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22 August 2016

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Besar Island in Mersing, Johor

Besar Island in Mersing, Johor

16 August 2016

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Rawa Island Resort Mersing

Rawa Island Resort, an idyllic tropical island for guests to unwind from the stress and strain of modern life. Feel the grains of white, sun-baked sand between your toes as you stroll along the beach. Take a dip in the warm waters of the South China Sea. Enjoy the green scenery. Snorkel along the natural coral reef just metres from the shore. Or simply relax as you watch the sun disappear lazily over the orange horizon.

Situated within the archipelago of the Sultan Iskandar Marine Park, Rawa Island is accessible by a twenty-minute boat ride from Mersing, Johor. This beachfront resort features 77 rooms, each individually designed to blend in with the natural landscape. Modern furnishings provide guests with the comforts of home.

Rawa Island Resort Mersing

10 August 2016

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Singapore Zoo Kangaroos On Tree World Of Makaia And Nupela

Singapore Zoo guests visiting in August can look forward to witnessing the beginnings of an epic love story between Makaia the miracle tree kangaroo and his betrothed mate Nupela, with the opening of the Goodfellow’s tree kangaroo exhibit at the Australasian Zone today. The newly created indoor space will bring guests in close proximity with these fascinating creatures and offer a rare chance to observe how tree kangaroos have adapted to a life above ground.     

This species stands among the rarest animals kept under human care, with only approximately 50 animals in zoos around the world. With the recent arrival of Makaia and Nupela, Singapore Zoo is now the proud custodian of four tree kangaroos. 

Singapore Zoo Kangaroos On Tree World Of Makaia And Nupela

Makaia And Nupela

Distinguishable by a pair of golden stripes trailing down the centre of its back, the Goodfellow’s tree kangaroo is also known as the ornate tree kangaroo. Each individual’s tail sports a unique pattern of yellow rings and blotches. As its name suggests, tree kangaroos live in trees and have well-developed and muscular forelimbs, which serve them well when navigating their canopy homes in the forests of Papua New Guinea. These master climbers have noticeably broader feet than their land cousins, and padded soles tipped with sharped curved claws that allow for a better grip on tree limbs. 

While often somewhat clumsy, these elusive living plush toys have a few tricks of their own for survival in the wild—they have been known to leap up to 15 metres from tree to ground without hurting themselves. In addition, while their ground cousins can only move forwards, tree kangaroos have the ability to walk backwards, which makes it easier for them to traverse their treetop terrain.

The star amongst the four tree kangaroos in Singapore Zoo is no doubt Makaia, dubbed the ‘miracle baby’ by his carers in Australia. Makaia, whose name means magic in a Papua New Guinea dialect, came from Australia’s Adelaide Zoo on 4 July 2016. In a world first for conservation, the Goodfellow’s tree kangaroo made global headlines in November 2014 when he was adopted by a surrogate yellow-footed wallaby at 47 days old, after his mother’s sudden demise. When he outgrew his foster mother’s pouch, a human caregiver took over, and he became the only tree kangaroo to have the distinction of being raised by three mothers!  

Nupela hailed from Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, and was a local celebrity in her own right, being the first Goodfellow’s tree kangaroo to be born in the Australian zoo in over 20 years. She arrived in Singapore Zoo on 1 June 2016. 

Goodfellow’s tree kangaroo numbers have dwindled drastically in the last century, and in 2012, the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) set up a Global Species Management Plan (GSMP) to ensure their survival. Under the GSMP, participating zoos  in Australia, Europe, North America, Japan, and Singapore would cooperate to enhance the sustainability of the global population under human care, and also act as an assurance population should there be a catastrophic decline in the wild. 

Makaia and Nupela are paired up under the recommendation of the GSMP. Pairing suitable individuals from participating zoos also minimises inbreeding of related animals and enhances the genetic pool of the species under human care.

Last May, a young male that was bred in Singapore Zoo was sent to Yokohama Zoo, Japan, under the recommendation of GSMP. 

Dr Cheng Wen-Haur, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Life Sciences Officer, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said: “We are very happy to be the proud custodian of Makaia and Nupela, under the Global Species Management Plan for Goodfellow’s tree kangaroos. Such programmes enable zoos from different countries and continents to breed threatened species in a scientific and coordinated manner to achieve demographic and genetic sustainability. Together with conservation efforts in the animals’ natural habitats, these breeding programmes help to ensure the survival of the species.” 

Named after Walter Goodfellow, the British zoological collector who discovered them, this species of tree kangaroo is classified as ‘Endangered’ under the IUCN* Red List of Threated Species due to unsustainable hunting and loss of habitat. In the last 50 years, its population has declined by about 50 per cent. 

