Singapore is only a city-state and considering such limited space it’s got a lot to offer for short and long term visitors. Having been to the city three times already I cannot say I am bored of it in any way. Quite contrary, I think the city is absolutely worth exploring and perhaps, if you … More Singapore: a city in a garden.
Borneo is a beautiful and fascinating island that has so much to offer. The amazing (but endangered) ancient forests and animals living on it require our respect but also protection. Unfortunately protection often requires money and this is what is sadly missing on the island. The poverty is widely visible, but hopefully, shrinking. But it … More Borneo: Kota Kinabalu
If you come to Borneo to see wild Orangutans do not be disappointed if you don’t see one. Unfortunately the deforestation that has been taking place in Borneo for many years has resulted in a great reduction of wildlife, including the Island’s famous inhabitant. During my stay I only saw one, far away in the … More Borneo: Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
The last day on the banks of Kinabatangan River was slightly less intensive. One last river trip and an awesome trek in the jungle were much fun though. The day was hot and humid but the abundance of mosquitoes in the woods forced us to wear long sleeves. The floor was pretty moisturized though and … More Borneo: Kinabatangan River, part 3
There is something magical in waking up to the sound of jungle. It’s not individual voices, it’s a symphony of sounds that work so well together. Plus a fresh, cold morning air wakes you up instantly. This short but very intensive trip has left a desire to explore more. Seeing all the creatures along the … More Borneo: Kinabatangan River, part 2
I should consider myself lucky to be able to have witnessed so much wildlife in Borneo before it’s gone. It’s a lot like the disappearing Great Barrier Reef although our impact is much more direct in Borneo. We just take the land and jungle and convert them into plantations. Fortunately there is a few sanctuaries … More Borneo: Kinabatangan River, part 1
I think I should start with some sort of introduction and answer a basic question: why Borneo? I have to say the island had never made it onto my “to do” list. There were just so many other places so I did not even think of planning a visit there. Why did I go then? … More Borneo: Mabul Island.
Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, is probably the best known for the Petronas Twin Towers. Two identical buildings that were once the tallest buildings in the world. Unfortunately there does not seem to be any other distinguishable landmark in the city. But does a city even have to have any? After all a … More Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur
One thing I have learned through my travels is that plans change constantly. Initially, this trip was supposed to be all around Peninsular Malaysia only, but when I added Borneo I suddenly had barely any time for the peninsula itself… so I guess I need to come back one day. Anyway, I started my Malaysian adventure … More Malaysia: Melaka
The lion city or the jaw-dropping garden city (although Singapore is trying to make a transition from “the Garden City” to “the City in the Garden”). A longer stopover for my holiday to Borneo that I wish lasted a bit longer than it had. The city-state is spectacular and rich (maybe it is spectacular because … More Singapore: The Lion City vol.1