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Jun 19, 2016 - Welcome

Welcome to the 'Year Five explore West Sabah Trip Journal'. We are all very excited about this trip. Our itinerary for the trip is: Day 1 : 8.15am - Parents to drop off children at Jesselton Point 9.00am - Trip to Borneo Reef World and Lunch (12.30pm) 2.00pm – Leave Borneo Reef World 2.30pm - Set up camp at Gaya Island 6.30pm - Dinner (Provided by Padang Point Café) 7.00pm - Team building activities and games 8.30pm - Overnight in tents Day 2: 8.30am - Breakfast (Provided by Padang Point Café) 11.00am - Trip to Gayana Eco resort...

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Jul 22, 2014 - Deep in the heart of Borneo

It promised to be a unique journey into some remote difficult-to-access territory that's only recently opened up to tourists. Sapulot is an area deep in the rainforest and is home to the Murut, one of the last tribes in Sabah to renounce headhunting. During the two days I spent in Kota Kinabalu I saw some shrunken heads on display in the Sabah museum. The only way to reach this part of Borneo is to sign up for a rather expensive tour, but it was worth every penny and the best part was knowing that it's an eco tourism project operated by a...

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Six months in Asia

Nov 12, 2012 - Kota Kinabalu

Our week in Sabah (Borneo) was great - hot, sticky, wet and very busy, but great. Based ourselves in Kota Kinabalu, the capital. Essentially Borneo seems to be one giant hilly jungle with towns on the coast and little villages scattered inland. There is a big tourist trade running people out to the many islands for snorkeling but we simply ran out of time. Lovely to be able to eat as much noodle soup and rice dishes as we want with hundreds of street stalls and slightly manky eateries. Funny how you forget the little annoyances of Asia...

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We need a holiday!

Sep 24, 2012 - Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia (Thru Brunei)

9/24 Left via bus at 8am... An interesting phenomenon happens while traveling, especially for a long time via slower transport (not air). It becomes increasingly difficult to see things new/different. Everything seems like ordinary or common after awhile. In some ways this is true (same/similar crops, etc) but lots of times I forget that what I'm seeing is new/different - I fail to recognize it because in this place/time it is ordinary - type of housing on stilts, temples w/ bright colors, peaked roofs, dogs roaming in packs or not but...

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Dec 16, 2011 - Borneo - Day 12 & 13 - Kota Kinabalu

Dec. 15th: we hopped on the 9:00am boat from Brunei to Labuan island, which is a tax free island. Here, we spent a few hours touring town and buying some liquor (Metaxa $15cdn, Captain Morgan Jamaican Rum $12 cdn, and an unknown whiskey $4cdn). We then took another boat to Kota Kinabalu, once arrived we walked appx 20 minutes to find our new home for 2 nights. Timing was great, as it was the last day of their Christmas carnival, and the streets were lined with vendors of all sorts, as well as entertainment and fireworks. We walked around...

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Apr 19, 2011 - Mari Mari Village

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD In the interest of not having to type the description of the Cultural Village or to plagiarize what was written in the Lonely Planet, I will quote their entry verbatim: The Mari Mari Cultural Village is the most interactive centre of its kind in all of Borneo. Visitors are taken on a three-hour show/tour, which winds through the jungle passing various tribal dwellings along the way. At each stop, tourists learn about the indigenous way of life, and can try their hand at a variety of interesting (and fun)...

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Apr 18, 2011 - Kota Kinabalu

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND There is so much more to Malaysia’s state of Sabah than its capital, Kota Kinabalu, but visitors must plan well ahead if they want to explore its wild jungles, swim with the among the coral with the turtles and sharks, climb Mt. Kinabalu or visit the Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Center. There is plenty of red tape to navigate, permits to acquire and limited beds to be booked. For hundreds of years, the land at the north tip of Borneo was passed back and forth between powerful Southeast Asian interests. In the late...

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Jan 24, 2011 - Kota Kinabalu Part 2

Arrived 24th January Departed 27th January Met a lovely Canadian girl called Shannon who I spent most of my time with in KK. We went out to the islands off KK, well one of them, Mamutik. It was supposed to be the smallest of the islands with the best snorkelling and least amount of people.. NOT TRUE! It was like being in the centre of Shanghai at rush hour (not that I've been, just using my imagination!). Awful! Tried to hike to the other side of the island and after a stand off with a huge monitor lizard, we established we'd basically done...

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Flip flop's tour

Jan 10, 2011 - Kota Kinabalu, Borneo

Arrived 10th January Departed 13th January Felt so sad and lonely when I arrived having said goodbye to Vicki but after a couple of days of doing nothing, I pulled myself together and got back into traveller mode! I went on a river cruise on the Garama River to see the Probiscus monkey in the wild. There were 4 Japanese, 3 Koreans, 5 malaysians and little old me on the cruise! I thought it was going to be a nightmare but it turned out great! A couple of the Malaysian girls spoke really good English and both lived in Kota Kinabalu. They were...

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Flip flop's tour

Dec 29, 2010 - last day

So today I went to one of the 5 park islands just off the coast of the city (mamutik island), so close I could swim if it weren't for the boat traffic. I wanted one last day to darken the tan and warm the bones, after all it has to last me another 5 months. The Malaysia soccer team played Indonesia, it was fun on my last night to get into the game with a bunch of locals that the BB cafe aka bar. Malaysia lost the game but won the series against Indonesia. Overall this trip had its great experiences and frustrating ones but I am a better...

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SE Asia

Dec 27, 2010 - Kota Kinabalu

I giggled when I got in a hot shower for the first time in a month. I'm splurging at $25/night for my two last nights, after a night in an airport I think I can afford it :) Finally in KK!!! for a minute there I wasn't sure if I would be able to get here to get home, the count down has begun, only 2 full days left, going to try and pack them full.

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Jul 14, 2010 - Diving in Semporna - Sipadan and other islands

We arrived in a rainy Semporna around 1300. We booked accommodations at the Dragon Inn, a floating village on the waterfront. After asking around, we found our dive operator Sipadan Scuba and finalize our arrangements for the next three days diving. Our last day of diving will be at Sipadan which is supposed to be the best dive site in the world. I am looking forward to the diving here and how it compares to the Red Sea because I was very impressed with our diving last year. The first day we dove off the island of Mantabuan, a 45 minute...

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