Archive for September, 2007

Saturday, September 29th, 2007

The Curious Incident of the Leech and the Belly Button

“Borneo” has always evoked vivid images for me – dense jungle, wild animals, loud jungle noises.  I wanted to come here to experience the wild and to search for my inner Indiana Jones.  As you’ll read below, I never found him. After a recommendation from a fellow traveler and rave reviews in our guide book, […]

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Friday, September 28th, 2007

Three Days in Utopia

Back in the Perhentian Islands, our new friend, Andy, upon learning that we were heading to Borneo, couldn’t say enough good things about a town called Bario in an area known as the Kelabit Highlands.  He told us about a man named Jaman who purpotedly knew all there was to know about Bario and its […]

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Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

On the Road Again

Hello from Sarawak, a Malaysian state on the island of Borneo.  We’re in a city called Miri right now.  This morning, we were in Kuching.  Yesterday, we were in Kota Bharu.  And, earlier yesterday morning, we were on the Perhentian Island Kecil.  It seems we’ve been on the road pretty much constantly for the last […]

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Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

Diving into Malaysia

We arrived in the Perhentian Islands 5 days ago, an arduous journey that involved a taxi to the Penang airport at 4:30 a.m., a flight to a city on the eastern coast of Malaysia (that we had to re-book because our scheduled flight had been cancelled without notice), a 1-hour taxi ride to a small […]

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Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

Tea Time in Penang

We’ve been in Penang for a little over 24 hours now and, thanks to some good luck on our part, I feel like we’ve already had a great introduction to this Malaysian island.  (Incidentally, as I write this, I can hear a nearby mosque’s call to prayer–a common occurrence, as we’re here five days into […]

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Monday, September 17th, 2007

Safe in Malaysia

Just a quick check-in to let you know that we are safe and sound here in Penang, Malaysia.  As many of you know, a plane crashed in Phuket, Thailand yesterday, and we’ve received some concerned e-mails.  We actually flew from Thailand to Malaysia yesterday, but had no problems.  Now, we’re off to go explore this […]

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Sunday, September 16th, 2007

The Art of Doing Nothing

The past few months have been incredibly hectic for us – leaving our jobs, selling a house, moving out of a house, preparing for this trip and…oh yeah…planning a wedding!  I’m not sure we could count the number of to-do lists that we have prepared and completed.  As we now look back on it, we’re […]

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Friday, September 14th, 2007

Life is a Beach

I haven’t worn socks in 7 days, and I have no intention of wearing them any time in the near future.  I first came to Thailand in September 1996, crossing the Malaysian border in the South by bus on my way up the coast to Bangkok where I spent a semester studying international business as […]

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Friday, September 14th, 2007

France Overview

After we visit a particular country, our plan is to create a page with an overview of our experiences in the country and a link to Flickr (an online photo-sharing website) where you can see some of the photos we took in the country.  We’ve just completed the France overview.  To view that page, you can click on…you guessed […]

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Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

Moving On Up…

Errr, so much for roughing it.  After researching the lodging in the area and finding out about a new resort that is offering promotion rates at a fraction of its regular rates (because the place is brand-new and it’s the off-season), we loaded up our backpacks on a longboat and headed to Santhiya Resort on Thong […]

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