Climbing the minaret of Sabah State Mosque

Interior of Sabah state mosques dome in HDR

Visiting Sabah state mosque in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia Surely the State mosque of Kota Kinabalu would be easier to find than a Kota Kinabalu’s city mosque? A grouchy bus driver could not get the concept I wanted to visit the state mosque at all. It involved some references to Allah and some gentle persuasion from …

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When Alpha males mate, Labuk bay’s adult education tour

Alpha Male and Female Proboscis monkey

How to get to Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary “Labuk Bay, in Sabah, Malaysia: ‘It’s the only place in the world to see the Proboscis monkey'” So wrote the author of the torn out pages of my guide-book. I think what they meant to say was that “Borneo” was the only place to see such a …

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Face to face with the queen of Orangutans in Sepilok, Malaysia

Side profile of Orangutan

Well prepared for the Orangutan this time Afternoon at Sepilok, a time to let the tourists back in, and a time to watch Orangutans up close. I met a Primate researcher who was working there and we discussed a little about the pro’s and con’s of tourists and the rehabilitation centers ability to run without them. “Without tourists there’s …

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Do you ‘like” my style of Independent travel to Sepilok?

Packing up a shop in Malaysia

The horror of of actually reading something about independent travel in Sabah 400 ringgit (USD$125) for a day trip to see Orangutans?! I shuddered while turning more pages in the hostel’s well-worn photo album style brochure. The cheapest thing they had was a 190 ringgit river boat cruise. Also known as, “lots of water, with nothing to see”. …

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From “no town” to boom town: Sandakan city, Borneo

Boats at Sandakan, Sabah

Sandakan city in Sabah, Malaysia, an old age port town, soon to be boom town It’s strange how I find more enjoyment traversing the back streets of Sandakan rather than chill out with the four backpackers zoned out in front of a TV in the budget style hotel … maybe it’s just my current state …

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Sitting with homeless people in Kota Kinabalu

Violin Player on the streets of Kota Kinabalu Malaysia

Tourism vs reality in Kota Kinabalu Malaysia It took me a while to figure something out I walked the streets of Kota Kinabalu. The tourist office denied the existence of the homeless anywhere in the city. It’s not in their training to deal with some asking about this. They only point out touristy thing they …

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