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BACK TO BASICS

We’ve had a pretty busy schedule exploring Sarawak, attending the highly anticipated annual #RWMF and hunting on a kitty trail in Kuching. Next, we wanted to do what we initially came to Borneo for, immerse ourselves in the beauty of the Bornean Jungle. What better way to do that than to actually get in bed with the wild?

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When was the last time you camped? Lambir Hills, Sarawak

We decided to pitch our tent in another enchanting forest of Sarawak, Lambir Hills National Park. Like the other national parks here, Lambir has one of the most complex ecosystems in the world, providing a cozy home for more than 237 species of tropical birds, flying squirrels, gibbons, monkey and other exotic Bornean creatures.

Spending a night or two there means we got to trek some 12 trekking trails in the park; which lead us to some amazing sights, magnificent waterfalls and bathing pools scattered throughout the Bornean rainforest. But we’ve got to say, the sound of the jungle comes to life at night as we slept under the stars!

If it sounds tiring to you, it really isn’t. It was a very relaxing trip and really sets different chilled pace from the rat-race city life. Remember when we told you about our Wanderlust Fever? This experience probably helped cure 30% of it on its own.

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Just what the doctor ordered! Lambir Hills, Sarawak

But really, you have to watch our video series to try to catch a feel of our nights at Lambir.

BASIC CAMPING GEAR FOR DUMMIES

Let’s be real, assuming most of you reading this was born in the 90s, camping is probably a rare activity we do every now and then. Truth be told, we were a bit out of touch with the gear we were supposed to bring. Us urbanites could’ve been more prepared for our camping trip.

We’ve compiled a list, of 10 things you need to have in your camping bag when you go camping in the Rainforest, just so you don’t repeat the same mistakes we did.

A torch light/ A head torch

These are useful especially if you wish to go caving in the area. But in general, you’re in the jungle, it’s mostly going to be almost pitch-black at night under the stars, so these are also handy when you want to do late night toilet runs. don’t forget to bring extra bulbs and batteries.

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Blacker than black! Niah Caves

A small backpack

For your hiking trips, you’re not going to be needing to carry all your camping gear on the trail, so a small backpack that would fit all your important personal items, trekking essentials and snacks of course, is recommended.

A water bottle

You’d be surprise how many people (including us) forgets to bring a water bottle when going camping. Especially useful when you go on long hiking trails. We’d recommend a size for a bottle, but that really depends on how much weight you’re willing to carry.

Zip Lock bags

You’re in the tropical rainforest, so expect it to rain unexpectedly at times. Ziplock bags are your technology’s best friend in the jungle, especially on boat trips.

Solar charger/Powerbank
It’s important to have at least one fully charged spare phone on standby for your camping trip. In the jungle, accidents happen and you wouldn’t want your phone to run out of battery. Also, we know most us rely on our smartphone to catch pictures, enough said.

*Sidenote: When in the jungle, we recommend to forget all your social media and live off the grid for a few days.

Drybag

To keep your clothes dry (most importantly, your socks and underwear)

Salves, creams and powder

We have to admit, we were foolish not to bring adequate insect repellent on our trip and had to franticly search for one there. Trust us, you’re going to need them a lot, there’s a gajillion mosquitoes there. We also recommend taking along some prickly heat powder. This cooling powder can help with the sweat and heat rashes.

Sunscreen

The tropical sun isn’t too forgiving on the skin. Returning home with a bad sunburn is the last thing we’d want to happen, so we’d recommend applying sunscreen at all times.

Essentials kit

Pack a basic first aid kit, some matches or a lighter, and perhaps heat packs if it’s going to get cold at night.

Small knife/Army knife

This last essential always comes in handy wherever you are, let alone in the middle of the Bornean Jungle.

If you have more questions regarding our Taming Borneo adventure, please do leave a comment in the comment section below, or start a discussion; tell us your personal Taming Borneo experience!

