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  1. Ciki
    January 17, 2011

    LOL! we’re practically neighbours.. a mere 3 hours flight and i’ll be ur guest in KK. better yet, i feed u steak in KL. btw, if u want the best fish head noodles of BKT ever there , ask me.. i know!! LOL

    • The Longest Way Home
      January 17, 2011

      Yes, nearly neighbors :) Fish head noodle location … I don’t think so. I am still calculating my 3 meals a day of steak in KL. Might be worth one of those cheap flights after all! Glad you eyes are getting better, it’s an age thing possibly? Actually this different color is by accident. Might change it back again soon! Let’s see …

  2. Ciki
    January 17, 2011

    hey this white background and big fonts are way easier on my eyes. good job! LOL

  3. wandering educators
    January 17, 2011

    yay for a MUCH easier place to live in – it sounds wonderful. how’s the food?

    • The Longest Way Home
      January 17, 2011

      Hi Jessie! Much easier is an understatement, I don’t have to fight for anything here! The food is very very good! I’ll try and post something about it for you later in the week ok?!

      • wandering educators
        January 17, 2011

        yes, please. and i can SEE the new joy in your life. it is amazing, to be in a place that isn’t such a struggle. i am SO happy you moved on.

  4. Desiree Guasch
    January 17, 2011

    Dear TLWH,

    I haven’t been to Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia, but, the Philippines side of your observations are true.
    Aray! as we say Ouch! It hurts to be pinched back to truth that we lag behind in customer service and tourism infrastructure. It can be traced to patronage politics wherein many who are unqualified corner government posts that should be manned by competent people.
    Keep going with your honest travel and social diary.
    :-)

    • The Longest Way Home
      January 17, 2011

      He Desiree,

      Your own observations are also so true. Unqualified people in positions that reflect on a nations image. Sadly I’ve spoken with tourism graduates and what they are being taught is from another world many years ago. So your point about competent people takes on even more importance. I only wonder they can make a change?

      Glad you are still following :)

  5. Wade | VagabondJourney.com
    January 17, 2011

    Excellent, man. This entry made me smile. It is difficult to write about the good, easy parts of travel. This entry did this well.

  6. rainmaya
    January 17, 2011

    yeayy! you’ve arrived in Malaysia! *clap clap*. I’m Malaysian (if its not obvious already)…Never been to Sabah though! lol. Head down to Peninsular Malaysia though while you’re here;you’re white, it’s cheap, you’ll get by! Have fun and a peaceful journey!:)

    • The Longest Way Home
      January 17, 2011

      Thanks for all the Malaysian good will. It’s really amusing (in a good way) to see the difference in Malaysians online vs offline! Or maybe offline only happens when you get to know Malaysians better? So happy! :)

      Looking forward to exploring Malaysia some more. And always open to tip on how to get to know Malaysia people better!

  7. Jason
    January 17, 2011

    Lap it up Dave, you’ve no doubt earned it. Your description, is how I remember Sabah from only a few years ago. No doubt you will make it into the jungle (whats left of it after the bloody palm oil companies have had their way. You’ll get what I mean by that soon enough) and see another side to this part of Borneo.

    • The Longest Way Home
      January 17, 2011

      Thanks Jason. I won’t pretend I am not enjoying the food. It’s pretty spectacular eh?! I’ll certainly keep an eye out for the palm oil companies. Are there more in Sarawak or Sabah? I’ll start asking questions.

      • jason
        January 18, 2011

        I never made it to Sarawak Dave, so you’ll have to let me know, but they were taking over a fair chunk of the state of Sabah. When you do actually make it to the jungle propper (ie Dannum Valley or Maliau Basin) it’s well worth the effort. We hired a 4WD, and nearly ran over a herd of Pygmy Elephants that just popped out in front of us on dusk. Amazing place.

  8. el buen samaratin
    January 17, 2011

    Been a while since last in KK. Is that a KFC I see in the picture? What is this world becoming?

