Those who have got acquainted with Malaysia fall in love with it once and forever. There are many reasons to love Malaysia. I have been to Malaysia many times, but I still have a few reasons to visit this amazing country again. Malaysia is known for its breathtakingly beautiful tropical beaches, diversity and mix of different cultures, friendly people and exquisite food. In fact, there are so many things to be fond of so you won`t stand it but indulge the temptation and visit this fantastic country.
1. Coast lines
This must be number one in any list compiled about Malaysia. Its beaches are just paradise. You can relieve your body and soul there. You can do all the possible sea activities and enjoy yourself in peaceful atmosphere sipping coconut water. And if to think that summer never ends in those lands you come to relies that Malaysia is the best place in the world.
Nothing can be compared with the dishes you can try only in Malaysia. Actually there is no pure Malaysian cuisine as the multicultural population of the country adds something special from their own cuisine traditions to the cuisine of the natives. It is not purely Chinese or Indian, they interweave with each other forming Malaysian Indian and Malaysian Chinese meals. You can enjoy them only in Malaysia among the locals.
Malaysia has a very rich history and fascinating traditions. It is multi-faceted as it combines cultures of Malays, Indians, Chinese and Bornean natives. The country has a special atmosphere of feeling the oncoming festival. And what festivals they have! The nation really has the inborn talent to arrange such exciting, pompous and splendid events. That`s why they have so many public holidays which you just can`t miss.
Unfortunately, in our contemporary world we can`t entirely avoid pollution but Malaysia definitely belongs to those countries with less pollution. You can feel it immediately as you get there. Nothing can substitute the delight of breathing fresh air, walking clean streets and seeing clear blue sky above. I think this is very important for us to strive for clean ear and grounds always and everywhere.
Malaysia is the ideal place for those who love summer above all. The climate of the country allows people to go at the beach and enjoy water and sun any time you want. It is a real paradise not to worry about the cold, isn`t it? As you move from Europe to Malaysia you certainly feel the difference between Malaysian hot and humid climate and cold European.
Mother Nature has endowed Malaysia not only with climate but also with beautiful greenery, animal world and landscape. This allows tourists and natives to be engaged into all kinds of outdoor activities. You may go hiking, rafting or jungle trekking. Here you can draw nearer to nature and, of course, find many adventures. This would make anybody love this country!
7. Friendly people
It’s amazing how people who have absolutely different backgrounds can come together as ‘One Malaysia.’ People in Malaysia know how to respect each other because they live in a multicultural society. In Malaysia, nearly half the population can speak the 3 languages, which are Malay, English and Chinese. Communication is obviously extremely important for people living in a peaceful society. What I love the most about Malaysia is that the people are very friendly, especially taxi drivers. If you don’t find them annoying, they can be a wonderful companion.
8. Taman Negara
Taman Negara (literally translated “National Park”) encompasses 3 states across the northern part of West Malaysia and covers a total area of about 4,343 km². The major activities here include adventurous cave exploration, exciting trekking, interesting fishing, canopy walking (the longest of its kind in the world), fabulous night walks, great swimming, and visiting the Orang Asli (Semokberi and Batek) and their villages.
9. Paradise for shopaholics
Do you love shopping? If your answer is ‘yes,’ then you should definitely consider going to Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur is the paradise for all shopaholics. It offers everything ranging from beautiful handmade products to funky clothes, and many more. There’s a great variety of large shopping complexes that let you shop for yourself, your family and friends. Plus, there are awesome sales and discounts so make sure to check them out.
I can`t wait to come back to Malaysia as it is a fascinating, beautiful and wonderful country. I really hope you`ll be lucky to visit it at least once in your lifetime and you will fall in love with it from the first sight, then your heart will be dying to come back there again. Have you already booked the flight?
All of the furniture in this trendy hostel is made from recycled materials making it a true eco-hostel. It also offers modern features such as Wi-Fi and a 24-hour manned reception desk. Guests can relax on the BBQ terrace or tend to the organic garden. The hostel even features low-carbon computers.
Any one of these wonderful hostels guarantees visitors the time of their lives. Helping to protect the environment whilst relaxing on a vacation is a wonderful way to blend two different worthwhile activities. Eco-friendly hostels are a relatively new phenomenon that have become incredibly popular and offer a wonderful way to spend you vacation. Just make sure you research the area thoroughly beforehand to ensure you make the best of your trip and experience all it has to offer.
The main feature of The Green Hostel is its promotion of bicycles as a preferred method of travel for guests. They also use energy saving light bulbs, solar hot water heaters and the hostel is decorated with furniture created using recycled materials. The hostel also offers free breakfast, Wi-Fi, luggage store and a laundry service.
