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Sungai Surabaya Besar

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  • Day122

    Bruno Mars day

    October 3 in Malaysia

    "Today I don't feel like doing anything," says Bruno Mars in his song The Lazy Song. (Hear it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/fLexgOxsZu0) This is a perfect description of how I feel today. I am so excited to be in Borneo, but I'm so tired I couldn't get out of bed until just a few minutes ago.

    I was finally able to drop off laundry. There's a place downstairs, and I can get it back today. I also cut off the three remaining i.d. bracelets from Mother Hash's Green Dress Run and 80th birthday party and Nha Trang's Mekong Indochina Hash. Great events with great friends that made great memories.

    I'm now sitting in the restaurant below my room and plan to walk around the waterfront nearby. I already have a location to rent a motorbike for tomorrow and want to find a travel company to see what wildlife packages they offer. Then I'm going back to bed.

    So long [for now] and thanks for all the fish. ✌️

    P.S.: I had my worst civilian flight yesterday coming into Kuching on a Malaysian Airlines 737. I am rarely awake for landings until we touch down, but I was definitely awake for this one. The pilot missed the approach. We were no more than 50 feet off the deck and coming in fast when, instead of landing, the pilot roared the engines and yanked us back into the sky. We went around, got back in the pattern, and landed hard on the second attempt. Geez, guys.
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  • Day123

    Orangutans in Borneo!

    October 4 in Malaysia

    One of my dreams came true today. I saw wild orangutans in Borneo! Meet Edwin, a 26-year-old really big male who is the next contender for the throne, having already defeated King Ritchie once in a recent fight. The mother is Saddamiah, a 16-year-old with her first baby Ruby, who is 5. I did not get the juvenile's name or age. In one of the pictures, Saddamiah is holding something over her face. She's drinking from a coconut she bashed against the side of the tree. It only took her three smashes. The last two pictures were of two pals in another feeding area. These guys/girls are about a quarter of the size of the big male Edwin, yet as large as the human Ranger who is about 5 and a half feet tall.

    The Semenggoh Nature Reserve (http://semenggoh.my/) is home to 30 orangutans, all of whom are free to come and go as they wish. The Rangers provide food at 9 am and 2 pm every day, but there is no guarantee any of the apes will appear. We were very fortunate to have seen them at all.

    The Rangers provided a briefing before allowing about 75 of us to head up the path to the feeding platform. Basically, if they come at you, run. The Ranger briefing us has been bitten severely twice, once that put him in the hospital. Since most of the apes were rescued, some have attacked visitors who had items that looked--to the apes--like a gun, such as selfie sticks and walking canes. Also, the Rangers provide the apes with milk in former water bottles, so if they see a water bottle on you, they will go for it. And since a water bottle isn't worth being maimed and killed for, they will get it while you run for your life. The Ranger was bitten when he attempted to interfere with these attacks. Yet, even with warnings about hiding or not taking water bottles and selfie sticks, people still took them and used them in plain sight of the apes. I did not stand next to those idiots. Fortunately, there were no incidents today.

    It was absolutely amazing to see them, almost to the point of tears. I was so excited that I came straight back to the hotel and downloaded my pictures so I could put them in this post. Just incredible.

    Tomorrow I'm going on another tour, this time to Bako National Park on the northern coast to see proboscis monkeys and other wildlife. Last night, I was so excited about today that I didn't get to sleep until about 3 am. I really excited about tomorrow, too, but I hope I sleep tonight. Maybe I'll take a nap after lunch.

    So long [for now] and thanks for all the fish. ✌️
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  • Day125

    Saturday is a hashing day

    October 6 in Malaysia

    I'm chilling out before today's hash at around 4 followed by an On After for dinner and drinks.

    I was wiped out after Bako yesterday, so just a quick bite to eat before having a hot shower and a long sleep.