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Sending email while traveling

You competence be reading this post from some outlandish location, or simply in a cafeteria around a dilemma from where we live. We transport a lot, and mostly to remote areas where we are happy to be means to bond to a giveaway WIFI vigilance to check adult on a emails and other things that has happened those days.

We mostly get emails during a travels and infrequently it is utterly critical to be means to respond instantly. Though we can of march always use a web formed mail module like Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail, some wish to be means to send emails from their personal mail accounts instead.

Let’s contend we have a association website, or a blog, or a webshop. In those cases we wish to be means to send out emails from a analogous email addresses. In a box we wish to send out a respond around [email protected] instead of around a personal gmail or hotmail accounts. Your possess ISP does not concede we to send out emails when we are not connected to their network. When we are roving we bond to many networks and mostly those networks do not support promulgation email around their smtp server.

Luckily there are a few companies that offer an SMTP server to use ‘on a go’. This means that where ever we are, we can always bond to their smtp server, and send out emails on your possess interest but carrying to review to giveaway mail services.

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The association we had listened of a many is SMTP2GO.com. We started with their $5 devise ourselves after reading countless certain reviews and after reading their website thoroughly. Their use works like a charm. There hasn’t been a place nonetheless where we wasn’t means to send out my emails. Nowadays, we am even regulating it during home, as we am on a highway utterly mostly and here a use comes in accessible too. They offer a 2 notation setup guide, that creates is really easy to exercise their smtp sum into your email programs. You can use it on your smartphone, your tablet, your laptop, as prolonged as we are means to bond to a internet supposing during a place we are during during your travels.

If we are roving a lot and are looking for a dedicated mail server, do check out SMTP2GO. They even have a giveaway devise where we can send 20 emails per day; a good approach to get to know this smashing service.

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Travel apps a approach to go

TripAdvisor, now a world’s second many downloaded travel
app after Google Earth, skeleton to pull more
free mobile resources
to travellers.

Already, 31 million people have downloaded a apartment of TripAdvisor, City Guides and SeatGuru apps on their smartphone or other mobile devices, to assistance them tract journeys on a small screen.

TripAdvisor owners and arch executive Stephen Kaufer says: “We consider mobile has a event to change a approach folks correlate with information during a destination.�

Its City Guides, for instance, might be used offline during a end though incurring roaming fees. Each beam presents itineraries curated by experts, maps, reviews of attractions, a “Point Me There� underline that guides travellers to places regulating a GPS in a phone, and a biography that can be common with Facebook friends.

“From a perspective, that’s only a beginning. we would adore to ask my phone a ton some-more questions about what we should do, buy tickets on a phone, make reservations for cooking or use it to accommodate friends who are also in a same city or who live there,� he says.

TripAdvisor is not unconditionally there yet, though is banking on mobile and social-media technologies to open adult horizons.

After all, travellers, enamoured with mobile devices, have voted with their fingertips. Last year, mobile and inscription any accounted for 10-15% of sum sessions on TripAdvisor. The series of singular visitors regulating mobile inclination has doubled from 2011.

“There is copiousness of event for some unequivocally innovative expansion in that category,� Kaufer predicts.

TripAdvisor owners Stephen Kaufer himself explores a universe regulating a transport website he built. He is a inclusive reviewer, too. He recently spent a week in Istanbul and Cappadocia, and distils tips from that Turkey outing and other adventures. He travels about once a month.

Here’s his modus operandi:

Hotel: Check a ranking, afterwards strike a filter button, such as family or business to slight down a choice. For decent-sized cities, any hotel on a initial page of formula will appeal. Decide on a cost range.

Attractions: Skim reviews. Seek something new.

Queries: Use a transport forum. A response from someone with internal believe customarily pops adult within 24 hours.

He debunks a suspicion that TripAdvisor quashes extemporaneous travel, observant it forked him to a new experience: hot-air ballooning.

“Cappadocia has subterraneous cities 10 storeys deep. we suspicion that was fascinating.�

Ballooning was not on his to-do list there, though a reviews were all spectacular, so he attempted it for a initial time.

