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A slice of paradise on Rawa

It was almost too easy to get to Rawa. Hop on a coach from Newton, and you’ll reach Mersing jetty in 3.5 hours. From there, it’s only a 30 min ferry ride to paradise island. This journey, however, is best done during weekdays, when the traffic is light.…

Penang Food Trail

This felt like a proper road trip because we spent so much time in the car during these 4 days. Set off at 4:30am on Christmas Day in Singapore, didn’t experience any of the monstrous jams that we’ve been reading about in the papers, and arrived bright and early in…

Perhentian Kecil-ling Out

After spending three full days on overpriced Perhentian Besar (the bigger island), Kecil’s (the smaller island) tiki backpacker vibe was very much welcomed. Priya and I took the earliest water taxi ride out from Besar (RM10 each) because most of the accommodations on Kecil run on a walk-in basis,…

Diving into the waters of Perhentian Besar

In episode 2 of Diving Dykes (hop over to our Tioman adventure for the pilot episode), Priya and I head to Perhentian islands! Plural because it’s made up of 2 creatively-named islands, Besar and Kecil (big and small in Malay). While it’s a destination that’s quite talked about amongst…

Open Water Diving at Tioman

Taking up scuba diving has been drifting in and out the back of my head for a couple of years, and thanks to a chance encounter with a fellow writer Samantha, who’s also an avid diver, plans got a little more solid. Over the media tasting at District 10, she filled…

A Furry Saturday

Once in a while I lend my help to the people behind Noah’s Ark Natural Animal Sanctuary (NANAS), especially when they hold tours at their lovely compound in Johor, Malaysia. It’s a sprawling plot of land that serves as the animals’ (dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, horses, and…

One Last Tour

It was a trip that was exciting to begin with, and ended bittersweet. It was one last tour for both Swedish House Mafia as well as one of my best friend, Adeline, who is going to leave for London next month. For almost two years, we’ve been making…

Scram!

Last week I went dirtbiking for the first time, and it was A LOT of fun. Tristan Park at Johor Bahru offers non-riders a crash course in motorbikes, and I needed that because I’m planning a Vietnam trip Top Gear-style (well, only part of the journey — not…

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