Blogs from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, Asia - page 35

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Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu November 28th 2006

We spent the second day at Sipadan snorkelling. It was great, tons of wildlife, the best moments were when I touched a turtle (which means good fortune and long life) and followed a shark for 5 minutes. Sipadan is apparently number two divesite in the world after Galapagos Island. Early next morning we took a bus to Sepilok, famous for it's Orang Utan sanctuary. We got a room 10 minutes walk away from the sanctuary itself. It was a nice place with plenty of animals, turkeys, ducks, water buffalos, sheep, goats, dogs and a deer. We relaxed the rest of the day and decided to go and see the monkeys the next day. At 10 it was feeding time and we shared the place with quite a lot of tourists. I managed to get quite a ... read more
floating restaurant
house in th sea
island from boat 2

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu November 22nd 2006

Mat: We are in Kuta Kinabalu. Its muggy. Muggy muggy. As you would expect it to be in the tropics. Probably exaggerated for us because the last couple of weeks in New Plymouth and Wellington were so cold, wet and windy. Our plans at the moment are to book the hut halfway up Mt Kinabalu for the 29th, so we can hit the top on the 30th for my 30th. We are waiting for Air Asia to open so we can check out the flights to Sandakan. They only cost $30 or something which means we do not need to take the bus (8 - 12 hours depending on stops according to our hostel host). We are over sitting in one spot for long periods after the flights and hanging about from New Plymouth - Auckland ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu November 20th 2006

Via AirAsia (Aisa's version of EasyJet), Ally and I flew from Kuta to Kualur Lumpur, which is the capital city in Peninsular Malaysia. We had arrived at the height of the monsoon season, and it was safe to say that most passengers where apprehensive when a violent lightning storm surrounded the plane as we approuched 'KL'. The clouds surrounding the plane where amazing, eg, huge white fluffy clouds reaching up in to the atmosphere, surrounded by dark thunder clouds. It were proper nice, but proper scary too!...Anyway, we landed safely, then made our way into KL city, which conveniently was 70km away! I'm not going to blabber on about KL, as it was a hot, dirty, sweaty dive! We walked to the Petronas Towers - which used to be the tallest towers in the world...but apart ... read more
A view from Pilau Manukan
Mount Kinabalu 2
A Trilobite Beetle

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu November 14th 2006

We finally decided that we we're ready to go out on adventures. We teamed up with Vincent (The guy that runs the hostel) and an Englishman called Jason and a German couple. The plan was to go and see Proboscis monkeys (they only live on Borneo), fish for tiger prawns, ride water buffalos and go python hunting. The plans were of course quite lose, since you will have to rely on different things. We headed off at 2 pm on Saturday south in a good mood. After about two hours we arrived at our place to stay, the longhouse in the pictures. It is situated by a river where the Proboscis live. There were a lot of chinese tourists there when we arrived and they were quite loud. We took it easy and when night came ... read more
malaysian cakes
boatride
stilt village, drying fish

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu November 9th 2006

I somehow came up with the great idea of climbing the highest mountain in south east asia, Mount Kinabalu (4095 m). It says in the lonely planet that it is one of the easiest mountains in the world. They most likely lie, not that I have ever climbed any mountains or ever will try again. First you have to climb up to the "basecamp" at 3300 meters. It was hard, mainly because the air contains less and less oxygen. Each step was hard, my heart beat like a drum (a fast one) and I felt very lightheaded. But we made it, after 5.5 hours (it should take about 4). Well up there we we're totally exhausted and fell asleep. We got a room with 2 aussies. They got the top bunkbeds. This was a room with ... read more
amies last steps down the mountain

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Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu November 5th 2006

My last morning in Borneo, and I have spent most of it in the Doctors office. Yes, my worst fear came true. I had to see a doctor in a third world country. My left ear has been leaking clear fluids since my diving trip. At first I thought it was just excess salt water. Day two, I was just trying to convince myself it was. Day three and I woke up with a wet pillow case and mats in my hair from the ear junk. I couldn't continue telling myself it was just excess water. An ear canal just isn't that big. Something was wrong. So it's off to the doctors office or 'klinik' with images of 'piles, lumps, and accupunture' going through my head. It too ke a while to find a klinik that ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu November 5th 2006

We finally arrived. Somehow we managed to lose a day, I have no idea what happened to the 1st November. Anyway, we ar currently at a hostel called Tropicana in the capital of Sabah (one of the two malaysian provinces of Bornea) Kota Kinabalu. It's a fairly large modern city with most things you want to find (guitars and things like that). Yesterday we went out on our first trip, to an island close by called Sapi. It's a great place for diving, however we went for snorkeling. It was great though, it was basicly jumping down a fish tank. We saw hundreds of cool fishes and other animals, most of would swim next to you totally unafraid. Inspired by the moment I bought a snorkel and a mask, seems a bit stupid to rent each ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu November 4th 2006

I have been here in Borneo for only 12 days, and have experienced a lifetimg of memories, and seen a lifetime of images. I do not want to leave, but alas my plane leaves for Bangkok tomorrow, to start my 4 week adventure in Thailand. I wonder if it will affect me like Sabah has? From the jungle I went to Semporna, for a night's stay before heading off to Palau Mabul. I was really moving up in the world, having a real bed (though the mattress was still only a 2inch foamie) and squat toilets with ceramic footpads, so you don't accidently miss the toilet (VERY embarrasing! and messy). Still no shower though. We stayed at the Red Dragon Inn, a beautiful structure on the water in Semporna. 0800 the next morning after yet another ... read more
Pulau Sipidan
Pulau Mabul
Pulau Mabul

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu November 4th 2006

Okay all, have finally got to a computer that allows me to upload pics. So see previous entries for PICTURES! I don't know if I mentioned this or not. They drive on the left side of the road here in Malaysia, and you wouldn't think it would make a difference if you are not driving. WRONG. Every time I cross the street I look the wrong direction to make sure no cars are coming. 12 days and I still look the wrong way. I am just now beginning to look BOTH ways, so that no more squealing tires come at me. I really miss toilet paper. I am really tired of fried rice or noodles and white bread for breakfast. I can't wait to get home to have a nice toasted 12 grain bagel with cream ... read more
Uncle Tan's
Semporna
Semporna

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu October 26th 2006

After cleverly choosing to leave Semporna on Hari Raya, the holiday equivalent of Christmas Day, we managed to get out to Sepilok after lots of negotiating with rickety minivans and arrived hot, sweaty and tired in the lush jungle surroundings of Sepilok, staying at the little hostel lodge where we were the only guests! Was like our own private jungle retreat (complete with mosquitos and red ants), which was cool. Spent an evening relaxing, enjoying the jungle sounds and getting eaten alive by mosquitos then the next day went to the Sepilok Orang Utan sanctuary to see the adorable animals. Unfortunately, the main part of the sanctuary had blown down in strong winds a few days before, so most of the viewing areas and jungle walks were closed, so we could only see the baby orang ... read more
Our little jungle hut in Sepilok
Mel wandering in the grounds of our deserted jungle retreat
Cutie!




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