Learning to play Billiards in Beaufort, Borneo

Playing Billiards in Beaufort Borneo

Things to do in Beaufort, Borneo With the North Borneo Railway now open, the small town of Beaufort is easily, and comfortably accessible from Kota Kinabalu. It’s also a stopping point to take the old train to Tenom in the morning. So if you are taking the train to Tenom, you will have no choice …

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Taking a ride on the New (old) North Borneo Railway

The historical North Borneo Railway opens once more in Sabah, Malaysia

The oldest railway in Borneo The railway in Sabah, Borneo has a long history dating back to 1896 when it was constructed to transport tobacco from Borneo’s interior to the coast for shipping. Before coming to Borneo I could not get any good information about the railway line nor train. Some said it was working, others said …

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Night market in Kota Kinabalu: a tourists night out

Selection of Malaysian food at Kota Kinabalu night market

Night life in Kota Kinabalu There are bars, and clubs in Sabah, Borneo. I was invited by a group of tourists to a bar last week. I sat at a table very bored for quite a while. When the Karaoke kicked in, I ran. We had very little in common to talk about as well. Either I …

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The slums of Kota Kinabalu – Part 2 – bad boys, old men & a caring mother

Young girl in the slums

Problems in the slums of Kota Kinabalu The ax man cometh (part 1 of the slums of Kota Kinabalu) Faced with an ax wielding teenager, three of his friends and an excitable drunk behind me; I stood my ground.  Getting excited or angry does not work in situations like this. I still wasn’t sure whether …

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The slums around Kota Kinabalu – Part 1 – Tourists don’t come here

Wooden walkway in Kota Kinabalu

Visiting the amazing slums around Kota Kinabalu Sabah, Malaysia Yes, I find myself once again, attracted too, and visiting slum areas. This time in Sabah, Malaysia. At first glance this pristine tourist town seems devoid of such areas. But, they await just a short bus ride away. And, the story behind them is fascinating. The non …

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The wonders of Gaya Street, Sabah’s fun time weekly market

Parcels of food for sale on Gaya Street Market

Gaya Street Sunday Market is worth the visit I’ve a tainted view of markets. They are either very local. Or, if hyped up a lot – very touristy. Just stay in the city to see it. The Italian pizza maker told me. Yes, I’m cheating on Malaysian food already and taking a break. Actually the …

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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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