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Day 7 [ Everest Base Camp ] Dingboche to Lobuche

If you haven’t read the previous day, you can do so here: Day 6 [ Everest Base Camp ] Acclimatization Day at Dingboche

Two days away. We are two days away from Everest Base Camp. After 6 days of continuous hiking, we are barely 48 hours away from our destination. We woke up to a blanket of snow outside our room in Dingboche. The temperature was low and waking up was not easy. Honestly, sleeping in seems like such a treat but no, the trek has to be covered and the destination has to be reached.

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Day 5 [Everest Base Camp] Tengboche to Dingboche

If you haven’t read on our Day 4 adventure, here’s the link: Day 4 [Everest Base Camp] – Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

It was 6.30am in the morning. I can hear Deepak knocking on the door.

“Mike, are you feeling better?”

Yes, I feel much better now. I didn’t lie. That was the truth. Despite waking up a few times last night, I felt energetic this morning. The fatigue I had the day before is gone. And I actually felt, hungry. The morning was still cold from the snow fall last night and we did our usual routine of packing up and heading down for breakfast. (more…)

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MALAYSIANS! How to check if you are on the travel blacklist

I bet you have no idea that currently, there are more than 800,000 Malaysians which have been blacklisted from leaving the country. This could be due to a lot of reasons: outstanding student loan, outstanding tax repayment, outstanding warrant. Now the last thing you want is to happily reach the airport with your luggage bag and be told that you are NOT ALLOWED to leave the country. Better be safe than sorry. Always remember to check your blacklist status before your travel! (more…)

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Day 4 [ Everest Base Camp ] – Namche Bazaar To Tengboche

If you missed out on Day 3, you can read it here: Day 3 – Acclimatization Day At Namche Bazaar


“Do you want to give up and turn back?” Jacqueline asked while I tried to force down the Sherpa Stew served in front of me. I kept quiet, trying to hold back tears of regret that are welling up in my eyes.

Exactly 12 hours ago, we woke up to a temperature of about 4°C and started packing our bags as usual. It’s the normal routine that will repeat for a couple more days. Wake up, pack, head down for breakfast and head out. During breakfast, you would request your guide to fill up the water bottle or water bladder, which he will happily oblige and return with a bag full of water. You will then drop in a purification tablet and let it settle for an hour before drinking the water. This is done to prevent diarrhea and other stomach related complications. And neglecting that was a costly mistake that I did on day 4. (more…)

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7 Creepy Abandoned Cities In The World You Never Heard Of

Just like beautiful places and unique buildings, creepy cities, and abandoned hoods arouse the curiosity of travellers all over the world. There are many places which have been totally abandoned and neglected.  Over the years, an aura of creepiness envelopes these places and can give you chills right down to your bone.  Feel your hackles rising? Read on to know more about 7 creepy abandoned cities. (Don’t read this before you sleep) (more…)

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Day 3 [ Everest Base Camp ] – Acclimatization Day @ Namche Bazaar

If you missed out on Day 2, you can read it here: Day 2 – Phakding to Namche Bazaar


The sleep last night at Namche Bazaar was a blessing. Our room was considerably warm although Deepak told us it was really windy outside at night. I guess the heavy duty sleeping bag that was given to us by Nepal Hiking Team played it’s role well. It’s day 3 of our Everest Base Camp trek.

We started our day slightly later than usual, waking up at 7am and took our breakfast at 7.30am. We didn’t have to pack our stuff since we are going to stay another night at the same teahouse. Today is our first acclimatization day during the trek. What happens is that we will trek to (more…)

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Everest Base Camp [Day 2] – Phakding to Namche Bazaar

If you missed out on day 1, you can read it here: Everest Base Camp [ Day 1 ] – Lukla to Phakding

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It was day two of our Everest Base Camp hike with Nepal Hiking Team. We woke up at around 6.30am to a temperature of about 10°C. Shortly after cleaning up and packing our stuff into the duffle bag, we moved down to the dining hall for our breakfast before moving out. Deepak was already waiting for us as the dining hall while enjoying a cup of ginger tea. “Are you ready for today? Any headaches or pain? No? Good!” Those are the questions that he will ask us every morning for the next couple days of our hike. (more…)

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Everest Base Camp [Day 1] – Lukla to Phakding

