The Islands of South East Asia

December 7, 2009 by  
Filed under magazine, News

We are very pleased to unveil our most recent project,
a travel publication focusing on Lifestyle, Culture and Attractions all around Asia. If you’re in the region of South East Asia, do pick up a copy and don’t hesitate to send in your comments and thoughts.

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In this issue
+ The Islands of South East Asia
+ Raja Ampat, Phuket, Puerto Princesa
+ Koh Pha Ngan, Bali
+ New Zealand’s Splashing Lake Taupo
+ A Guide to Middle Eastern Cuisine
+ Heeding the Call of Asia
+ Spotlight on Jakarta
+ Flashpacking Essentials
+ A Tropical Affair


Pulau Seribu, Thousand Islands

May 15, 2009 by  
Filed under Exotic South East, Nature

About 2 weeks ago I had the chance to go to Pulau Seribu (Thousand Islands) nearby Jakarta to enjoy 3 days of refreshment – relaxing over freshly picked coconuts, suntanning and snorkeling on azure blue waters, fishing and exploring nearby islands. Great fun!

Pulau Seribu

I have to admit, I wasn’t expecting much as we head towards Pulau Seribu. Jakarta wasn’t exactly known for its cleanliness, and Pulau Seribu was simply an hour boat ride away. Surely its still too close for nature’s marine beauty to shine through and make good? This was reinforced as well with how our boat had to stop thrice on our way there to shake away the trashes that were stuck at the back of our machine.

I wasn’t too impressed either, once we reached the island where we were to stay. There were no sandy beaches, and the ocean side near the pier were filled with sea urchins, surely too dangerous a place for swimming.

Pulau Seribu

But the next day, I was pleasantly surprised to explore the surrounding islands. The name Thousand Islands were derived from the fact that there are so many small islands in the area, nowhere near a thousand, but quite a number. We went on our boat to fish, and we explored several sites for a few hours. After having quite a bounty (two baskets full of fishes and a small squid to boot as well), several of us decided to go for a swim in the open water, heading towards a nearby small island.

The corals near these smaller islands were very beautiful, and there are a variety of tiny fishes as well, noticeable only if you stay still for a moment and just float away. We spent the rest of the afternoon stranded in that small island, swimming and snorkeling, before our boat picked us back up. Back on the resort, we feasted on our bounty and rested the night away. The next day, we were eager to explore other islands, and this time we even ate fresh raw urchins right on site!

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About the Author. Nikolas Tjhin. A graphic and web designer in its previous incarnation, Nik’s journeyman career has seen him do work for various creative studios in Wisconsin, Minneapolis, Singapore and Jakarta. Now, he’s settled down for the time being and focusing his efforts as the editor of an Asia travel zine, Unearthing Asia.

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