A Visit to Sabah Borneo’s Poring Hot Springs Recreational Area

Located in the foot hills of Mount Kinabalu, the area is best known for the Poring Hot Spring and Nature Reserve. The hot spring is managed by Sabah Parks, and the various accommodation options and dining facilities are managed by Sutera Sanctuary Lodges, which is where we were headed for a two-night cabin stay. Continue Reading →

Maobitou Scenic Area in Kenting National Park

The terrain of Maobitou Scenic Area in Kenting National Park in Taiwan is a limestone reef coast that is said to resemble the form of a crouching cat looking out to sea. This area is also famous because a scene from Ang Lee’s film Life of Pi was filmed here. (Photo Essay and travel information) Continue Reading →

Travel Penghu: Penghu’s Basalt Rock Formations

Travel Penghu: The Penghu Islands are well known for their unique geological terrain. The southeast part of the Penghu archipelago encompasses a number of small islands that boast these unique rock formations, which form the Penghu Columnar Basalt Nature Preserve. Continue Reading →

Travel Borneo: A Rendez-Vous with Jackie O at Poring Hot Springs

Imagine our surprise when we turned up at Poring Hot Springs in Sabah, Borneo and ended up having a very up, close and personal rendez-vous with their local celebrity, Jackie the Orangutan. Continue Reading →

The Yangmingshan Flower Festival

we made our annual pilgrimage to Yangmingshan National Park for the Yangmingshan Flower Festival. The mountain is alive with budding green trees, azalea bushes in shades of white, pink, and red, while different varieties of cherry blossoms are in full bloom. Continue Reading →

Photo Moment: Sunlit Valley of Tienshiung in Taroko Gorge

We spent two full days exploring Taroko Gorge under cloudy, rain-filled skies. I managed to capture a brief break in the clouds that lasted as long as it took to take this photo of Tienshiung village. Continue Reading →

In Travel: Parks A Plenty

Plain and simple. I like parks. If there’s a park around, I will surely find my way to it at some point or another. I think you can really get a feel for a city when you visit its parks. I come from a park town. Ottawa is well-known for its parks. In fact, there are over 850 to choose from. I like quiet walks through them in winter time. I like hanging out on benches with my friends or Continue Reading →

Fun in Kenting National Park

We’re back from a lovely long weekend in Kenting. This was our first journey to Kenting National Park in Southern Taiwan. We met up with some friends from work on Saturday afternoon at the High Speed Rail Station in Banciao. Our tickets cost us $1460 NT each. We traveled just over 300 km in 90 minutes to reach Zuoying ( ??) from Banciao (???). By regular train, this journey would have been close to five hours. We were pretty impressive Continue Reading →