Category Archives: Off the Beat

Close encounters of the croc kind in Darwin, Australia

The plan began quite simply – I would pay AUD45 (RM132) and join other tourists at the Adelaide River in Darwin, Australia. Located about 65km east of Darwin, we just need to hop on a cruise boat and look out […] Continue Reading

Gorillas in East Africa: ‘Off The Beat’ adventure of a lifetime!

It had taken over a year of planning and some serious saving, too, for me to make the long journey to East Africa to spend the year-end holidays trekking in the jungles of Rwanda and the Uganda-Congo border. The point […] Continue Reading

A Noah’s Ark in Hong Kong? You better believe it!

  It’s just bizarre. I never would have thought a Christian-based theme park could exist in money-worshipping Hong Kong. I have visited this hardcore capitalist city for decades and no one ever told me about a replica of Noah’s Ark, […] Continue Reading

In search of… durians in Australia!

Very few compelling reasons exist for Malaysians to visit Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory. Most of the time, it’s hot … and I mean blazing hot and dry. And coming from where we do, there is barely a need to […] Continue Reading

Up close with the Rafflesia, the largest and smelliest flower on Earth

You’d have to be like Indiana Jones and hack your way through a thick jungle if you want to find the rafflesia – and even then, this beautiful flower doesn’t just grow on trees, because it literally sprouts from the […] Continue Reading

Getting spooked in Shibuya, Japan

The Japanese take their Halloween seriously – no, dead seriously! The world’s biggest Halloween celebration isn’t in the United States but in Tokyo, where the world converges in Shibuya for the annual street party. Through four nights, Oct 25 to […] Continue Reading

In search of the rare and elusive Durian Kura Kura

I knew I had to see the kura kura durian as soon as I learned of the medium-sized, wild fruit’s near-extinct status. After all, it has already been placed on the red list of threatened species by the World Conservation […] Continue Reading

Swimming with jellyfishes on Kakaban Island

video Photos and videos by: RICKY MOSIEWA The idea of diving into a lake to swim with thousands of jellyfishes (of the harmless variety) had never crossed my mind. It was never even on my bucket list, in fact, until […] Continue Reading

A husky lover’s guide to Bangkok, Thailand

TrueLove at Neverland in Bangkok is a cafe that allows patrons to play with its huskies for a fee. Photos: The Nation The routine holiday to Bangkok, Thailand, for seasoned Malaysian tourists (like me) will probably include eating, massages and […] Continue Reading

A wild durian trip to Sabah

The flesh of the sukang, or red durian, has a beautiful colour. The bumper durian season has reached its tail end, at least in Peninsular Malaysia. Thanks to this super season, which saw a glut in the supply of our […] Continue Reading