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How Sarawak’s 22-Year-Old Rainforest World Music Festival Kept Its Authenticity

Home sweet home. It was only my second time at the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) in Sarawak but coming back here felt like a balik kampung trip.

Held annually at the Sarawak Cultural Village at the foothills of Mount Santubong, RWMF is the biggest and best music festival in Malaysia. It’s an award-winning 3-day celebration of heritage, arts, music, and culture, bringing together renowned world musicians to Sarawak. It’s 3 days of partying to indigenous music, folk music and neo-traditional music.

The Complete Guide To Climbing Sarawak’s Mulu Pinnacles

So you’ve conquered Gunung Kinabalu, the highest mountain in Malaysia. What’s next? Consider one of the most challenging hikes in Malaysia– the Mulu Pinnacles in Sarawak. But before you attempt the Mulu Pinnacles, please don’t be the idiot that I was.

Discovering Sarawak’s Kayan tribe through a ‘secret’ harvest festival


Day 1: Under the Bakun Dam

“My longhouse used to be here underwater,” Kenneth pointed in the azure water as we sailed across the Bakun Dam in Bintulu, Sarawak.

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An Honest Review Of Sipadan’s Legendary Seaventures Dive Rig

If you’re a diver in Malaysia, you’ve heard of Sipadan – the best dive site in Malaysia and one of the top 10 dive sites in the world. If you’ve heard of Sipadan, you’ve heard of Seaventures Dive Resort, the dive rig. And if you’ve heard of Seaventures dive rig, you’ve heard that it has free unlimited house reef dives.

The Lost Paradise Resort Is The Best Hotel In Penang For Unexpected Reasons

The Lost Paradise Resort located on Penang’s coastal stretch of Batu Feringghi is a bit of an oddball character.

Is It Weird To Go To A Music Festival Alone?

Throw your insecurities out the window.  It is not weird to go to a gig, or a concert, or a music festival alone. 

why i return to Malaysia

Why I Chose To Return To Malaysia When I Had My Dream Life Overseas

Dear Malaysia,

Can you believe that after seven months since my return to you, people are still asking me why I came back? Just last week at breakfast an auntie asked me “Why don’t you continue working there? Malaysia economy and politic is so bad now, stay in New Zealand better.”

The Unexpected Reason David Wu Cycled 4,000km From Kedah To China

When I first heard about David Wu’s 4,000km cycling expedition from Kedah to China, I thought it would be a story of a man discovering his home. ‘This would be an article of a lost man finding where he truly belonged’, I thought as I get ready to meet him.

The Difference Between Hiking In New Zealand And Malaysia

“Let’s go hiking in Malaysia!” I pestered my old hiking buddy from my university Trekking Club. A club that had long disintegrated after we left university years ago.

The Penknife Story

Dad told mom I was crying like a baby when it happened. He was right, I was bawling like the biggest 23-year-old baby in the world.