Entries from Postcards from the Trail tagged with 'Borneo'

Photohunt: Male

I'm back. I have missed the previous two photohunts. I have a new job! Yeah! It is going well. I traveled to New Jersey for training during the first two weeks of December. I was busy or traveling so...

Day tour of Seoul

Central Business District - Seoul It has just been over a year since our trip to Borneo. We had a long layover in Seoul on our return. Asiana has a great option for the layover. You have an option...

Animals of Bako

Proboscis Monkey at Bako National Park This is the fifteenth in a series of more in-depth posts on our trip to Borneo. February 24 The main attraction at Bako is the wildlife. Number one is the Proboscis Monkey. These...

Bako Day Hike

This is the fourteenth in a series of more in-depth posts on our trip to Borneo. February 24 We did not have breakfast before leaving Kuching so we started back to the canteen before going on our hike. We...

Getting to Bako

This is the thirteenth in a series of more in-depth posts on our trip to Borneo. February 24 Bako National Park was the main reason we had traveled to Sarawak. Like Mt Kinabalu, it is known for unusual plants...

Semenggoh Wildlife Centre

This is the twelfth in a series of more in-depth posts on our trip to Borneo. February 23 Orang utan - it is Malaysian for person of the forest (orang - person; utan - derived from hutan meaning forest)....

Kuching Food

Display at Top Spot This is the eleventh in a series of more in-depth posts on our trip to Borneo. February 23 Kuching has great food. It is known for several dishes such a Kuching (or Sawarak) Laksa and...

Sunday Market in Kuching

Vegetable seller at the Kuching Sunday Market This is the tenth in a series of more in-depth posts on our trip to Borneo. February 21 I love markets. We were lucky on the timing of our trip to arrive...

Kuching

Kuching Riverside Esplanade This is the ninth in a series of more in-depth posts on our trip to Borneo. February 21 Kuching - Cat City - that is the nick name of the city. I read that Kuching means...

Danum Valley

This is the eighth in a series of more in-depth posts on our trip to Borneo. February 18 Danum Valley - sometimes called the "Lost World". It is one of the largest areas of protected undisturbed low-land jungle in...

The largest flower in the world

This is the seventh in a series of more in-depth posts on our trip to Borneo. February 16 Have you seen "The Secret Life of Plants" with David Attenborough? I remember him squatting next to a large maroon flower...

Nepenthes Trail at Mesilau Mt. Kinabalu

This is the sixth in a series of more in-depth posts on our trip to Borneo. February 16 The Rajah Nepenthes - the largest pitcher plant is endemic to Mt. Kinabalu. It was one of the must-sees on our...

Flora on Mesilau Trail - Mt Kinabalu

Rhododendron stenophyllum This is the fifth in a series of more in-depth posts on our trip to Borneo. February 15 We saw a wide array of amazing plants along the trail at Mesilau. Here are some more plants that...

Dayhiking on the Mesilau Trail at Mount Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu This is the fourth in a series of more in-depth posts on our trip to Borneo. February 15 The morning was brilliant blue and crisp. The wind had come through at night and blown all the clouds...

Driving in Sabah

Kundasang This is the third in a series of more in-depth posts on our trip to Borneo. February 14, 2009 Anxiety runs in my family. I was not afraid to drive in Sabah but I was very anxious about...

Filipino BBQ at Night Market in Kota Kinabalu

Seller at the Filipino BBQ This is the second in a series of more in-depth posts on our trip to Borneo. February 12, 2009 We are always surprised at how draining the heat and humidity can be. We took...

Arrival in Kota Kinabalu

This is the first in a series of more in-depth posts on our trip to Borneo. February 12, 2009 South China Seas. I can not hear that name without thinking of the Vietnam War. My brother-in-law served in the...

Home Again

The two weeks went by in a snap. It seems just like yesterday that we were navigating the airport in KK and finding out how to take a taxi. We really enjoyed Malaysia. We found the people very welcoming and...

Seoul

We are half way through our return travel marathon at the airport in Seoul. We started the day by sleeping in and having a relaxing breakfast at the Village House. We hung around playing cards until about 12 noon before...

