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24 Hours in Tehran: Through the Eyes of Locals

I always wondered if Tehran would treat me the same way it treated me when I traveled here 6 years ago. Before I came here for my second visit (and this time, with my husband), I told myself to control my expectations. Societies change. People change. Cultures change. And Iran is no exception. What did…
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24 Hours in Tehran: Through the Eyes of Locals

4 Local Restaurants You Have to Try in Tehran, Iran

Tehran is a huge city and if you ask an Iranian what their favorite restaurants are, they'd usually ask you back, "Which part of Tehran do you want to go to?" There are simply many choices that you can choose from. So here are the 4 restaurants that were recommended to me by many of…
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4 Local Restaurants You Have to Try in Tehran, Iran

Tochal: A Mountain That Looms Over Tehran

Since we came to Iran during the winter season, we decided to have a look at one of the famous ski resorts in the country -- Tochal. Skiing in Iran? Yes, you can do it and no, I'm not kidding :) . There are several great skiing resorts in Iran, including the famous Dizin. We…
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Tochal: A Mountain That Looms Over Tehran

Essential Guide to Applying for an Iranian Visa

When I traveled to Iran in 2011, only a handful of nationalities were able to enter Iran. The situation has changed since then and some of the restrictions were lifted to support the booming of Iranian tourism industry. For people from certain nationalities, getting an Iranian tourist visa can still be a confusing and daunting…
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Essential Guide to Applying for an Iranian Visa

Cheap Eats: 10 Best Local Foods in Kuala Lumpur

Unlike its rival city Penang (read: 10 Must-Try Halal Foods in Penang Island), Kuala Lumpur is not exactly known for its foods. Local Malaysians, especially Penangites, would often boast about life-changing foods that Penang can offer, which can't be compared to the ones that are found in KL. The great thing about KL is that…
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Cheap Eats: 10 Best Local Foods in Kuala Lumpur

Makassar: 5 Halal Foods You Must Try

Suprisingly, Makassar has a wide range of traditional dishes that you can try. It also has a variety of beef soups, which is the icon of this city. Visiting Makassar soon? Well, make sure you visit these places that have become locals' favorites and try their halal foods! Coto Nusantara Coto is a stew dish originally…
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Makassar: 5 Halal Foods You Must Try

Bara Beach: the Ultimate Destination of Tanjung Bira

Tucked away at the end of the Cape of Bira is Bara Beach. This beach is a perfect place for travelers who want to avoid crowds. It is much cleaner and quieter compared to Bira Beach. It has less options when it comes to accommodations, proving that this beach is still quite undeveloped. Its location is not secluded, allowing you to stay connected with the internet and write your blogs, while offering you peacefulness and calmness that you may not get anywhere else. The accommodations around this place are also more affordable than the Amatoa Resort. Bira and Bara Beach are both connected during low tides, so you can definitely opt to walk from one beach to another.
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Bara Beach: the Ultimate Destination of Tanjung Bira

Sulawesi: Getting to Tanjung Bira

South Sulawesi is known as the island of the most notorious and legendary seafarers among Indonesians. From Australia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Cambodia, all the way to Africa, the ancestors of Bugis people were historically known to have set their foot there and forged trading links with these coastal communities many centuries ago. Sulawesi is also…
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Sulawesi: Getting to Tanjung Bira

All You Need to Know about the Kei Islands of Maluku

The Kei Islands are a group islands located roughly between Indonesian Papua and Australia. The islands are comprised of two main islands, Kei Besar (literally, "Big Kei") and Kei Kecil (literally, "Small Kei"), as well as other small islands. Kei Kecil is popular among local Indonesians due to its beautiful and pristine beaches. However, due…
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All You Need to Know about the Kei Islands of Maluku

10 Must-Try Halal Foods in Penang Island

Penang is known as a food heaven. As a Muslim though, it is quite a challenging mission to find life-changing halal foods in Penang. That's because the majority of the population in Penang Island is Chinese non-Muslims, who use pork and/or lard as the main ingredients of their foods. So I am compiling the list of…
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10 Must-Try Halal Foods in Penang Island

8 Reasons Why You Should Visit Kei Islands of Maluku, Indonesia

Beautiful Beaches Everyone knows about Bali's beautiful beaches, but who wants to be in such a crowded and not-so-blue beach when you can go somewhere else? The Kei Islands are home to the most beautiful, pristine, untouched beaches in the world. I have been to Lombok and South Sulawesi, as well as the remote Ora…
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8 Reasons Why You Should Visit Kei Islands of Maluku, Indonesia

Pulau Tujuh – A Must-See Spot of Ora Beach

Pulau Tujuh (literally Seven Islands) was not in our to-do list for Ora Beach. But after reminiscing the long and exhausting day of trying to get to Ora, we decided to stay for another night and visit these seven islands in the end. The drawback of going to Pulau Tujuh is the boat rental that…
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Pulau Tujuh – A Must-See Spot of Ora Beach

Ora Beach: Practical Information

A hidden paradise of Central Maluku – that's what Ora Beach is often known as. It is definitely with good reason that people call it this way. The beauty of this beach is often compared to the likes of famous destinations such as Bora Bora and Maldives. Some people even refer it as The Little Maldives…
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Ora Beach: Practical Information