Iceland is a must-see destination for environmental warriors. Waterfalls, geysers, icebergs and other natural delights make for a dramatic natural environment. The hostel specialises in locally grown, organic food and sells only fair-trade coffee in its adjacent café bar. They also offer green workshops that guests can attend to learn more about eco-living and environmental protection.
Hostels are cheap and sociable ways to stay when visiting different parts of the world. Whether you are travelling alone or as part of a group, a hostel provides the perfect way to make new friends and learn about the local area. As more of us become aware of our impact upon the planet, we have begun to take steps to reduce our carbon footprint. One excellent way to do this is by changing our vacation habits. Long car drives, flights, expensive hotels with air-conditioning and heated swimming pools all contribute to the amount of greenhouse gases entering our atmosphere. Therefore, it is important to start changing our habits and becoming more environmentally conscious. The following hostels are all eco-friendly establishments that will help you on your carbon neutral journey.
1. Mellow Eco Hostel Barcelona, Spain
This beautiful, bright hostel is located in the quiet district of Horta. They use renewable solar energy to heat hot water tanks located on the building’s roof. They also recycle, use environmentally friendly cleaning products and only run the air-conditioner when it’s absolutely necessary. It has all the modern amenities such as luggage store, Wi-Fi, etc. All dinners are served on the communal patio around the BBQ for a more social experience.
Spending time in the great outdoors is one of our favorite things, if you couldn't tell from the articles we've written on glamping, tents, and ultra-chic campers. A quick look around the web shows that we're far from the only ones who've fallen in love with all aspects of camping, especially when it comes to tent design. The humble tent has gotten a designer upgrade and now comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, and styles. Here are some of our favorites.
This may resemble some sort of hovering alien spacecraft or high-end treehouse, but it's really a tent.
As you see here, the Tentsile Stingray tent only gives the illusion of floating above the ground. It's is suspended from adjacent trees with heavy duty rope, almost like a hammock but with all the privacy and security of a tent. A rope ladder is included so you can, you know, get into your tent at night.
Finding a great flight deal is harder than it used to be. Airfares are on the rise and many carriers are imposing exorbitant new fees for checked bags and on-board meals and entertainment. The process of booking flights for summer travel can be especially stressful, but it’s still possible for budget-minded travelers to keep costs under control. Here are some tips for saving money on air travel this summer.
1. Book as early as possible. This is one of the best ways to save money on flights. If you wait less than a month before your travel dates to book, you run the risk of paying hundreds or even thousands of dollars more than if you had bought several months in advance, especially during peak travel times.
2. Avoid peak travel dates. Flights falling over holidays like Memorial Day weekend and the July 4 break will almost always skyrocket in price. If you want to avoid the high fares and the holiday crowds at the airport, consider planning a trip for later in the summer. Or, try staggering your travel dates by a day or two so you aren’t traveling the same day as everyone else—for example, fly home on Tuesday instead of Sunday night.
3. Buy directly from the airline. Travel sites like Orbitz, Expedia, and Travelocity are great for comparing prices and finding the best deal, but when you’re ready to book, go directly to the airline’s website. Third-party booking sites often charge a small commission on top of the normal fare, and you can sometimes save $10 to $20 by buying directly from the airline.
4. Set up travel alerts. Travelzoo and other booking websites can generate custom travel email alerts. Enter the details of your trip, and they will notify you whenever they find a deal matching your travel requirements and budget.
5. Look for flights to nearby airports. You can often find cheaper fares going to peripheral airports near major hubs. Sometimes, the money you save by flying into the smaller airport far outweighs what you’ll spend on the extra ground transportation to your final destination.
6. Look for senior discount coupons. Some airlines and third-party booking sites offer senior travel coupons and promotions. These discounts are not always advertised online, so it’s worth calling the airline to see if they offer any deals for seniors. Southwest offers discounts for travelers over age 65 on certain flights.
7. Consider budget airlines. Look for flights on budget domestic carriers like Southwest and JetBlue, or RyanAir and Easyjet if you’re traveling within Europe. These flights don’t always have many special amenities, but you can’t beat the prices. Note that these airlines generally have strict baggage weight restrictions and booking regulations, so be sure you understand all the potential extra fees before booking.
8. Make a stopover. The idea of a layover might not be appealing, but flights that make one or two stops can be significantly cheaper than direct journeys. If you’re not in too much of a hurry, bring a book to read at the airport and enjoy the savings!
9. Jump on deals. When you find a great flight deal, don’t wait to book it tomorrow, or even later that day. The cheapest online tickets can disappear within minutes, so snatch up deals when you find them.
As the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight continues, you may have some questions about the safety of international travel. While it’s impossible to predict an incident like the Malaysian plane’s disappearance, there are plenty of precautions you can take as a passenger to protect yourself when flying abroad.
We asked three travel experts to offer their tips for preparing to travel on a foreign airline. They also weighed in on whether or not we should avoid international air travel in the wake of the Malaysia Airlines incident, and whether flying really is still safer than driving a car.
