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#Travellogues: 5 Things I Learnt from Travelling in Jordan

THING #1: Jordan is a conservative country.

Before I came to Jordan, I was expecting a very open, modern society  not much different from Turkey. However, I forgot that the main thing about Turkey is that it is mainly secularised.

While Jordan is modernised, I soon came to realise that people here are quite conservative. You will seldom see people revealing legs, or couples showing PDA.

Men and women, generally cover their hair, and wear loose clothing. Seldom you will see a lady wearing short jackets – as there is a preference for longer, knee length jackets.

In the Hammam (Turkish Bath) here, women generally wear bikinis or swimsuits, very unlike the one in Istanbul, where it is considered normal and expected to do hammam in the nude.

Jordan has a long rich history steeped in Judaism, Christianity and Islam and some people consider Jordan as a place of pilgrimage. Plenty of tourists come to see Mount Nebo where Moses (Nabi Musa SAW) looked at the Promised Land, and there’s the Bethany Site, where Christians believe to be the Baptism Site of Jesus.

In Islam, Moses is mentioned more in the Quran than any other individual, and his life is narrated and recounted more than that of any other prophet. Red Sea, on one side of Jordan, is also the body of water that Moses parted to let Muslims escape from the tyrannical Egyptian pharaoh.

With this kind of history, it’s no wonder that Jordan has maintained its conservatism, in the midst of it’s awesome modernity.

THING #2: Bedouins are so chill.

It’s true. If you want to experience true Arab hospitality, hang out with a bunch of bedouins. They will invite you for tea, and you can talk, do shisha 10 times over, chill till the sun goes down and comes back up again!

Jordanians are very family oriented and extremely generous. They stay together, work together, share their earnings, share their food, help each other, and will welcome you into the fold just like that. I’ve read that extending good hospitality is not just something admirable to do but a sacred duty and honor.

Arabs may look super serious sometimes, but know that most are good people. I really am inclined to believe that.

Don’t believe everything you see or hear in the media. We had the best time and people are super friendly!

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See their generousity and kindness from your own eyes.

THING #3: Jordanians eat a LOT but they don’t eat fish!

I loveeeee everything I ate in Jordan. Food is not expensive, but I wouldn’t say it’s cheap. The whole time I was in Jordan, I didn’t even touch a piece of fish.

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Aside from the expected shawarmas, which Jordanians prefer to eat with soury sides like pickles, and salads.

I still see no fish.

It’s no wonder since Jordanian food mostly consists of nuts, and vegetables and meat. Lots and lots of meat – especially lamb. This is not a problem. I LOVE MY MEAT!

A bedouin specialty in Wadi Rum, this was a dish cooked inside the ground called zarb.

“A mix of meat like lamb and chicken, rice, onions and carrots, are placed in a square hole in the ground, which is filled with flaming hot coals. The hole is then covered with a few layers of blankets to hold in the heat and finally sand is covered over the oven.”

From here.

Yummy or not??? We had it at the Wadi Rum Luxury Night Camp we stayed in and it was served on a communal platter, sort of like a mandy. We all helped ourselves to seconds (and thirds!)

So many fresh produce available. Jordan is blessed by an abundant land.

I love baba ghanoush!

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I love the hummus here! It was suuuuuper yummy! Lifelong fan of hummus, I never thought I’d finally have it in the Middle East. Haha.

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Does it matter that there’s no fish? Hehe.

THING #4: The landscape can change dramatically as you drive from one end to the other.

It really is worth it to rent a car and just drive yourself.

From cityscape, to desert as far as your eyes can see, to suddenly seeing amazing rock formations, the landscape dazzles and takes your breath away.

Pine trees dot the journey to the Dead Sea.

Beautiful mountains at the very entrance of Wadi Rum.

Random drive in Petra area.

Wadi Rum as TE Lawrence described it:

“Vast, echoing and god-like”

I was in awe as we drive off road into the Wadi Rum protected area.