    • The Longest Way Home
      January 17, 2011

      You have eyes like a hawk my friend. Yes, that is KFC. And, just around the corner is Burger King and … well so it continues. I know how you feel too. I’ve just heard that KFC is in Kathmandu now! One of the poorest countries in world has a KFC serving $5 meals while most in the capital eat for $00.50. I often think – is it just me that see this?

  9. Marsha
    January 17, 2011

    Hi Hi,
    Been following your blog for sometime now and had to leave you a post as you’re in Sabah ! I’m Sabahan and grew up in Kota Kinabalu :) I’m living in Chile with my husband now. Oh, do visit, Sepilok ( Orang Utans ), and the Islands for a nice getaway too.
    Best regards,
    Marsha

    • The Longest Way Home
      January 18, 2011

      Hi Marsha, thanks for your comment, and I’ve glad you are following along. I hope I can give an accurate picture of your homeland!

      Thanks also for the word “Sabahan” I’ve been asking what do you call a person from Sabah for a while now! The cultural diversity here is one of the things I like a lot!. And, yes Sepilok is on the cards. Waiting to hear back from their offices actually.

      I might just have burnt out on islands though :)

  10. Dustin Main – Skinny Backpacker
    January 17, 2011

    I’ve haven’t been to the Philippines yet, but I can say life in KK is pretty easy.

    More importantly, a restaurant in KK makes one of my favorite dishes EVER. Best Pineapple Curry Chicken. I should know, I think I ate it there 4-5 times…

    • The Longest Way Home
      January 18, 2011

      It’s near on, a different world.

      Tell you what, that pineapple chicken curry sounds good! If you can remember the name of the restaurant, I’ll go there, take a photo, eat, write up a review and give you a mention. Any idea on the name?

      • Dustin Main – Skinny Backpacker
        January 18, 2011

        arrgh! II just went through all my photos but I have none of the magical Pineapple Curry Chicken or it’s location. It was in some sort of square outside along one of the main streets where they sing terrible “pro” karaoke in the evenings.

        After typing that, I realize that could be about anywhere… but I did google map it and I’m sure it’s along Jalon Gaya. There is also a great Thai place, but I have absolutely no idea where that is. I should just stop now.

        Definitely make your way to Sarawak. Cheaper, less commercial, Laksa Sarawak (yum). It’s getting exploited very quickly (palm oil, above), and you can see the damage taking a boat up a river, flying anywhere, or google maps even.

        and catch up with David, he’s good people!

  11. David @ Malaysia Asia
    January 18, 2011

    BKT and Fish Head Noodles in KK? So many to choose from. As I am frequently here, I would vouch for Thien Thien along the main road serving one of the best chicken rice in town. A short drive out of KK takes you to some amazing seafood noodles at a place called Kedai Kopi Wan Wan and this is only the beginning. While I was there last year, I met fellow posted above, Dustin Main who was in town.

    So how long are you gonna be in KK? Heading to Sarawak and then Kuala Lumpur as well? Been waiting for your reply to the KL trip.

    David

    • The Longest Way Home
      January 18, 2011

      I’ll keep an eye out for Thien Thien! Thanks for the suggestion. No idea on time frames yet. A lot going on at the moment, and there’s a lot to cover. I’ll certainly give you a heads up regarding KL, are you in the city center, or outside? I might end up doing some hop skips and jumps from here. Still trying to work things out and keeping things basic for now though

      • David @ Malaysia Asia
        January 18, 2011

        Dave, I’m actually 20 mins away from the city in Petaling Jaya but it’s no probs for me getting to the city. Keep me updated :)

        Dustin, I think it’s where the Shangrila Town is, near Black Pirates Pub! lol

  12. Rachel Morgan
    January 18, 2011

    Hey!
    I have been following your blog for 5 months and am enjoying it. I am also an avid traveller! In fact, tomorrow Jan. 19th I leave for Malaysia and Borneo. I believe our paths may cross and would love to meet you in person. I will be visiting Mulu, kota kinabalu and sandakan on the island of Borneo. I will be there around 2 weeks. So, if you are down let me know your schedule and we can try to make it happen!

