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Jul 15, 2012 - Night Hike

As a warm up for what I hope to be a week’s worth of hiking on Borneo, I spent two days in Bako National Park located on a peninsula extending into the South China Sea. It is only about 1-1/2 hours from Kuching but it can only be accessed by boat. The trails through the jungle are well marked and quite beautiful. I spent the night in a Park Service dorm so I also had a chance to take a ranger-led night hike. That hike was particularly interesting because we saw a flying lemur, which is like a large flying squirrel (approximately 2 feet long...

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A Whole New World

Jul 12, 2012 - Borneo

Borneo is the third largest island in the world and the Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah share this landmass with both Indonesia and with the tiny Sultanate of Brunei. The rain forests of Borneo are estimated to be 130 million years old and the island evokes a dark and exotic past. This was the land of headhunters and unique indigenous tribes. The Sarawak museum in Kuching places special emphasis on the local tribes and their customs, and its displays call to mind the most memorable pages ever published in National Geographic...

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A Whole New World

Mar 18, 2012 - Sarawak

17th March Oh golly so behind now, just shows how busy we've been! We left Saba on the 12 th March and had a really boring day in airports. We arrived far too early at Sandican then had hours to kill in Kota Kinabalu before our flight down. We were really relieved at last to be called for the flight only to get to the gate when they said we needed to go through immigration and check out of Saba, even though we were staying in Malaysia. We had to run back fortunately there was no queue and got back just in time, honestly we were running so...

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Dec 12, 2011 - Borneo - Day 8 & 9 - World's Largest and longest Cave passages, Mulu National Park

The plane flight into Mulu was absolutely stunning. As you start to get closer the thick jungle trees start to surround large mountains full of caves. Massive mountains appear all around you and you really get the sense that you have finally arrived in what they call the ‘true jungle of Borneo’. It almost feels like you are in a completely different world, a new adventure awaits you the minute you step off the plain. Since we arrived in the afternoon we went to the park information headquarters and were lucky enough to get into a last...

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Dec 10, 2011 - Borneo - Day 6 & 7 - Proboscis Monkeys, Flying Lemur, Wild Boars - Bako National Park

Dec 9th: Took the bus from Kuching to the boat ramp near Bako National Park. This small peninsula is 1 and a half hours from Kuching and is home to seven distinct rainforest ecosystems, giving rise to a remarkable diversity of animal and plant life. Bako’s most famous residents are the bizarre proboscis monkeys and it is also home to the silvered langurs (leaf monkeys), long tailed macaque monkeys, bearded pigs, flying squirrels and monitor lizards, as well as many different bird species. Fascinating plant life includes the mangroves,...

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Dec 8, 2011 - Borneo - Day 2 - 5 - SW Borneo & Orangutans

Dec 5th: We spent these few days researching Borneo and what we would be doing for the next 3 weeks or so. As Borneo was not initially on our travel list, there was quite a bit of research required. We also spent a significant amount of time with Madam Bong (the live-in keeper of the guest house we were staying in), learning of the customs of the Iban people (her ancestors), as well as the local customs, traditions, history, and beliefs. We also met Angeline, another back packer staying here at Marco Polo’s. She was just arriving back...

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Dec 4, 2011 - Borneo - Day 1 - City of Kuching in Borneo Malaysia

We bid our farewells to Singapore, and welcomed Kuching Sarawak, Borneo. Kuching is a small town, and it's name is a rough translation to Cat in English.... there are cat statues everywhere! It's a relatively quiet city, with a muddy river going through downtown. Sarawak is the largest state in Malaysia, situated on the north-west coastline of Borneo and reaching deep into the rugged and mysterious interior of the world’s third largest island. Sarawak has been a magnet for adventurous travellers for many centuries. One English visitor was...

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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 20, 2011 - Kuching

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Evidence found at archeological sites shows us that there were humans living on Borneo as long as 40,000 years ago; that’s 30,000 years before people migrated to the Malaysian peninsula. The Chinese were the first ‘foreigners’ to arrive and the Indonesians seized control of the region in the 11th century. The Sultan of Brunei, further north on the island, dominated Sarawak for as long as 300 years before he lost control to the first of the three ‘White Rajahs’, Sir James Brooke. This signaled the beginning of a kind of...

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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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Jul 25, 2010 - Mulu National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia

Traveling to Mulu NP was more of a challenge than any other place during our travels because basically the only two ways to get to Mulu is to either take an 8+ hour boat ride or a 30 minute plane ride to a small air strip cut out of the dense jungle. Due to time constraints and actually a cheaper price we opted for the 30min plane ride. We arrived in Mulu to mixed weather at 1030 on the 19th. It was a five minute ride to our accommodations at the Mulu River Trails. We experienced some difficulty booking lodging because we were traveling...

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May 24, 2010 - Bako National Park

Bako National Park 24 mei Met de minibus en een bootje komen we na 2 uur aan in het National Park. Dit park ligt direct aan de zee, met het bootje vaar je dan ook danuit de rivier een stukje de zee op. Tijdens de lunch worden we meteen geconfronteerd met de vele (brutale) apen hier, die het eten en de tassen van de bezoekers willen stelen. En we zien een neusaap in de bomen zitten, dat is bijzonder want deze zijn erg verlegen en laten zich niet snel zien. Vervolgens lopen we een van de vele trails in dit park. Het is een prachtige tocht...

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