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Jenglot: A mystique creature from Asia

For those of you whom may have watched an Indonesian movie called “Jenglot Pantai Selatan”, the face of Jenglot probably gives you the chill. ‘Jenglot’ is a mysterious creature or vampire that is commonly told in the Indonesian culture and mythology. This creature is as small as a human doll even though it was once a human who meditated in the cave and gained supernatural power, according to the locals. It has a scary looking face that very much resembles the famous Medusa of the Greek mythology.

Indonesia is believed to be the birthplace of Jenglot, Java in specific. These creatures can be found whenever a supernatural ceremony has been performed and they can be crawling in various places, such as the grounds, on a rooftop and even in the trunk of a huge tree. To our surprise, these amazing creatures are actually fed by Jenglot keepers; blood is fed to them, such as human and animal blood. What’s even shocking is that Jenglot keepers can actually buy blood legally from the Indonesia Red Cross! Unlike the type of vampire that sucks blood whenever it has the chance, Jenglot prefers to consume blood whenever it is left alone, out from the sight of human beings. 


Horse Semen Shot in New Zealand

Beer? Sounds good. Horse Semen? Euwww no thanks!

Did you know that a pub in Wellington, New Zealand known as “Green Man” has introduced an apple-infused horse semen shot which tastes like custard? The shot is very popular among the ladies and guess how much does it cost? Horse semen shot would cost you $300 for vials of semen; that’s pretty expensive. Although Lindsey Kerslake (founder) has never tried the shot, he is confident that his product tastes good, just like a milkshake. He believes that shot drinkers can have the feel of a stallion themselves when they drink this shot. If you wish to try horse semen shot, we advise you to drink it one shot rather than taking a sip because if you do so, you’ll probably vomit. Likewise, try your best not to feel disgusted and you’ll be fine: D

Snakes and humans

Snakes have always been regarded to evil and danger. The creature often appears in horror movies. It is also mentioned in the Bible, in which it was described as an evil form that plays with the human mind. As for ancient Egyptian, snakes represent judgment and death. Although most cultures view snakes as an evil present in an individual’s life, they are endangered species that have to be protected.

Snakes are found worldwide and they come in different sizes and colours, with many different lifestyles. The King Cobra for instance is a dangerous snake whose bite is capable of killing a human in just 15 minutes! Did you know that the world’s smallest West Indies thread snakes are dangerous too? Surprisingly, they’re just about the size of a pencil lead!

Yes, King Cobra is beautiful, especially when it shows off its hood. Pythons on the other hand are ancient snakes; it is believed that their ancestors might have had legs a long time ago. In India, the pythons inhabit the jungle and they can grow to as long 20 feet! Unlike the Cobras that spray out venoms to their prey, pythons kill their prey simply by squeezing the body of their prey and then crush their bones that will eventually kill the unlucky animals. Bear in mind that pythons are extremely active predators and they normally hunt at night. If you think you can escape from a python by jumping into the water, you are wrong. Pythons are good swimmers too and the water is probably the last place that you would want to go to when being chased by a python!

Pythons have beautiful skin and the patterns on their skins help them to camouflage and then strike their prey. They will hide in the bush and when there is heat, this is when the action starts. Since a python can grow as long as 20 feet, it can also swallow a deer instantly. Once a python has already consumed such a big meal, it will not eat again; well, at least until the following year. 

Pythons may live more than 18 years and throughout its life, it will keep searching for its mate for the purpose of reproduction. Baby pythons will hatch from eggs that are incubated by a female python and make their way out to the wild; not all will make it out and survive until adulthood as they are hunted by eagles, crocodiles and tigers.

Snakes may be one of the animals that you would probably want to stay away from, but they play an important role in controlling the amount of pest such as rodents and insects. There are people who keep snakes as pets; well, if you are planning to have one, just be careful as animals can be unpredictable at times.

Visit ZOVBing Singapore now!

Let’s go Zorbing with ZOVBing Singapore! This activity allows players to get into a big clear plastic air-cushioned sphere, where they get strapped up and rolling down a slope in a virtual anti-gravity form of weightlessness like an intoxicated space traveller. Phew…sounds interesting right? Trust us; it’s not difficult at all! If you want to know what it is like to be running on a wheel like a hamster, try the ZOVBing! The activity is perfectly safe too, as there is a big cushion of air between you and the outside.

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Work in Dubai

Want to work abroad? Yes, you can! There are many places that you can go to and it also depends to your interest as well; work in a place that you think you can be comfortable in. Well, if you have no experience staying abroad, perhaps experience it yourself! Dubai is one of the great places to work in although there are of course, the black and white sides about it. Let’s explore the advantages and disadvantages of working in Dubai, shall we?

Some of the things that you should put into consideration:

1.      Financial

In Dubai, you will get to enjoy an income tax free salary! This way, you can always save up more money in your bank account. Having more money in the bank is essential as you may need those extra cash for the rainy days. Why pay so much when you can save more?

