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On the Slope of Mt Kinabalu

We are sitting here listening to a bird chattering on the forest edge. It almost sounds digital. We are at Magic Mountain Inn.

We arrived safely after just a slight delay in take off from SeaTac. Both flights went fine. Incheon airport in Seoul is amazing. We arrived in Kota Kinabalu at about 11pm quickly got through customs and on our way in a taxi to our hotel. It felt somewhat similar to other tropical cities. Bright Sodium lighting along the broad road from the highway.

Our room was not too bad for $40US. On the 12 floor with a broad view over the water. It was a little musty and our airconditioner leaked resulting a wet carpet. We didn't sleep much but did a lot walking in the humidity to get on the time zone. Did our chores (Atm, information, etc). KK town is small. We saw most of it in about 2 hours. We crashed a bit in the afternoon before going back out to the wonderful filipino BBQ. We sat a long tables at night and had giant prawns with spicy dipping sauce.

Today we had our buffet Malay breakfast at the hotel with noodles and curry before checking out. Our car was delivered and we were off.

First stop Orchid D'ville. It was an adventure to find it. We went to a suburb of KK and then headed into the small villages before turning off to go about 6 Km down an extremely bumpy gravel road. It is a working nursery growing cut orchids for the KK area along with lots of species orchids from Borneo. The guide took us on windy paths through the hill to see the ones in bloom, many very tiny in size.

Back to the main road we got stuck in traffic for about 1/2 hour due to a broken traffic light. I was very stressed. Then we start up the main road to KK. They drive on the left. Fortunately, we have an automatic Yeah! The road is steep and the car has no power. We got the cheapest one. I still had to pass many slow commercial trucks. We saw Mt. Kinabalu once but mostly it has been cloaked in clouds. It is much cool up here at 6,000ft.

We arrived and was able to find the Inn which is in the forest off a golf course. Very strange to have a golf course carved out of jungle. I've hard that many of the greens are waterlogged.

Our host is very nice. We are sitting and having a beer on the deck before she starts dinner of a steamed fish. She just showed us a large beautiful mushroom that she will steam the fish with. Yum...

Comments (7)


marta, I am so excited to see you posting. What an adventure! Very much looking forward to your photos.

Yeah, my much anticipated form of entertainment -reading Marta's blog entries from her trip- has begun!
I'm kind of liking the idea that there are only words for a while. It gives me a chance to form mental images to check against the real thing when you start posting pictures.
For example, I hope you took a picture of the mushroom, because I'm visualizing something Alice's catapiller might be sitting on. :grin:

Sounds like you and George are off to an excellent start to your journeys. Tell us more. :)
XO, Colleen

Very exciting Marta!! I can't wait to hear more and see pictures. Lots of pictures please!!


Oh my gosh! How awesome to be blogging from Malaysia or Borneo! You are the first person that I "know" who traveled to Borneo. I just find that utterly amazing. Safe travels to you!!!



It sounds like you are jumping right into the local time zone and experiencing everything you can! Good for you!

Keep those cards and letters (blog posts) coming!

Glad you arrived safely. You are brave to drive on the left in a strange place. Can't wait to read more. Enjoy!!

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