The last few months, especially during November 2016, were hectic to say the least. Little did we expect to be travelling so extensively (not that we mind). We feel honoured to have been invited by various parties to participate in several familiarisation trips, allowing us to feature various destinations for the benefit of our readers. We sincerely invite our readers to follow us as we share our experiences in all of our upcoming issues, including this one.
To kickstart 2017, we start off by focusing on selected Malaysian destinations, particularly the states that choose this year as their Visit Year: Perak (page 23), Terengganu (page 84) and Pahang (represented by Tioman Island on page 117). On top of that, we also include other tourism heavyweights like the state of Selangor (page 90), Sandakan (page 70), Melaka (page 78), Kuala Lumpur (58) and Labuan World War II heritage (page 94). There is also a feature on the much anticipated ASEAN Celebrity Explore Quest 2016 (page 62), a programme involving ASEAN celebrities savouring the delights of Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu as a way better understand and promote Malaysia. It is heartening to see that Malaysia’s travel and tourism sector is holding up well despite the global economic headwinds. Though it is believed that 2017 would also have its own challenges, we think that the Malaysian tourism industry will remain resilient.
Besides Malaysia, this issue also features the mesmerising Labuan Bajo, one of Indonesia’s diving hubs (page 50); exciting Jawa Timur (East Java) Park, an ideal family getaway (page 113); laidback Perth, which Australians consider as their most remote city yet more accessible from South East Asia (page 98); vibrant Chiba, the prefecture just next to Tokyo (page 104); and endearingly creative Taiwan (page 108). May our writing on these enriching destinations encourage our readers to explore them.
By the way, hope it is not too late to wish our readers Happy New Year!
See you in the next issue…
Cover Illustration by Emila Yusof
Page 14. Editorial Jottings
Page 16. Bulletin
GAYA SPECIAL FEATURE
Page 46. LEGO® NINJAGO™ The Ride: First in Asia
Page 44. The BROtimate Escapade: SonaOne’s Top Five Things to do with the Bros in Hong Kong
Page 23. PERAK GLITTERS IN 2017!
Page 30. Sony α6000: Why We Love It for Travel Photography
Page 34. Hitting the Seafood Jackpot at Crab Factory
Page 38. Cruise Accommodations in ASEAN
Page 42. Head-to-Toe Travel Gears
Page 50. Underwater Wonderland at Komodo National Park
Page 58. Kuala Lumpur, The City of Contrast and Diversity
Page 62. ACEQM 2016: When ASEAN Celebrities Invade Malaysia
Page 70. #ICYDK: A Journey into Nature and History in Sandakan
Page 78. In Case You Didn’t Know (#ICYDK) Melaka
Page 84. Terengganu Classic Experiences
Page 90. Grooving in Selangor, the Traditional Way
Page 94. Melancholic and Historic Labuan
Page 98. Alluring Perth, World’s 7th Most Liveable City
Page 104. Checking Up on Chiba – Part I of II
Page 108. Experience Taipei with Malindo Airlines: See, Shop, Eat, Sleep, Repeat
Page 113. Jawa Timur Park in Kota Wisata Batu: Fun and Excitement for the Whole Family in Just One Area!
Page 117. Start-in-Tioman 2016: It is Muslimah Divers’ Turn!
HOTELS & RESORTS
Page 123. Tanjung Inn: The Oasis in the Heart of Cherating
Page 126. Four Points By Sheraton Singapore, Riverview: The Right Choices for Independent Travellers
Page 128. Resorts World Langkawi: Enhanced Value-For-Money Luxurious Escape
Page 132. Altimet