    • The Longest Way Home
      January 18, 2011

      Hi Rachel, sure always good to meet up. Borneo is a big place though. Do you know when you will be in Sabah, are you flying in or boating around?
      I believe Mulu (Sarawak) is meant to be great. Best thing to do if you are on twitter is to send me a tweet when you know you’ll be in Sabah. We can take it from there. If not then just drop me an email. You should have it with the reply here :)

  13. Caroline
    January 18, 2011

    am a Sabahan! :D lotsa nice foods to choose at here! n fresh seafood is guaranteed! :D

  14. LeslieTravel
    January 18, 2011

    Sounds like you are experiencing a bit of culture shock! I felt similarly when I returned to NYC after my RTW trip. This is probably a good place to transition before you hit Australia.

    Too bad you aren’t having a tweetup with Ciki. I enjoy seeing two blogging masterminds connecting :)

    PS- I like the look of this post. Are you using a new layout for this one? Seems like the background and heading colors are a bit different.

    • The Longest Way Home
      January 18, 2011

      Hey Leslie, yes it’s a kind of strange culture shock. Not so much the place, as the tourists here. I’ve not seen so many people in a long time. Most, I don’t seem to like. It’s all very tour oriented as well. Very few people taking part in independent travel here. Lot’s of backpackers just lounging around.

      Don’t rule out a Ciki visit yet, there are rumors afloat :)

      Yes, it’s a new color scheme. I was working on lighter (easy read) version for a while. Then accidentally left this up for too long. What do you think? Or moreover, which did you prefer?

      • LeslieTravel
        January 19, 2011

        I kind of like this color palette. It’s very light and airy! The headlines really drew me in to the post. Do you think you’ll keep it or go back?

      • The Longest Way Home
        January 19, 2011

        Not sure if it will stay or not. I write black on white, so rarely get to see the old white on black color palette. I don’t think it’s possible to please everybody. So I’ll probably just have to go with analytics and see things like time on site etc since the change in color palette’s.

        I think you guys are the one reading here and should dictate what it should look like. You’re probably a lot better at choosing colors than me too! :)

  15. iamthewitch
    January 18, 2011

    Hi Dave! I’m another Malaysian and it warms my heart so see a visitor speaking so fondly of a neighbouring state! As Ciki puts it, do come and visit in KL or your journey to Malaysia wouldn’t be complete! ;)

    Meanwhile in KK, I guess you are definitely going for the inevitable climb to the highest peak in South East Asia aka Mount Kinabalu? And don’t forget the Poring Hot Springs after, as well as the White Water Rafting in Padas river. The train ride from Beaufort to Padas is a different experience altogether. :)

    • The Longest Way Home
      January 18, 2011

      Hi Iamthewitch!

      Glad to have you come and visit here :) Yes, so far the people of Sabah have been very nice. Tourists not so. The food is simply great, and I can’t get enough. I hear KL is also a hot place for food. I look forward to it!

      Not at all sure about Mount KK. I’ve been to Nepal, and like the mountains there. The tourist scene here puts me off a little. I might just be the first tourist to not climb Mount KK :)

      But I really like your suggestion about the train ride. I am researching it as we speak. Some people told me it was not operating, others are saying yes. I’ll have to see for myself, but thanks for the suggestion, it’s really my kinda thing :)

  16. Jill – Jack and Jill Travel The World
    January 18, 2011

    Sounds like a wonderful place to visit. Can’t believe that there’s a place like that in SE Asia.

  17. TCC
    January 18, 2011

    KK is very easy travel and yes…extremely clean…
    And guess what? there are lots of filipinos there in KK…they can speak the local language and look local but are actually filipinos…specially the market place area – i can’t remember the exact name…

  18. Kimura
    April 25, 2012

    Its have been decade haven’t been to KK

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