Destinations

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Gaya Island Resort: Unravelling Senses

by Rosemarie John August 7, 2013

It was surrounded by the sounds of the sea. The air reverberated with the song of seagulls as the waves gently danced on the beach humming a tune of their own. The air smelt slightly salty and the strong gust tousled our hair as the speed boat sped towards Gaya Island. In the brilliant sunshine and as the green fans […]

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Gaya Island Resort – A Snorkellers and Divers Paradise

by Rosemarie John July 19, 2013

Nothing is more exciting than a day filled with snorkelling, diving and simply partaking in water activities while you are at Gaya Island Resort (GIR).  Located just off the coast of Kota Kinabalu and set on the shores of Pulau Gaya, the largest island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, GIR offers the perfect backdrop to uncover the underwater […]

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Kathmandu in September

by Rosemarie John July 16, 2013

As the blistering summer ends and with winter to set in, autumn in Nepal is one of the most pleasant seasons to explore the Kathmandu Valley. With clear skies, deep green landscapes, sculptured white caps of the Himalayan Range and red brick and terracotta structures that surround the city, Kathmandu offers visitors an array of breath-taking panoramas, mystical temples, wandering […]

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Sunset Cruise Along Malohom Bay, Borneo

by Rosemarie John July 13, 2013

>As enchanting as sunrises are, sunsets are truly bewitching. That unique moment when the sun disappears below the western horizon is truly exceptional when you share it with someone special. Experiencing the vibrant colours painted across Mother Nature’s canvas with Joseph by my side was so magical and what made it even special was that we were aboard a luxury […]

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Picnicking on a Private Beach in Borneo

by Rosemarie John July 8, 2013

The hum of the rumbling speedboat engine soon faded away as we were hypnotized by what was enfolding in front of us. Though still aboard the speeding boat our minds were already ashore. Our gaze fixed firmly on the glistening turquoise waters, the golden sand, and the beach that stretched like a crescent moon shape forming the Tavajun Bay enclave […]

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Macalister Mansion – Experience Aristocracy

by Rosemarie John June 27, 2013

On a road filled with dilapidated colonial structures, the majestic ivory coloured Macalister Mansion (MM) on Macalister Road on Penang Island stands out with its preserved heritage style and golden eagles in its driveway. With a 20-month restoration behind them, this 17,286 sq ft property was going to be home for the next two nights. Unlike pulling up on a […]

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The Remains of a Greco-Roman City – Aphrodisias

by Rosemarie John June 6, 2013

I never get tired of ruins and in an ancient Greco-Roman City like Aphrodisias, it’s pretty hard not to get absorbed into the lost world that once worshipped the mythical Goddess of Love – Aphrodite. Located about 150 kilometres east (inland) of the Aegean Sea with the snow covered peak of the Babadag mountain range as backdrop in the ancient […]

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Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort – An Enthralling Getaway!

by Rosemarie John May 22, 2013

Shangri-La, an imaginary land depicted in the novel Lost Horizon by James Hilton isn’t so imaginary after all. Hidden amidst lush tropical vegetation that opens out to the South China Sea, is the magical Rasa Ria Resort. Magical for its pristine sand, warm waters, 400 acres of gardens, a 64 acre nature reserve and excellent dining and accommodation options. A […]

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Boarding the USS Intrepid in New York City

by Rosemarie John May 10, 2013

If you’re an aerospace and defence junkie like me, then a trip to the Intrepid Sea, Space and Air Museum Complex is a must when you in the Big Apple. Opened in 1982, the Museum is centered on the aircraft carrier Intrepid (CVS-11), one of the most successful ships in US history, and now a national historic landmark. In 1943, […]

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Hierapolis – A City of Water and Belief

by Rosemarie John April 23, 2013

Hierapolis.  A city where the ancient people believed was founded by the god Apollo. A Hellenistic city that focused on its natural sources of thermal waters. A city so vast that brought about the visit of St. Philip in his mission to spread Christianity. Eventually crucified upside down at Hierapolis under the persecution of the Roman emperor Domitian (A.D. 81-96), […]

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