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Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Gunung Mulu National Park August 21st 2019

Thirty percent of Sarawak's population belong to various indigenous groups known collectively as 'Orang Asli' (meaning 'Upriver People'). Customs, traditions, spiritual beliefs, language and way of life vary from one group to the next, though there are common threads that connect some (or all) of them to each other in different ways. The people who have traditionally lived a nomadic existence in the vicinity of what is now Gunung Mulu National Park identify themselves as the Penan. Interestingly, while the Penan have words for every kind of animal or plant that occurs within the rainforest, they have no specific word for the forest itself: they refer to it simply as 'Tongtana', which roughly translates as 'the world in which we live'. This makes sense given that traditionally the Penan spent their entire lives here, finding everything ... read more
Scenic Journey
Heading into uncharted territory... for us at least
Under the forest canopy

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Gunung Mulu National Park August 16th 2019

With just ten days left in our month-long Malaysian holiday – and having fully immersed ourselves in the country's cultural offerings during the first three weeks – Linda and I decided it was time to heed the call of the wild and discover some of the country's natural assets. And when it comes to natural attractions in this part of the world, nothing we'd read about came close to matching the aura and mystique of Gunung Mulu National Park. Located in the heavily-forested interior of Borneo, the 500sq km park packs in mountains that rise up to 2300m high, featuring extraordinary geological formations such as the razor-sharp limestone spires of the Pinnacles, riddled with caves of truly epic proportions, and cloaked in some of the densest old-growth rainforest to be found anywhere on Earth – which ... read more
National Park entry point
Wok Frog
A Splash of Colour

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Kuching August 12th 2019

After two weeks on the 'mainland' of the Malay Peninsula, Linda and I took a flight two hours east from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching – the capital of the Malaysian state of Sarawak, and, if the guidebooks were to be believed, the most cosmopolitan city on the world's third-largest island: Borneo. With Linda still putting her insides back together after suffering some serious anxiety during the flight (and in particular the descent) we hopped in a taxi and headed into town, where thankfully our hostel was not only located smack bang in the centre of the city, just one block from the Sarawak River; but also a significant step up in comfort from our two previous hostels in Penang and Melaka. (It took the air conditioner in our room mere minutes to cool the room down ... read more
A City Icon
Riverside scenery, Sarawakian-style
The city's oldest surviving temple

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Kuching May 20th 2019

Ranajky si robim opat tie iste, toasty s dzemom. Okolo 8.15 objednava ind grab a ide sa na turistiku. Vodic zhovorcivy. Vyskakujeme pri hlavnom vchode. Tu domcek kde byvaju rangeri. Zapisujeme sa do knihy, fasujeme mapu. Este upozornenie aby sme zacali zostup o 1500, i ked by sme dovtedy nedosiahli vrchol. Okolo 1900 totiz rangeri kontroluju registracnu knihu a ak niekto neni odpisany udajne zacina po nom patranie. Minuly rok patrali po jednom turistovy, ktory sa stratil. No ale podla mna to je len historka. Spustam endomondo a ide sa. Podla knihy je na trase 6ludi, ti vsak vyrazili uz okolo 7.00 Znacenie je vynikajuce ale ono neni kde sa stratit. Su tu dva okruhy, modry kratis loop k vodopadu a cervena trasa k vrcholu. Cervena je nasa. Spaniel vyzera v dobrej kondicii, to sa vsak ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Kuching May 19th 2019

Ranajky len toasty resp vajicka, vsetko vsak samoobsluha. Jest sa to mohlo pocas celeho dna. Na recepcii ina baba, tak reku ako to bude s cenou. Ak ostanen a nebooknem to cez appku, cena bude 20rm, ok, tak ostavam. Do odchodu busu do dedinky bau este hodinka. Nakup suvenirov, zjednavat nechceli, bo kamenne obchodiky a predajcovia boli len zamestnanci. Bus do bau odchadza z jalan gartak. Bus je cervenej farby, odtialto odchadzaju skoro vsetky busy (aj zelene). Samozrejme oznacenie zastavky ziadne ale ludia poradili. Bus stara rachotina so starym cinskym vodicom. Ten pred odchodom zbiera peniaze a dava aj listky. Drbli ludia furt nastupovali tak meskanie asi 5min. Uplne jak keby ti ludia naschval cakali vonku, ked uz bol bus priraveny odist, naskocili dnu. Cesta pohodova. Isli sme aj blizko letiska. Tam sa da dopravit kombi ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Kuching May 18th 2019