Should we feel any less safe traveling on a foreign airline than on a domestic carrier? Sarah Schlichter: “A lot of international carriers are quite safe, and they actually often offer more amenities and entertainment and more comfortable seats than U.S. carriers do. A lot of people actually prefer foreign carriers, especially carriers like Singapore or Cathay Pacific or Air New Zealand, which all ranked very highly in terms of both safety and amenities. So, I think people should not feel afraid to travel with a carrier that isn’t as familiar to them.
“However, they’re not all considered equal, so I would recommend, if you’re looking at an airline that is not familiar to you, going toAirlineRatings.com, which offers safety ratings as well as more service and amenity ratings. They base their safety ratings on things like international standards, FAA endorsement, whether the airline has had any fatalities in the last 10 years, and whether the fleet has ever been grounded by a governing body for safety concerns, and so that can either give you a red flag if the safety rating is not as high as you would like it to be, or help you feel a little bit more secure.”
Jason Cochran: “One thing that is good for people to remember, and perhaps reassuring, is that in most cases, flights that come into the United States from other countries have already passed some very important tests that have been applied by our government. The TSA and our government do audit other airports and other security procedures to ensure that the flights that fly to the United States will be at decreased risk. So really, I think you can feel pretty good if you’re getting on a flight from, say, Spain or Britain or Canada. It’s going to be fine.”
Courtney Scott: “If you have concerns about traveling internationally, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is something you can enroll in for free on the Travel.state.gov website. It alerts the government to your whereabouts while you’re abroad to make sure that it’s on record where you’ll be and when. So if you want to add an extra layer of comfort, that’s a nice, easy, free thing that the government offers.”
What are some of your tips for preparing to fly on a foreign airline? Sarah Schlichter: “One thing that some people are intimidated about when they’re flying on a foreign airline is the language barrier. The safety procedures on board do tend to be similar, and there’s always the in-flight safety card in your back pocket. Even if you can’t read it, there are diagrams, so you can take a look at the layout of the plane…It can’t hurt, certainly, to learn a few emergency words in the language of whatever carrier you’re flying on, just in case. Usually, I’ve found that flight attendants tend to speak multiple languages, but just in case there are instructions being yelled out in a language you don’t speak, it certainly can’t hurt to know a few emergency words like, ‘exit’ or ‘escape’ or ‘emergency.’
“It’s really important especially to find the nearest exit. We usually recommend trying to count the rows to the nearest exit so that even if something happens and the cabin is dark, you can tap the seats and count your way to where the exit would be. So I think it’s preparing yourself that way before a flight that could save your life, and could also just make you feel more secure, if you’re worried.”
Courtney Scott: “Each country has its own visa requirements, so as far as navigating what [you] need to travel through that country, I recommend going to Travel.state.gov. On that site, they have a Visa Wizard, which is a really easy way to help you navigate which countries require the visas and which don’t…Even if you’re traveling through multiple countries on the same trip, you may require different visas for each of those countries.
“As far as security goes, the same TSA rules that we have here in the U.S., [such as] having 3.4 oz [liquid containers] in a 1 quart bag and one carry-on per person—that rule applies in most airports around the world, including the Kuala Lumpur International Airport [in Malaysia]. I have seen some airports where shoes are not required to be off, and laptops are not required to be out of the baggage, but that really varies from airport to airport.”
Will the Malaysian plane incident lead to a tightening of security at airports around the world? Jason Cochran: “I do think that in light of what’s recently happened with Malaysian Airlines, you’re going to see a tightening of security around the world and an increase in awareness of where the loopholes are…The fact that the two passengers with stolen passports were allowed on the flight has made international security authorities more aware that they need to buckle down just a little bit more on what they’re allowing through.
“America checks passenger lists against [intergovernmental policing agency] Interpol to find out if any stolen passports are being used, and we catch people all the time who shouldn’t be on planes. That apparently was not done in Malaysia, and I think that’s one of the areas you’ll see more scrutiny in the future while looking at passenger lists—simply because it’s embarrassing to have the world find out that you allowed two stolen passports to get on the plane, even if those stolen passports had nothing to do with the eventual disappearance of the flight.”
If the missing plane had been from an American airline, would there have been any difference in the way the search has been conducted? Jason Cochran: “I do believe we would have had a lot more data to go by had this happened in the United States because we have so many systems monitoring airplanes. We have so many cell phone towers on the ground, whereas in that part of the world, they were flying over jungles, they were flying over empty sea, and so there were just fewer benchmarks along the way to keep track of the airline.
“Also, you had the problem of all those governments trying to cooperate with each other to share sensitive radar information, and if it had happened in the United States or Canada, it would have been a snap to get the information because you really only have one entity to deal with, or one story. So it has had an effect. Whenever you’re dealing with any flight that crosses multiple international boundaries, you therefore then have to coordinate many ways of doing things, and sometimes they don’t want to share sensitive information with each other because there might be history or friction between them.”
