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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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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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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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17 Hidden Food Gems You Must Try in Ipoh

Not too long ago, I wrote  a list of “15 Iconic Ipoh Foods You Must Try in Ipoh” that’ll serve well as a beginners’ guide to Ipoh food.  These foods are the most iconic and they are pretty much what everyone wants to eat when they are visiting Ipoh for the first time.  But of course Ipoh has much more to offer than these 15 things.  In this new list , I’ve put together 17 hidden food gems in Ipoh that are not too well-known by visitors but are absolutely  loved by Ipohans, and you wouldn’t want to miss these 17 incredible things to eat in Ipoh.  Continue reading

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Babi Guling Pak Dobiel @ Bali, Indonesia

When you are in Bali, Babi Guling is the one food that you absolutely must try.  You can’t leave Bali without trying because it’s pretty much equivalent to visiting Penang and not eating char koay teow.  The ubiquitous babi guling, or roast suckling pig, is commonly found in small stalls known as “warung”.  The most famous one would be Ibu Oka in Ubud, popularised by Anthony Bourdain when he did a TV show on it. Continue reading

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19 Best Things to Do in Jakarta, Indonesia

A twist of fate brought my husband and I to Jakarta for a little longer than expected – we will be here for the next one year or so.  I can’t say I was entirely thrilled by this idea because I’ve always typically associated Jakarta for business trips or corporate functions and have never really looked at it from a travel point of view.  What’s there to see ? What’s there to discover ? What’s the history behind this sprawling city with more than 10 million people ? Continue reading

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Kuala Sangga Fishing Village @ Kuala Sepetang, Taiping, Malaysia

Kuala Sangga (老港漁村) is a tiny little fishing village 30 minutes of boat ride away from Kuala Sepetang.  Kuala Sangga was established in the 1890’s and today it has about 40 – 50 families living in the village.  The village is so small that it will take you less than 20 minutes to walk from one end to the other.  To get there, get a boat ride from one of the many boat ride providers at Kuala Sepetang’s port as it is only rechable by boat.  Continue reading

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10 Fun Things to Do on Bintan Island @ Indonesia

Bintan Island is located within the Riau Archipelago of Indonesia.  With its proximity to Singapore, it is often visited via a short ferry ride from Singapore  (45 minutes to 2 hours of duration depending on the port of arrival).  Other ways of reaching Bintan Island include ferry from Johor Bahru, Malaysia or direct flights from Jakarta, Indonesia.

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