Santubong

Ah now this is the life. The Village House on Santubong Peninsula is so much better - perfect place for us to wind down after our adventures. The minibus took us through the suburbs of Kuching and on to the...

Back from Bako

Just a quick post. We are back from Bako and waiting our shuttle to our next hotel. I am dying for a shower. Bako was very interesting. Transportation wise everything went well. We got to the bus stop at about...

Orangutans

We had a good dinner last night. We opted for Western food again. We headed to Bla..bla..bla.. There are actually 3 restaurants close together that have the same owner; Junk which has a decor of antiques, Bla... which has...

Cat City

We had our first travel snafu today. We got to the airport at 8am for our 9am flight to only find out that it had been canceled. Fortunately, the next flight was just a short wait (2hours). It was on...

In the heart of the jungle

The sounds of the jungle is amazing - crickets and cicades clicking and humming. In the distance hooting or screeching of monkeys and hornbills. The stream near by rushing the base and background. So peaceful. The 7am flight was right...

Adventures of the Giant Plant

Wow! What can I say. I did not think I would be able to see the Rafflessia plant - the largest plant in the world. I remember long ago seeing a segment of "Secret Life of Plants" with David Attenborough...

Rajah Rules

We are walking on cloud 9 tonight. This morning we were able do a guided tour to see the Rajah Nepenthes - the largest pitcher plant. We started our day with another hardy breakfast. Today I was able to try...

Mesilau and Pitcher Plants

pitcher plant on kinabalu Originally uploaded by bluefuton This is our goal of the trip - pitcher plants of Borneo. The area around Mt. Kinabalu is a great place to see them. We plan to spend some time hiking...

Nepenthes have been found

The owner is so kind to let me user her computer and internet connection. Dinner was wonderful as expected. We had a great steamed fish with ginger, tofu, and a vegetable similar to spinach except with more firm stems. She...

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....

Off to Borneo

Just one last note before we leave. I will try to blog from time to time. I have a couple of posts scheduled for while we are away that will tell you where we are and Flickr picture that is...

Bags are packed

Our bags are packed and we're trying to relax before the big flight day. I'm so excited/stressed. I hope I'll be able to sleep tonight. I made some last minute plans. I read on Flyer Talk that we could get...

One more week

Sunrise in Danum Valley, Borneo Originally uploaded by robstephaustralia We're almost ready. I was wrapping up some last minute details today. I am so excited - just a week and our adventure will start....

Fish Head Curry - Kari Kepala Ikan

We have enjoyed trying different recipes for curry from "The Exotic Kitchens of Malaysia". The difference between the recipes have been very subtle. Some include lemongrass and lime leaves, others have tomato and cardamon pods, some have tamarind, others...

Anthony Bourdain in Malaysia

I was looking out on You Tube for some videos of Malaysian cooking when I came across the No Reservations segment on Malaysia. It was pretty adventurous as expected. Let's just say I doubt if I'm going to be eating...

Fish Curry - Gulai Ikan

Another dish very popular in Malaysia is fish curry. I thought I would give it a try since I had most of the ingredients. It is a breakfast food in some cities. A more famous national dish is fish...

Curry Laksa

Last week, there was a excellent and timely article in the Food section of the New York Times on Asian chicken soups. The article highlights the curry coconut milk soups of Southeast Asia. These soups go by varying names;...

Borneo Books

Our local public library is a treasure trove of books for travel planning. It was instrumental in us choosing Borneo as our trip destination. I visited my branch early in December for books on travel to Thailand. We thinking...

Waiting sometimes is the best

I think I actually lucked out with the problems I was having booking our airfare. I wasn't certain if 1:20 was adequate time to change planes. We couldn't book a flight straight through which meant we had 1:20 to get...

Borneo Planning

Our trip is coming along although at times it seems like it is stumbling along. First I had problems with Yahoo mail blocking some of the replies from the hotels. I've switched to google mail which has been very good...

Where is Borneo?

View Larger Map Do you know where Borneo is located? I didn't. I had a little bit of an idea but I had to break out the atlas to get a good idea of where it is located. Borneo is...

Borneo - Here We Come

We did it! We booked our air tickets to Borneo today. Making the first reservation is always the hardest part of traveling for me. Back in November, we were looking for a place to visit in January or February. I...