Vacation with a Gaming Buddy

About a year ago, my friend and I made a trip to one most of beautiful tropical places you can imagine. Coming from a cold environment like the Canada, it is a huge shock for the body to see the temperature soaring above 35 degrees.

In any case, I had made it a point to visit a tropical place. I wanted to get the feeling of the tropical air, the people, the food and the culture that surrounds some of those areas. There were few places that I could visit. I could visit south america or go the Asia pacific.

My Decision

I decided to visit Asia Pacific. I have had a few Malaysian so off I went to Malaysia for the trip. The place I was suggested by many was Kota Kinabalu. Kinabalu is a mountain (the highest in Malaysia and the highest in Malay Archipalego). Kota Kinabalu is a city near the mount. The city is the capital of Sabah province and if you want to travel from Kuala Lumpur, you will need to travel by plane.

My Malay Friend

I met my friend while I was still in college. She was an exchange student who loved reading books and playing games – something which I never understood. She had her own corner desk for gaming in our small where she we would up all night doing something called quests with virtual online friends and reading up on all kinds of gaming gear.

Any ways, she was the inspiration behind me visiting the Kota Kinabalu in the first place and I am truly thankful for having the opportunity to visit such a place.

Kota Kinabalu – A Place for Various Features

When you think of planning a visit to a place you sometimes think of going to an island. Other times you think of a lush green place and even a cold place.

What if I told you that you can find all of the above in one single place. It is hard to imagine, but that is the essence of Kota Kinabalu.

The city itself is pure beauty. It is small yet very affordable. We lived in a backpacker’s lodge.

It is very clean, the people are friendly, and the food is fantastic.

But the city is only a small part of the beauty of this place.

Recommended Hotels at KK

Islands

There are 4 islands that you can visit. A boat usually takes your from the jetty in the city to one of these islands. The boats run from morning till evening. You can stay on the Island over night by renting out a room or a hut.

islands

Each Island holds uniqueness to it. We visited two of the four islands and both had a lush green environment and beautiful sea creatures. Snorkeling was a delight.

The Mountain

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Then there is the mountain. The real attraction of the place. We rented a car and drove high up on the mountain. It really started to get chilly up there. Almost felt like Canada except it was raining cats and dogs.

We stayed in a hotel up on the mountain which I will never forget. It was one of the most beautiful places that I had stayed in.

The Kinabalu Park

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This national park is also a world heritage site. If you are a professional trekker or a mountain climber, you need to go through this park.

You need a license and the gear to scale the mountain. We were allowed to go a maximum of 1 km in but then had to return. Further travel (all the way to the peak) was reserved only for professionals.

I cannot describe the feeling. One day we were on a tropical Island on sea level and the other we were on one of the highest mountains of the world. It was some of the best experience of my life.

If you do plan to to visit this place, you can check several travel advisory websites like Lonely Planet to get a better understanding.

Thinking of Building a Tourism App

Blog is a great way to help people find out about my tours and tips that I share. However, I know that the most important thing today is your cell phone. People spend more time on their cell phones than any where else. Therefore, I have decided to build an app. Whether I will be be able to do it, only time will tell.

I am not sure it is even feasible with all the studies going on plus all the adventures that I seek. But I think it will be a great skill to learn.

app

There are a few things that I will need

  • A Laptop
  • Learning a Software
  • Learning a Language
  • Knowing how to Promote an App

Why a Laptop?

You must have already guessed by now that I love to travel. So I want something that I can always take with. I cannot take my desktop with me. As for my tablet, I don’t think you can program on a laptop.

Obviously, I will need the best laptop configuration for programming instead of the current one that I have which only has a very weak processor.

Learning a Language

Getting the laptop is the easy part, the toughest part for me would be to learn the a language that I will use to build my app with. I do not have the money to pay someone to build my app. However, I can ask for help from time to time on maybe upwork.

I think I will spend my time learning Java for Android. There are also my videos that I have already shortlisted that I am going to watch. Here is one my thenewboston.

Promoting the App

Maybe I am think too far ahead but I think promoting an app is also something that I need to learn. How will I beat my competition, if there is any. Hopefully, with the idea that I have, it will be entirely unique.

I will probably think about this later. If you guys have any suggestions for me please let me know.

My Vacation with a Gaming Buddy

About a year ago, my friend and I made a trip to one most of beautiful tropical places you can imagine. Coming from a cold environment like the Canada, it is a huge shock for the body to see the temperature soaring above 35 degrees.

In any case, I had made it a point to visit a tropical place. I wanted to get the feeling of the tropical air, the people, the food and the culture that surrounds some of those areas. There were few places that I could visit. I could visit south america or go the Asia pacific.

My Decision

I decided to visit Asia Pacific. I have had a few Malaysian so off I went to Malaysia for the trip. The place I was suggested by many was Kota Kinabalu. Kinabalu is a mountain (the highest in Malaysia and the highest in Malay Archipalego). Kota Kinabalu is a city near the mount. The city is the capital of Sabah province and if you want to travel from Kuala Lumpur, you will need to travel by plane.