Our plane landed safely on the runway of Tenzing-Hillary Airport, Lukla at approximately 10am, signalling the start of our Everest Base Camp trek. The 40 minutes plane ride from Kathmandu was one of the most amazing but at the same time scary experience for us. Flying in a 12-men STOL  (short takeoff and landing) plane from a local company called Sita Air, our plane caught turbulence (more…)

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Travel Tips: Choosing Accommodations for Female Travelers

Choosing an accommodation is deemed as an essential thing that needs to be settled off first thing in hand upon arrival or even before we start off our journey. What more can you ask, after coming back after a long day of sightseeing, you should have some space to pamper yourself before going to bed, and getting prepared for tomorrow’s big plan. If possible, try to have the habit of reserving your accommodation before you kickstart your traveller’s mode, or if there are no room available, you can always make the booking just upon your arrival. Below are four things that female travellers should look for before considering her stay in an accommodation.

  1. Safety and security

Safety issues have always become the major concern for most of the first-timers and even the professional travellers. Exceptionally, all travellers faced a lot of risks and problems along their journey to the other side of the world. But, when you are a female planning to travel solo, the frequency of the risks are doubled compared to the risks faced by the male travellers or when you are travelling in a group. The first thing to do is to use your common sense to ensure the surrounding area is safe and the front door is easily accessible, secure and stress-free. You may also want to look at the room before confirming the reservation. You can check for any peephole in the room or if safe are provided for the safety of your belongings. It is also important to check if the toilet and the in-room telephones are functioning well before you commit with the reservation.

 

  1. Location

For more safety precautions, you might want to make sure the location of your accommodations is as highly accessible as possible. Find the hotels or rooms that are located in a friendly neighbourhood, patrolled by the policemen and highly guarded. The lobby should be well-lit lit and constantly staffed with lobby attendants who can see the people come and go to and from the accommodation. Avoid hotels or rooms located in quiet places with dark alleys. Try to ask the receptionist about the hotel’s surrounding and condition before making any reservation. You might also want to consider an accommodation located near to the major attractions, whether close to the city or nearer to the airport. It is convenient to find a hotel located near to the convenient store, restaurant, or even the coffee shops, but it’s all up to you own preferences, so as to make sure you can stay as comfortable like when you’re in a home.

 

  1. Good services and amenities

While travelling, you are in fact, staying far from your comfort zone. If you are strict on budget, it is crucial to make sure the service provided by the accommodation is compatible with the price you pay for your stay. Make every penny worth. Therefore, it is recommendable to choose an accommodation that can provide you with variety options of services other than room cleaning service and laundry service, such as complimentary shuttle service, chartered car or buses, or even private drivers. Using these services, you can travel worry-free and save more time and expenditure. Other than that, you would want to make sure that the accommodation can provide you with free, unlimited Wi-Fi connection and this should be on your must-have list before considering your stay in the accommodation. Some hotels reserved a floor, especially for women. As a female traveller, you would want to contemplate on this special treatment provided by the hotel for your own well-being while staying in the hotel. Other basic amenities such as fan, heater or air conditioning should also be checked upon before considering your stay in the accommodation.

 

  1. Budget

You don’t want to go over-budget while travelling in case of any emergency outbreak that might end up happening during your journey. Therefore, it is crucial to choose an accommodation that fits your tight budget but still can provide all the packages as mentioned above. That is why it is important to have the habit of doing your own research and make a room reservation prior to your departure. Still, the choice is yours, and it is up to your preferences on how you define comfortable and how tolerable you can be for the accommodation you will be staying for the next 1-2 weeks of your journey at a certain location.

Have more tips? Drop them in the comment below to let us know!

 

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The One Secret Hack That Travelers Use To Buy Cheap Flight Tickets

Flight tickets are a big portion of your travel budget. In fact, whenever you ask someone why they are not visiting a country, usually “expensive flight ticket” would be the reason. Seriously, don’t let the price of flight ticket stop you. Read on as we unveil a secret hack that a handful of travelers use to buy cheap flight tickets every single time! Yes, I repeat, cheap flight tickets every single time!