2.      Culture

Dubai is a place of culture, both local and international. You will get to see a lot of foreigners around the country; people from all over the world come here to work as Dubai is a country that requires professionals from other countries. Due to the multi-cultural population, you will get to learn about other cultures, language, and religion. However, there are people who prefer to work with people from their own kind; they’re not racist, but some people just have their own preference in certain things.

3.      Travel experience

Working in Dubai enables you to learn and know people from different cultures and backgrounds. Well, if you think getting to know people around Dubai is not enough, you are most welcomed to visit its neighbouring countries! Try visiting Syria, Egypt, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and many more. You will get to learn more because although each country may practise different lifestyle and holds different political and religious views, they are very kind and welcoming people. This is also the best time to learn Arabic or perhaps, belly dancing!

4.      Free trip home

Being far from your friends and family back home can be stressful sometimes as many people actually suffered from home-sickness when they stay abroad for a very long time. But, don’t worry, if you’re lucky, you might get your company to pay for your trip back to your home country. Most companies in Dubai would do that, so cross your fingers!

5.      Freedom

Working in Dubai is an experience no one should miss! This emirate city has the largest population and second largest land territory among all the emirates, after Abu Dhabi. It is also one of the most well-known Arab countries for having more freedom compared to the other Middle-east countries. Night clubs are available, so you and your friends can always come over for a beer. Yes, there are more freedom here but remember to always behave too.

6.      Climate

Dubai has a very hot arid climate and if you can’t stand the heat, be prepared for this if you are going to stay there for a very long time. Summer in Dubai is even hotter; it is also windy and humid (108 °F in average). Most people find it to be uncomfortable, but to those who are used to hot weather, they tend to adapt faster.

7.      Habits

Likewise, there are so many people of different nationalities in Dubai. Can you imagine how many types of people that you’ll be dealing with? There are good and bad people; you have to learn to tolerate with others, especially when driving on the road. The road is definitely a place that challenges one’s patience.

8.      Learn to respect

You probably have your own views on certain things and the values practised are also different than the others, especially those from different cultures and backgrounds. If you are not careful with your words, this may lead you to some unwanted actions. Learn to be a good listener and bear in mind that some things are just for you to know; you don’t want to touch on sensitive issues that may put yourself into troubles. Always respect the locals and learn to be patient. If you have to learn to be or behave like the locals, try to do so; but, NEVER compare and downgrade their culture. You don’t want them to tell you to get out from the country, don’t you? So, learn to respect and love each other.

Harajuku in Japan


You can find weird stuff in Japan, even weird styles. Japan after all, is a country full of curiosity. ‘Harajuku’ is the name of a place in Tokyo, Japan. This place displays its very own fashion trend, called the ‘Harajuku’. Every Sunday, young teens will dress up in different styles such as Gothic Lolita, Visual Kei, Decota, and Cosplay. These people would spend their time at Harajuku, showing off each other’s cool outfits and it is also one of the best ways to make new friends of the same interest. The Jingu Bridge is a pedestrian bridge that connects Harajuku to its neighbouring area, Shrine. Although some may find this fashion trend to be weird, designers from all over the world are creatively inspired by it and helped to promote and display it worldwide. The Harajuku is also a large shopping spot that sells international and local brands.

This trend includes all kinds of styles, so regardless to whatever styles you may prefer, as long as you are dressed up uniquely at Harajuku, you are displaying the Harajuku style. You’ll get to see some youngsters in cyber-punk style too; since this style takes after the gothic fashion, teens tend to wear dark-coloured clothes. Cosplay is pretty famous too; it is a costume-based style where costumes of favourite comic or anime characters are worn. If you are planning to visit Japan, make sure you visit Harajuku; perhaps dress like one.

Check out some of these photos; even Gwen Stefani loves it! Enjoy =D





Dine in with your dog at the Chew Chew restaurant in Sydney


In Australia, there is a restaurant for all dog lovers out there! ‘Chew Chew’, is a restaurant in Sydney that provides delicious meals for your dogs, from beef steak to fish soup. The restaurant has caught lots of attention and people from all over the country have been taking their dogs for a visit to this unique place to dine. Dogs are behaving more like humans these days; dogs normally drink water but here, you can serve your dogs with coffee or tea for a change! If you live far from this place, don’t worry; you can purchase Chew Chew’s products online.

The restaurant’s owner, Naoko Okamoto, told The Sydney Morning Herald that a lot of dog owners have long for a restaurant like this; this is how they express their appreciation and love for their pets. She said “I started with organic dog biscuits and supplements and selling them at the markets and spent three years finding out the customers’ needs”.


