Theme Week Malaysia – Malacca City

29 November 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

Malacca River flowing through Bandar Hilir © panoramio.com - jetsun/cc-by-sa-3.0

Malacca River flowing through Bandar Hilir © panoramio.com – jetsun/cc-by-sa-3.0

Malacca City is the capital city of the Malaysian state of Malacca. As of 2010 it has a population of 485,000. It is the oldest Malaysian city on the Straits of Malacca, having become a successful entrepôt in the era of the Malacca Sultanate. The present-day city was founded by Parameswara, a Sumatran prince who escaped to the Malay Peninsula when Srivijaya fell to the Majapahit. Following the establishment of the Malacca Sultanate, the city drew the attention of traders from the Middle East, South Asia, and East Asia, as well as the Portuguese, who intended to dominate the trade route in Asia. After Malacca was conquered by Portugal, the city became an area of conflict when the sultanates of Aceh and Johor attempted to take control from the Portuguese.   read more…

Paradise Island in the Bahamas

29 November 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hotels

© flickr.com - Derek Key/cc-by-2.0

© flickr.com – Derek Key/cc-by-2.0

Paradise Island is an island in the Bahamas formerly known as Hog Island. The island is located just off the shore of the city of Nassau, which is itself located on the northern edge of the island of New Providence. It is best known for the sprawling resort Atlantis with its extensive water park rides, pools, beach, restaurants, walk-in aquarium and casinos. Paradise Island is connected to the island of New Providence by two bridges that cross Nassau Harbour. The first was built in 1966 by Resorts International, and the second in the late 1990s.   read more…

Theme Week Malaysia – Federal Territory of Labuan

28 November 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Kwang Fook Kong Temple © CEphoto, Uwe Aranas/cc-by-sa-3.0

Kwang Fook Kong Temple © CEphoto, Uwe Aranas/cc-by-sa-3.0

Labuan, officially the Federal Territory of Labuan, is a federal territory of Malaysia. It is made up of the eponymous Labuan Island and six smaller islands, and is located off the coast of the state of Sabah in East Malaysia. Labuan’s capital is Victoria and is best known as an offshore financial centre offering international financial and business services via Labuan IBFC since 1990 as well as being an offshore support hub for deepwater oil and gas activities in the region. It is also a tourist destination for people travelling through Sabah, nearby Bruneians and scuba divers. The name Labuan derives from the Malay word labuhan which means harbour. Labuan is often referred to as the pearl of Borneo.   read more…

Theme Week Malaysia – George Town on Penang Island

27 November 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

Eastern & Oriental Hotel © Gryffindor/cc-by-2.5

Eastern & Oriental Hotel © Gryffindor/cc-by-2.5

George Town, the capital city of the Malaysian state of Penang, is located at the north-eastern tip of Penang Island. It is Malaysia’s second largest city, with 708,127 inhabitants as of 2010, while Greater Penang is the nation’s second biggest conurbation with a population of 2,412,616. The historical core of George Town has been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008.   read more…

Portrait: John S. Collins, the founder of Miami Beach

27 November 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Miami / South Florida, Portrait

John S. Collins © floridamemory.com

John S. Collins © floridamemory.com

John Stiles Collins was an American Quaker farmer from Moorestown Township, New Jersey who moved to South Florida and attempted to grow vegetables and coconuts on the swampy, bug-infested stretch of land between Miami and the ocean, a barrier island which became Miami Beach. John S. Collins died in 1928 at the age of 90. Collins Avenue and the Collins Canal, both on Miami Beach, are named in his honor.   read more…

Theme Week Malaysia – Kuching

26 November 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Damai Beach Resort north of Kuching © flickr.com - Bernard DUPONT/cc-by-sa-2.0

Damai Beach Resort north of Kuching © flickr.com – Bernard DUPONT/cc-by-sa-2.0

Kuching, officially the City of Kuching, is the capital and the most populous city in the state of Sarawak in Malaysia. It is also the capital of Kuching Division. The city is situated on the Sarawak River at the southwest tip of the state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo and covers an area of 431 square kilometres (166 sq mi) with a population about 165,642 in the Kuching North administrative region and 159,490 in the Kuching South administrative region – a total of 325,132 people.   read more…

Theme Week Malaysia

25 November 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks, UNESCO World Heritage

Fort Cornwallis in Penang, first British colony in what was to become Malaysia © Cmglee/cc-by-sa-3.0

Fort Cornwallis in Penang, first British colony in what was to become Malaysia © Cmglee/cc-by-sa-3.0

Malaysia is a country in Southeast Asia. The federal constitutional monarchy consists of 13 states and three federal territories, separated by the South China Sea into two similarly sized regions, Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia (Malaysian Borneo). Peninsular Malaysia shares a land and maritime border with Thailand and maritime borders with Singapore, Vietnam, and Indonesia. East Malaysia shares land and maritime borders with Brunei and Indonesia and a maritime border with the Philippines and Vietnam. Kuala Lumpur is the national capital and largest city while Putrajaya is the seat of the federal government (List of cities and towns in Malaysia by population). With a population of over 30 million, Malaysia is the world’s 44th most populous country. The southernmost point of continental Eurasia, Tanjung Piai, is in Malaysia. In the tropics, Malaysia is one of 17 megadiverse countries, home to large numbers of endemic species.   read more…

Cape Elizabeth in Maine

25 November 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Portland Head Lighthouse © Rapidfire/cc-by-sa-3.0

Portland Head Lighthouse © Rapidfire/cc-by-sa-3.0

Cape Elizabeth is a town in Cumberland County, Maine, United States, with a population of around 9,000. The nearest city is Portland. Cape Elizabeth shares a border with South Portland to the north and Scarborough to the west.   read more…

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

22 November 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions, San Francisco Bay Area

© Supercarwaar/cc-by-sa-4.0

© Supercarwaar/cc-by-sa-4.0

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is a modern art museum located in San Francisco, California. A nonprofit organization, SFMOMA holds an internationally recognized collection of modern and contemporary art, and was the first museum on the West Coast devoted solely to 20th-century art. The museum’s current collection includes over 33,000 works of painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, design, and media arts. They are displayed in 170,000 square feet (16,000 m²) of exhibition space, making the museum one of the largest in the United States overall, and one of the largest in the world for modern and contemporary art.   read more…

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