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Omah Kecebong Homestay – A Traveler’s Review

Omah Kecebong, Yogyakarta – My Wonderful Homestay Experience

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Omah Kecebong – Guest House & Hortikultura

When I clicked the “book now” button and did my payment for two nights at Omah Kecebong in Agoda, I was expecting a homestay experience in an outskirt area of Yogyakarta surrounded by paddy fields and a beautiful sunset. What I got instead, was ten-folds more than what I expected and I could easily say that this place is definitely a bang for your buck! (more…)

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Candi Borobudur – A Backpackers Guide

Exploring Candi Borobudur – A Backpackers Guide

Here’s a few interesting fact to start off with. Did you know that Candi Borobudur is the world’s LARGEST Buddhist Temple? Also, did you know that there was a civilization there previously which in a way mysteriously disappeared from Candi Borobudur? Did you also know that the temple actually dates back to the 9th century, which is older than Angkor Wat itself? If you find all these interesting, read on!

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The Wayang Homestay Yogyakarta – A Bagpacker’s Review

My Review on The Wayang Homestay, Yogyakarta

When I travel solo, one of my preference every now and then is towards getting close to the locals. That means, staying where the locals does and seeing how their daily lives is. Located 15 minutes drive away from Malioboro, The Wayang Homestay offers guests a very local experience considering the fact that the homestay is actually in a village by itself! Even the reviews gave me a good impression of the place before I placed my booking! They received the Certificate of Excellence 2015 from TripAdvisor and their Agoda ranking is really high! (more…)

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Mount Merapi : My Summit Attempt

My summit attempt at Mount Merapi, the active volcano of Yogyakarta

Hiking the great Mount Merapi was one of the highlight of my trip. Being a huge hiking fan, I was very excited about my attempt to reach the summit of Mount Merapi. Standing at 2930m above sea level, Mount Merapi is an active volcano and the last explosion recorded was during 2010 which caused quite a number of casualty. Since then, it has been a go to hike for a lot of hikers seeking to enjoy the unforgettable view from the summit of Merapi.
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Gunung Nglanggeran: Ancient Volcano of Yogyakarta

A visit to Gunung Nglanggeran, the Ancient Volcano of Yogyakarta

As I have mentioned previously in my post, WakeUp Homestay does this really nice thing every Saturday, which is they will bring their guests for free to off the beaten path destinations in Yogyakarta (either the beach or the mountains). All the guests have to do is pay for their own entrance fee at the destination (usually around IDR7,000 to IDR15,000) and they do this to fortify the bonding between the guests and the hostel. I decided to join them since it sounded like a lot of fun and our destination for that Saturday is Gunung Kidul area, particularly Gunung Nglanggeran which is also known as Gunung Api Purba (Ancient Volcano). (more…)

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Bhumi Hostel Yogyakarta: A Traveler’s Review | YellowTukTuk

Bhumi Hostel Yogyakarta : Not Just A Hostel, But A Home

My first stay in Yogyakarta was in Bhumi Hostel, a homey hostel started by two young individuals who refused the corporate life and decided to start something that they are actually passionate about: creating a home away from home for travelers in Yogyakarta.

My flight was a bit delayed and it was getting dark but I was surprised at how easy and cheap it is to get to the hostel by bus! I took the Trans-Yogya bus 3B (which costs IDR3600) and it took me directly 100m away from Bhumi Hostel. When you get on the bus, (more…)

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Wake Up Homestay Yogyakarta – A Bagpacker’s Review

My Review on Wake Up Homestay Yogyakarta

As a bagpackers, I choose hostels most of the time, for obvious reasons: It’s cheaper and you get to meet more people! Hotels are a bit too “cold” for me but I do get my fix every now and then. Not going to be an extremist there. During my trip in Yogyakarta, one of the place I stayed in was Wake Up Homestay Yogyakarta, a beautiful hostel catered for backpackers that is located 5 minutes away from the main street of Malioboro. Fully air conditioned upon entering, the place gives you a really comfortable feeling the moment you goes through their door. It’s no surprise why their ratings on Agoda are exceptionally high. (more…)

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Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur That Won’t Cost You A BOMB!

Is there any things to do in Kuala Lumpur that won’t cost me tonnes of money?

You asked the question and our team went out of our way to find the answers for you! Yes! There are things to do in Kuala Lumpur that will not leave you with an empty wallet!

Kuala Lumpur is often described as a bustling city with too many cars, too much smoke, too much dirt, loud noises, traffic jams, expensive food, expensive this and expensive that. But do you know that, amidst all these, there are a lot of interesting, awesome, relaxing and artsy things to do in Kuala Lumpur? Wanna know more? Read on! (more…)