• Brunei,  Eco-friendly,  Travel

    Eco-Travel Diaries:How Bruneians Go Green

    Photocredit: Waterfall in ulu Temburong National Park, Brunei My recent trip to Brunei has been a really fulfilling one whereby I not only get to had a greater depth of its traditions and culture but also learning about how Brunei keeps its country going greener each day despite the challenges faced ahead. Let me start of with sharing some of their green and environmental-friendly initiatives which have been on-going in this emerald state of Borneo. It’s hard for me as a Singaporean to not compare how different Brunei is from our country in terms of the efforts made to protect the earth. ‘No Plastic Bag Weekend’   Since 2011, Bruneians…

  • Brunei,  Eco-friendly,  Travel

    Discover Brunei: Travel with Me And View Brunei Through My Lens

    My Travel Blueprint in Brunei Pre-trip Vogue Wanderlust: Brunei Day 1: Brunei By Night Highlights: Dinner at Portview, SOAS mosque, JAME mosque, Night market _______________________________________________ Day 2: Ulu Temburong National Park Highlights: Tubing , Jungle Night Walk _______________________________________________ Day 3, Part 1 : Canopy walk, City Tour and Snorkelling Trip  Highlights: Canopy Walk, Water Village, Kampong Ayer Cultural and Tourism Gallery, Royal Regalia, Lunch at Tarindak, Snorkelling with Poni Divers at Serasa Beach _______________________________________________ Day 3 , Part 2:  The Empire and Dinner with Bruneian Bloggers Highlights: The Empire Hotel, Dinner at a Bruneian home _______________________________________________ Day 4: The Finale and Bitter-Sweet Goodbyes Highlights: The Empire Hotel Inspection, Lunch at…

  • Brunei,  Eco-friendly,  Travel

    Discover Brunei: The Finale and Bitter-Sweet Goodbyes

    Selamat pagi! I was woken up the calls of nature. Okay, I don’t really mean that I needed the loo but I meant the morning calls from the insects and the natural light from the sunrays penetrating through the glass window. Opening up my heavy eyelids was the toughest. It took me about 5 or 6 seconds to realize where I was.  It isn’t a dream. I was indeed staying at The Empire in Brunei. Weather looks pretty good today but it’s rather humid. Just like Singapore, Brunei also experienced a plesant equatorial climate with average temperatures ranging from 23 degree celsius to 33 degree celsius.  I was up and…

  • Brunei,  Eco-friendly,  Travel

    Discover Brunei: The Empire Hotel and Dinner with Bruneian Bloggers

    Continued… I wished I had entered The Empire looking somewhat glamorous and all-dressed up in my stilettos but here am I at The Empire with my salt-sprayed hair,semi-drenched clothes and a plastic bag full of soiled clothes and shoes. Picture an unkempt-looking girl in her flip flops and shorts entering one of the most luxurious hotels in Brunei that is made fit for the Royalty. Thankful that no one gave me a second look of the way I dressed, I quickly grabbed my camera from my bag and sling it over my neck. I never knew that my DSLR could one day be a great tool for hiding my face and…

  • Brunei,  Eco-friendly,  Travel

    Discover Brunei: Canopy Treetop Walk, City Cultural Tour and Snorkelling Trip

    Time checked. It was 4.15 am in the wee hours of the morning. I was already up in bed and getting prepared for the morning canopy walk later. At 4.30 am, Tom came knocking on our doors to wake us from our deep slumber as we snuggle out of our bed covers. At about 4.45 am, we had some hot Milo with biscuits before we grabbed out torchlights and life jackets  to get onto the long boat which ferried us to the canopy walk site. Oh, spray layers of insect repellent on yourself before you set forth just don’t intoxicate the person next to you with the scent of the…

  • Brunei,  Eco-friendly,  Travel

    Discover Brunei: Ulu Temburong National Park

    After a night of good rest at The Rizqun International Hotel, we couldn’t wait to proceed on with the itinerary planned for the day. Based on the programme itinerary handed out to us, it sounded like we will get all sticky, muddy and dirty.We were also told to pack a separate bag for a night stay at Ulu-Ulu Resort which is nestled right at the heart of Ulu Temburong National Park itself. When I asked Tom if my aqua blue sport shoes was a suitable footwear for trekking trip to Ulu Temburong National Park, he replied that our feet are going to get submerged fully in muddy waters so wearing…

  • Brunei,  Eco-friendly,  Travel

    Discover Brunei: Brunei By Night – Mosque visits and Night Markets

    Anxious. But not as excited as before when taking the train to our home airport. Perhaps I was so traumatised by the previous flights were I had experienced serious air turbulence. Or maybe I have been travelling too much since the last holidays where I travelled to four countries back to back within a time span of two months. Or maybe the switch to a healthy lifestyle had got me hook to gyming and dancing rather than travelling and setting foot to explore new territories. I’ve got bitten by the travel bug since I was a freshmen in university and the “travel venom” which flows through my blood was an…