Climbing Mount Rinjani: 8 Simple Things My Friend Did Not Tell Me

If you have read my earlier post Climbing Mount Rinjani: A Test Of Will, you would notice I curse and swore at the gravity of the summit up Mount Rinjani. Laughing off my poor attempts of denouncing him, the friend who encouraged me to climb Mount Rinjani protested that had he told me how tough…

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Climbing Mount Rinjani: A Test Of Will

F@#! If you wanted to know how Frodo felt climbing Mount Doom, then head out to Mount Rinjani in Lombok, Indonesia. No matter how I tried to zen myself the last 1.5 hours of the climb to the summit, I secretly vowed to disown my friend who said “Mount Rinjani – it’s okay, a little…

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Nusa Lembongan: The Devil Cries Here

It is true. The Devil does cry. And sometimes when he does, he sends you rainbows. On the islands of Nusa Lembongan at Devil’s Tears, exploding waves against its limestone cliffs can cause such a boom that the local folks have aptly named it the Devil. As the waves crash on this rocky outcrop close to…

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Nusa Penida: Magic Manta Moments

Hypnotised, all I could do was give in to the waters, to my breathing and to the gracefulness of this beautiful creature. The boatman had pulled our diveboat to a stop close to a small limestone cliff. We had arrived at Manta Point dive site of Nusa Penida, Indonesia and were gearing up, doing our…

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Yangon: A Question of Faith

It’s true I often relate some of my travel stories to faith and religion. That’s partly because I spent a large part of 2016 on a Buddhist trail over Asia rediscovering the faith of my childhood. I was brought up the Buddhist way, but as a young adult, I theorized it away as a mere…

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Ta Prohm: Nature’s Masterpiece

Whether you have half-a-day or a week in Angkor, you must visit Ta Prohm within the Angkor Thom quadrangle. Having been intentionally left in its natural state as that when uncovered, Ta Prohm is testament to the continuous struggle between man and nature. Originally built in the 12th century in rich Bayon-style by King Jayavarman…

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