*International Union for the Conservation of Nature

05 August 2016

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British Airways’ Top Six Adventure Destinations In The UK

Unknown to many, the UK has much to offer to the active and adventurous. British Airways has hand-picked six destinations in the UK for the adrenaline junkies. From kayaking in the heart of London to abseiling in Northern Ireland or galloping on horseback in Scotland, there are plenty of adventures to keep your blood pumping.

British Airways’ country manager for Malaysia Vivian Tan-Loh said, “The UK have a wide array of stunning natural landscape that are made for adventurous activities. If you are looking for new and exciting experiences, an adventure holiday will definitely leave you with unforgettable memories and great stories. Malaysian travellers can easily access these destinations with British Airways extensive network in the UK. “

1.        Kayaking along River Thames, London

Ever thought of touring London from a different perspective? What about a view from the River Thames? You can do just that by kayaking down the River Thames in a unique evening sight-seeing experience. See London shimmers on the waters as the sun sets and the lights come on. And just in case you think it is going to be a breeze, be warned that the tides of the river can be quite challenging!  

British Airways offers daily flights from Kuala Lumpur to London on its technologically-advance Boeing 787-9.

2.       Rock climbing at Stanage Edge, Hathersage
Located in the Peak District National Park, Stanage Edge is the largest of the gritstone edges that overlook Hathersage in Derbyshire. Approximately four miles in length and 458m at its highest point, Stanage Edge is a popular destination throughout the year for adventurers. The edge is made of one of the finest gritstones and is ideal for rock-climbing. The Edge’s tip can be snow covered in winter. 
While working out those upper body muscles at Stanage Edge, you may want to know that Keira Knightley and Matthew MacFadyen were on location here in 2005 when filming Pride and Prejudice.
Take British Airways to Leeds Bradford if you are heading to Stanage Edge. The airline offers special promotions for selected UK routes if you book and travel by 1 November 2016.

3.       Cycling at Lake District
Whether you are a road cyclist or a mountain biker, you will be spoilt for choice in the Lake District National Park. The Park offers country lanes, cycle ways and bridle ways to suit all levels of cycling experience. There are bicycles for hire across the Lake District.
If you prefer a nice stroll, you can choose to either amble around the lakes or take a more active route along the high-ridge walks. For the ultimate challenge, take the “Tree-Top Track” where you swing, fly, and climb through oak woodland canopy.
To reach to the Lake District, travellers can take the airport bus from the Manchester Airport.  British Airways offers up to 56 direct flights per week to Manchester Airport.

4.       Skydiving at Hibaldstow
Hibalstow is the site of a former Royal Air Force satellite airfield. The airfield was taken over in the early 1990s as a parachute centre and now you can go skydiving at the centre!  
A 20-minute instruction is all you need to be ready for a tandem dive. Enjoy the exhilaration of a one-minute freefall from 15,000 feet. It will definitely be one of the most unforgettable experiences of your life!
To get to Hibaldstow, you can take British Airways to Manchester Airport and continue onward  either by rail or road. 

5.       Horse riding at Isle of Skye, Scotland
Relive how Scottish warriors of old travel – on horseback across lochs and dales. Enjoy the wild natural beauty of quintessential Scottish highlands on trained ponies and horses. Isle of Skye offers a wide range of horse trails to suit every age and ability; from lead rein to a fast canter – the choice is endless and the scenery breath-taking.     
From London, you can fly British Airways to Inverness and travel by road to Isle of Skye.

6.       Multi-adventuring at Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
An UNESCO World Heritage Site, Giant’s Causeway consists of over 40,000 interlocking basalt columns – the result of a volcanic eruption. It is located at the northeast coast of Northern Island and is the fourth greatest natural wonder in the UK.
Giant’s Causeway is the mecca for adrenalin junkies. From canoeing to abseiling to ziplining, there is an adventure activity for everyone. If you are all tired out from the day’s intense adventure, indulge in a spot of glamping would be a great way to end the day.
A Games of Throne fan? Giant’s Causeway offers you a glimpse of Westeros, a respite from your high-octane adventure.    
British Airways flies non-stop from London to Belfast from London Heathrow and Gatwick.

Malaysians can now fly to London on British Airways’ latest and most technologically-advanced Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner which features the impressive new First cabin. British Airways’ flights from Kuala Lumpur land at the airline’s home at London Heathrow Terminal 5. From here customers can enjoy stress-free onward connections to destinations in the UK, Europe and the US. Exclusive to customers of British Airways and Iberia Airlines, Terminal 5 was named by Skytrax in March 2016 as the Best Airport Terminal for the fifth year running; it also won the Best Airport Shopping award.

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