“It was really early in a morning and impossibly beautiful. If not for TripAdvisor, we wouldn’t have famous about it. we suspicion we was there to try history.�

Kaufer publishes reviews mostly underneath a pseudonym. “TripAdvisor offers badges for how mostly we review. we am one of a tip reviewers,� he says.

It is excellent for a skill owners to ask a guest to post reviews on TripAdvisor, he thinks. “But if we give a bonus or a giveaway bottle of wine, that’s clearly violating a rules. It’s excellent to ask though not to reward.�

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The Newly Opened 50th Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Outlet during KSL Complex in Johor Bahru.

The Coffee Bean Tea Leaf Cafe (N1.48544 E103.76290) had started a new opening in a KSL Shopping Mall Johor Bahru now! Located subsequent to a categorical opening to a mall. The cafeteria started business on final Saturday 27th Apr 2013, and it was crowded.

About Coffee Bean
Herbert B. Hyman started The Coffee Bean Tea Leaf ® in 1963 with a loyalty to value and quality, and his efforts done him a first father of epicurean coffee in California. The Coffee Bean Tea Leaf ® has given grown into one of a largest privately- owned, family-run coffee and tea companies in a world.

The continuation and recognition of The Bean, as it is affectionately referred to by devotees, can be attributed to a high standards that were determined from a beginning. From trend-setting drinks like a World Famous Ice Blended®, to a employees who turn a partial of a communities they work in, The Coffee Bean Tea Leaf ® has detected a regulation for a successful coffee and tea company.

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The deco is roughly same as other outlets and it has a indoor aircon and uncovered area.

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Another cosy area located inside a cafe, it’s a good place for those who wish some-more privacy…and we saw there was a energy supply hollow underneath a chairs, it’ll unequivocally welfare for those who wish to relax surfing in a cafe…

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Besides food, coffee and tea, they do sell accumulation of cakes, scones, puffs, pies and others…

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The Cheese cake was Really nice! Not too sweet…

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There are many forms of tea bags offered during a front opposite for those business who like to make their possess tea and suffer during home…
I was captivated by a coffee machines that arrangement in a cafe…
After patiently explained by a Marketing Manager – Ms Nikki Low, we know that we can buy that appurtenance with a capsules and suffer a accurately same ambience and aroma of coffee during home! Great!

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It has accumulation colour for particular preference, and we like a one in black…how about you? 🙂
These coffee machines are totally opposite from a coffee builder we used to see in a marketplace decade ago…well, record is so allege nowadays!
In and with their 50th Anniversary, their stream graduation is RM50 off any appurtenance purchased and 50 capsules free. Hurry while batch lasts!

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Most of a time when we revisit Coffee Bean Cafe, we usually took a coffee…but currently we attempted their breakfast set. It was a good!

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I took a toasted bread with half-boiled eggs – ‘Food for thought’ and my crony systematic a sausages and scrambled eggs – ‘Brek ‘O’ Day’. Both sets served with Coffee or Tea, and we had giveaway refill until 11am.

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Both breakfast were good and we suffer a atmosphere of a Coffee Bean Cafe. We can’t control a enticement of a Cheese cake that arrangement in a cake chiller, so finish adult any of us took one square of their signature Cheese cake. Oh! It was Delicious!

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The Coffee Bean Tea Leaf applaud their 50th anniversary this year and this is also their 50th outlets in Malaysia. What a coincidence! The government is giving 50% off for The Original Mocha / Vanila Ice Blended on a 29th April, 27th May and 24th June this year for all a outlets within Malaysia. Grab it and don’t skip it!

Beside this special offer, they also offer a Limited Edition 50th Anniversary TCB Card for their unchanging customers. It works like a prepaid label and we can collect additional points on a food and beverages any time we revisit Coffee Bean Cafe. The label is request to all patron and all outlets in Malaysia.