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THING#5: You can swim in winter.

During winter, the temperature in Jordan can range from 5 to 10 degrees celcius. But don’t let that stop you from packing swimwear.

The Dead Sea is the lowest point on Earth and generally very pleasant at about 20-25 degrees celsius when we were there. The water is cool, but still very swimmable (dip-able rather cause it’s super hard to swim due to the saltiness haha).

Salt mixed with sand from the beach. The Dead Sea has the highest salt content in the world and no bacteria or living thing can exist in there. In fact, even us humans cannot stand dipping for more than 5 minutes!

Some facts about the Dead Sea from well, Wikipedia (don’t judge!):

The Dead Sea is bordered by Jordan to the east and Israel and Palestine to the west. Its surface and shores are 430.5 metres (1,412 ft) below sea level,[4][6] Earth’s lowest elevation on land. The Dead Sea is 304 m (997 ft) deep, the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. With 34.2% salinity (in 2011), it is 9.6 times as salty as the ocean, and one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water.

Being in the Dead Sea was definitely of of the highlights of my trip. We went to the Amman Tourist Beach, and entrance costs JD20 (BND40) and you can rent a towel and locker for JD5 (BND10). There are public showers that are quite clean.

IMG_6321.JPGIf I ever come back I would actually go to a hotel and really take my time. I’m definitely a beach bum!

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Travelogues: Jordan, Qatar & UAE – 3 Expensive Countries for under BND3000

WHAT AN EPIC TRIP I JUST CAME BACK FROM!

In a nutshell:

  • JORDAN: Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum, Dead Sea
  • QATAR: Doha (Museum of Islamic Arts, Souq Waqif, Villagio Doha)
  • UAE: Dubai (Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Mall, Al Hibab Desert, Naif Souq)

So since a lot of people asked about our itinerary and budget, I’ve decided to publish it here.

FYI, my travel style is usually full of activities and touristy things, but  for this trip, we had 2 big shopaholics so we all must compromise hahaha. Jordan was full on no shopping (didn’t even buy a Pandora charm!) but spent a lot of time in Malls and Souqs at both Doha and Dubai. But actually, in both destinations, there are plenty of things you can do other than retail therapy so I’m also gonna list those down for my next trip there (perhaps!).

We used many different airlines (it’s my thing haha – I love to try different different airlines and airports just to see and compare like the judgy person I am). They are:

Qatar Airways was an interesting ride as it has wifi – free for 15 minutes (or 500mb – I think) – operated by Qatari telco Ooredhoo. However, not as convenient as other airlines cause it leaves from Al Maktoum International Airport which is about 45 minutes – 1 hour from Downtown Dubai.

Without further ado the itinerary:

ITINERARY

DAY ACTIVITY ACCOMODATION
DAY 1
Flight: Brunei to Dubai
(Royal Brunei Air)
DAY 2
Flight: Dubai to Amman
Royal Jordanian
Check in Thousand Nights Hotel
Arrange rental car
Explore Amman
Early Dinner
DAY 3
Drive to Petra
Check in Seven Wonders Bedouin Camp
Explore Petra
DAY 4
Check out Seven Wonders Bedouin Camp
Drive to Wadi Rum
4×4 Tour of Wadi Rum
Check in Wadi Rum Luxury Camp
DAY 5
Check out Wadi Rum Luxury Camp
Drive to New Amman Palestinian Refugee Camp
Drive to Dead Sea – Amman Touristic Beach
Check in Capri Suites
DAY 6
Check out Capri Suites
Africana Hotel
Flight: Amman to Dubai
(Royal Jordanian Air)
Check in Africana Hotel Sutchi Hotel
DAY 7
Flight: Dubai to Doha
Qatar Airways
Check in Plaza Inn Doha
Explore Doha – Museum of Islamic Arts, Lagoona Mall
DAY 8 Explore Doha – Souq Waqif, Villagio Doha Plaza Inn Doha
DAY 9
Check out from Plaza Inn Doha
Flight: Doha to Dubai
Qatar Airways
Check in Flora Hotel Apartments
DAY 10
Take Metro to The Dubai Mall
Flora Hotel Apartments
Explore Deira area
DAY 11 Explore Dubai: Desert Safari, Naif Souq Flora Hotel Apartments
DAY 12 Explore Dubai: Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Mall Flora Hotel Apartments
DAY 13
Check out Flora Hotel Apartments
Leave for airport
Flight: Dubai to Brunei
(Royal Brunei Air)

