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The Ma’nene Ceremony of the Torajans in South Sulawesi – When Death Is Not the Last Good Bye

The Ma’nene Ceremony in Tana Toraja, South Sulawesi, Indonesia, is one of the most peculiar rituals on earth. The Ma’nene Ceremony  takes place once every three years, during which the mummified, dead family members and the live family members meet and reunite.  

The ceremony is also known as the “Walking Dead Ceremony” because many articles that have been published mention that the corpses are paraded around the village, and hence are seen as “walking”.  Folklore also has it that if someone died afar, the corpse is made to “walk” home under a spell. However, my guide is not too happy about the the term “walking dead” as he says that it’s an exaggeration, so I guess it all depends on what you want to believe.  Continue reading

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12 Day Perth & Western Australia Itinerary

Perth is the perfect city to visit for an awesome getaway, even more so for Malaysians because it is only 5 hours 30 minutes by flight.  A 12 day trip was perfect us for us because we spent a few days in Perth, and had an epic road trip by traveling down to the south western regions to towns such as Albany, Denmark, Pemberton, Augusta, Margret River, Dunsborough, Mandurah, then back up to Perth again.   Continue reading

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3D2N Sungai Lembing Itinerary, Malaysia

I first heard about Sungai Lembing through a friend when she told me about how beautiful the sunrise is at Bukit Panorama.  Then of course there is the food to savour because every town in Malaysia has their own specialty in terms of food.  For food, I am not going to write too much about it on this post  as I’ve already written extensively here – 10 Things to Eat in Sungai Lembing. Continue reading

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13 Days Germany Itinerary – Frankfurt, Munich, Berchtesgaden, Nuremberg & Rothenberg

What comes to mind when you think of Germany ?  World-famous car manufacturers ? WWII History ? or German beer and sausages ? These are the things I think of before I had the chance to visit Germany.  Out of my 34 days in Europe, 13 days were spent in Germany, which allowed me to travel deep, and see a lot more than that.  From magnificent castles to fairytale towns to pristine countryside sceneries, it was a trip to be remembered for a lifetime.   Continue reading

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5D4N Belitung Itinerary, Indonesia.

Belitung Island of Indonesia lies on the east coast of Sumatra and it’s an hour’s flight away from Jakarta.  The island became famous because of a blockbuster Indonesian film – “Laskar Pelangi”, or Rainbow Troops, adapted from the same-titled novel by Andrea Hirata.  In this Belitung itinerary, you will find information on how to get around, places to go, things to do,  accommodation information and a cost breakdown of the trip (at the bottom of the post) if you were to travel to Belitung for 5 days.   Continue reading

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26 Intriguing Buildings To See On a Taiping Heritage Trail

If a city without old buildings is like a man without memories, then Taiping would be a man full of vibrant memories.   Once a mining town that was the capital of Perak from 1875 – 1937, Taiping was also one of the very first cities to be established in Malaysia.   Naturally it has many historical buildings,  whether built by the British for municipal uses, or built by the different communities in Taiping.  Many of these buildings are more than 100 years old and are also Malaysia’s  “firsts” to be built.   Continue reading

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Tokyo Side Trip – 5 Days Itinerary in Hakone, Kamakura & Enoshima (with cost breakdown)

I visited Japan for the very first time in 2008.  We dedicated our first visit to Tokyo and that was enough to keep us busy.  When I went back to Japan for the second time, I went to Tokyo again, but this time, adding other cities that are not too far away from Tokyo on the itinerary, such as Kamakura, Enoshima, and Hakone.  These three places are along the same route on the Odakyu Line, which means that you don’t have to spend too much time travelling from one place to another. To get an estimate of how much this 5 days 5 nights trip might cost you, refer to the costing section at the end of the post. Continue reading

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