A Surfer Paradise in Asia

People travel to Asia for its beautiful landscapes, ancient temples, exotic beauty, rich culture and colourful lifestyle. But did you know that aside from these, you can also go on a surfing trip in Asia? Yes, that’s right. Some countries in Asia boast perfect waves for surfing, just like Tahiti, Fiji, Hawaii, California, Sydney, and Victoria. Interested but no clue where to go? Read on as we take you to Asia’s best-surfing spots.

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Pansea Beach (Phuket, Thailand)
This remote surf spot has about 3-5 foot waves and shallow reef and rips, so it is not exactly suitable for beginners. The beach itself is nice; only 250 meters long and certainly not crowded. Take note, though, locals do not really talk about this secret little spot, but if you want to try it out nevertheless, the best time to go is from May to October.

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Cloud 9 (Siargao, Philippines)
Siargao is a laidback island that can be accessed via an hour flight from Cebu or Manila. There are many surf spots on the island, but the best one is Cloud 9. It hosts the yearly Siargao cup, a surfing competition that welcomes both local and international surfers. The waves here can be very powerful, but some areas are also suitable for novice surfers. The people are also very nice and the cost of living is extremely cheap. You can event rent a motorbike for less than $10 per day and tour the whole island (and find more hidden surf spots) on it.

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Bamboo Island (Sihanoukville, Cambodia)
Cambodia’s beaches may not be as famous as Thailand’s beaches, however, they have a little paradise called Bamboo Island that offers an equally amazing view and powdery white sand. What’s even better is that this remote island has the perfect waves for intermediate surfing. Want to go? Be sure to book your travel from June through October to get the best waves.

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Bai Dai Beach (Nha Trang, Vietnam)
This place is the go-to place of the rich and famous. If you want luxury (and rub elbows with celebrities), this is perfect for you. The waves are perfect for beginners and the long stretch of sand is perfect for basking as well.

God’s Left or Nihiwatu (Sumba Island, Indonesia)
To access this paradise, travellers will have to take a 2-hour flight from Bali. This highly exclusive island features left-hand mighty waves that are perfect for pro surfers and a view that will surely take your breath away.

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Veedol Beach (Tohoku, Japan)
Whether you’re a novice or a pro, Veedol Beach is your go-to surf spot in Japan. Tohoku itself offers several other tourist spots aside from this surfing haven, but the waves might just glue you to your surfboards!

Kuda Villingli Island (Maldives)
If you think Maldives only offers stunning resorts and beaches, sorry, but you are wrong. Kuda Villingli Island is an uninhabited island that can be reached through a boat ride. Because of the quiet and its amazing untouched surroundings, it is perfect for relaxing as well, apart from surfing. Surfing here requires agility as the waves pick up some speed from time to time.

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Hello, I am Mish! I used to work as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since I graduated, I decided to give up my corporate job to focuses on my 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. I am a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, I’m tiny but I am an Olympic-level glutton. Let me bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach me at LinkedIn.

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Spookiest Places in Asia

Halloween is around the corner, spookiest time of the year for some of us. If you are looking to be spook out while in Asia, we have round up some of the spine-chilling and haunted places to put your guts to the test.

Proceed with care…

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Aokigahara Forest, Japan
Wandering inside the forest and enjoy the natures at its best is one of the enjoyable activity one would do, but not quite so if you are at this famous Japanese forest. You might accidentally stumble upon a skull laid beneath the layer of beautiful leaves. As nicknamed the suicide forest, the forest host about 100 desperate souls yearly. This has gone so severe that several signs and motivating quotes are placed outside the forest, in the hope to help anyone think twice before setting their foot on the mystery forest and never return.

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SMK, Cheras, Malaysia
Legend said has it that this school are not only rumoured to be haunted late at night but bears the myth of a real possessed case that cursed upon a female student. The girl reported to have sudden weird behaviours which were actually recorded; her creepily playing with a scissor, kicking and breaking a window glass with her bare hands. Well, who knows, it could be she just really angry with her school or there was a real powerful soul has taken over her.

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Manila Film Center, Pasay City, Philippines
Ghostly encounters at a cinema, nothing seems so strange right? I mean with all the horror movies we have seen, this could be just another of our mind tricks. Unfortunately, it was not the case at this place, where during its construction, on November 17, 1981, at least 169 workers got killed by the collapsed scaffolding ceiling. Worse, their bodies were believed to be buried under the quick drying cement, some were even buried alive! It has been reported with various bizarre events such as mysterious sounds, voices, and poltergeist activities.

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Jeju Island, Korea
You would think twice to spend the honeymoon at this famous touristic spot unless you want ghost hauntings to add on the spice in your love life. The site was once a torture field where 60,000 people were raped and burned tragically for being accused of involving in political conflict.

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Hanoi ghost house, 300 Kim Ma Street, Vietnam
This 3000 sq meter abandoned building was actually built on a cemetery. Needless to say, that is rather a house of ghosts, spirits, evil, devil, anything but human beings. All scary things you see on TV will certainly appear here: tables and chairs are arranged by nobody, brushes sweeping garbage, crying babies, etc. Nobody is allowed to enter the premises or take photos of the house.

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Shoe Factory at Bangpu Industrial Estate, Bangkok, Thailand
Just another industrial estate, that you may still find some good shoes scrap here and there as no one dares to enter it. When this factory got into a severe accident – the air compressor blew up and dragging several lives with its explosion, the owner still operate the business as per normal. Not long after, ghosts sightings happened so frequently that many employees got chased out and the business had to shut down eventually. In the end, the owner shot himself on the top floor of the factory.