As usual, all accomodation (hotels/camps) are booked from agoda.com, except for one – which I booked on booking.com (btw I highly discourage anyone from booking through here – will talk about my experience in another post!).

Next topic: BUDGET!

Budget for travelling is a highly subjective thing. You can go all out, or u can pick and choose what you like, and are willing to spend. Use mine as a guide: you can follow it, or you can choose to add on more activities. 🙂

FLIGHTS

Return flight from Brunei to Dubai Royal Brunei Air $713.00
Return flight from Dubai to Amman Royal Jordanian Airlines $400.00
Return flight from Dubai to Doha Qatar Airways $237.00
TOTAL $1,350.00

ACCOMODATION

Destination & Hotel Duration Total For 1 pax
Doha: Plaza Inn Doha x 2 nights 2 nights $270.00 $90.00
Dubai: Flora Hotel Apartments, Dubai 4 nights $622.00 $207.00
Dubai: Sutchi Hotel, Dubai 1 night $90.00 $30.00
Jordan: Capri Suites (includes Breakfast) 1 night $100.00 $25.00
Jordan: Seven Wonders Bedouin Camp (includes Breakfast) 1 night $144.00 $36.00
Jordan: Thousand Nights Hotel (includes Breakfast) 1 night $322.00 $80.50
Jordan: Wadi Rum Luxury Camp – Stargazer Tents (includes Breakfast & Dinner) 1 night $640.00 $160.00
TOTAL I PAID $635.50

OTHERS

Visa to enter Qatar QR100 $43.00
Visa to enter Jordan Waived* $0.00
Jordan Pass JD70 $150.00

For Qatar: Something we didn’t realise (forgot to research) upon entering Doha was that Bruneians need a visa to enter. But no worries, upon arrival, the officer will prompt you to pay QR100 (by credit card) and your visa will be ready in like 1 minute. The process is simple and QR100 is only BND40-ish.

For Jordan: As Jordan is near conflict countries, Syria, et al, Jordan understandably experienced a significant dip in the number of tourists coming in. Something that the Tourism Jordan did to promote tourism and combat the dip, was to implement something called a Jordan Pass. With a Jordan Pass, they waive visa fees (which is usually about BND80 for Bruneians) as well as entrance fees for over 40 tourist attractions in Jordan including the valuable 1 day pass for Petra (this usually costs about JD50 or BND100).

TRANSPORTATION

DOHA: Taxi back to Hamad International Airport QR40 $17.00
DOHA: Taxi to Plaza Inn Doha QR40 $17.00
DOHA: Taxis in Doha QR100 $43.00
DUBAI: Taxi to Suutchi Hotel, Dubai AED30 $15.00
DUBAI: Taxi to Al Maktoum International Airport, Dubai AED80 $40.00
DUBAI: Taxi from Al Maktoum International Airport to Flora Hotel Apartments* AED80 $40.00
DUBAI: Metro rides AED8 x 5 trips or so = AED40 $20.00
DUBAI: Taxi to Dubai International Airport AED30 $15.00
JORDAN: Taxi to Thousand Nights Hotel JD25 $50.00
JORDAN: Rental car JD30 x 3 days = JD90 $180.00
JORDAN: Fuel (2x Full Tank) JD30 $60.00
JORDAN: Taxi to Queen Alia International Airport JD30 $60.00

Generally we use Taxis when we absolutely need to so u will see plenty of taxis for airport haha. Anyway, everything is split to 3 or 4 so it becomes quite affordable. Anything else we walk or use public transport.

