Category Asia

Just a small town girl…

So that is us leaving Kota Kinabalu and about to head to Perth, Australia. Or was it? Like in the TV detective show Colombo (Peter Falk RIP), there was “just one more thing…” We had one more country to visit. Our final Asian country would be Indonesia. The island of Bali is one of the […]

Highlights of Borneo

Ironically Borneo was the location we were thinking of sacrificing due to time constraints. After a fantastic two weeks we are both so glad we visited and wished we had stayed the whole month. Borneo has beautiful golden sandy beaches, some of the clearest blue waters we have ever swam in and not forgetting the […]

Everything And Anything A Cart can Unload…

Back in KK (Kota Kinabalu) after hitch hiking a mini van from Mount Kinabalu, there was only once place left to visit,the famous night market. On our 1st stop over we hadn’t been very adventurous in the evenings. However after meeting so many travellers who raved about the night markets we had to go check […]

Washout!

On the way back to Kota Kinabalu we stopped outside the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mount Kinabalu (The highest mountain in the Crocker Range) We stayed at the side of the main road just down from the entrance to the mountain. We had flirted with scaling the 4095m summit but with torrential rain all […]

Walk With The Animals – Jungle Walks

The other side of Mr. Aji’s coin was guided jungle walks. These took place in a part of the riverside jungle near our guesthouse. The first one was at night and we were accompanied by our Spanish friends. It was pitch black… We all had to have torches and keep close together. As we entered […]

Talk With The Animals – Jungle Cruise

As we alluded to in an earlier post… We had signed up for a 3 Day 2 Night Jungle Safari with a local photographer named Mr Aji. At first glance he is just a normal guy with a jeep,but as the trip progressed he turned into a veritable Dr. Doolittle type, and was the best […]

Dial M for Monkey!!

Borneo is know for more than orang utans, it is also the home of the Proboscis Monkey. The Proboscis Monkey is distinguished by a red nose, which is rather like a clowns nose for the males. It also is significantly larger than normal monkeys with big bellies. In Sepilok there is one place to see […]

The King Of The Swingers

Sepilok is the home of the Orangutan Rehabilitation Center in Sabah, Borneo. This was another big item on our wish list while planning our trip back in London as Orangutans (Pongo Pygmaeus) have always fascinated us. To get here we had to take a 7 hour bus from Kota Kinabalu. The journey took us past […]

Islands in the stream…

So after Singapore it was a side shuffle back over to Malaysia, in particular Malaysian Borneo. We landed in Kota Kinabalu (KK). This is the largest city in, and gateway to, Sabah, Borneo. There’s no beaches worth talking about (we found out the hard way too!), but as a harbour city it was chock-full of […]

Date Night

Over the last 6 months we haven’t had many proper nights out. While in Singapore it seemed appropriate to have a good old date night. We headed for the Marina Sands Hotel no less to enjoy a few expensive cocktails and beers watching the sun set over over this fantastic city. We followed the tip […]

Quays of the Kingdom

Right on the harbour close to Raffles Landing is an area of former warehouses. These have now been turned into trendy areas called Clarke Quay and Boat Quay. Clarke Quay contains a mixture of shops, restaurants and bars all clustered around a centrally covered area. A quick walk along the canal brings you upon a […]

The Secret Life Of Arabia

Crossing the Bridge and walking due east of Little India you can’t but fail to notice a mosque to your left. This is the Sultan Mosque and it is the center piece of an area known as Kampong Glam or Arab Street – a middle eastern enclave in the heart of Singapore. This area was […]

The Littlest India that was…

  Missing Indian food and finding poor substitutes in the little isolated Indian Restaurants, (all run by Tamils from Chennai by the way!), scattered around the old French Indochina there was only place to go… Singapore’s Little India!!   Like Little John in Robin Hood it seems this place is ironically named.There is nothing little […]

You only Sling when you’re winning!

It was time to bid farewell to KL, it had been good to us. We felt almost normal again and ready to hit the road to Singapore. We boarded the 10am bus and travelled in style across the border from Malaysia. The Singaporeans obviously like their comforts and this bus was no exception- a massage, […]

Malarone and Haircuts

Back in KL after the caves we went for some Teppanyaki in FoodRepublic which was quite surprisingly tasty! After that found a pharmacy that sold Malarone – The Anti Malarial drug that doesn’t give you nightmares or sunburn. Expensive but necessary for the month in Indonesia. We had been trying all day but the lack […]