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Mar 1, 2006 - Kuching, Malaysian Borneo

1 May 2003 ( KUALA LUMPUR - KUCHING ) 7 am : Menaiki Air Asia ke Kuching. Kali ni bawa ayah dan mak sekali. Seronok betul dia orang sebab first time dapat naik kapal terbang. Anyway, Alhamdulillah kerana dapat menunaikan hajad meraka untuk sampai di Sarawak dan sekaligus dapat menaiki kapal terbang. 9 am : Alhamdulillah, kami selamat tiba di Kuching dan terus ke Singgahsana Lodge, Kuching. 12 pm : Kami ronda-ronda 'City Tour' di Bandar Kuching. Kami pergi Kuching Water Front, Muzium Sarawak, Fort Margerita ( samapai naik penambang ), Pasar...

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Feb 24, 2006 - Back to Kuching

Time to say good bye to Ginette and Victoria. It was good to share the planning and travelling with others. But we are all on different missions and timetables so I left yesterday afternoon. I investigated the bus back to Kuching. RM89 (NZ$34) and 17 hours in a freezing bus. (The aircon here has one temperature - zero.!! Or RM160 ($60) for 2 hours on nice plane. The difference less than a meal out in NZ so the plane won. Not sure if I am soft or sensible!!! If I had been able to find someone to go on the bus with me to talk to, play cards...

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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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Feb 21, 2006 - To Mulu National Park

Next day flew to the park over the jungle. Went on tours of 4 caves after 1 hour fast walk through thejungle. I could have been in NZ except for the copious amounts of sweat pouring off me. it was even hot in the cave The guide asked me why i had come here to see caves as he reckoned NZ Waitomo caves are the best in the world. Not the biggest but the best. One cave we went into was 169km long! Needless to say, I didn't see it all. Some of the caves had bats in the but we only saw a few but smelt many! We had booked beds in a dorm room, but...

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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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Feb 18, 2006 - Belgara - longhouses

Next day we continued up the river. When we left were not sure how we would get out of there but decided to go anyway. Some very heavy rain in the afternoon - as is usual here. it is still very muggy, but I am handling it OK. Just need to find a boat to get cooled down!!! We passed many longhouses on the way up the river. Sat on the roof which was great. Belaga is a village of 3,500 people and we found a very helpful local who organised the next couple of days for us. Boat trip to 3 longhouses. As the name suggests they are many houses...

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Feb 16, 2006 - Kiching - Sibu - Kapit

Left on a Ferry with 2 mates. We went outo the sea for about halh an hour and saw many barges carrying logs and ather goods. The logging is sad but giving some wealth to the country - so??? The air con inside was again freezing so spent the time outside. I don't know why thewy think we will melt. A few other tourists to swap notes with. The rivers are wide and muddy. Very much like NZ rivers after a lot of rain. I was told by a local that they were clear and blue before all the logging. Seems a shame. We had 15 miutes to change onto a...

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Feb 13, 2006 - To Boreno - Kuching in Sarwak

Left and pleased to be going. I nearly did a runner when I arrived at the hostel. It had good reports in the Lonely Palnet Guide but looked pretty awful to me. However I reminded myself that it was not much different from the typical student flat in NZ. Probably cleaner and tidier than the average students room though a bit more run down. So I told myself that if the kids can do I can!!! However I did have an enjoyable evening at the Footloose Homestay with a Malay lawyer, 2 contruction engineers (both women) and a female architect who...

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Feb 13, 2006 - M/S Nautica - Oceania Cruise --> Part 1

Oceania Cruise - Pagodas and Palaces onboard the M/S Nautica Working in the travel industry and having taken many cruises I could not help but write up the first section of our cruise as a review and overview on the ship, cruise line and our experience. Part 2 of our cruise gives and overview of the ports of call we visited on our glorious two weeks at sea. A piece of luxury on our year long journey - we loved every minute of our cruise on board the M/S Nautica with Oceania Cruise Lines. Oceania is a small, newer cruise line that was born...

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Jan 8, 2006 - Malaysian Borneo

When we arrived in Singapore we stayed for 2 nights at the apartment of our friends Randy and Erin. Although they were not there (as they were on a Christmas holiday), they graciously offered their apartment to us. While we were there, we organized a 1 week trip to Malaysian Borneo and that is where we are now. We are in the province of Sabah on the northern part of the island of Borneo. Steve and I have been very excited about coming to Borneo for a long time and we have not been let down. We have had an amazing week here. We organized a 5...

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Nov 25, 2005 - Nov 13 - Nov 25, Sarawak, Malaysia (Borneo)

We are back! Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving and are enjoying the holiday season. We spent the last three weeks in Borneo Malaysia. For those of you who may not know (we did not) Malaysia is divided into two parts; Peninsular Malaysia and Borneo Malaysia. Borneo is the third largest island in the world and is occupied by Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei. Borneo Malaysia is broken down further into Sarawak and Sabah. One aspect of the country we found most striking is the cultural diversity. There are several ethnic groups who all seem...

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Nov 18, 2005 - Malaysia Borneo - Miri

Five hours, four buses and two border crossings later we arrived in Miri. A quick trip around the tour operators soon told us that we were likely the only tourists here, so there was no hope of joining a group to make the trip to the pinnacles at a nearby National park. Without the group, the tour was just too expensive to justify, so we had no choice but to cut our losses and move on. We decided to conclude our trip to Eastern Malaysia (or Borneo as we still know it) at this point, and arranged for our flights back to JB, hopefully to...

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