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Ghost Palace Hotel, Bali, Indonesia
The Ghost Palace Hotel (also known as PI Bedugul Taman Rekreasi Hotel & Resort) located on the way up to the iconic Bedugul Lake, built in the 1990s though it has never been commenced since then. Rumours has it that the abandoned resort was cursed by the competitor and haunted by the souls of dead labourers, who were forced to work under unsafe condition. Five stars resort in the jungle, no thanks, for the fainted hearts.

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Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan, India
The place is believed to cursed as all the houses built with its roof collapses at one time or another. Go explore the story behind this unusual event yet make sure you don’t go there after sunset, as it is strictly prohibited by the government.

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Plain of Jars, Laos
Treasure hunt in this lesser known country may bring you some strange reward: huge collections of ancient jars deeply buried for God knows why. The field was once a battlefield during the Indochina War. Not that scary if the people around did not report to hear strange sounds and often encounter ghostly images of armies and fallen pilots at night.

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Phnom Penh, (City of Ghosts) Cambodia
Ha! Now that the entire city, the capital of Cambodia. After Khmer Rouge took control in the mid-1970s, the city quickly become an assassin field. Thousands were executed or being abandoned till dead as the city emptied.


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Horror of Horrors: Visiting Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Cambodia

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is one of the remaining memorials to the genocide during the Khmer Rouge era in the 1970s. I was visiting Phnom Penh of Cambodia and not only I had the chance to visit the touted Museum of Horrors but I have a personal local guide showing me the grounds and reliving his family’s survival and sacrifices during that period.

Through his heartfelt words, his story is simple yet heartbreaking. His family survived the Khmer Rouge regime from its rise to power in 1975 to its fall in 1979 because his father was a fisherman and he gave all his catch every day to the army while the rest of his family have to make do with scavenging with leftovers and roots by digging in the ground. This ensured their safety in exchange of rumbling stomachs. Many of his friends and neighbours are not so fortunate. Some were separated from their families while others were taken as prisoners.

Tuol Sleng means “Hill of the Poisonous Trees” was one of the many 150 execution centers and had housed more than 20,000 prisoners. As I strolled through the quiet grounds, I passed by many tourists but silence befall upon all of us as we shuffled through the halls of terror that one could only imagine. Torture was a daily routine to get confessions out of the prisoners, some were forced into medical experiments and were sliced open and had organs removed with no anaesthetic. Others were attached to intravenous pumps and every drop of blood was drained from their bodies to see how long they could survive.

Below are the photos taken by me on my visit there.

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Best Dessert Around the Asia

A meal isn’t complete without dessert. That’s true around the world, but desserts differ from country to country. If you are like me, having a separate stomach for sweet stuff, you are in for a special treat today because I am going to show you my favorite sugar treats!

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Mochi, Japan

Lovely and colorful bite-sized treats make any adults, let alone kids in delight. Traditionally, mochi is made with glutinous rice and can be found in varying shapes, but you can also enjoy these delicious desserts as an ice cream treat.

 

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Mango with sticky rice, Thailand

One of my favorite, it is so hard to choose between this and the Thai Red Rubies Dessert because both satisfies my sweet tooth and my thirst for something rich in flavor and creamy. The mango with sticky rice stood out because of the smooth rice texture and the sweet mango. You know it is hard to find a mango that is sweet and oh-so-juicy!

Ice Kacang, Singapore

One of the best thing to have on a hot sweltering day is a bowl of ice. Not just any ice, but shaved ice topped with colorful syrup and corn syrup at the peak. Below the mountain of ice, lies attap chee, red beans, and squishy looking green jelly. In the olden days, the Ice Kacang used to be served in a ball like shaved ice, wrapped around with a plastic bag. Kids like my younger self will suck the sweet syrup with our mouths stuck at the ball of ice. Now for hygiene and convenience purposes, the mountainous bowl of ice replace the ice ball version.

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Very similar to Ice Kacang, in fact, they are almost brothers. The only difference is the special ingredient used. Cendol has coconut milk, makes it sweet and creamy as well. Some restaurant serves it in a bowl but I have found many who serve it as a drink instead of dessert. Either which, it is a must have drink if you are in Malaysia.

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Dragon Beard Candy is an Asian dessert with similarities to cotton candy. First introduced in China, it spread in popularity and even became a coveted treat for Korean royalties. Made of sugar and maltose syrup and sometimes stuffed with ingredients such as coconut and peanuts.

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Ice Monster, Taiwan

The “mango avalanche”—shaved ice piled high with cubes of fresh fruit, mango pudding, condensed milk, and mango sorbet. It’s enough for four dainty eaters or two ravenous ones. You can imagine this is super popular among the youths during hot summers. If you do go to Taiwan, do try to have as many fruits as possible because they are the sweetest ones you can find especially mangos, strawberries, and pineapples.

Tteok, Korea

Tteok is arguably Korea’s most famous dessert and there are hundreds of different kinds of tteok eaten year round. In Korea, it is customary to eat tteok guk (tteok soup) on New Year’s Day and sweet tteok at weddings and on birthdays. It is soft sticky rice balls that are drizzled in sugar, honey, and lemon syrup.

Num Ansom Chek, Cambodia

This is one of Cambodia’s most well-known desserts and is commonly eaten and served on holidays and festivals. It is a cylindrical rice cake wrapped in banana leaves and filled with bananas.

Chè Bà Ba, Vietnam

This is a typical Southern Vietnamese dessert, which contains a variety of ingredients. It has a coconut milk soup base and square pieces of taro, cassava, and khoai lang bí, a kind of long sweet potato with red skin and yellow flesh.

Egg Pudding, Hong Kong

If properly steamed, this sweet egg pudding should have a silky texture resembling soft bean curd. Eaten hot, topped with drips of condensed milk to give it a creamy sweet taste.

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Kally

Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food

Connect with me @ Kally@ladyredot.com