*There is actually a bus service that runs from Al Maktoum International Airport to the City Centre that costs AED9 (BND5) only – they run every 1 hour and is certainly the cheaper option if you don’t have many bags. 🙂

INTERNET

As u all can imagine, having connectivity is very important. We need internet for car navigation, googling, and staying in touch with each other AND people back home – so this is like a MUST have for me.

JORDAN: Internet Sim Card (Zain Prepaid with 3GB) JD9 $18.00
DUBAI: Sim Card (Etisalat Visitor Line Pack with 1GB) AED100 $42.00
DOHA: Sim Card (Vodafone Prepaid with 1GB) QR80 $40.00

Isn’t Dubai and Doha prepaid sims so expensive compared to Jordan? Plus I cannot share it on my MiFi!

ACTIVITIES

ACTIVITIES PRICE
(in local currency)
PRICE (in BND)
DOHA: Entrance to Museum of Islamic Arts QR0 $0.00
DOHA: Hanging out at Souq Waqif QR0 $0.00
DUBAI: Dubai Desert Safari + BBQ Dinner & Entertainment for 3 people AED250 $110.00
DUBAI: Hanging out at Burj Khalifa AED0 $0.00
JORDAN: Entrance Fee to Petra Waived* $0.00
JORDAN: Guide to bring us around in Petra for 4 people JD50 $100.00
JORDAN: Entrance Fee to Wadi Rum Waived* $0.00
JORDAN: 4×4 Tour of Wadi Rum for 4 people JD90 $180.00
JORDAN: Entrance Fee to Dead Sea – Amman Tourist Beach** JD20 $40.00
JORDAN: Towel & Locker Rental at Amman Tourist Beach (Dead Sea) JD5 $10.00

FOR DOHA:

  • We didn’t have time, but if you do, spend some time to visit the Corniche and go up the traditional Dhow boats for a cruise. Prices are available here.
  • If it was up to me, we should’ve gone to the Katara Cultural Village. (We went to the Villaggio Mall instead hehehe – like I said I was with shopaholics. Compromise! I enjoyed myself there as well!)

FOR DUBAI:

  • We didn’t do this but I think it is worthwhile to spend some time and money to go up to the Burj Khalifa’s 125 floors and see the panoramic view of Dubai from the tallest building in the world.
  • If I had time I would’ve also done a: Palm Jumeirah & Burj Al Arab Boat Tour (around AED200) and a proper city tour!

FOR JORDAN:

  • *Waived because we have the Jordan Pass
  • **The coast of the Dead Sea is dotted with fabulous resorts! If you have time, I recommend staying one night there. For us, we had limited time and we didn’t know it’s actually warm enough to swim there – we opted to go to a public beach aptly called the Amman Tourist Beach. Changing rooms,  (cold) showers are free and lockers and towels are available for rent! 🙂
  • If we had more time: would’ve visited Mount Nebo, Jerash and the Amman Citadel.

Had so much fun during this trip! I hope this guide is useful to u, and as u can see, we didn’t really spend a ton on money. Hahaha. After splitting down to 3 or 4, we pretty much only spent about BND2500. Add on another BND500 for food (cause I’m a big girl who loves her restaurants!).

So there are many many opportunities to save on this itinerary. Accommodation can be cheaper, and we can take less taxis. We also enjoy eating in restaurants – as opposed to cheaper fast food options but that’s preference – and you don’t need to eat at fancy schmancy places like meee!

Hotel reviews, which area to stay, things to do, travel tips and more detailed stories and photos coming in next posts! 🙂 Stay tuned.

 

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A Walk around Kampong Ayer

Last week, me and bestie, supremely free and available, decided that we wanted to walkabout Kampong Ayer. 

Parked at Yayasan, and grabbed a water taxi to the other side – this costs 50 cents.


