Sandakan is a starting point for ecotourism destinations such as the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary, Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary,Turtle Islands Park, Kinabatangan River and Gomantong Caves.

Pulau Kapas

Pulau Kapas is a small island located only about 6km off Marang in the east coast state of Terengganu (about 1h north of Kuala Terengganu). It has quite and relaxed atmosphere because it is bypassed by the majority of the backpacker circuit looking for a more remote place like the Perhentian Islands. Pulau Kapas only get fairly busy on the weekends when locals come to island. There are a few good snorkeling spots around the island. All accommodations and beach are on the west coast facing the mainland. The west coast is the weather side has no sand beach, only rocks - it can be reached after a short walk through the jungle. Pulau Kapas shuts down during the monsoon season between November and February.

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Mirrors - street art in Georgetown, Penang


Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic is leaving his mark with beautiful wall painting of children all across historical Georgetown.

all photos below are courtesy of Ernest Zacharevic:
Ernest Zacharevic facebook page


collage of Ernest Zacharevic's work
collage of Ernest Zacharevic's work


wall painting in Armenian Street
the popular wall painting in Armenian Street


wall painting at Chew Jetty, George Town, Malaysia
wall painting at Chew Jetty


Ernest Zacharevicat work
Ernest Zacharevicat work


finished wall painting at Muntre 47, George Town, Malaysia
finished wall painting at Muntre 47


Timelapse video of Ernest Zacharevic's wall painting at the junction of Armenian Street & Pitt Street, Penang, Malaysia 25 - 29 June, 2011:

Ernest Zacharevic at Armenian Street, Penang from ownlypenang on Vimeo.

location map of the wall paintings:

location map of penang street art

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Ethnic unity ushers in a new phase in Malaysia (The Age)

Malaysia had it’s 12th general election on march 8, 2008 and it turned into a political tsunami with a strong opposition. This article sums in up nicely.


As a former british colony cars drive on the left side so watch out when you cross the road. It’s always better to look at both sides first. Malaysians can be crazy behind the wheel.