Mount Kinabalu: A Walk In The Park

Yes indeed it was – a walk in the park – literally though not figuratively. Mount Kinabalu located just outside Kota Kinabalu, Sabah sits pretty at 4,095m within the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Kinabalu National Park. An imposing mountain where spirits of the dead are, according to folklore, said to dwell, Mount Kinabalu is…

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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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Of Friends And Friendships

Friendship. Simply defined in the dictionary as the state of being friends. But to my mind, a word undefinable full of meaning. A word once uttered draws pictures in your mind of hands held, laughters shared, shoulders cried on and a hundred faces, or perhaps just a single one. A word whose meaning is intertwined with…

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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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