Guideho na izbe vystriedal jeden chalan. Na noc som bol uz nachystany a zakril som sa plachtou. Ranajky opat v bufete. Okolo neho zas skurvene opice, co chceli ukradnut jedlo. Na recepcii sa pytam kedy odchadza cln nazad do mesta. Okolo 11.00 mam dojst na recepciu. Este mam nieco cez 1.5hod, tak vyvalenie sa na plazi pod stromi. Na slnku susim topanky, ponozky a uterak. Ludia z dormov uterak nefasovali narozdiel od ludi co byvali v samostatnych izbach. Na plaz prichadzali kvanta lodiek s tour. Nieco pred 11.00 prichadzam na recepciu. Tam odemna pyta listok, zistuje ci som si dohodol s kapitanom cas vyzdvihnutie. No nie, bo na pevnine mi povedali, ze nazad mozem ist s hociakou lodkou. Tak to je problem, kontaktuju kapitana, za 50rm ma dojde vyzdvihnut. Ak nedam, tak potom az o 15.00. ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Bako National Park May 17th 2019

Noc dopohody az na to, ze som nemal ziadnu prikrivku a bolo mi zima. Plachtu z batohu som bol lenivy vyberat. Mobil nahovno, bo konektor na nabijanie je na tom stale horsie a horsie. Furt musim hladat spravnu poziciu aby to nabijalo. Ranajky vybavene opat formou bufetu. Pri pokladni opat handrova hlava, ktovie ako sa citi ked musi pocas ramadanu predavat jedlo. Mozna ho aj na tajnasa je. Po ranajkach smer lintrang loop trial. No este kym som v nom pokracoval preskumal som trial c.1. Tu pekna makacka ale v pohode zvladnute. Stretavam par s guidom a jeden bez. Rano ako som bol kuknut na plazi, a relaxoval na jednej vzdialenej skale zacali po mori pridit lodky s daytrip turistami. Fakt kopa, uz som aj nadaval, ze na trialoch to bude plne. Nakonec sa to ale ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Bako National Park May 16th 2019

O tretej rano robila check out ukecena baba. Plan do np bako bol ist na 10.00 bus. Predtym vsak behnutie na ranajky pri ubytku na rohu k cinanom. Nudle ok, odtial smer reservoir park kde mala byt keska aj s tb. Kedze centrum mesta je male, v parku som za 10min. Tu dve jazera, pekne upraveny park so zelenou a par cinanov praktizujucich rychlochodzu. Jednemu do kroku pomahalo i radio. V parku fungovala aj cistiaca cata. Fukarom premiestnovali opadane listy na kopu, kde ich dalsi ludia zbierali. Nechybali ani metlovy zametaci. Narozdiel od kl, to tu robili cinania a nie indovia. Tych som tu vela nevidel, holt cinske uzemie. Su tu aj dve ihriska pre deti ale nic moc. Odpajam sa z hlavneho tahu a bocnym trosku zanedbanym chodnikom prichadzam k bunkrom z ww2. Prieskum 4miestnosti, ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Kuching May 15th 2019

Noc bola dost nahovno, bo hudba z lobby bola dost pocut. Batoh mam zas o nieco lahsi. Zistil som, ze som v bire nechal klobuk. Ten mi sluzil cca 7rokov ked som si ho kupil v saigone. Ranajky tentoraz nedavam u ujka v ulicke ale v ind.restike. Jedlo som mohol mat aj gratis ak by som si ho zobral z indickeho chramu poceste. To si brali rozny ludia od zobrakov az po manazerov (aspon podla oblecenia). No ja som veru na ryzu nemal chut, chcel som roti. Dal som hned dva kusy plnene vajcom a cibulou, Cakacka dost dlha. Po jedle rychlo chodza na pudu central. Predajca listkov na nastupisti v podzemi spal na stoliku. Som mal problem ho zobudit. Bus 8/45 meskal, vyrazili sme o 9.00 Kedze mam love, kupil som si cely bus pre ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Kuching May 25th 2018

My cousin Eric sent this to me yesterday on Whatsapp. He saw it on Facebook. This is such a tragedy. Not only has human greed in Borneo destroyed the habitat and food supply for thousands of primates, bears, leopards and other mammals down to the tiniest Tree Shrew, but also for fish, insects, reptiles and birds. Palm oil is used in the manufacture of so many things that we use unknowingly every day; but we do not need to use it. There are alternatives. However, it is cheap to produce (fast-growing and easily harvested using cheap labour). Please look in your larder and fridge now and see what is there that has palm oil in it. Throw it in the bin and don't buy that product again. The Palm oil Barons do not even care that ... read more




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