Petulu Gunung – The village of a thousand birds

Every dusk, thousands of white birds roost in trees on the island of Bali. This bird mecca is found in the rural village of Petulu Gunung just 3 kilometers outside of Ubud in central Bali. Historically, inadequate roads left the village of Petulu isolated and poor. Many people left to work in other parts of

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Diving in Atagawa

Diving is Japan is famously associated with Okinawa and its subtropical waters. With all the focus on Japan’s diving in Okinawa, few international visitors venture to the Izu Peninsula for tourism let alone with the desire to explore its marine life. The tourism in this region is catered to Japanese locals who go diving in

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Changi Airport Butterfly Garden

While most major international airports offer free Wi-Fi, expensive duty-free shopping, and restaurants, Singapore’s Changi Airport offers an escape from the stresses of international transit with a tasteful Butterfly Garden. A refreshing green space, the garden has an impressive collection of about 1000 butterflies and moths belonging to 47 different species that are found in

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Kota Kinabalu – Mangroves

Plants are expected to consist of roots, stems and leaves. It’s usually assumed that dirt is somehow involved. Mangrove plants, however, are an exception. Mangroves are groups of trees and shrubs that grow in saline or brackish water in inter-tidal areas between land and the sea in subtropical and tropical regions. There are 69 “true”

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Scuba Diving 101 – Kota Kinabalu

One of the cheapest places to get a dive certification in Southeast Asia is Kota Kinabalu in the Sabah region of Eastern Malaysia. By doing some research, one can find that are different diving certifications. Deciding whether PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), SSI (Scuba Schools International), NAUI, RAID, CMAS, and any other of the

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How to deal with theft when backpacking

As some readers of this blog may already know, my laptop got stolen on a 10-hour bus ride from Probolinggo, Java, Indonesia while travelling to Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia. I placed my laptop in my bag with two security locks by my feet and kept what I thought to be a good eye on it. At

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National Animal: Philippines – The Carabao

The Carabao (Bubalus bubalis) is often mistaken for a large rock, a puddle with huge horns or a big black road block. Though this swamp-loving domestic water buffalo is found all throughout rural South East Asia, in the Philippines the Carabao holds special status as the National Animal. There are two main theories about the

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Laptop Stolen #Sad

In true Canadian fashion, I’m apologizing for things that are beyond my control. Last week while on my way to Yogyakarta, Indonesia, my beloved laptop was stolen from me on a bus. Luckily, I had most of my work backed up with a few exceptions so it wasn’t the end of the world. However, it

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The 3 Top Eco-Tourism Spots in Sagada

Ecotourism is a new conservation movement based in the tourist industry. It has been described as “responsible travel which conserves the natural environment and sustains the well-being of local people” [1]. High up in the Cordillera mountains in the Northern Luzon region of the Philippines exists the town of Sagada. This place is booming with

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