Posts by: Shahida Sakeri

There’s such a thing as travelling the right way, and that means having the right travel gear. Here are some tried and tested accessories that can help make our long journeys more comfortable, packing more manageable, memories easier to record and overall experience more enjoyable! 1. SanDisk Connect Wireless...

Follow my journey through the #ICYDK programme in conjunction with Citrarasa Homestay Malaysia 2016 Carnival, to explore the other parts of Melaka, the land where the past meets the present.

It is interesting to learn that Selangor actually brims with colourful sights and sounds, which mostly resulted from the major influx of various influences like the Orang Asli (Peninsular Malaysia’s aboriginals), Javanese, Banjar, Bugis, Minangkabau, Chinese and Indian throughout the years due to trade and commerce,...

“All sorrows are less with bread” – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra For a person who loves pastry so much, it frustrates me to see the lack of bakeries or cafes serving real delicious baked goods in Malaysia. Though it is understandably not an originally Malaysian culture, eating properly baked pastries can be...

With AirAsia offering the Kuala Lumpur-Kaohsiung route 3x weekly with direct flights, the world, especially Malaysia, now seems closer to the southern-western Taiwan region that is home to Kaohsiung, Chiayi and Tainan. In the previous post, we have shared a quick guide on how to do Kaohsiung in a limited time. But...

What could be more invigorating for a seafood lover than walking into a restaurant that offers the freshest, meatiest and juiciest shellfishes swimming with secret spices and perfect seasonings in a convenient boil-in bag? I stopped by at the Crab Factory in Petaling Jaya recently for a late lunch with my colleagues,...

For a girl who grew up watching Disney movies, Disneyland to me sounds like a dream, the place where one ventures into the lands of fantasy and embrace the fond memories of Disney’s films, therefore a definite must-visit. Established since 1983, Tokyo Disneyland was the first Disney theme park opened outside the...

Okinawa offers extensive shopping options for shopaholics and browsers alike such as popular luxury goods, meticulous artisanal crafts, tasty snacks, cute souvenirs or exotic street products

If you are a lifestyle traveller who prefers modern midscale boutique hotels as opposed to the conventional type, then consider staying at the newly-launched four-star Mercure Kuala Lumpur Shaw Parade when being in the city.

The Okinawan people have a wonderful rich history. It was once part of an independent kingdom called Ryukyu that acted as a key player in the maritime trade networks that reached medieval East and Southeast Asia like Malacca, Pattani, Palembang, Siam and Sumatra.

It was on a rainy Friday evening when my friend and I went to Wood & Steel in Kota Damansara, an area now regarded as one of Selangor’s currently hip neighbourhood. And if you know the Kota Damansara well, you will certainly be aware of the too many cafes around the area. Some goes the extra length to be innovative,...

It’s hard not to feel nostalgic about instant noodles since many of us in Malaysia, including parts Asia, grew up eating them. They have been part of the dietary staple – we eat them during cold rainy nights at home with family; during our student days, devouring them in between long hours of study at hostels; during...

There have been many great individuals who had fought for the country’s independence, including Pahang’s Mat Kilau whose name was so significant that his name remains unforgettable even up to today. However, not many of us really understand his actual story for as he was a private man.

In the midst of the current craze of over-the-top food presentations, funky interiors and all things hipster, one sometimes forget that eating out, above all else, is essentially about the food – no frills, no nonsense, just simple real good taste to be enjoyed by oneself or with good company. That basic principle has...

Kuantan, to the Gaya Travel team, seems to be going on the right direction, providing friendly, laid-back dining spots that serve affordable serious food for both locals and travellers alike. The city is turning into a major culinary centre on Peninsular Malaysia’s East Coast through its wide range of eateries in the...

Sony α6000 compact interchangeable lens camera makes a travel-friendly companion. It is lightweight, sturdy, and will certainly impress advanced shooters with its dedicated controls, speedy performance and outstanding image quality, while amateurs will benefit from the accurate full-auto options and straightforward...

  According to a research by BridgeStreet Global Hospitality in 2015, six out of ten travellers are more likely to take a ‘bleisure’ trip today, while 83% of business travellers use their free time to explore the destination that they travelling to for a more enriching experience. As such, Singapore – which is...

Limoncello-Svago Bistro & Lounge is the place where patrons should abandon their diet and savour a combination of simple homemade dishes and a flavourful unique cuisine that is a blend of Asian and Italian.

According to UNESCO, Melaka is “a testimony to a living multi-cultural heritage and tradition of Asia, where the many religions and cultures met and coexisted.” Its history, strong heritage and old world charm attract both local and international travellers. Its accessibility from Klang Valley and Singapore also makes...

In the age of social media, the thought of going abroad without remaining connected with reliable internet access can be stressful for many travellers. Besides, there are so many things that you can do when you stay online abroad such as looking up at maps when you’re lost, enhance sightseeing with audio tours, buy...

Bags, holdalls, backpacks, knapsacks, cases – these items that become our luggage are so essential during travel that they could make or break our travel experience! Luggage serves the purpose of keeping our belongings organised without having to rearrange them over and over throughout the journey. Below, are just...

I had a very nice time out with my colleagues that night. We ate, drank coffee, played monopoly and enjoyed each other’s company at a gorgeous spot near the popular Jonker Street called Backlane Coffee. It was a Thursday evening, and the shop was not full unlike during weekends, which was completely fine by us, who...

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could bring that peacefulness found during vacation back home with us? For stressed-out city dwellers, silent retreats could be one of the best ways to completely remove every shred of stress from the system, leaving us travellers at peace, calm and back on track. For that reason, below...

Once ruled by the Lanna kingdom from the 13th until 18th century, Northern Thailand has long been regarded as Thailand’s most interesting region. It continues to be rooted in Thai tradition yet economically up-to-date. Its provinces include Chiang Mai, Lampang, Lamphun, Uttaradit, Phrae, Nan, Phayao, Chiang Rai and...

Europe's number 1 cruising company Costa Cruises is set to obtain certification for a Halal Kitchen onboard Costa Victoria, offering Muslim passengers a hassle-free vacation at sea without any dietary concerns, and an unique “Italy at Sea” cruising experience at the same time . The certification is expected to be...