Despite the recent Malaysia Airlines incident, is flying in general still safer than driving a car? Jason Cochran: “I would say that. If you look at the track record of flying and you look at how many flights go every single day, this is news because it’s unusual because it never happens—or almost never happens. So I really wouldn’t want people to be afraid or stay home because of it because the numbers just don’t bear out that kind of fear. And also, most Americans will be flying to or from airports that connect with America, and the American government has much more intervention in those airports than they had in this flight, which went between Malaysia and China. So, I think most Americans traveling at least for leisure’s sake have very little to worry about because the airports they’ll be visiting have no doubt already undergone some scrutiny from the American government for their safety.”
Sarah Schlichter: “If you consider just how many flights fly perfectly normally and safely every day, and compare the percentage of flights that are affected by accidents to the percentage of car trips that are affected by accidents, it really is quite safe. I think people tend to feel like they’re more in control of a car that they’re driving, so you feel safer. But really, when you’re in a plane, the pilots have had hours and hours and hours of training—they’re professionals—and if something goes wrong with the plane, I mean, it’s their own safety at stake too. I absolutely understand fear of flying, but it really is still safer than driving a car.”
Courtney Scott: “We don’t know a lot yet about the Malaysia incident. We do know that air travel continues to be one of the safest forms of travel, and being a practical traveler, using common sense wherever you travel, whether in Asia or anywhere else, is best way to prepare yourself.”
Kenal buah ini? Inilah buah Ceri Terengganu (Lepisanthes fruticosa (Roxb) Leenh). Ianya boleh dimakan segar dan rasanya manis apabila masak sepenuhnya. Buahnya perlu digelek atau digentel terlebih dahulu di telapak tangan untuk melembutkan kulit dan isinya sebelum dimakan.
Menurut kajian yang dijalankan di MARDI, buah ini mengandungi aktiviti antioksidan (sebatian antioksidaan, fenolik dan antosianin) yang tinggi berbanding buah-buahan komersial seperti jambu batu, limau dan epal. Dengan kata lain, ia memainkan peranan penting dalam membunuh radikal-radikal bebas yang berpunca dari pelbagai faktor seperti pemakanan, cahaya ultra violet (UV), asap rokok, pencemaran, alkohol dan tekanan. Hebat kan?
- Sumber : Pusat Penyelidikan Sumber Strategik, MARDI Serdang
Sipadan Island – World’s Best Diving Place | The country, and the state of Sabah which it is part of, have reason to be relieved. Sipadan is often rated as the world’s best dive site, with a location in the centre of the planet’s most bio-diverse marine habitat. Below are beautiful pictures of Sipadan Island which has been regarded by some, is the world’s best diving site.
Pulau Perhentian in Malaysia – Paradise of the World | The Pulau Perhentian or Perhentian Islands situates approximately 19 km offshore the coast of northeastern Malaysia in the state of Terengganu. The name Perhentian means “stopping point” in Malay. This is because the islands became a staging point used by traders traveling from Malaysia to Bangkok. Many people who have been there regarded the island as one of the world’s paradise. Below are some of the beautiful pictures of the island.
Hostels don’t have the greatest reputation, as any budget traveler can tell you. However, there are a few hostels that go above and beyond and others that are simply so cool, no matter what they look like. Around the world, you will find amazing places to stay. You’ll definitely want to write home about some of the hostels on this list.
1. The Adventure Brew Hostel, La Paz, Bolivia
The first backpacker hostel in La Paz, the Adventure Brew is also quite unique. Not only is the hostel a place to sleep, it is also a functional brewery. They even provide beer baths on the roof. Free breakfast is provided each day and in the evening, you can head to the Venture Underground Bar, just off the courtyard. There are plenty of fun activities to enjoy around the city, as well. Try a bike tour or just take a hike around.
For travelers weary of long lines at security checkpoints and overpriced fast food, the idea that any airport could be viewed as “best” may seem laughable. However, for travelers lucky enough to have flights that originate or end at any of the airports listed below, the word “best” is totally appropriate. These outstanding airports received the most votes from more than twelve million travelers who participated in a survey administered by Skytrax. Awards for the 2013 World’s Best Airport and nine runners-up were announced at passenger terminal EXPO in Geneva, Switzerland. The winning airports were located largely in Europe and Asia, with only one representative from North America and none from Australia, South America or Africa. The United States was also notably absent from the list of winners.
1. Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore
Singapore Changi Airport claimed top prize for the fourth time since the Skytrax awards were initiated, having last won the title in 2010. In addition to winning the top overall award, Singapore Changi Airport, which served more than fifty million passengers in 2012, was named Best Airport in Asia and Best Airport for Leisure Amenities.