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Asia » Malaysia » Sabah October 11th 2018

Eigentlich wollte ich ja nur nach Borneo kommen, um mir die Orang-Utans anzuschauen. Dass dann fast 4 Wochen draus wurden, hätte ich auch nicht gedacht… Gestartet bin ich schließlich in Sandakan, so ziemlich im Osten Borneos, wo sich die bekannteste der Aufzuchtsstationen für Orang-Utans befindet. Und ich war begeistert. Es gibt nur noch wenige auf Borneo und Sumatra und sie gehören zu den am meisten geschützten Tierarten. Sie sind wahre Kletterkünstler und bewegen sich sehr gelenkig. Die Männchen sehen sehr urig, fast schon etwas hässlich aus mit Ihren hängenden Lappen im Gesicht. Und die Weibchen sah ich häufig mit dem kleinen Nachwuchs, der sehr neugierig ist und alles noch lernen muss. Das war atemberaubend schön! Schließlich habe ich eine Kinabatagan River Cruise unternommen und in der Lodge, die sich mitten im Regenwald befindet, sogar eine Nacht ... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Sipadan August 1st 2018

DIVE DAY THREE - SIPADAN Feeling Better After dives one and two on Sipadan I had a day of rest, and moved back into the Cube Station. What a relief. The other women are so friendly and we have such fun sharing. I also found out there was tea available all day in the common room and every morning there was a really complete breakfast, as well. On my third dive day I grabbed fruit, toast and tea at the Cube Station and then caught my cab to the dive center. I got there ten minutes later than usual and the divemaster gruffly said I should go to the boat, which I did. And I waited, and waited and waited for the rest of the divers, so I hadn’t been holding them up. I was dreading ... read more
SAILING
SEA ANEMONE
DIVE MASTER AND CHILD

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Tawau July 26th 2018

TAWAU BORNEO I stayed at City Garden Hotel in Tawau. I have been to Borneo three times, once in 2013 and again in 2014, but I never spent any time in Tawau. During the first trip I had some diver’s ear problems that caused me to miss my reservation to climb Mount Kota Kinabalu, but only temporarily. My hiking guide was a fourteen year old boy who could do the climb twice in one day. I am sure he was fed up with this slow old lady. I did a couple of other tours and then went to Semporna to dive at Sipadan, one of the top ten dive sites in the world. The second time I took a taxi straight to Semporna and dived with several dive shops so I could dive more than once ... read more
SHOPPING AT THE MALL
MALAYSIAN BREAKFAST
BREAKFAST 101 RESTAURANT

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary July 7th 2018

For those of you who were keeping a track of my adventures prior to me going to Sepilok, I apologise for the silence for the last 2 months. I spent May and June volunteering at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and whilst completing the volunteer programme at Sepilok we were asked not to blog due to confidentiality. If anyone is interested in my time spent working with the orangutans I’d be happy to answer any questions if you contact me directly. I’ve had so many photo opportunities, I literally have thousands of photos - there are a select few posted here, but rest assured I have many more to bore you with should you want to see them! In summary, I can confirm I had the best time of my life whilst working with the orangutans, experiences ... read more
I don’t think he’s too happy!
Hornbill close up at the proboscis monkey sanctuary
Me battling with Sepilok to get him on the feeding platform

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu July 7th 2018

After an emotional departure from Sepilok, I set off for Kota Kinabalu (KK). KK is so different from Sandakan which was the nearest city to Sepilok. It’s much more westernised, cleaner and modern. I enjoyed KK the last time I visited and I was looking forward to the next few days. A couple of days relaxing and a couple of days trying to climb Mount Kinabalu. The day of the climb, I was collected from my hotel by Amazing Borneo Tours at 6:20am for the 2.5 hour journey to the start point for my climb. It was quite nice to get out of the city and see parts of Kota Kinabalu I hadn’t seen before. Quite soon in to the drive we were in to the hills with beautiful views over the city and Mount Kinabalu ... read more
The map!
This was the easy bit where I still had the energy to take a photo!
Who put those there?!

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah July 6th 2018

I was still feeling a bit groggy from yesterday's illness but definitely much better, although frequent toilet trips had kept me up over night. I had breakfast then hung about at the hostel for a while, then at 11:30 I called a Grab. It was earlier than necessary, three hours before departure and only a 20 minute drive to the airport, but there wasn't really anything better for me to do. There is a bus to the airport, but that costs 5 ringgit and a Grab was only 10 ringgit and right from the accommodation rather than down the street. Grab in KK really is almost too easy and cheap, I haven't bothered a with a local city bus at all while here. It was all very easy going through the airport, especially compared to budget ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu July 5th 2018

I woke up this morning feeling terrible. I had a headache and something that I had eaten yesterday very much disagreed with my digestive system. This is the first time I've had any problems like that though, and I've been eating all sorts of stuff, so I guess that's not bad. After some plain bread I was starting to feel a bit better and before going to the zoo, as my plan for today was, I went to find some proper breakfast that wouldn't upset my stomach and I found myself in quite possibly the most hipsterish place in all of Kota Kinabalu: a juice bar selling 12 ringgit smoothie things with nuts and vegetables and the sort of things that gullible people thing you should eat regularly like chia seeds and wheatgrass and all that ... read more
Male Greater Bird of Paradise
Female Greater Bird of Paradise
Masked Palm Civet

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu July 4th 2018

I started the morning with a more leisurely start than usual at 7AM. I noticed that on the wall they have a world map with an unusual projection that I don't recognise. It's Malaysia centred with a split in the Atlantic and it looks kind of like a Lambert Cylindrical but it's not because it's a normal shape but because I'm not used to a split in the Atlantic I can't use the shape of Greenland as the judge that I normally would on what projection it is. Nice projection though! The boats to the islands depart when they're full, and mine left at about 8:50. My attire wasn't exactly typical for either place I visited. Khaki trousers, hiking boots, a camo shirt, and binoculars on a harness around my neck not exactly making me fit ... read more
Philippine Megapode
Pathway on Manukan
Water Monitor on Manukan

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Keningau July 3rd 2018

Unfortunately it was raining at sunrise which is odd because I hardly ever rains at this time. But since I was up anyway, I went out to bird along the trails before breakfast. A Rufous-fronted Babbler was a nice bird to see which I had only seen once before and the common birds here are really cool. Interestingly, Black-and-yellow Broadbill is really common and easy to see while I spent ages and saw one at Sepilok and heard loads (the call is really cool and distinctive) at Danum but also never saw any. I think that's primarily because the canopy is much lower here than at Sepilok or Danum and it's easy to see the canopy birds. A particularly good bird from the morning was a Verditer Flycatcher which is a hill species that I thought ... read more
Bornean Brown Barbet
Orchids at the Manis Manis Resort
The Crocker Range

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah July 2nd 2018

Sunrise over the mountains was spectacular, probably the best sunrise of this trip, and I started the day birding the trail. It was really birdy around l and mostly with common species that I've seen before but I added a couple of things and if this was nearer the start of the trip rather than at the end, I'd have added loads. I was a bit worried at one point because I thought I could hear a large dog barking (domestic dogs are the only animal that actually concerns me when I'm in a forest) but I never saw any dogs and I wonder if it was an odd sounding muntjac barking. A particularly nice mammal from the morning birding were Four-striped Ground Squirrels which I saw two of. They’re a fairly restricted range species so ... read more
Green-winged (Sociable) Bulbul
Trilobite Larva
Rhododendron or Similar




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