    So long [for now] and thanks for all the fish. ✌️

  • Day190

    Topspot

    May 5 in Malaysia

    Nach diesem fabelhaften Tag in der Natur waren wir zum Abend im Topspot verabredet, im angesagtesten Foodcourt der Stadt.
    Und wie der Teufel es will, als wir über Grab ein Taxi riefen, kam unser Fahrer von morgens. Es ist ja nicht so, dass Kuching mit ca. 300000 Einwohnern klein ist.
    Wir erzählten von unseren Erlebnissen am Tag und er sagte uns auf den Kopf zu, wer unser Guide war...Pongo. 🤔🤔🤔 Zum Essen im Topspot empfahl er uns den Stand 25.
    Angekommen am Topspot hatten wir uns mit ihm für nächsten Morgen für unsere Tour zum cultural Village für einen guten Preis verabredet.
    Das Topspot ist ein riesiger Foodcourt, befindet sich auf dem Dach eines Parkhauses und war brechend voll.
    http://www.azuanzahdi.com/index.php/2011/04/26/topspot-kuching-seafood-galore/
    Wir gingen zwei Runden, um Birgit und Oliver zu finden mit denen wir verabredet waren....leider ohne Erfolg.
    An den vielen Ständen, an denen wir vorbeischlenderten, konnte man alles was das Meer hergibt finden, frisches Gemüse aber auch Hühnchen..
    Stand 25 war der mit Abstand vollste Stand aber auch der preiswerteste. Hier bestellten wir uns einen Lobster und Riesengarnelen. 🦐🦀 Mit diesem Festmahl zu einem unschlagbaren Preis setzten wir diesem grandiosen Tag noch das i Tüofelchen auf.😊👍👌😍
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  • Day44

    Day 44: Back to Kuching

    July 29, 2016 in Malaysia

    Another day of clear skies and gorgeous weather, but alas we couldn't really enjoy it as we had to leave Damai. Knowing that we had nothing else planned for the day and the shuttle bus from our hotel back to Kuching arrived every 2 hours, we decided that in the morning we'd visit the nearby Sarawak Cultural Village. It's hard to describe exactly what this place is - it's a village with a bunch of huts and longhouses, each constructed by a different ethnic group from Sarawak in their traditional style, showcasing their traditional way of life and a unique aspect of their culture.

    So it's sort of a cultural theme park I guess.

    After our hotel breakfast we had a wander around the park (60 RMY entrance fee is a bit steep, but we were there for a few hours so it balances out I guess). It was quite interesting seeing all the different cultures and their traditions, though you'd probably have to be an anthropologist to really pick the differences between the Iban vs the Orang Ulu vs the Bidayuh and so on. Not to say that they all look the same or anything, but, well .. they all share an awful lot of similarities to the untrained eye.

    Had a quick lunch at the food court before heading back to the hotel and waiting for the shuttle. It arrived eventually at about 1:45 running 30 minutes late, and there were four couples waiting so when we all piled in it was completely chockers. The van pulled up at the cultural village nearby as well but unfortunately the people waiting couldn't get in as there were no seats (and even the floor was taken up with luggage).

    About 10 minutes down the road the German man next to me asked where the shuttle was going and I replied Kuching, which sent him and his wife into a tizzy! Apparently they only wanted to go to the Damai Beach Resort which was maybe 500 metres from the hotel, but had waited 2 hours for a taxi to take them there and then hopped on the shuttle bus without asking where it was going! And they both looked like they'd brought their entire wardrobe with them - two large suitcases each plus hand luggage, pretty unbelievable really.

    So we turned around and drove them back to the Damai Beach Resort, then back out onto the road again! By now it was pushing 2pm and we were about 45 minutes behind schedule, but it's not like we were in a hurry.

    We'd booked into a new hotel for our next couple of nights, this time on the waterfront at a place called the Waterfront Inn & Hostel. It's in an old building but was renovated maybe 10 years ago, so it's at least reasonably modern inside. The common areas are lovely in a rustic way. Spent the afternoon doing chores - Shandos writing and blogging, me doing laundry and sending a postcard back to GALKAL.

    In the shuttle we'd struck up a conversation an Australian man and his German wife in their fifties; we'd seen them around the hotel of course but hadn't really spoken to them. As it turned out, they'd booked into the Waterfront Inn as well! So we had a chat while checking in and decided to have dinner together.

    At 7pm we headed out with them to a Vietnamese restaurant around the corner - the food was great, very authentic tasting and cheap too. They are quite well travelled having been to India maybe 10 times, and with lots of great stories. Definitely the longest and best conversation we've had with anyone since leaving Sydney - although we spent a lot of time with Carol in Malacca there was still a bit of a language barrier at times, whereas here there was none.

