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Thursday, December 4th, 2008

after a (record?) long absence… here i am attempting to write a little something about my week-long vacation in borneo last month… it was indeed a very fun and adventure-filled time-off in the remote jungles… far from urbanization and modernization… one of the things i realized during my time there was the fact that although i had to hike and trek for miles and hours… drive on bumpy and winding trunk roads with overtaking maneuvers i normally wouldn’t attempt… i felt more fresh and alive than ever at the end of the day… as compared to sitting in front of a desktop for the whole freaking day… which led me to strongly believe that the monitor is draining all my energy away… boy do i miss being detached from cyberspace during the whole vacation…

since everyone seems to be on facebook… i uploaded all my photos there for better visibility and convenience… so by clicking on the photos in this post… you will be able to access each of the respective albums… i have about a dozen of them i guess :)

i flew from penang to kl and then to miri on the first day of my trip… met up with my travel friends for dinner at one of the famous seafood restaurants in the heart of the city… and had coffee c special which was a deliciously unique blend of coffee (duh), evaporated milk and wheatgrass :)

click here for day 1’s album

we woke up early the next day to watch sunrise at canada hill… which overlooks miri city… and is the site of the grand old lady… miri’s first oil well… after a brief breakfast… we headed to the airport…

maswings had some technical problems with their lousy fokker propeller plane which massively disrupted our itinerary on day 2… we wasted half a day at the airport when we could be exploring mulu… so by the time we reached there in the evening instead of in the morning… we could only participate in the night walk around the jungle… and all we got as compensation was a restricted-choice lunch… which made us and the other affected passengers pretty pissed of with mas…

click here for day 2’s album

our first destination of day 3 was wind cave… prior to that… we stopped by the penan village along the river… as we rode on a longboat to the caves…

click here for day 3 – wind cave’s album

next was clearwater cave… which was a few hundred metres away… i think i’ll let the photos do the talking since i’m not quite sure how to elaborate about stalactites and stalagmites… and besides… i was hardly paying attention to the guide as i was too engrossed with obtaining the right exposure in such challenging and dark situations without a tripod :P

click here for day 3 – clearwater cave’s album

after lunch… we were treated to more fascinating rock formations in both lang’s cave and deer cave… two of the major caves in the mulu national park… which have a lot of historical and ecological significance… for instance… deer cave is the longest cave passage in the world… while the sarawak chamber is the world’s largest natural chamber… i can’t really recall the rest but suffice to say… mulu has been gazzetted as a unesco world heritage site for the preservation of its diversity of flora, fauna and geological formations…

click here for day 3 – lang’s cave’s album

click here for day 3 – deer cave’s album

the major highlight of the evening was the bat exodus… where millions of bats flew right above us as we watched in excitement… after that… we trekked back to our hostel for a sumptuous dinner accompanied by a bottle of local tuak (rice wine)

we went for an early morning walk and a rather tiring climb up to moonmilk cave on day 4… and then it was a long and sunny boat ride to the long langsat stream where the waters were clear and shallow… it was refreshing to bathe in the mini waterfall… and walk along barefooted with the slippery stones forming a natural foot reflexology path…

click here for day 4’s album

mulu was a whole lot of fun… it would be pretty impossible to post all the photos within a single post like this without it running extremely lengthy… as such… don’t forget to click on the photos above which will link you to the facebook photo galleries of each place i visited…

next up… brunei and bintulu… meanwhile… it’s time to catch up on some sleep… :)

wat

Friday, October 10th, 2008

the trip to hatyai marked the second foreign country i’ve visited so far… both of them being our northern and southern neighbours… it was a few hours bus ride and quite a nice weekend getaway… i must say that there wasn’t anything exceptional as the environment was more or less like any regular local town… probably the enormous temples, abundance of massage parlours and the colourful nightlife set it apart from what we have back here…

we went sightseeing around various temples such as the wat hat yai nai… the golden brahman shrine on the hilltop of hat yai municipal park… as well as the kuan yin goddess temple on the southern foothill… one of the shots below feels like the stairway to heaven…

the girls loved shopping and we spent hours in lee garden, odean and central… which were the biggest malls within the heart of the town… we continued with more shopping the next day by walking along the day markets by the roadside selling food raw and cooked alike… there was this rather huge and stuffy market along montri road which sold loads of handbags and accessories… and this place was very much alike to the complex beside the main market in kota kinabalu which sold souvenirs…

the highlight of the trip was probably the rejuvenating full body massage which i had been looking forward to… all in all… it was an eye-opening experience in a foreign land…

flora

Monday, October 6th, 2008

the cads went to cameron highlands a fortnight back… i’m pretty sure everyone had a great time shopping and photo-taking all over the place… and of course… the warm fellowship of our fellow colleagues…

it was a clear saturday morning when we set off down south… stopped in ipoh for dim sum breakfast at foh san… and some soya bean curd at funny mountain across the street… before heading up to the hills… it wasn’t all too cool during the sunny day but it was refreshing enough especially at night… we visited various places such as cactus valley… rose garden… butterfly farm… kea farm… bee farm… brinchang night market… sungei palas boh tea centre… well… that was about it… dinner that night was the customary steamboat most tourists would have i guess… although i am hardly a fan of it…

we returned on sunday afternoon with the bus filled with the overwhelming aroma of strawberries and flowers… many took the opportunity to buy cheap and fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers and even honey… i hardly spent any money besides purchasing a box of strawberries and a few tubes of strawberry popsicles… and hence became known for being the thriftiest one in the busload… we had an early dinner in lou wong for bean sprout chicken… before continuing our journey home…

joy

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

some shots from the farewell and birthday celebrations of an ex-colleague over the past months… we had a department lunch at little castle cafe…

later that night… we were at hongkie kopitiam and starbucks chilling out…

a couple of weeks later… we had dinner at chili’s…

and it was followed by a celebration at korea palace a couple of days later…

greetings

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

it’s been a week of hellos and goodbyes… i met up with janet who was back on her annual summer break…

it was also the final week of internship for my jamming buddies chris and erica… and we celebrated with lunch at friday’s…