We requested to be dropped off at Kg Bakut Berumput cause that’s where Kunyit7 Lodge is. Alas the place was not open as Kem, the  lovely host, was out for a walking tour with guests.


So what are we to do? Go on a walking tour of our own of course! 


Armed with no bearing and directions, we walked towards the direction of the Kampong Ayer Cultural and Tourism Gallery – hoping that it’s open on a public holiday haha. (It’s not)


Along the way we saw houses ravaged by fire, houses thriving, and houses getting by.


Some houses have their boats parked up front. Some are undergoing renovations.


Life seems simple and very close knit. People sit on the porch of their houses (sometimes smoking) and watch people walking by. 

Shortly we arrived at the housing scheme of Kampung Lorong Sikuna. The houses are fabulous and super modern here and I’ve actually never realised of their existence. These houses, have permanent deeds (bergaran) unlike most houses in Kampong Ayer. 

We also discovered that the Ketua Kampong, Hj Ahmad, operates a homestay from his house…. which has a wedding dais. Also he has wedding costumes. 

Therefore:

So me besanding, with no hubby hahaha. 

He has plenty of trinkets from the past:


A quick glance on the FB page shows he gets plenty of tourists visiting.

The house is modern, but the things inside are uniquely traditional Malay. 

As we walked around we realised people have built their lives around the supposed “modern” houses. 

We can see inside the houses, are not much different than the normal wooden houses on the other parts of Kampong Ayer. Almost like the house is just a shell depicting modernity but hey inside they’re still clutching on to their traditions.

This one runs an interesting business out from the house – renting chairs for weddings and functions. They’re loading the chairs on that boat to be sent off somewhere.

Another operates a cafe.


Interesting glimpse into the lives of people living here. I cannot imagine the daily grind of buying groceries and lugging them from the boat to the kitchen (heavy!), buying gas, and how about going to work? 

Means early morning already need to go on the water taxi, where do they park? Gosh. It feels like so far away yet it’s literally just 1 minute boat ride from the city.


Finally our tour ended at this modern pier where another water taxi picked us up and sent us back to Yayasan. 

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2016: Roundup, Highlights and Downlows

Did the year just zoomed pass? Hehe. December is here and 2017 is fast approaching – in less than 24 hours! I had so much fun this year so I’m going to try and list down some highlights for the year:

TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS

#aegeanodyssey2016:

Our trip to the historic city of Ephesus, enigmatic Istanbul, breathtaking Cappadoccia as well as Athens, Greece.

What an amazing trip and what an experience!

Read all about it here:

#gdmaurinaKKoverlandtrail

This year, the husband and I, armed with Waze, for first time drove long distance to KK! How fun it is! The roads are very comfortable, the drive very easy and of course I love the company. 🙂

Stayed at very comfortable Ming Garden Hotel, KK. 🙂

#TRIPOFWONDERS

I CANNOT get over this trip. The journey, sponsored by Tourism Indonesia, sees us jetting all over from Jakarta, Lombok, Banyuwangi, Makassar & Bandung!

I CAN’T believe I managed to climb a freaking volcano I REALLY CAN’T!

Read all about my trip here:

#53SHADESOFBANGKOK

Back in Bangkok again this year but this time, with my favourite colleagues!

How amazing that we managed to catch the Elle Men Bangkok Fashion Week!

That super duper awesome fine dining experience at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon!

That DURIAN BUFFET at Emquartier!!!!

Everytime I come to Bangkok it is different!

For more photos, check out: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/53shadesofbangkok/

#KualaLumpurI’mBack

A solo trip for work, but hey that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy! Took the time to catch up with friends and eat!!!

Some highlights:

MORE photos on my instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/maurinatravel2016/ 

STAYCATION HIGHLIGHTS

#gotemburong

So glad I went on this trip!!! Collaborated with Brunei Tourism for this awesome weekend package and stayed in a campsite!

Read more about it here:

THE EMPIRE HOTEL & COUNTRY CLUB

Scenic place for photos plus always a lovely place to enjoy a staycation 🙂

BANDAR WATERFRONT

Generally very hot to hang out here, but late afternoons, I love to take photos here!