Like them on Facebook today! p/s they also have parties for your pets=p

Camels in the desert


When you think of camels, you would think of the desert. These animals have lived in a humid climate for ages and they have also been used as a mode of transportations by the Arabs in the Arab deserts. Camels could bear the hot weather with the help of their big hump, which is used to store fat and water. Camels are indeed amazing survivors and they are able to avoid predators and others that crave for resources. Camels can travel long distances that allow them to take advantage of the maximum number of resources. These omnivores can rehydrate themselves quickly and they can eat just about anything, including vegetation, meat, and bones. Camels are loving animals if you take good care of them but they can be stubborn and angry if they are ill-treated.

Camel racing


Camel racing is a traditional sport, which is practised in the middle-east and this sport is extremely popular in the Emirates. It was formally an informal event that took place in an informal setting, weddings and special events; but, now it has becoming a popular sport, attracting thousands of spectators from all over the world. The race is normally held from October to April (winter months) and a camel race festival at Al Wathba is held every year.

Camel slaughter


Although camels are able to avoid predators, they are still vulnerable to humans. In the middle-east, camels are slaughtered for their meat. Many people find this event as very disturbing; I find it disturbing too.

Camels as pets



Most Arabs tend to be attached to their camels. I am not surprised at all because camels are loving animals after all. However, some believe that camels can be dangerous as pets. There was a case of an unnamed woman from Mitchell, Queensland, Australia whom had died after her pet camel knocked her down to the ground, stomped on her, and then laid on top of her! The police suspects that the camel tried to mate with the 60 years old lady, whom was given the camel as her 60th birthday present. Looks like her birthday gift eventually took off her life. The camel was 10 months old and weighed 152 kg (336 lbs).


For full story, click on this link


For full story, click on this link

Another tragic death of a camel attack is a story of an African shepherd that was killed after the camel went berserk and chased him for several hours before it managed to get him. The 53 years old man was found dead at a farm and he had several bites and kicks. Police said the man died after suffering from serious injuries and bleeding. However, no one knew what actually happened to the angry camel.


Tourist Police
If you are lost, look out for the tourist police officers. They wear dark blue shirts and trousers and the letter “I” (information) on a red blue badge on their breast pocket. Don’t be shy, just ask them and they will assist you!


Public Holidays
Malaysia has the most holidays due to the diversity of ethnicity so some of these festive seasons are declared as public holidays! It is best to check the dates with the nearest Tourism Malaysia Office before you plan your trip so that you won’t miss any of these unique festivals! There are a lot to see, so be sure not to miss it!


School Holidays
There are five term breaks in the year for schools throughout Malaysia and they vary from state to state. However, they fall roughly during the later part of the months of January (1 week), March (2 week), May (3 weeks), August (1 week), and October (4 weeks). Check out for the school holiday packages here in Malaysia!


Bottled mineral water can be found almost everywhere, so take a bottle with you wherever you go to avoid dehydration since Malaysia is hot and can be congested at times.


It’s best to wear light clothing. If you’re going to enter mosques and temples, do wear long sleeves and loose pants.


Some of the best waterfalls in Asia

1. The Nachi Falls in India

The Nachi Falls is claimed to be the highest waterfall in Japan at 133m. The waterfall is beautified with shrines, pagoda, and temples; reason to all these is due to the belief that the Nachi waterfall is a holy place in that particular area.  You’ll get to enjoy an awesome view from the top of the cliff.

2. Nohkalikai Falls in India


The Nohkalikai Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in India. According to a legend, a woman named Ka Likai remarried. But, her new husband was jealous of her love for her daughter. While Ka Likai was out working, her new husband killed her daughter and cooked her flesh into a meal. Her husband didn’t tell her the truth and before she went out, she decided to eat. After eating, she found her daughter’s fingers in the betel-nut basket. In despair, Ka Likai threw herself off this cliff giving the falls its name: “Fall of Ka Likai”

3. The Huangguoshu Waterfall in China


The Huangguoshu Waterfall, which means “Yellow Fruit Tree Waterfall”, is perhaps one of China’s most famous waterfalls; many people love to visit this place since it is also one of the biggest waterfalls in the country. Situated 45km southwest of Anshun City, this waterfall is classified as a AAAAA scenic aread by the China National Tourism Administration. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you’ll get to see beautiful rainbows that appear in the mist above the Rhinoceros Pool near the falls.

 4. The Mae Ya Waterfall


The Mae Ya Waterfall is one of the beautiful waterfalls in Thailand, making it as the pride of the Chiang Mai province. It’s big, about 260m tall and up to 100m wide. The Mae Ya waterfall is about 14km from the Chorn Thong Village. People spend good times with their families here and they can also choose to go to the shallow pool at the bottom of the natural landmark. There are parking lots for you if you wish to park your car.

5. The Unchalli Falls in India


The Unchalli Falls or sometimes known as the Lushington Falls is perhaps one of India’s most amazing waterfalls. Check out its water and its unusual shape. You will also notice that there are stairs that will lead you to a sheltered platform, where you get to check out beautiful scenery of the place. If you’re lucky, you might see a rainbow too. Oh, I saw one in the picture!

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