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My Favourite Holiday: BBC weather presenter Kawser Quamer says heart is in the Highlands… of Malaysia, that is!

Kawser Quamer
Kawser Quamer

KAWSER QUAMER is a familiar face through her weather bulletins on BBC Scotland.

London-born Kawser worked as a news presenter and programme editor in the capital before her science background led to BBC Weather.

Initially seconded north of the border, Kawser fell in love with the country and people so strongly she moved here permanently.

Single girl Kawser, 38, lives in Glasgow.

MY most recent holiday was definitely one to remember.

It was to Barbados – just as Hurricane Irma bore down. We were so lucky as it was just out of where the main storm passed.

But we were there as it was approaching and it became a bit of a busman’s holiday for me.

There was a lot of tension, so I was constantly in touch with my friends back at the BBC Weather Centre.

I had great faith in them. In fact, we were deciding whether or not to leave early depending on their forecasts.

We decided to ride it out. The high winds and big waves affected the turtles and we rescued some and took them to a wildlife sanctuary.

The other holiday that really comes to mind was a real epic – Singapore to Malaysia and then to Thailand.

I was with a good friend and it took us about three weeks.

There were so many highlights but a couple really stick out.

Misty morning at Cameron Highlands tea plantation, Thailand

We went to the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia for a real day in the jungle.

We were there in search of Rafflesia flowers which can grow up to a couple of metres across. It took about six hours and we finally found one, which was very fortunate as they only bloom for three days.

It was a tricky route back down and only then did our guides show us some of the creatures that would have been around us that day.

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If I’d known beforehand I may not have done it. But it was amazing and I’m so glad I did.

The other one, in Thailand, was a highlight in every way, my first-ever skydive.

There were absolutely no clouds, so before we left the plane it was quite scary to see nothing between you and the ground.

My friend was so nervous I felt like I was calming her down more than worrying myself.

The jump was the most exhilarating experience, and floating down looking at the scenery below was brilliant.