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My travelling notes, of course.

My Road Trips – Part 1: Batu Arang, Sekinchan, Sungai Besar

December 21st, 2017. Breakfast at Batu Arang. For more information about this little town, click on this link: Batu Arang Heritage Town Snacking on grilled mentarang (some kind of clam) bought in Sekinchan. Stopped by at a chalet at Sungai... Continue Reading →

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My Reading List – Part 7: The Travels of Ibn Battutah

Wow. What shall I say? Number one - I wish I have read this in Arabic. No, I couldn't read Arabic yet. But if I could, I would. Because I don't think any translation is ever as good as the... Continue Reading →

Kluang Train Station

I was in Kluang a few weeks back. We stopped by at Stesen Keretapi Kluang for a late breakfast. I was in the bathroom when a train arrived. It felt like the whole building was shaken because of the train.... Continue Reading →

Sunrise in the Desert

In November, I had the opportunity to witness the sunrise in the desert, which is something that I think should be experienced at least once in a lifetime. There was a story behind this visit, but let me show you... Continue Reading →

Pasar Malam (Night Market)

From Senggarang, we went to Kukup for sunset. Kukup is the southernmost point of the Asian continent. Sadly the area is not what it was before. We expected to see wooden houses on stilts, like the ones in Kampung Ayer,... Continue Reading →

Brunei Stopover

On our way to Dubai with Royal Brunei, we stopped over in Bandar Seri Begawan (that is Brunei's capital) for almost seven hours. Initially I wanted to plan the trip in Brunei, because the time is short, I wanted to... Continue Reading →

Jakarta Car Free Day

Sunday, 6th August 2017.It was the highlight of our trip this time around.I watched the Jakarta skies at 6am, looking for the sunrise. It was already bright, but I couldn't find it. Perhaps the angle of my window did not... Continue Reading →

Jakarta – A Little Note on Public Transport and Food

It was such a pleasant surprise to find that the Transjakarta Bus separates male and female passengers. We got onto the bus, the conductor told my brother to move to the rear of the bus. The bus stops (halte) were... Continue Reading →

I Left My Heart In Jakarta

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