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Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu April 7th 2007

From a land below the wind Asia » Malaysia » Borneo » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu By ana_be_goodApril 7th 2007AnaSabah, what can I say? It has been 3 days now I have felt the full 3 days. We arrived on day one after a 3 hour flight from KL. Met up with the gang without any complications. After coffee we headed into town to look for a place to stay. After looking at a couple of places we ended up at this charming lil place and stayed for 2 nights. Ahh don't feel like doing anything today. Not even write. Will update later. ... read more
Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park
Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park
Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu April 6th 2007

We were met at KK airport by Vincent, the hostel owner, who spoke faster than he drove all the way into town. He was very welcoming and promised to arrange our whole trip for us the next morning. It was roasting even though it was night when we arrived and we had the room without a/c! Next morning we weren't able to book ourselves onto the dive trip we fancied as it was full so went out for a walk in to baking heat to think about our options. People in Borneo just seem to volunteer their help which was great. Not only did we find a great restaurant (pizza and pasta, yum), our waiter pointed us in the right direction to go off and sort out our trip by ourselves. One dive trip and island ... read more
Sunset Point
'Guiness' creatures on the rock
One of the balconies

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu April 1st 2007

We got the ferry at 1pm from Muara to Pulau Labuan, on the way to the ferry terminal we thought we had spotted an information board so went over to have a look; it turned out to be a wanted Board for about twenty Indonesian men with mug shots, it did make me laugh. Another thing I forgot to mention about Brunei was that it is illegal to kiss in public & not customary to shake hands with the opposite sex, just a little interesting fact! We arrived at Pulau Labuan & headed to the hostel listed in only Lonely Planet book, it was a complete hole but was the only place that was a reasonable price with an available room so we decided to stay for one night & head to Kota Kinabalu on ... read more
The Beach at Manutik Island
A little girl playing on the beach
Mount Kinabalu

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu March 31st 2007

After an awful night in Pulua Labuan we were grateful to arrive back in Borneo, but this time in Sabah. We had bought first class tickets so managed to get a bit of sleep on the boat, but as the air con was turned up full pelt we were freezing. They also had a film on but it was the cheesiest kung fu film ever, with Holly Valance and some other flakes in it. We stopped at a cafe on the pier for breakfast before the ten minute walk to our hostel. As out lonely planet is a few years out of date it was no longer there but we did find a little gem of a place called the step up lodge. Very nicely decorated, clean and cheap, a right touch! We decided to ... read more
On our girls night out!
Snorkeling at Mamutik Island
Mount Kinabalu

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu March 28th 2007

Selamat Datang! The 3 weeks of Phase 1 of our Programme have now come to a successful close. How time flies! Our teams have spent the best part of the last month living and working in small rural communities, in remote environmental conservation areas or trekking through remote jungle. They’ve started building the infrastructure for much-needed village or forestry facilities, taught English, organised sports tournaments, learned how to cook local food and much more besides. Most importantly perhaps they’ve learned to adapt to life without the things that many of us take for granted: running water, electricity, beds to sleep in and the other material and psychological comforts of home. The highlight of last week was undoubtedly Monday, when the 9 groups arrived back from their project sites and then stayed for a couple of nights ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu March 27th 2007

Hiya everyone. Hope everything is all ok at home. So I have finally reached a computer after almost a month of rouhging it out with not so much as even a toilet. So since I wrote last I met up with Raleigh (the program I'm on) and they took us to jungle camp. There we were divided into alpha groups who we would spend the phase with. I got an AMAZING group and we all got along really well. At jungle camp all we seemed to do is jump in the river every hour on the hour to cool off from the blistering heat! We did training - navagation, first aid, river crossing, jungle training. After 5 days of getting to know each other we finally headed off to our project site. Somehow I got incredibley ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu March 23rd 2007

url='/Videos/3356.html' onclick='dialog("/Videos/3356.html?popped=1","tbvideo",600,600);return false;'Kids dancing in Miruru After 2 days at Borneo Paradise Resort chilling out…..well trying, as we had to use that opportunity to clean clothes and get ready for our next project - sort food rations and tools etc… Anyway we headed to Miruru for the community Phase: a small village about a 5 hour drive south of Kota Kinnabalu. The Village had little running water and a few houses with no electricity so we were there to build a “Water Gravity feed System’ from the source of the river 4km away into the village. The project was challenging and a lot of hard work but very rewarding. The Villages spoke Dusan as their first language and Malay second and very little English so they were not familiar with white people and were very shy ... read more
Me sawing!!
The river Source..

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu March 22nd 2007

The first stop for the loop team (Laura, Wendy & Simon) was Imbak to see Alpha 5. After what seemed like a phenomenally long drive and a very interesting stop for lunch in the stunning town of Telupid, and the crossing of an extremely small Imbak River we arrived at Ranger Camp. After a brief chat with the head ranger - who assured us “dry season, no rain for weeks, river is good” we hiked in. Alpha 5 seemed fine, although there were a few signs of encroaching jungle madness. Plan was to all hike out at first light, however one ten hour downpour later and the trickle that was the river had metamorphosed into a raging torrent. We were well and truly trapped. After a rough night’s sleep on their kitchen table (the rain ... read more
Loop Phase 1
BBC Camp Imbak
Logging truck

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu March 13th 2007

I am in a world of pain. Mrs Deane is in a world of pain that appears worse than mine. I don't think she'll be allowing me to drag her up any big mountains in the near future. I am of course talking about our assault on Mount Kinabalu, the largest mountain in South East Asia standing at 4095.2m. A big bugger... Anyway, all the details will come a little later in the program as well as lots of pictures and other stuff. When we left you last we were awaiting a flight to Malaysia. I had also mentioned that we had kind of cheated in our visit to Phi Phi as we didn't head there in the true spirit of travellers. We were keen to make up for this and did it in style by ... read more
Another tough day by the beach for Mrs Deane
Please vote for either Sunset A
...Or Sunset B. Deane pride depends on your votes

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu March 10th 2007

With 9 coaches rolling away in the early hours of the 7th March, the first of our three phases is now underway. Teams are in regular daily contact with Fieldbase which is manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Fieldbase will be relaying any messages, ensuring that each team has what they need, helping with any medical issues and providing support in an emergency. We wait with anticipation to welcome everyone back and to hear all the stories in three weeks’ time! ... read more
Deploy Phase 1
Deploy Phase 1
Deploy phase 1

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