Category Asia

Gilis In The Mist

There are a few ways to get to the Gili Islands. Option 1 is to get a fast speed boat. Option 2 is to waste a whole day on a slow boat to Lombok before getting a public ferry to one of the Gilis. Option 3 is to hire a private speed boat and arrive […]

Côte d’Amed!

Nous avons arrives à Amed avec la plages noire et le tempo clair. L’hotel il s’appelle…. Pardon me. Amed is crawling with so many French tourists that we forgot who we were. Let me try again… We arrived in Amed, with its black sandy beaches and calm tempo. Our Hotel was a room behind a […]

Water Water Everywhere

Bali, the sunshine island. Surely it couldn’t be raining? Sadly it was. At least it was a travel day, we were off up the eastern coast to Amed. Putu our host had kindly offered to take us there via the water temple Tirta Gangga (‘Water of the Ganges’). The drive was uphill and took in […]

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 […]