Welcome to Hawaii…..Ooops! I Mean Hawaii Beach!


Hawaii. The mere mention of its name conjures up images of soft, golden sand, swaying coconut trees and flower-bedecked grass hula dancers. You are gripped by the spirit of aloha. The fresh, floral air and the warm waters refresh you. The ineffable beauty rejuvenates you. Hawaii has become synonymous with paradise. However, Hawaii is just a dream for most of ...

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Meet Me At Meet D’Brown

Meet D' Brown

The times they are a-changin. Dylan wrote the song as a deliberate attempt to create an anthem of change for the time. The times they are a-changin too in Miri. Milk tea outlets, ais kacang outlets and western cafes have been springing up in Miri over the past few months. It is good news for Mirians looking for new places ...

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A Visit To The Kuala Baram Wetlands

Beautiful, isn't it?

I finally made a visit to Kuala Baram Wetlands at about 11am this morning with my wife after much procrastination. I have read about the wetlands being a bird-watching sanctuary as it is a haven for winter migrating birds. From Senadin, we drove to the Asean Bridge. After passing the Asean Bridge, we took the left exit at the roundabout, ...

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Old Taste Ice Kacang & Rojak Warisan

Old Taste Ice Kacang & Rojak Warisan

Ais kacang stalls are springing up all over Miri. I suspect the hot weather has something to do with it. And of course a lot of people are jumping on the bandwagon when they see some ais kacang stalls doing a roaring business. It is a cash business that requires small startup capital. Ais kacang or ice kacang, popularly known ...

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Street Art in Miri

Gua Niah , hornbill and Malay girl in sampan

I find street art rather fascinating and have made it a point to visit street art venues in places that I visit. I particularly like the street art of Melbourne and Penang but I find the street art on the walls of Ta Kiong Emporium in Sibu rather disappointing. I drive by Miri Heritage Centre almost every day and have ...

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Smart Bookshop Miri & The Vision of Paradise

Smart Bookshop Miri

Being an avid reader, I was pleased that Smart Bookshop Sdn Bhd has recently opened a branch on Level 1 Permaisuri Imperial Mall. With a lot of free time on my hands today, I dropped in the bookstore to browse around the store. The store carries a wide range of books and stationery but it is unlikely that you will ...

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Brekkie At Ming Xin Coffee House Miri

Fried kueh tiaw

I dropped by HSBC this morning to do some personal banking via their ATM machine. Realising that it has been quite a while since we last visited the Ming Xin Coffee House located in the front portion of the building, my wife and I decided to have breakfast there. During our previous visits, we have enjoyed their fried kueh tiaw ...

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A Wedding Photo Shoot Site Off The Beaten Path In Miri


Are you hunting down a place for your wedding photo shoot location but have no idea where to go? You want a location that is not so commonly used for wedding photo shoot in Miri. You are looking for something different. You don’t even want to consider the well-known parks in Miri like the City Fan, Taman Awan and Bulatan ...

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A Burst of Yellow Flames

The yellow flame (Peltophorum pterocarpum ) tree behind the Hong Leong Bank

I was walking from my office near Wang Tze Tai Café to the Hong Leong Bank opposite Mega Hotel this afternoon when I saw that the yellow flame (Peltophorum pterocarpum ) tree behind the bank was bursting with yellow flowers. After work, I took my compact Canon S100 and went to take photos of the tree and its flowers. These ...

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The Most Beautiful Golden Shower Trees In Miri

The golden showers of the Cassia fistula

Every time the golden shower (Cassia Fistula) trees along Jalan Krokop across the road from UMW Toyota Service Centre are in full bloom, I feel enthralled by their beauty. For the past couple of weeks, two of the trees have been profusely covered with yellow flowers and are almost devoid of leaves. Bunches of flowers hang in long pendulous racemes ...

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