Still not enough? To applaud a opening of their 50th opening during KSL, they have distributed a Buy 1 get 1 free vouchers for their Ice Blended Mocha / Vanila until 27th May. If we don’t have a vouches, we can only uncover a opposite about a offer from their Facebook in your smartphone and they will giving a same payoff to everyone, pronounced Ms Nikki.

Ms Nikki pronounced The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf also yield catering services to bureau and home! You can sequence a tasty pastries and colorful cupcakes from them too! Please check out their Party Packs here.

All a cost of a dishes and drinks are settled in their central website : The Coffee Bean Tea Leaf.

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Beware a pickpockets

At many traveller spots in Paris like theLourve, tourists are during risk of beingpickpocketed.At many traveller spots in Paris like the
Lourve, tourists are during risk of being
pickpocketed.

The City of Love now has a indeterminate repute of ‘loving hands’ that slice off tourists.              

TOURISTS in Paris are reminded to be on ensure opposite increasingly contemptuous and assertive pickpockets after staff during a Louvre walked out in Apr to criticism opposite aroused operative conditions.

Saying they’re fed adult with traffic with gangs of thugs and being squabble at, insulted, threatened and even struck, 200 workers during one of a many famous museums in a universe – a Louvre receives about 10 million visits a year – staged a walkout, unsatisfactory a prolonged line of tourists.

The museum reopened a subsequent day with increasing military presence, though tourists visiting swarming places should sojourn vigilant. In a centre of Paris, thieves mostly work in groups of adult to 30, and customarily embody children from eastern Europe.

It’s a latest eventuality to taint a city’s repute in a eyes of a world. In March, a organisation of Chinese tourists were targeted by a squad of pickpockets, an conflict that done headlines around a world.

Meanwhile, a US Embassy in France offers visitors a horde of tips and suggestions on how to equivocate being a plant of a rapacious pickpockets – tips that can also be practical to transport around a world.

Here are a few highlights:

Keep usually what is essential in your wallet. For example, one credit card, one square of ID, and no some-more than ?50 (RM260). Make copies of your passport, and other ID cards.

Women are suggested to lift bags with a zipper enclosure, and to lift it firmly underneath their arm, somewhat in front of them. Swing your trek around so that it’s somewhat in front of you. Men can strengthen themselves by fixation a rubber rope around their wallet and putting it in their front pocket, something that will make it formidable for thieves to remove a wallet smoothly.

Be additional observant around vital traveller sites like a Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, a Champs-Élysées. Metros are also vital aim areas. If we are pickpocketed, start yelling for military immediately. The embassy advises opposite chasing down a perpetrators, as a wallet has many expected already been handed off to someone else within a group.

The Notre-Dame Cathedral is another sitewhere tourists are suggested to be on a warning for pickpockets and other pettycriminals.The Notre-Dame Cathedral is another site
where tourists are suggested to be on a warning for pickpockets and other petty
criminals.

If there are no confidence guards or military around, we should go to a internal military hire (commissariat) and record a complaint.

Know what you’re adult against:

The many renouned tactic on a metro is a crush-and-grab; You will be swarmed by several people, and in a chaos, as you’re being pushed, we will be pickpocketed.

Another tip: try to equivocate sitting or station right by a doors. Because another pretence they use is to squeeze a purse or smartphone, usually as a sight doors open and lurch away. Wherever we finish adult in a train, try to minimise entrance to your pockets and purses.

The age-old daze process involves a stratagem of seeking for directions, or attempts to sell we trinkets. During a distraction, someone will try to collect your pockets.

Another rather upsetting technique: Someone will chuck or brief something on we like H2O or ice cream. You will be approached by people who adopt to assistance you, and in a chaos, we will be pickpocketed.

ATM scams: If a appurtenance cooking your card, go into a bank immediately as it’s expected a machine’s been tampered with. Use usually ATMs from vital banks. Refrain from articulate to anyone during a transaction, as it’s expected partial of an try to fraud you.

As always, cover a keypad as we enter your pin code. – AFP RelaxNews

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