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27 July, 2014

Selamat Hari Raya AidliFirti 2014

Eid Mubarak 2014 Malaysia

Malaysia Asia would like to wish all Muslims in Malaysia and around the world Selamat Hari Raya AidilFitri 2014 or Eid Mubarak 2014 where the Muslim festival takes place from 28th and 29th July 2014 after a month long fasting. We would like to dedicate warm wishes of Ramadhan Kareem and Happy Eid Mubarak to all our readers, followers and friends too.  

Malaysians, especially Malays will head back to their hometowns for Hari Raya to be spent with their families, loved ones and friends. For Malaysian Muslims, it is traditional to use the expression, Maaf Zahir dan Batin to accompany Hari Raya greetings as it simply means forgiveness with all sincerity. 

Eid Mubarak 2014 Malaysia
For Malaysians who are journeying to their respective hometowns and kampungs, Malaysia Asia wishes you a safe journey to and from. Remember, if you are tired, please stop or have someone drive for you. Also, be extra alert on the highways or the local roads. For those with kids, please supervise them especially if they are playing any fireworks or so on. For the health conscious, don't over eat even though the Hari Raya dishes and desserts are simple amazing. 

May God Bless you and your family with lots of good health, happiness and prosperity. Once again Salam Eid Mubarak, Ramadhan Kareem and Selamat Hari Raya AidilFirti 2014 to all Malaysians and Muslims around the world from us at Malaysia Asia. 

11 July, 2014

Romantic New Zealand for Couples

When you think of falling in love, travel destinations like Paris and Italy come to mind. Most travellers venture to European destinations to be seduced by its stunning architecture and romantic history, albeit overly dramatic at times. That said, such places can be quite the cliche. 

If you’re looking for an experience that’s different, unique and yet still equally as magical and romantic, why not choose New Zealand? From majestic snow-capped mountains to the crystal clear waters of Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand’s breathtaking landscapes are the perfect romantic escape for newly-weds and lovers who are looking to rekindle their passion.

Magical Te Anau glow worm caves at Milford Sound
If you’re looking for an unusual kind of ‘starry night sky’, the Te Anau Glowworm Caves is a definite must-visit. The tour begins with a scenic cruise through the Milford Sound Fiord before embarking towards Te Anau where you will be guided through rushing water sculpts and limestone formations. The tour ends with a magical journey through a glow worm grotto.

The amazing view from the Skyline Gondola at Queenstown
Elevate your dining experience to greater heights (quite literally!) by savouring the famous “Taste of New Zealand” buffet at the Skyline Restaurant as you soak in the panoramic view of Lake Wakatipu’s crystal waters. In order to get there, take the Skyline Gondola at Queenstown which is known as the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere!

Still can’t get enough of the amazing sky-high views of Auckland? Be sure to make a pit-stop at Sky Tower, which is the tallest freestanding structure in the country. Hint: If you’re planning to propose, this could be the perfect spot to start creating beautiful memories!

For the thrill-seeking couples, the Kawarau Bridge Bungy is the perfect adventure spot for you. It’s also known as the World’s first bungee site and most well-known for its 43 meters drop. Choose to bob above the water, touch it or get dunked. 

Maori traditional show at Rotorua
For a taste of the local culture and cuisine, head to Rotorua to experience Te Pō! Te Pō is Te Puia's evening cultural experience, a feast of storytelling, entertainment and the best place to experience a Māori Feast (an earth-oven cooked meal or known traditionally as hangi). 

Also here in Rotorua, be sure to visit the Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, home to infamous Pohutu geyser. This natural wonder can erupt up to 100 feet high at a frequency of 20 times a day! 

The stunning Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley
Of course, a trip to New Zealand wouldn’t be complete with a mountain-top retreat at Mount Cook, the highest mountain in the country. From stargazing tours to scenic heli-flights and romantic candlelit dinner overlooking the Southern Alps, Mount Cook is vast becoming the most romantic destination in New Zealand. The beautiful Church of the Good Shepherd in the Mount Cook Mackenzie district is also worth the visit for couples who are still looking for their ultimate dream wedding destination.

Beautiful Mount Cook in New Zealand
For those who crave the city sights and sounds, set aside an entire day to immerse yourself in the art and culture of Dunedin - New Zealand’s oldest and largest city. Visit the city’s architecture marvels: the Dunedin Railway Station, the University of Otago or St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Larnach Castle and Gardens New Zealand
Larnach Castle and Gardens in Dunedin
You could also indulge in an afternoon delight at the magnificent Larnach Castle and Gardens where high-tea is served daily at 3pm. The Larnach Castle is New Zealand’s only castle and was built by merchant baron and politician, William Larnach as a symbol of love for his first wife Eliza.

All of this can be done when you decide to make that romantic pilgrimage to New Zealand with your loved one and there are many options out there for you to choose from. However, you should consider the type of New Zealand Tour Package you choose as there are short and also long tours to suit your romantic vacation. It is highly recommended that you choose something between 7-12 days to fully experience New Zealand with your loved one.

You can also view our other post on Beautiful Places to Visit in New Zealand as we have narrowed down a number of romantic and scenic places for anyone wanting to visit New Zealand especially if you are a couple going for a romantic getaway or honeymoon.

09 July, 2014

Malaysia Travel Bloggers Community on Google Plus

Malaysia Travel Bloggers Google Plus Group

As there are a ton of travel bloggers out there in the world, there are equally quite a number of Malaysian Travel Bloggers based locally here in Malaysia and at many other countries. While many are travel blogging for leisure, there have been limited platforms for them to showcase their experiences, articles and photos. Some of them have very good information in regards to traveling while a number of them have some great articles, tips or even photography. 

I have taken to liberty of starting a community on Google Plus where Malaysian Travel Bloggers can join and showcase their work. It is a simple just-join community and you can discuss, share, post your travel blogs, photos, videos or articles there. There is also a discussion section for anyone wanting to ask questions or anything related to the topic too. 

Malaysia Travel Bloggers Group
Malaysia Travel Bloggers Community on Google Plus

As I am currently the administrator there, I am also looking for a couple of other administrators to manage the travel blogger community there. You can either message here on this post or on the Google Plus community page. Requirements are pretty simple - As long as you have a travel blog and are passionate about what you do. 

For spammers, please take note that all non-related postings like tour packages, selling of items and non-Malaysian travel bloggers will be removed or banned from the group. The objective of the community is to help other Malaysian Travel Bloggers promote and showcase their work. 

2. Malaysian Travel Blogger
3. Based anywhere in the world
4. Have a travel blog
5. Photo, video or essay blogs

Each travel blogger can share travel blog postings, travel articles, travel photos and anything else that you do on your travel blog. You can write about any country too. It is not only about Malaysia. If you have any further questions, please do ask here or at the community. 

This community is also a great platform to meet other travel bloggers in Malaysia and also to learn more about travel blogging. For future plans, I hope to organize a gathering for the members in this community to network and meet up in person. So if you are a Malaysian Travel Blogger, based in Malaysia or anywhere in the world, please do join the Malaysia Travel Bloggers Community on Google Plus.



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