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Jul 19, 2012 - Crazy Caves

Niah National Park is located about 70 miles south of Miri and is centered on the limestone caves found there in the midst of the rainforest. Archeological excavations in the 1950’s revealed that the caves were inhabited as early as 40,000 years ago and even unearthed a primitive burial ground as well as cave paintings. The caves are home to thousands of bats and birds known as swiftlets. Swiftlets play a role in Chinese cuisine because their nests are made from the birds’ saliva and are the key ingredient in bird’s nest soup. Members of...

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A Whole New World

Jul 19, 2012 - Malay Impressions

As I traveled 800 km (480 miles) via boat and bus from Kuching to Miri, I had plenty of time to formulate some impressions of Malaysia. For starters, it is the most integrated country that I’ve ever visited. It is striking how people of Chinese, Indian and Malay descent seem to mix seamlessly. This is all the more amazing because four different religions are involved (Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Taoism). Occasionally I’ll see a billboard here advertising a certain school or university and, much like similar advertisements back home,...

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A Whole New World

May 17, 2011 - You Caaan!

Malaysia is a field ripe for harvesting. After staying in Miri for over a month I've had some really good experiences and come to know and love the brothers and sisters here. After being around another language for two years, it was a relief to be able to start studies in English. During the Memorial Campaign, we were doing mall territory and I found a young woman named Grace working at a shoe store who took the invitation and magazines and gladly gave her address and phone number. But when I tried to find it, I could not find her house. So...

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Apr 3, 2011 - Umbrellas are not just for rain

After spending a month in Cambodia, I've landed in Malaysia. My last stop before heading home to Canada in May. Here I'm also visiting a friend from Calgary who moved here for a bit to help out in the Chinese field. Malaysia is the hottest I've even been. Being a tropical rainforest climate, it is hot and sticky. So we always carry umbrellas in service to protect us from the sun. I always find it interesting how we do the preaching in different countries. In Canada we're used to going in our car groups and either doing territory or RV's....

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Aug 23, 2009 - Return to Miri

It is late in the evening, and I am writing this entry from the very comfortable common area of the Dillinea Guesthouse in Miri. Upon our return to Miri today, we changed guesthouses from where we had originally stayed here based on the glowing recommendation of one of the other guests at the Nancy & Harriss Guesthouse in Bario. It is a comfortable place with a welcoming owner - Mrs. Lee - , so we definitely made the right decision. We flew standby on a flight from Bario to Miri this morning, and as luck would have it, they had several open...

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Break From the Law

Aug 19, 2009 - Musings from Miri, Sarawak

“Welcome to Sarawak!” read the sign shortly after we passed through the immigration controls in Sarawak after disembarking from our AirAsia flight from KK. Because there are no direct flights between Tawau and Miri, today we flew first to KK and from there caught a connecting flight to Miri. Sarawak may be a state within Malaysia, but entering Sarawak from Sabah at Miri’s sleek modern international airport seemed indistinguishable from entering an entirely different country. Upon landing at the airport, each passenger must pass through...

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Break From the Law

Mar 17, 2009 - Miri and the Niah Caves

There was a little bit of an adventure involving arriving in Miri via a 4 wheel drive, a coach and finally a local bus (why is always the last mile that is the most frustrating?) but we got to Miri in the end. Our reason for stopping in Miri was to use it as a travel hub for visiting the Niah Caves where the oldest record of human life in Borneo has been discovered dating human existence on the island at 40,000 years ago. Today the caves are also used to harvest birds nests which the Chinese are happy to pay large amounts of money for. We...

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Where's Malcolm?

Jun 27, 2007 - A night in Miri (Matt)

A bus to a river crossing to another bus and we reach the Brunei-Malaysia border. We unload, walk our bags to the booth where the traffic also stops, and soon have been stamped into Malaysia. We're only given a 30 day stamp this time, but that shouldn't be a problem. We'll be in Thailand soon. Another bus takes us from the border to the town of Miri. Watching the passing streets and our map closely, we manage to get off before the bus depot. Our guesthouse is within walking distance. Miri seems to be a relatively modern town with few...

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Mar 31, 2007 - Miri

Miri er kun verdt aa besoeke hvis du behoever aa fly derifra. Airasia er soer-oest asias svar paa Norwegian, Ryanair osv., og har billige fly mellom Miri og Johor Bahru (rett utenfor Singapore). Det betyr at vi forlater Borneo. Og siden Miri ikke er verdt aa nevne, er det dags for aa oppsummere Borneo: Borneo er ikke helt den uberoerte, uoppdagede perlen jeg forestillte meg. Det er blandt annet for mange svensker her... Hvis det utvalget av svensker vi har moett her paa 4 uker er representativt for svenskers representasjon i resten av...

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Aug 10, 2006 - Niah Caves national Park to Miri

Leaving early to beat the heat and take it slow and easy on the knees we choose the coastal road (new road). The new road avoids the hills, but not the palm plantations. Along the way a miscommunication sends us down the wrong road making our early start a little late. Having breakfast at a roadside restaurant at the proper junction, we enjoyed watching the locals get excited about durians. Along the way we pass many durian stands, but only one selling wild durians, smaller and purple coloured they are not the ones sought after by the local...

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Somewhere in Asia

Feb 22, 2006 - back to Miri - 5 months today

4 months since Garry died. Sometimes it seems so much less than that but then i feel I haven't seen him for so long. So i went off into the bush to have some time to myself. I was gald it was so much like home. Another plane ride back to Miri for a decent shower and the best feed yet I found a restuarant that sold NZ beef. So I had a big surloin steak with mushrooms and carrots. I had been hanging out for both.. It cost me 25RM - less than $10. A very expensive meal for here but cheaper than you could get in NZ. Most of our meals have cost...

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Karen's Trip 2006

Feb 19, 2006 - 4WD to Miri

Tramped out early in the morning and 4 of us got a lift with a local out to the coast in his 4wd. Some people had told us that it was too dangerous to do this but we decided to give it a go. Actually, the driver was very cautious and I felt safer with hims than I have been in the car with Garry over the past few years. Most of the raod was not much different to the back roads in NZ. Although where there were slips we just ploughed on over them. At home the road would have been closed. That was 4 hours of fun really. Saw a lot of results of...

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Karen's Trip 2006

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