We are now in Borneo. We have only been here two days so we have not got
to the jungle yet but we will shortly. We are in the town ofKuching.
Kuching means cat and there are lots of cat things here including the most
extensive and bizzare cat museum I could imagin. Well you can imagine
it... just think of every cat knick-knack, every cute cat motivational poster,
every Garfieldposter you have ever seen and put it under glass. Serious, I am
not saying it was like these things I am saying they were really there...the cat
on the planter poster that says hang in there baby was one of many...the little
porcilin cat thing at mom & dads...there.
The people here are extreamly open and friendly. This is also an extreamly
clean town. Lots of joy here. This is very good to see for in general we have
found the Malaysians to be polite but somber. Here they seem trully happy.
But the heat...it was 37c IN Bangkok downtoun in the sun but it did not feel as
hot as it does here in Borneo. The humidity is something. This is the hottest
month in a tropical rainforst on the equator so I suppose there should not be
Anyway...Please pass the following info to Mom & Dad.
The phone system here is not great so I may not get to call you anytime soon
and for that I appologize. I know that you two prefer phone calls to e-mail. I
will do what is reasonable to do.
You had mentioned that you may visit us in Sept...because we would not be
home in June as usual. As I think you know we will now be home early June
(exact date not set but probably by June 6). So...if you still want to visit us
and June is free it may be a better time than in Sept when I am back at work.
Of course anytime that you can visit will be most welcome.
Again, sorry for the e-mail thing but again the phone call from here does not
look to promising. However, if there is one thing I have learned from Asia is
not to have expectations so the very next store I am in may verywell have a
fantastice international phone. Who knowes?
Oh yes thye have Easter here. Though the country is overwelmanly muslim
there is a 30 Chinnese population and they are a mix ofbuddism and
Christianity. When I say mix I mean that single people follow bits of both.
The hotel had a Childrens Easter Party...asian style. First, we were the only
white people. Second, most were locals, not hotel guests. We determined this
by the fact that the clown asked the kids which school they went to.
So...All asian, mostly local Malaysian and yet still everything was in English.
During the treasure hunt the clown had to send some kids away because they
could only read in Malay, not English.
There was one thing that was Chinnese, (not Malay..why??) and it was the
kids Kareoke contest.
There were many prizes. Most were Vico (the same fake chocholate milk
stuff as in Canada). The boys also won GLASS bowls, two GLASS cups and
SOAP. Benjamin had to work not to laugh when he won soap at a kids only
party. They did also win more standard kid things like pencils and stupidly
large stuffed animals. We had just spent $200 Canadian to ship thing home
to make room in our suit case then the kids win that stuff.
What was different, besides the soap, was no significant referance to eggs.
Anyway, we are having a very good time here and will give you a more
general update later...after my Birthday Trip to the Mulu Caves to see the
nightly Bat flights.