Terengganu, Malaysia: Sultan Mizan Royal Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Celebrates ASEAN Friendship and Cultural Exchange

Posted on October 19, 2015

Have you attended a royal event? Together with fellow Filipino travel blogger Julius of Lakwatserong Tsinelas, I had the special privilege of attending the 10th anniversary luncheon of the Sultan Mizan Royal Foundation (Yayasan DiRaja Tuanku Mizan) held last October 1st in Terengganu, Malaysia. The landmark occasion not only celebrated the achievements of the foundation for the past decade but also friendship and cultural exchange across the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region as the sector has grown exponentially within the region.Read More

Terengganu, Malaysia: Sparkling Elegance of the Crystal Mosque (Masjid Kristal) at the Islamic Civilization Park (Taman Tamadun Islam)

Posted on June 16, 2015

The most impressive structure in Kuala Terengganu sits along the Terengganu River. Costing around USD 80 million to build, the Crystal Mosque (Masjid Kristal) was constructed from 2006 to 2008 out of steel, glass and crystal on a man-made island called Pulau Wan Man. It can accommodate 1,500 worshippers at a time. Inside, the modern mosque is air-conditioned and features sparkling chandeliers. At night, the mosque is lit up in a dazzling array of colors that bounce off the highly reflective surfaces ofRead More

Terengganu, Malaysia: Clam Digging at the Setiu River

Posted on June 15, 2015

The Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival is about experiencing various aspects of the local way of life! Not only did we get to catch squid out at sea, but also collect clams from a river. From the Mangkuk village jetty in the district of Setiu, we boarded motorized fishing boats down Sungai Setiu (Setiu River) to a wide and open estuary at Muara Kuala Baru for clam digging or clam picking, locally known as mengutip kepah in Bahasa Malaysia. The speedboats zoomedRead More

Terengganu, Malaysia: Beautiful Waters of Redang Islands (Pulau Redang & Pulau Pinang)

Posted on June 12, 2015

After nearly two hours by ferryboat from mainland Terengganu, the vessel docked at the jetty of Pulau Pinang (Pinang Island), the administrative center of Redang Marine Park – one of the best places to go snorkeling and scuba diving in Peninsular Malaysia. Here, sparkling aquamarine waters immediately greeted our arrival on both sides of the jetty as we walked towards the beach. Snorkelers in bright-orange life vests bobbed in the cove, chattering in delight at the underwater views. Pulau Pinang is theRead More

Terengganu, Malaysia: Exploring Kenyir Lake, the Largest Manmade Lake in Southeast Asia

Posted on June 11, 2015

The state of Terengganu is well-known for its extensive coastline and island escapes, however, natural wonders can also be found inland. Traveling an hour from Kuala Lumpur to the forested  hinterlands of Hulu Terengganu, our group finds the incredibly vast and beautiful Kenyir Lake or Tasik Kenyir. With a surface area of 250 sq km, it is the largest manmade lake in Southeast Asia, created in 1985 with the damming of Kenyir River to support the Sultan Mahmud Power Station.Read More

Terengganu, Malaysia: Marveling at the Terengganu Inscription Stone (Batu Bersurat Terengganu) at the Terengganu State Museum

Posted on June 10, 2015

With a massive floor area of over 75,000 square meters spread over four interconnected buildings, the Terengganu State Museum or Muzium Negeri Terengganu at Kampung Losong, Kuala Terengganu is the largest museum complex in Malaysia and the rest of Southeast Asia. The architecture is inspired by traditional stilted houses one finds in kampungs (villages) across the Malaysian countryside. There are nine galleries housing thousands of artifacts and cultural relics, but the most significant artifact on display can be found atRead More