable Blue mosque, Hagia Sofia and Grand Bazaar, the guide below is an alternative way to see this vibrant city through the easiest […]

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Nepal – Why We Shall Never Return

by Joseph Ellis February 10, 2014

During the course of our travels, we have forborne many euphoric moments… but there have been some nightmarish experiences as well. But the one that towers over them all is the one we experienced at Nepal’s Tribhuvan International Airport. It is harrowing enough to make us never want to visit that country ever again. Nepal is a beautiful country. Its […]

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Novotel Canberra – A Friendly and Convenient Choice

by Rosemarie John February 6, 2014

It was a large spacious room we walked into, with a large king size bed, a nice lounge area with a day bed and lounge chair and also a work desk with a well thought off connectivity panel. We were pleasantly surprised as most 4 to 4.5 star hotels we have stayed at aren’t very roomy. Our Executive King Room […]

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Road Trip from Shimla to Manali via Kullu

by Rosemarie John February 6, 2014

It was about 8am by the time we started our journey higher and deeper into Himachal Pradesh. Leaving the summer capital of Shimla, we had a long 8 hour road trip to Manali via Kullu. That meant it would involve morning coffee breaks, lunch breaks, toilet stops and most likely a lot of dozing off. The highlight of the day […]

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