    On the way back to the hotel after dinner we agreed that we'd all head to Bako National Park tomorrow as a group - part of getting there involves a boat ride which gets cheaper per head the larger your group, so having a group of 4 saves a good chunk of cash. So we'll meet them downstairs tomorrow after breakfast!
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  • Day14

    Top Spot Food Court

    September 5 in Malaysia

    Moe van het vele lopen besluiten we om in het veelgenoemde Food Court te gaan eten. Er wordt erg positief over geschreven in de reisgidsen dus gaan wij het ook proberen. Wel een dingetje.....je moet wel van vis houden.

    Boven op een dakterras van een groot kantoorpand vinden we deze bijzondere plek. Een plein vol met uitbaters die allemaal een nummer hebben en waar je je vis zelf kunt uitkiezen. Ook hier betaal je per gewicht. Ik ga voor een Red snapper, Cock Jan kiest de grote garnalen. Erbij een schaal met lokale groente (lijkt een beetje op groene asperges maar dan dunner) en wat rijst. Het drinken wordt weer apart geregeld en betaald aan de ander. Al met al een goed systeem. Als het eten komt zijn we aangenaam verrast, wat lekker! Oh ja, die grote rog op de foto mocht niet ontbreken, Cock Jan had een soortgelijke gezien toen hij op Perhentian aan het snorkelen was. Het blijft niet bij één keer. We gaan er de avonden er na ook graag heen.Read more

  • Day13

    Van Perhentian naar Kuching

    September 4 in Malaysia

    Onze laatste dag hebben we nog lekker kunnen benutten. De boot ging pas om 16.00 uur naar Besut dus na het ontbijt vast uitgecheckt en een bootje genomen naar Shark Point. Ook daar een prachtig (prive) strand. Cock Jan weer lekker gesnorkeld en uiteindelijk toch ook een haai gezien. Niet zo heel groot maar toch.

    Na dit boottochtje geluncht en nog mogen douchen in een chalet dat leeg stond. Even na vier uur kwam de boot. Deze was zo mogelijk nóg sneller dan de boot op de heenreis. De vaart zat er goed in, misschien vanwege de dreigende regen/onweersbui die we tegemoet voeren.
    Met 35 min uren stonden we weer op het vaste land. Gelijk een taxi genomen (RM75) en om even voor 18.00 uur waren we op het vliegveld van Kota Baru. Met een kleine vertraging vertrokken maar onderweg de tijd goed gemaakt.

    Om 21.30 uur stonden we in Kuching. Ook hier is het taxivervoer goed geregeld met vaste prijzen. Je boekt je taxi aan de balie en loopt met je ticket naar de voorste vrije taxi. Dit keer was het RM30. Een kleine 20 minuten later waren we bij het Riverside Majestic. Hier een gebaar van het hotel. Kamer geüpgraded naar de executive floor, Ineens een kamer 17 hoog met een glazen pui van vloer tot plafond en prachtig uitzicht. Snel de koffers neergezet en ons nog even georiënteerd. Eerste indruk: een zeer gezellige plaats met veel kunst/streetart. Welterusten!
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  • Day14

    Kuching - Chinatown

    September 5 in Malaysia

    Kuching heeft een grote Chinese-Maleisische bevolkingsgroep, waardoor de stad over het algemeen Chinees aandoet. We lopen van ons hotel naar de Tua Pek King tempel, een van de oudste Chinese tempels in Sarawak(1843). Het ligt op een heuvel en zou de grote brand hebben overleefd die in 1884 in Kuching woedde. Hier tegenover ligt een andere Chinese tempel, aan de voet van Carpenter Street.

  • Day14

    Kuching

    September 5 in Malaysia

    We hadden al gelezen waar de naam Kuching vandaan komt. Het woord Kuching betekent in het Bahasa kat. Hierdoor heeft Kuching in veel reisgidsen de naam Cat-City gekregen. Op straat kom je ze in verschillende beeltenissen tegen en er is zelfs een kattenmuseum! Wat ook opvalt is de Street Art. Er zitten prachtige afbeeldingen tussen. Kijk zelf maar!

  • Day14

    Meer Kuching - Chinatown

    September 5 in Malaysia

    Als je door Carpenter Street loopt en afbuigt naar de Waterfront 'ruik' je de specerijen die worden verkocht maar ook gedroogde vis en kippen (gelukkig gekoeld en/of bevrorern). Er wordt werkelijk vanalles aangeboden zoals enorme pannen, mooie stoffen, hoofddeksels voor de mannen, boerka sjaals voor de vrouwen, drogisterij artikelen en er zijn lokale bewoners/boeren die er de opbrengst van het land aanbieden. Je kijkt je ogen uit.Read more

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