Archive | February 2015

9 Awesome Vacation Destinations in Thailand

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801Thailand is one of my favorite countries in the world for many reasons. Besides the delicious cuisine, friendly people, interesting culture, this country has some really awesome places to vacation. Over the years, Jason and I have visited numerous islands and beaches throughout the country. In this video, I highlight 9 key places to visit in Thailand! Every place is characterized by its unique atmosphere and activities. Whether you are into rock climbing, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, or just relaxing on a beautiful beach, Thailand has something for everyone!

Trying Something New: Snowboarding in Korea

People who are good at snowboarding always make it look so easy as they gracefully ride down the snowy hills. I really admire their skills.  Although snowboarding is a fairly popular leisure activity in Korea, I have always tried to avoid it.

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Truth be told, I was a bit intimidated by snowboarding. Both feet on one board while sliding down a snowy hill…ummm…No! In the past, I had tried surfing in Indonesia, and had decided riding a board just wasn’t for me. This fearful attitude, had kept me away from riding boards whether in water or on the snow for a long time.

However, here is my conflict. When it comes to adventure, I like to try new things at least once before I make up my mind. That is why I knew I had to give snowboarding a chance.

It just so happened that our next door neighbor and friend, Matt Reinhardt, had been teaching snowboarding for over a decade before he came to Korea. I had always admired his passion for snowboarding and trusted his teaching abilities. So, when he offered to teach us snowboarding, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Despite my fear, I had to try it at least once, right?

Well, I did! This video shows how we felt after snowboarding for the very first time.

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Learning to snowboard is like learning to travel. Traveling also requires skills, practice and courage. When you travel, you need to leave what is familiar and comfortable behind you in order to step into an unknown world. You need to overcome the initial fear and let yourself go.

When you finally begin sliding down the hill without tensing your legs so much, the ride is so much more fun! Eventually, after countless falls, you begin to learn how to control your board. When traveling at first, you will most likely make many mistakes or fall into tourist traps, but eventually you will learn the ways of a traveler.

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So, go ahead try something new! Perhaps, it is trying that weird looking food or learning to play a musical instrument. Try it, and you may just have lots of fun!

Gunung Mulu National Park: A Rainforest Adventure

After living in Taiwan for a year, we decided it was time to continue with our World Trip journey. The first country we visited during this second segment of our World Trip was Borneo. This is the third largest island in the world. It is divided between 3 countries: Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei. We visited the northern part of the island, which is mostly occupied by Malaysia.

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The Malaysian Borneo has two states, Sarawak and Sabah. Since Gunung Mulu National Park is located in a very remote area in the Sarawak region, we flew from Kota Kinabalu to Gunung Mulu airport. It was one of the smallest and cutest airports we had ever seen!

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Mulu National Park is a rainforest flourishing with great biodiversity and amazing natural beauty. During our 3 day stay at the park, we encountered so many interesting insects and animals. For example, we found this black and white worm to be very unique.

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We also spotted with creepy looking red centipede. It moved so fast!

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This looks like a branch, right? But it is actually an insect–a walking stick!

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These aggressive fire ants will bite humans.  Unfortunately, during a night hike, a fire ant bit my foot.  It really hurt and the pain continued to persist for awhile. Don’t wear sandals when you go hiking in a dark rainforest!

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During a short hiking, we explored a path that was usually not traveled by lots of tourists.  It lead us to this beautiful waterfall–the Paku Waterfall.

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To enjoy the views of the rainforest from high above, we decided to do our very first canopy walk. It was pretty cool to see the rainforest from this perspective!

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The Deer Cave is one of the major highlights at Mulu National Park. It is home to over 12 species of bats. It is also the largest cave passage in the world.

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With millions of bats inhabiting the cave, there is a lot of guano inside. I have to admit, the smell inside the cave was not very pleasant due to the piles of excrement.

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Every evening around 6pm, about 2 to 3 million bats fly out of the cave in search for food!  It was an absolutely amazing experience to see millions of bats flying high in the sky!

Anyone, who is a rainforest enthusiast and has a sense of adventure should definitely visit Gunung Mulu National Park. Within the rainforest lie marvelous creatures and natural wonders that are ready to be explored.

VIDEO: Usually within an hour, it is possible to see millions of bats flying out Deer Cave in small groups. This short video shows a group of bats coming out of cave during the evening.