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Jun 30, 2008 - Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia (city)

Kota Kinabulu (KK) city was much more than we expected, lots of activity and super warm, friendly people. We spent our first night at the Tune Hotel -- an AirAsia.com subsidiary way out on the outskirts of town. The hotel opened a few months ago in 1Borneo, KK's newest mega mall. Tune was an interesting place, an 8' x 8' sterile room with everything a la carte -- pay extra for TV, towel, a/c (you can purchase 12 or 5 hours' worth of a/c). One traveller's blog described it as having the personality/character of a plastic bag. However, as the...

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Jun 16, 2008 - Borneo Jungle Adventure

HI! It is S here for a change! WE have had a few adventurous, mosquito-filled days. We departed from Kota Kinabalu on Thursday, and headed into the interior of Borneo for our Jungle Adventure. Unfortunately the place we wanted to stay in was fully booked, so we had a couple of days hanging around in a fairly uninspiring city by the name of Sandakan. Eventually, on Sunday morning we headed off to the Jungle village of Sukau with one thing on our mind : nature. The lodge we stayed in was basic but perfectly located right on the edge of a...

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Jan 5, 2008 - The journey of a young girl, part I; Climbing the Mountain

Dear readers, A story in English this time! I'd like to give my new found friends, if they find their way to this weblog, a chance to read this story. It's always a little challenge for me, to translate my experiences and sensations into words, so I wonder how things turn out using English words... :-) It's going to be a long story. A story about a girl on a voyage of exploration, to a country where she partly grew up, and into herself. It's about tropical islands, inspiring meetings, worlds below the surface and about confrontations,...

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Nov 21, 2007 - Borneo - Kota Kinabulu

A new continent and a new weather system. Kota Kinabulu (the capital of Sabah, Borneo)has been in the midsts of the tail of two typhoons that have hit the Phillipines. KK itself is very chilled about it all though. There's hardly any tourists and absolutely no hassle. We've chilled out nicely though after a long lie in and some shopping:-) We now have a sort of plan for the next few weeks.

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Oct 9, 2007 - Life with Raleigh International

How time flies...a month ago today I arrived in Kota Kinabalu (KK) in Malaysian Borneo. I spent the first couple of nights in a resort close to the city, where I attempted to recover from jet lag and checked out one of the small islands just off the coast, where I freaked myself out completely with my first experience of a truly enormous spider and two equally gargantuan monitor lizards...alas I was too scared to take any photos... I then "checked in" to life with Raleigh International, which is many things...ever-changing, unexpected,...

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Oct 4, 2007 - Day 9 - Rasa Ria & Orang-Utans

I thought I had seen some good breakfast buffets in my time but Rasa Ria was way off the scale. Unbelievable!! Alessandra attempted to do it justice (and beat Uncle Steve's record) by eating 16 chicken satays. Not bad going! Spent the morning exploring this awesome resort and swimming in the beautifully warm sea and pool. After lunch we visited the Rasa Ria Nature Reserve (64 acres of rainforest set aside as part of the hotel when it opened 12 years ago for conservation efforts) to visit the Orang Utans. There are currently 6 orphans here...

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Jul 31, 2007 - Mt Kinabalu

So we were dropped off at Mt Kinabalu National Park at 3.30am! Its in the middle of no where, it had been raining and we were in the clouds. But they had to give us points for being committed to the cause! We thought we would just find somewhere to lay down and get our sleeping bags out. Everything was wet though except for the veranda of the cafe, we rolled our bags out there thinking we would wake up when it got light and before anyone came. But at about 5.00am we woke up to hear some voices, all the staff were coming to prepare...

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Jun 20, 2007 - Not the Borneo We Expected ... Time in Kota Kinabalu

Matt: Despite the taxi drivers' persistent "Where you going? No airport bus, come with me sir" we take our place amongst the small crowd at the bus shelter. Our bus left in the short time we were passing through Malaysian immigration. Another bus must come eventually! Eventually, one does. After confirming twice that it does indeed go to the airport, we take our seats. We wind our way slowly through the streets of Johor Bahru, the city separated from Singapore by a short bridge and a massive border post. An obviously popular destination for...

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Mar 3, 2007 - 5 Stjerners oppstart

Selv om tanken vaar var aa menge oss med de skikkelige globetrotterne, som ikke bruker mer enn 4 kroner og 37 oere paa mat, overnatting, alkohol og 8 timers flyreise, saa fant vi ut at vi trengte jo ikke aa begynne med det med en gang. Saa derfor ble det avsatt tre dager til aa gaa lei av 5 stjerners luksus paa Sutera Harbour Magellan resort i Kota Kinabalu!! Som bildene antyder ble det tilbrakt en del tid ved bassenget, og Jo har tatt fatt paa oppgaven med aa oppheve spraakbarriaeren! Virkeligheten innhenter selv den beste, men vi har faat...

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Jan 24, 2007 - Singapore, Kuala Lumpur & Mt Kinabulu Climb!

We arrived in Singapore without any hitches, well except for Sophy leaving one of her hand luggage bags on the plane and having to get it rushed through customs etc by security! OOPS!! We then got onto the train and headed to the hostel in Chinatown that we had booked, which took around 1 hour. After spending the night in Singapore (just to sleep!) we were up early and at the train station by 7.15am to go through customs and passports to catch the train up to Kuala Lumpur (8 hours). We arrived late afternoon in KL, short cab to our hostel...

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Nov 22, 2006 - Malaysia - Kota Kinabalu

Up at the crack of dawn for our 10 hour bus journey to Kota Kinabalu on what turned out to be a really nice bus. On arrival we were amazed by the fact that the city was very clean and as this port was heavily bombed by the Allied forces in the war against the Japanese army, they have been able to rebuild a more modern city. Our one and only tour here was a full day tour to Kinabalu Park and Poring Hot Springs. We were the only two people on this tour as all the others appeared to be up Mount Kinabalu but unfortunately (thankfully) we didnt...

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Nov 9, 2006 - Kota Kinabalu

I was up bright and early hoping to get to Kota Kinabalu (known as KK) by mid afternoon, giving me the chance to take in a bit of the town before my early morning to flight out to Mulu the next day. However things conspired against me from the get go. I was all packed and sitting on the roadside waiting for my purple chariot (local bus) to take me to the central bus station from there I could get another bus out to the Ferry port, some 25km outside town. However the the bus didn't materialise, well not at first. I sat waiting for 40 minutes...

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