Of course not to forget Bandarku Ceria (car-free Sunday events) held every Sunday in Bandar Seri Begawan.

JERUDONG PARK & WATERPARK

SERIA BEACH, OIL & GAS DISCOVERY CENTRE & BILLIONTH BARREL MONUMENT

PANTAI TANJONG BATU, MUARA

A newly discovered beach! Find the simpang on the left as soon as u enter Muara after the first roundabout from highway.

DEVICE HIGHLIGHTS

Hahahahahahaha!!!!! I’m so tired of writing this post already!!!!

But I also wanted to say that my life has changed after the purchase of this device! 

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I love it! Ok that’s all.

This has been the most wonderful year. Next year I look forward to more travels, and more new experiences.

FOR NOW, HAPPY NEW YEAR AND MUDAHAN AKU KURUS TAHUN DEPAN! AMIN!

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Choose to be Happy

Today I found an article about choosing to be happy:

Sebenarnya, bahagia tidaklah butuh alasan. Kamu bahagia karena kamu ingin bahagia. Kamu tidak bahagia karena kamu tidak ingin bahagia. Sesederhana itu. Kamulah satu-satunya orang yang memegang kendali atas perasaanmu, jangan biarkan kebahagiaanmu terpatok pada seseorang atau sesuatu.

Roughly translated, it means, 

“Happiness does not need a reason. You are happy because you want/choose to be happy. You are unhappy because you choose to be unhappy. It’s as simple as that. You are the only one driving/controlling your state of happiness, and it is not dependent on someone or something.”

I find that so beautiful and deep in its simplicity. 

How to choose to be happy? By being content and grateful. 

Surely if one is never grateful then, she can have a million things from her list of wants and can never be satisfied. 

Alternatively if you have nothing, yet you are grateful in your nothingness- you are choosing to be happy. In some magical way, you are strangely fulfilled in your state of incompleteness.

Happiness should not be pegged to something that may or may not happen, something that have or have not happenned. 

Happiness should be free from material.

It should exist from within you. It is your choice. 

You are the driver of your own happiness. 

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5 Things They Do in a Facial

To be honest I am a new facial convert. I am not a fan of people touching my face and lying in bed for a long time hanya untuk di seksa hahaa. But I did some work for a spa last year and it included doing a deep cleansing facial. 

IMMEDIATELY after the facial, I noticed my skin felt softer, much like a baby’s butt! But the best part was for a few weeks after the facial, my skin was glowing and radiant. 

I WAS HOOKED!  Siapa jua nda mau lawa?!!

Eversince then, facial is a regular part of my beauty routine. And I really highly recommend it to all you ladies (and gents!) yang mau lawa and kerapian macam aku.

So if you are new to the whole facial routine, here is basically what it entails:

1. DEEP CLEANING

I can tell u the aesthetician (yakni this is what u call a person who does your facial) will seriously clean you up. 


Because of this, I feel it’s best to do a facial at the end of a work day, before you go home to wind down. Suruh amah saja masak atau tapau ok. Lapas facial jangantah sibuk2 kan masak. Hubby hubby bah please apa jua sebulan sekali. All women need maintenance ok!

2. SCRUBBING

Yes they will apply a scrub to exfoliate all the dead skin cells that built up from your daily activities. After the scrub, usually I can immediately see my skin looking more bright. 

Why don’t the scrubs we use at home have this effect? I really dunno?!

3. EXTRACTION


At the hand of an unskilled aesthetician, this is painful!!! Basically she will extract blackheads to keep your pores clean and prevent acne so make sure u find an aesthetician with a gentle hand.

In some places, before extraction, they steam your face for a few minutes to “open up” your pores. Some aestheticians say it’s not necessary. 

To some, it can get uncomfortable so if you are one of those people, do specify that you don’t want the steam. 