My Malay Friend

I met my friend while I was still in college. She was an exchange student who loved reading books and playing games – something which I never understood. She had her own corner desk for gaming in our small where she we would up all night doing something called quests with virtual online friends and reading up on all kinds of gaming gear.

Any ways, she was the inspiration behind me visiting the Kota Kinabalu in the first place and I am truly thankful for having the opportunity to visit such a place.

Kota Kinabalu – A Place for Various Features

When you think of planning a visit to a place you sometimes think of going to an island. Other times you think of a lush green place and even a cold place.

What if I told you that you can find all of the above in one single place. It is hard to imagine, but that is the essence of Kota Kinabalu.

The city itself is pure beauty. It is small yet very affordable. We lived in a backpacker’s lodge.

It is very clean, the people are friendly, and the food is fantastic.

But the city is only a small part of the beauty of this place.

Recommended Hotels at KK

Islands

There are 4 islands that you can visit. A boat usually takes your from the jetty in the city to one of these islands. The boats run from morning till evening. You can stay on the Island over night by renting out a room or a hut.

islands

Each Island holds uniqueness to it. We visited two of the four islands and both had a lush green environment and beautiful sea creatures. Snorkeling was a delight.

The Mountain

unnamed (1)

Then there is the mountain. The real attraction of the place. We rented a car and drove high up on the mountain. It really started to get chilly up there. Almost felt like Canada except it was raining cats and dogs.

We stayed in a hotel up on the mountain which I will never forget. It was one of the most beautiful places that I had stayed in.

The Kinabalu Park

Mount-Kinabalu_Kinabalu-Park-Heritage-Site-01

This national park is also a world heritage site. If you are a professional trekker or a mountain climber, you need to go through this park.

You need a license and the gear to scale the mountain. We were allowed to go a maximum of 1 km in but then had to return. Further travel (all the way to the peak) was reserved only for professionals.

I cannot describe the feeling. One day we were on a tropical Island on sea level and the other we were on one of the highest mountains of the world. It was some of the best experience of my life.

If you do plan to to visit this place, you can check several travel advisory websites like Lonely Planet to get a better understanding.

How I Decided to make Hybrid Bikes a Must for My Visits

bicycle touring

The benefit of bicycles isn’t new. An avid cyclist knows the great feeling you get after a good workout session on a bicycle.

When I am not out exploring amazing hotels at cheap to stay in, I usually go out exploring in my country side on a bicycle. If it were up to me, I would take by bicycle almost anywhere including my trip to Malaysia.

However, it is just not feasible to take it for backpacking trip across mountainous ranges or through dense forests.

It is for that reason, I live to keep with me if I travel across Europe.

Why I choose hybrid bike?

As some would expect, you will get a clue or two from the name, actually. This type of cycle is really a crossing of an off-road mountain bike and standard bicycle, obtain the superior characteristics from both model sorts, with the main purpose to have simple transportation vehicle with great comfort over all surfaces and areas.

Here is a video explaining what a Hybrid bike is.

Hybird bikes have variety of features for both men and women. They also have a very versatile price range. For example the Best hybrid bikes for men can range anywhere from $200 to thousands of dollars.

Why is this the ideal type of bike for me?

  • Hybrid bike are very comfortable. It has to do something with the geometry. They have high head tube and short top tube, to provide a comfortable riding sensation, whilst having you back completely straight, in an effort to remove any tension in the shoulders and neck.
  • There tires just make rides to much more bearable. Compared to road bikes, the best hybrid bikes will come with wider tires (they usually come roughly 30-42mm). This type of tires allows greater comfort and control during unusual types of rides, such as through rain or snow.

However, before I go on and on about the merits of a hybrid bike, a notable thing to mind is that hybrid bicycles are good for almost any sort of ride, but perfect for almost none. Consider this to be the jack of all trades but master of none. For instance, a mountain bicycle would be more efficient off the road, whilst road bikes are quite faster.

Why should you tour on bicycles?

If you haven’t already done so, then you have already missed on a great adventure of life. A touring experience with a bicycle is a lot more intimate. You get to enjoy the environment by being in it yourself. Whereas, with a car road trip, you are basically within a compartment. You might as well just switch the TV on to NAT GEO.

Essential Checklist for Travel

essential stuff for travel

We live in an amazing time right now. If we ever need anything, all we need to do is just search it up on the internet. For example, when I travel I always have this feeling that I have left something behind. Sometimes, I am not just sure what to bring with me.

This is where internet comes to your rescue like always. Here we have an inforgraphic which is a checklist made by Cruisekings. It basically tells you what to bring with yourself if you happen to travel on cruise ship.

Similarly, yo can find several other amazing checklist for traveling to all sorts of place. If you are traveling on a bike, alone, on plane etc. you can find checklists for almost anything.

I personally advise you to take a sample checklist like the one above, and then add a few more modifications. For example, the checklist above does not have a check for things like laptops, or other essential gadgets for you. However, you have to reasonable with what you put on there. You cannot put a monitor, even if it is slim and frameless monitor to take your trip.

Nevertheless, having a checklist for different types of tours is a rule that you should follow.