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Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Tawau February 17th 2013

Sabah likes to advertise itself as some kind of real life Eden, a nature paradise full of wild and fantastic creatures. And to reinforce that image you have the Lonely Planet, which has this to say about Sabah: ‘Malaysia’s state of Sabah proves that there is a God, and we’re pretty sure that he’s some sort of mad scientist. Sabah was his giant test-tube, the product of a harebrained hypothesis. You see, on the seventh day, God wasn’t taking his infamous rest, he was pondering the following: ‘What would happen if I took an island, covered it with impenetrable jungle, tossed in an ark’s worth of animals, and turned up the temperature to a sweltering 40˚C? The result? A tropical Eden with prancing mega-fauna and plenty of fruit-bearing trees. This ‘land below the wind’, as it ... read more
Kinabatangan River
Kinabatangan River
Kinabatangan River

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Sandakan February 7th 2013

Waiting, we are always waiting for something when we travel. We wait for buses, trains, planes and boats, we wait at airports, trains stations, bus terminals and boat docks, we wait for our food, we wait to check in to our hotel, we wait for our friends or fellow travel mates, we wait at a stall, we wait at a bank, we wait for a drink, we wait at the supermarket counter, at the travel agent, we wait for our visa’s and then at the borders, in short, half the time we travel we spend waiting. Waiting is what brings balance to our travelling, because as we all know, life is about checks and balances, ups and downs, yin and yang. I have been doing a lot of waiting lately. In this particular case I have ... read more
Kota Kinabalu
Kota Kinabalu
Kota Kinabalu

Asia » Brunei » Bandar Seri Begawan January 30th 2013

You get a tan in the days, It's sunny in the rays, but meantime South of the river, you stop and hold everything A man is callin' prayers double four times, You feel alright when you hear his voice ring... And now you step inside, but you don't see to many faces, Comin' out of the sun to hear the muezzin go down, Competition in other holy places... Oh but the faithful are blowin' that sound, Way down south, way down south BSB town You check out Sultan Bolkiah, he owns all the oil, But he is strictly Muslim, he don't want to make it shine or bling They say a grand ol' palace is all he's got for all his toil, With only 1800 rooms to do his thing And Bolkiah doesn't mind if he ... read more
Bandar Seri Begawan
Bandar Seri Begawan
Bandar Seri Begawan

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Miri January 25th 2013

This is going to be a one city blog, which is rather unusual for me. Actually this blog is not even going to be about this specific town, but all the photo's accompanying it will be. It will be more about how this became to be the blog it is. You see, this blog wasn't supposed to be what it will be, the reason it is, has partially to do with being stubborn, and partially to do with being a single traveller in Sarawak which can at times work against you. Let me explain. How comes it that I am sitting in Miri and writing this blog here, while my intention was to be in Gunung Mulu National Park, or perhaps the Kelabit Highlands, and my blog would have been in one way or another bound ... read more
Miri
Miri
Miri

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Sibu January 21st 2013

As I lay sweating on a matrass, with unseen bugs dropping on me or crawling over me, and confused roosters crowing loudly at random hours of the night, while less confused dogs kept howling and barking at intruders only they could see, I asked myself why I had thought it was a good idea to pay top dollar for this particular experience? Here I was in a semi-traditional longhouse, on a river close to Batang Ai National Park; with me were two Australians who were clearly just as delusional as me, since they too would, by the end of it, be paying a lot of money for what can only be described as self-inflicted torture. I had met Sarah and Tom in Kuching, where we had hatched this strange plan which involved, what we all silently ... read more
Kuching
Kuching
Kuching

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City January 7th 2013

You know how you have times where you made a plan, but due to unforeseen circumstances, or in my case, just plain foolishness, it fell through and you are left with this gap which you need to fill up in another way. Well, my aim was to spend my time in peninsular Malaysia on the east-coast, because I hadn't seen that part yet. I figured I would go to the Perhentians and chill out there, do a dive and then move on down the coast, stopping in various little hamlets, go to Taman Negara and do a jungle hike, then end up on the Tioman Islands before flying on to Kuching in Sarawak. What I didn't check was what the weather would be like this time of year on that coast. As it turned out, this ... read more
Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town December 24th 2012

A long held ambition has finally been fulfilled. It has been something I have been thinking about for years, but somehow I never managed to actually get down to it. There was always something that got in the way of me and my fishy business. Money more often than not, or lack of water, a key ingredient when one talks about our watery friends. Ever tried to do a diving course in Central Asia? It is easy, you don’t need to wear any air tanks, you can walk on the bottom of the Aral Sea without the need of any protective gear. Of course, you won’t see much in the way of fish, except maybe a dried out example or two. But I am not in Central Asia anymore and so the time has come where ... read more
Koh Tao
Koh Tao
Koh Tao

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai December 12th 2012

Well, finally my trip has started. And as in every beginning of my trips to Asia, my first port of call was Dubai, to visit my lovely sister and her family. I find this a very relaxing way to start off. It is nice to know that you will be picked up and taken care off on the other end of your flight. To come out weary and tired and have a bed waiting for you. Wait a minute, bed? Did I say I bed? Not this time! You see my sister had decided to hold a garage sale on the day I arrived and where do you think she stored all the items that she wanted to sell? In the guest bedroom! So, my bed was full of junk, and as an added delight I ... read more
Dubai
Dubai
Dubai

Europe » Netherlands » Gelderland » Gaanderen December 2nd 2012

It's been a while... Actually, this year has been a while. As far as travelling was concerned it was probably my slowest year in the last decade, with by the end of it around four months on the road (and I am including the upcoming last three weeks of December in that). A complete reversal from last year, which saw me on the road for a full eight months. You could say, this year was the yin in last year’s yang, a way of balancing everything. Now, normally I would probably have complained bitterly about my lack of travelling opportunities this year, but I have grown older and, if not wiser, at least more relaxed about such trivialities. I have learned to take it as it comes and make the best of it. I focus on ... read more
Gaanderen
Gaanderen
Around Gaanderen

Asia » Laos » East » Phonsavan July 5th 2012

And it doesn't feel especially great. They say you should try everything once, but I can assure you, this is something you don't need to try even once. So, six buses of varying quality, over a period of six days, over dubiously winding roads through the Vietnamese and Laotian highlands. Starting in Sapa and eventually ending in Bangkok, from where I am writing you this blog. Yes, I know it says it was written in Phonsavan, but that is basically a lie. The blog is going to be about Phonsavan, but the actually typing is being done in a little internet cafe in Bangkok. How did it all happen? Well, theoretically I could have gone to Bangkok in a much more direct and relaxed way. It would still have involved 4 bus journeys, but I could ... read more
Around Phonsavan
Around Phonsavan
Around Phonsavan




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