4. MASK

Depending on the condition of your skin, there will be a mask applied. I’ve seen a mud mask, cream masks, gel masks, depending on your skin’s needs. 


By the way, my aesthetician recommends to use masks at home 2x a week to preserve your post-facial glow.

5. FACE MASSAGE

Some places have machines to massage your face- they range from simply improve blood circulation, to stimulating collagen production. Some just zap away bacteria that promotes acne… some have lifting and whitening function. Some are just cool to see hahaha. 


Looks like a karaoke machine hahaa…

But face massage can also be done by a skilled aesthetician with her hands, more often for a lifting effect. 

While I don’t enjoy people touching my face, I’ve grown to find it very nyaman!
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This week I actually did a hydrating facial in a new salon called The Beauty Spot and I LOVE IT! Siuk, lawa dan nyaman the place. 

Check out my video below! 

Treatments are varied from hydrating, deep cleansing, to lifting and whitening and they even have a machine that supposedly sculpts much like botox. 😱😱😱 

It’s definitely the best time to go try out a facial cause for your first treatment, you get 50% discount! 

For more info, check out their Instagram – @thebeautyspotbn

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#GoTemburong Day 03: Bamboo Chicken, Rafting, Bangar Tamu, Burger Udang Galah

On the third day, we were supposed to wake up at 5am for a morning trek to catch a pretty sunrise.

We all woke up 730am – slept like BATU.

So no sunrise.

But breakfast was a beautiful spread of nasi lemak, eggs, baked beans, toast, and kuihs ♥️

I have to say Freme really is very experienced handling international tourists. They know to serve simple and seemingly local cuisine as well as foods that foreigners are more familiar with.

So since we missed the sunrise trekking, we had a more relaxing morning which began with a cooking class, followed by rafting, and a tour of Bangar. Check it out in my vlog below. 🙂

TRYING OUR HAND AT BAMBOO CHICKEN


Bamboo Chicken or Ayam Pansuh is an Iban dish which combines chicken, potatoes, garlic, tamarind, onions, lemongrass and ginger and then gently stewed in an actual bamboo over charcoal. The result is a lovely, tender chicken dish that soothes the soul.


Our guide, Fiona, who is an Iban herself mentioned that the dish is usually eaten with rice also cooked in bamboo – resembling lemang.

Both has a smoky and subtle bamboo flavour resulting from the vessel where it’s cooked. But more importantly it tastes very clean and wholesome.

RAFTING YAKNI HANDAL

One of our activities that day was rafting. I didn’t participate as I really can’t lift my arms 😂 but Gzul and Shaf were really into it! Have a look at these posers haha.


And sudah siap kajah atu diusung bagai queen.


😂😂😂😂 Nda kan melambai!!!!

BACK TO BANGAR

We has sometime to rest, had lunch and pack, and then off we went to Bangar.


In Bangar we had a walking tour, that ended at the Tamu.


We got to buy tidbits to bring home. Yums! Yam Chips, Wajid, and omg, best of all: BURGER UDANG GALAH.


I can’t even. NYAMAN BERABIS DI DUNIA!!! The paste on the handmade prawn patty are the prawn fats (otak udang!).

😳😳😳😳😳

Take me back to Temburong!

END OF OUR 3D2N CAMPSITE EXPERIENCE

It’s a bittersweet end as I seriously enjoyed this package and the company I had all the way! In the beginning I thought omg, hope I’ll survive ok haha – u know I love my urban comforts- internet, aircond, etc. But it actually reminded me how much I enjoy nature. I don’t really know how to describe it but it makes me feel alive.

Some people may think that it’s not suitable for kids but actually, in the campsite there was also a local family and a little boy having the best of times!

For more info on the package that we did, head on over to Brunei Tourism’s website. Thank you to Brunei Tourism who gave us the opportunity to experience this package and a million thank yous to our hosts both at AZ Back to Nature, as well as at the Freme Rainforest Lodge. I enjoyed myself completely and highly recommend this package!